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Point Pizza Ownership Refutes Landlord's Claims Over Quality of Ingredients

The son-in-law for Hye Song Oh, who owns Point Pizza Malibu, said she is thankful for the outpouring of support from the community.

A rally aimed to show support for Point Pizza Malibu, which is closing in December because its lease was not extended, and other local businesses is set for Friday.

The rally is set for 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 on the sidewalk outside Point Dume Plaza, an organizer for the protest wrote on Malibu Patch.

It's unclear how many people plan to show up, but a Facebook Group called "Save Point Pizza" has more than 900 members, many of whom have been calling for a rally since Tuesday.

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Pamela Duke-van Ireland wrote on the page: "I am bringing signs and plan on being there a while."

Duke-van Ireland said in an interview that the protest is about more than just speaking up for Point Pizza.

"This small town community feel is disappearing right before our eyes," she said.

Duke-van Ireland, who has lived in Malibu for the past 20 years, said she believes Malibu is turning into a tourist driven city.

"We only have a few local establishments left. We want to save and protect those," she said.

Lt. Jim Royal of the Lost Hills/Malibu sheriff's station said he had heard rumors of a protest taking place on Friday.

"People have a right to protest on public property as long as it is orderly," Royal said, adding that he hopes that protesters do not obstruct traffic on Heathercliff Road.

Many in Malibu have expressed outrage over news that Zan Marquis, owner of the Point Dume Village, opted not to extend a lease with Point Pizza Malibu owner Hye Song Ooh. 

Instead, Marquis said he chose to sign a new lease with D'Amores Famous Pizza, which has another location in Malibu, because of an effort to offer more healthy food at the center. He said that D'Amores will offer organic ingredients.

Charles Lee, the son-in-law for Hye Song Oh, said his mother-in-law is a private person and did not want to speak directly to the media.

Lee said Marquis only mentioned once that he wanted to see more gourmet offerings several years ago.

"As a result of that meeting Hye Song added things like her homemade pesto sauce for sandwiches and pizza, beet salad, goat cheese, white pizza, etc. and also remodeled the store in 2009. We received one email from Zan in July of 2009 that says he was very pleased to see the upgrades taking place and sees it as a very positive step," Lee said.

Lee said Hye Song uses high quality ingredients including Thumann’s deli meats, fresh produce, including some organic, and some items imported from Italy. He said she also started picking up bread daily at Bristol Farms when her bread supplier stopped delivering to Malibu.

"The only thing we really could not do was organic cheese because we could not find a supplier that carried organic mozzarella cheese," Lee said.

He said his mother-in-law, who is 60, was ready to start winding down her business over the next five years, but that she was not quite ready to let go of the space at Point Dume Village.

"At this point, it is too late for her to stay there. The problem is finding another spot. There are a few problems. One is finding another spot that is not a huge space. It’s difficult. Her space was only 450 square feet. It was tiny. The other problem is she is getting older," Lee said.

He released the following statement about how his family found out about the decision to bring in D'Amore's:

"Week after week I sent emails asking if there was any feedback to the proposal we had sent, but I was told that they were still reviewing the information. To this day I still do not know if Zan even looked at our proposal. I was expecting some kind of comment from them such as 'Do everything we want, or we cannot renew your lease.' However, no comments ever materialized. During this process, we heard a rumor from a customer that a deal had already been reached with D’Amores. As a result, I emailed Kathryn and asked her directly if the rumor was true and she said that they were considering D’Amores, but the owner has still not made a decision. That email was sent on Sept. 21, 2012. The next time I heard from Kathryn was on Oct 3, 2012 and was told that they were not going to renew Point Pizza's lease."

He said that his family has been thankful for the outpouring of support from the community.

"She is grateful for all the support from the community, but she is a very private person, so she doesn’t state it," he said.

Mojosmoothy October 11, 2012 at 12:12 AM
they should have been protesting when the Dume room closed right next store to the pizza place,now that was worth protesting over,a glorious dive bar,that was the beginning of the end,next they'll be closing Lilly's.
Deb Haugen October 11, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Big Business and Money always win, UNTIL people start lifting their heads and listening, talking and yes, protesting! I'm a product of the 60's, yes we did change things for awhile, we definitely raised consciousness! Shame on you Zan, just another rich landlord ruining our country town of Malibu....Bye Bye Bu! KEEP the Country COUNTRY!
hellwood October 11, 2012 at 02:14 AM
If we rally, they might spray us with chemtrails and put more fluoride in the water
Bob Perkins DDS October 11, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I just marked my calendar....I'll be there at 4
hellwood October 11, 2012 at 03:29 AM
cool, how much to have one of my teeth pulled out in the parking lot? its an upper wisdom tooth. I dont need novocaine. Ill hook you up with some pizza too!
steve dunn October 11, 2012 at 02:39 PM
This is what we did to save John's Garden years ago!!! They are still there, for now.
Linda Vallejo October 11, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Since when did landlords start dictating what to serve and what kind of ingredients to use in a restaurant? Oh right.... since Michelle Obama starting sticking her nose in everybody's eating habits ~~ except hers and her husband! BTW I will not be eating at D'Amore's. Their pizza is awful.
Pamela Conley Ulich October 11, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Power to the Pizza! Power to the People!
Pamela Conley Ulich October 11, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I'm bringing a sign made from a pizza box and my home grown organic tomatoes. What are YOU bringing?
Dru Ann Jacobson October 11, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Rally, Rally, Rally....Let's all be there at 4pm Friday!!! Show our support!!! Wear your Point Pizza t-shirts!!!
Denise Peak October 11, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I will be there. I love this place they have been so supportive of our community. She has complied to his request but he is only interested in his own best interests the $$$$.
Scott Tallal October 11, 2012 at 06:37 PM
While I’m definitely sorry to see another long-time business go, I’m hoping people are also aware that Joe and Christiana D’Amore are lovely people have lived in Malibu for quite a while and are very active in supporting community causes and events.
J. Flo October 11, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Yes, you are so right about D'Amores. But - instead of offering to purchase her business if they wished to own it for a fair market price - Hye Song's business, 24 years of hard work and loyal customer base are being confiscated from under her by taking her lease. Personally, I hope that the Malibu business world still has some ethics left . . .
linda gibbs October 11, 2012 at 08:05 PM
LInda Vallejo, lets not cross issues here. Michelle Obama is advocating healthy eating NOT dictating or taking away any choices. That is a very different issue. Information is important, eduction and options are important. Keep your republican hating out of this community forum. BTW I bet Zan is a republican for sure.
linda gibbs October 11, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I think it is important to remember we get more flies with honey. Our message at tomorrows rally should be about our loVe of Point Pizza and not our hate for Zan. Remember the code of ethics of a peaceful protest 1. be respectful toward all people and toward the environment; 2. not engage in physical or verbal aggression; 3. endeavour to ensure the safety of all people in the vicinity of the action; 4. not sabotage equipment, products or property; 5. avoid physical contact with equipment being operated by, or under the control of, workers; 6. respect the personal property of all; 7. not use or return violence, verbal or physical, toward any person or other creature; 8. not incite others to violence. My point pizza box sign will say I LOVE Point Pizza
J. Flo October 11, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Couldn't agree with you more! I hope you can add this to their Facebook Page, a lot of young fans of Pt. Pizza are coming and we want to be respectful and kind, and while there love-up the other small businesses in that center!! This is a love-fest! :)
Hans Laetz October 11, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Zan Marquis donated $1,000 to Newt Gingrich for President this election cycle, according to http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/contributions/zan-marquis.asp?cycle=12
Latigolover October 12, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I can't be there today but Hye Song has been such a staunch supporter of our schools, our children and has provided the best pizza in Malibu for 20 years. Sorry , D'Amore's but it's true. This is a very hostile action towards a beloved Malibu small business woman. Having to retire ten years earlier than she expected is a devastating consequence of the landlord's decision. He might be a good replacement for Romney at Bain Capital.

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