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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.

Nosrac October 13, 2012 at 12:45 AM
How about Guidos - a greedy landlord is making it impossible for them to stay.
Matthew Ogden October 13, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Thank you Skylar, Laura and John for showing your support for a wonderful local Pizza place! I grew up eating their pizza and sandwiches, as I know Skylar did too...It's a shame a new Landlord has to end such a long standing local establishment, and even more incredulous considering it appears $ was not the issue. What's next?....
John Mazza October 13, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I am very very very proud of the citizens who showed up to give their support especially the young ones. Now it is the city council;s job to come up with a solution to the obvious retail problem in Malibu.
Alessandra DeClario October 13, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Thank you to all who showed up to support this! Especially the youth! Malibu's future! As Hye Song Oh said: "I do not think this rally represents support just for my shop but for all small businesses in Malibu.” Small businesses have been "attacked" for quite some time (maybe since the Colony Coffee Shop!) and this was an important rally - showing how much the community cares and is serious. My kinda thing. Now we need actions taken! I wish I could have been there, I have been ill and was sick in bed - my heart was/is with you. - tally ho! I hope you guys send the petition by email - I'll sign! Save Malibu!
Dru Ann Jacobson October 13, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Just got home at 8:30pm with my pizza! Thank you Malibu! See...we can get out there and do it...for a cause we all believe in...what a wonderful turnout!!! This is only the begining, we can't let down now, the petitions will be turned into the property offices, and we'll see what the next step needs to be...to everyone that showed up...I know Hye Song and the whole staff really appreciated it...THANK YOU!!!!
J. Flo October 13, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Over 300 Malibu locals, over 300 pizza's sold. 270 people signed the petition that says they want Point Pizza to stay and will not support any other pizza business. The rally will be on Channel 5 News, KTLA, tonight at 10:00 PM. The community is speaking loud and clear! And will not stop standing up until they are HEARD. Listen to your customers, Point Plaza!
Hans Laetz October 13, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Malibu speaks. Will the local landlord claque listen?
Jessica E. Davis October 13, 2012 at 06:34 AM
I've added more photos, a video, more quotes and links to other stories I've written. Feel free to upload your own videos and photos from the rally.
Phyllis Johnson October 13, 2012 at 01:39 PM
D'Amore's replacing Point PIzza? Yikes! My husband and I had one of the worst pizzas ever from a D'Amore's. And that's over 100 combined years of pizza eating!
Lizzy Baldwin October 13, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Great show of support today Malibu! Lets keep up the fight for Point Pizza and ALL the other LOCAL businesses.
Carolyn Wallace October 13, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I hope all the same people will support local business having a priority at the Malibu farmers market. I have local business making and selling jams and chutney but farmers market management won't let me in. The permit is up for review at Monday's planning commission meeting
gail goldberg October 13, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Malibu showed what kind of community we are...one with heart! Sorry the Goldberg's couldn't be there, but we definitely SUPPORT PT. PIZZA!
Linda Vallejo October 13, 2012 at 02:50 PM
It's true D'amore's pizza is awful. Had it twice and never went back.
Joseph Delano October 13, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Marquis wants to bring us "healthier options?"....WE will decide what we want to eat, not him, or that imbecile NYC mayor or MOOchelle. These people have got to get OUT of our lives!
Sandy Robertson October 13, 2012 at 04:22 PM
No problem, this is why we have Ralph's. Parking stinks up their anyway.
Mark Hayes October 13, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Congratulations The rally made the LA Times section AA page3.photos and all. Keep the pressure on the shopping center and landlord. He may be an asshole but he is educated. Hopefully someone will show him the light.
Chris Miles October 13, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Great support! To bad Point Dume Chinese didn't get the same support. It wasn't the best but better than that over priced crap served at Savory.
J. Flo October 13, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Thank you, LA Times! The landlords called in the police yesterday. Does everyone know that a local resident got a ticket for one honk of her horn in support? Outrageous.
hellwood October 13, 2012 at 07:13 PM
nice! is there a link to it online that you know of?
Nancy Rosenquist October 13, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I can hear it now echoing through Malibu households, "Kids, let's all go out and have an ORGANIC pizza tonight!" Zan, don't tear our Malibu families apart like that! Let the parents decide what their own children should be eating!
Hans Laetz October 13, 2012 at 09:01 PM
That is outrageous and our police force (the LASO) should drop that ticket. The state law against blowing a horn is overwhelmingly superceded by a First Amendment right to speech. And at the least, the motorist can argue that she was justified to blow the horn to warn pedestrians of her location.
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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