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LETTER: Point Dume Village Considering Parking Structure

A letter to the editor from Malibu resident Ryan Embree.

The parking structure solution for Point Dume Plaza was obvious and necessary from the time the previous market closed and the square footage was expanded to become Pavilions.

Under a now-gone city employee (planning manager), the "remodel" of the existing structures changed and intensified the uses which made the access, circulation, parking and sewage a casualty of the center's own success, yet the conditional use permit hearing was side-stepped.

The addition of the parking structure at the south end of the main parking lot will alleviate the offsite employee parking problem (all employees park on roof) to minimize adding inconvenience and time delays to market patrons having to take shopping carts or purchased goods up an elevator (like in Century City).

The disconnected northern parking lot should not have been calculated towards a cumulative total parking because it does not serve the market (there are never any shopping carts found discarded there) nor B of A anymore (their northern doors have been decommissioned for over a decade, shifting their parking demand to the main/southern lot).  That northern lot remains inadequate to serve the nearby restaurants and businesses directly above.

Point Pizza should stay, but IF Zan refuses to renew their lease, he should give them free rent for the rest of the year. That would reduce the jerk stigma somewhat. To survive, Point Pizza needs that rent savings for relocation expenses and a new lease, possibly in the Busch Drive shopping center, so that this local business can continue to serve families, surfers, local businesspeople, students, and tourists.

In the mornings, they could complement their pizza sales by serving bagels to go, reasonably-priced coffee, and some kind of dessert at night to increase sales (Laura's nuts!). The neighboring businesses there would benefit from the day-long foot traffic.

Ryan Embree

JamieDixon October 11, 2012 at 11:50 PM
The lack of adequate parking would not be an issue if Conditional Use Permits issued by the City of Malibu limited the amount of use to the amount of use that can accommodated by the available parking and/or Conditional Use Permits were enforced (think Paradise Cove Beach Café). I know this is a stupid question, but, if the City of Malibu issues Conditional Use Permits and then doesn’t enforce the Permits why does the City of Malibu require Permits? Oh, Permit Fees. That makes sense because the City needs the Permit Fee revenue to pay the Administrative Services Department and the Environmental Sustainability Department, which issues the Permits that are not enforced... Does the City of Malibu have future pension liabilities for workers that issue Permits that are not enforced? If not, please disregard the last question/comment.
Hans Laetz October 12, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Next time I will say gosh darn to jolly whitakers. If the dramatic effect offends you, I'm sorry to the community. If you can find any reference to male genitalia, then I'm sorry for you.
John Mazza October 12, 2012 at 05:31 PM
The city issues Conditional Use Permits because the Coastal Commission, through our Local Coastal Plan, requires then in certain situations. Compliance is another question because the Coastal Commission has limited enforcement capabilities.
Marshall Thompson October 12, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Ryan, I would hope that Point Pizza does NOT relocate to the small Busch Drive retail center. Spruzzo's Restaurant in that center IS a pizza maker and provides home delivery service, and it offers an extended Italian and California fusion menu plus a full bar and indoor and outdoor dining. Point Pizza would be a duplicative offering, in my opinion. Also, the parking in that lot is already highly stressed from existing retail businesses and additionally so with the recent relocation of the very popular Joey Escobar Karate studio that is packed daily with swarms really cute kids doing their martial arts training, watched by a gaggle of parents/nannies who all seem to drive Range Rovers with disabled placards. (Must be some kind of regional virus) The Bush Drive shopping center parking lot is at capacity-plus now.
J. Flo October 12, 2012 at 07:22 PM
So true!

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