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VIDEO: 300 Rally to Save Point Pizza

The crowd, which includes local residents ranging from high school students to Malibu City Council members, chants “Save Point Pizza” in front of the eatery, which is expected to close in December.

Chanting “Save Point Pizza,” more than 300 demonstrators on Friday gathered outside Point Pizza Malibu to protest the eatery's expected closing in December due to its lease not being renewed.

The protest came in the wake of a decision by Point Dume Village owner Zan Marquis to replace the business with D’Amore's Famous Pizza once the Point Pizza Malibu lease expires on Dec. 31, 2012. Point Pizza is owned by Hye Song Oh, who released a prepared statement during the protest. 

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“I am very thankful and humbled by the overwhelming support the community has shown for us. We as a family are very grateful to have been supported by this wonderful community for 24 years,” Hye Song Oh said.

She said the business has been able to support her as a single mother as has allowed her to care for her parents and put her two daughters through college.

“I have been privileged to see the kids grow up in this community and bring their own children into my store. I do not think this rally represents support just for my shop but for all small businesses in Malibu,” she said.

During the rally, more than 200 pizzas were sold, and 300 were purchased during the entire day, according to an organizer. Many called on Marquis to keep Point Pizza at the Point Dume Village.

Marquis has said he made the decision to bring in D'amore's Pizza, which has another location in Malibu, as part of a move to bring healthier options to the shopping center.

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A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department vehicle showed up at 4:40 p.m. and a sergeant got out and walked into the shopping center's management office. The sergeant said the protesters were allowed to remain at the shopping center as long as they were peaceful.

Among the protesters were Malibu City Council members Skylar Peak, Laura Zahn Rosenthal and John Sibert.

"I'm here to support local businesses," Rosenthal said. "Every time I order pizza, I know the delivery person."

She said she does not support a boycott of the entire center.

"I lament the loss of a funky, great, local place that has been around for a long time," Rosenthal said.

Dru Ann Jacobson walked among the protesters, getting signatures for a petition she plans to present to the Point Dume Village owner. In all, she gathered 270 signatures.

"My kids were all raised here," Jacobson said. "It's sad. It's really, really sad."

Janet Friesen said she has lived in Malibu for only a year, but that her family has "gradually fallen in love with it."

"It's one of the things that brought us here to Malibu ... the small businesses. We want to support local businesses," Friesen said.

Sam McGee, who works for Point Pizza, said he is hopeful it will remain open.

"I've been eating here since I've been able to eat pizza," McGee said.

A second protest is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. outside of D'amore's Famous Pizza.

Hans Laetz October 13, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I hereby pledge $25 to help buy enough Point Pizza to feed everyone at the City Council meeting Oct. 22, where the council will discuss the retail diversity ordinance. WAIT A MINUTE!! The diversity ordinance is NOT on the council agenda, as was promised. What gives?
Robert Feigel October 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM
It has been many years since I lived in Malibu. But I grew up in Santa Monica, learned to matt surf at my mom and step-dad's beach house near Big Rock and spent much of my adult life living in Malibu before moving on. I just wanted to say how pleased I am to see that Malibu's sense of community is still alive, well and strong in your beautiful part of the world. Developers and business people who seek to use Malibu to line their own pockets without respecting the community they are exploiting instead of serving should take heed. If I was still living there I would have joined the demonstration. And if that didn't work, I would support a boycott of the center. I'm sure the other tenants would soon put pressure on Mr Zan Marquis to reconsider. So here's my support from across the Pacific in Aotearoa New Zealand. If Point Pizza isn't still there next time I visit friends and family, then I won't be shopping at the center either.
J. Flo October 14, 2012 at 12:10 AM
John Sibert, is unable to attend the 22nd meeting. He has been extremely instrumental in designing and supporting the Ordinance. People need to call Jim Thorsen and make sure that it is on the following meeting's agenda. Immediately.
Neil October 14, 2012 at 12:27 AM
If the D'Amore's guy is smart, he'll back off. He's in a no win situation, and he's about to drop a bunch of cash into a business that will close within a year.
John Mazza October 14, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Hans--I will match you if you deliver. The city council gets a free dinner on the city before each council meeting. Perhaps the night of the meeting they can eat pizza and use the money saved for something else. I wonder if the city shops locally when they buy dinner ? That would be a good question to ask.

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