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Petition to Ban Camping in Fire Prone Areas Reaches 1,000 Signatures

Malibu residents have been canvasing shopping centers in Malibu, Agoura, Calabasas, Pacific Palisades and Topanga to get more signatures.

An online petition started by concerned Corral Canyon residents to ban overnight camping in the fire sensitive areas of Malibu reached 1,000 signatures this week.

The petition, which was created by the Corral Canyon Fire Safety Alliance, was posted on change.org in the wake of plans by Joe Edmiston, executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC), to put overnight camping in Charmlee Wilderness Park and Ramirez Canyon in Malibu.

As of Tuesday, 1,003 people had signed the online petition. Malibu residents have been canvasing shopping centers in Malibu, Agoura, Calabasas, Pacific Palisades and Topanga to get even more signatures.

“The residents of Malibu are most interested in doing whatever it takes to minimize the risk of more fires,” Malibu resident Lori Jacobus said.  “Fires are going to happen naturally, we get that and we accept it – but there’s no reason to knowingly and further risk public safety.”

"For any group to allow camping in known high-risk fire areas would be irresponsible from both a civic and a liability position," the petition states. A fire in Corral Canyon in 2007 destroyed 53 homes.

At a January SMMC board meeting, Edmiston said the conservancy dropped its plans for camping at Bluffs Park because of a pending land swap with the city of Malibu, but still has plans on the back burner for Corral Canyon and other parts of Malibu.

The petition is addressed to the SMMC and the city of Malibu. The board of directors for the SMMC and the Malibu City Council have both voted to further persue negotiations for a land swap of Charmlee Wilderness Park for Bluff's Park.

Read the full petition and learn more at http://www.change.org.

Cindy Vandor February 27, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Dear City Council and SMMC: One thousand people sign a petition begging you not to swap lives for ballfields...hmmmm, do you ignore? do you go forward and hope one thousand people won't notice? do you listen to one thousand people, stop wasting time and money, and stop the insane swap? do you continue wasting time and money until you are sued? or indicted? interesting questions, don't you think?
Pamela Conley Ulich February 27, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Dear Cindy: I appreciate that you are passionate about this subject. Many times I agree with you, but "indicted"? This is a pretty extreme word for those serving on the Malibu City Council who may think or vote differently than either you or I would. Hopefully, the City Council will listen to all of Malibu and do their best to serve the needs of everyone. I am grateful for all you and the City Council do for Malibu. Thanks for being a great neighbor and protector.
Cindy Vandor February 27, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Yes, indicted. I am calling for an investigation by a grand jury. I respect different opinions and different votes. I do not respect how this "swap" came about. What you call "extreme" is exactly the action that should be taken. Indictments are not extreme, they are necessary. Two city councilpeople shut out the public when they should be doing the public's business in public openly and honestly. They did a bad thing. They did something wrong. They are not above the law because they sit on city council. Malibu should not be run like the City of Bell. Malibu City Council should not be corrupt. Lawyered up, backroom dealing to give away public resources BEFORE ever informing the public is why Joan House and Lou LaMonte should be indicted.
Kelli February 28, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Well done. But let's not stop at 1000. Lets show the City Council (and Joe Emiston too) that Malibu locations simply aren't suited to overnight camping. End of story. And any council member who believes otherwise is going to be voted out come next election. Right? Lets hear it. NO CAMPING IN MALIBU!!

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