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Malibu Continues Crackdown on Illegal Parking

The parking enforcement program through Secural Security has brought in more than $33,000 in extra revenue to the city of Malibu.

What started as a temporary program aimed at cracking down on illegal beach parking over the summer has turned into a revenue stream for the city of Malibu.

In June, the Malibu City Council approved a six month trial period with Calabasas-based Secural Security at a cost of $5,500 a month for 40 hours of services a week, totaling $33,000, according to Malibu Assistant City Manager Reva Feldman.

The program brought in $33,693 in profit to the city over five months of the trial period, according to a city staff report. The contract with Secural expires on Dec. 31.

"I think this has been a great outcome," Feldman said in a presentation to the Malibu City Council on Monday, Dec. 10.

The increased enforcement over the summer raised eyebrows by some Malibu residents. In a letter to the editor, one resident called a ticketing blitz over the Fourth of July weekend "over the top."

Councilman Laura Zahn Rosenthal said she understood why some residents were surprised by the increased enforcement, especially in areas where illegal parking had become the norm.

"I think it has made a nicer and safer community," Rosenthal said.

Last week, the Malibu City Council asked city staff to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for a long-term parking enforcement services and to extend the contract with Secural during the RFP process. That contract may include fewer hours during the winter months.

"I like the idea that the sheriff is out doing sheriff work instead of out writing tickets," Mayor Lou La Monte said.

The citaitons issued by Secural, which are in addition to citations issued by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, peaked over the summer.

The city of Calabasas, which also uses Secural, gets more services for a lower price. A representative from Secural said it was because Calabasas has a long term contract and bundled in more services.

Here is a breakdown of the number of citations issued and the net amount received by the city of Malibu:

Month No. of Citations Issued Gross Amount Issued Net Amount Received by City of Malibu July 351
$23,749 $16,625 August 228
$17,142 $11,999 September 213 $18,482 $12,937 October 166
$13,260 $ 9,282 November 117 $ 8,357 $ 5,850 Total 1,075
$80,990 $56,693
Marshall Thompson December 16, 2012 at 05:02 PM
The fascists have arrived and the establishment both welcomes and cheers them on. Plus there's darn food money in it! Let's do everything we can to homogenize, regulate, sterilize and ORDINARY-ize Malibu. Thanks Laura. Thanks, Lou.
Hans Laetz December 16, 2012 at 05:19 PM
My neighbors, who have great kids, park their big bulky crossover cars on corners, in intersections, in front of fire plugs. You cannot see around the corner! Their kids play on these streets! In past years, I have routinely seen cars double parked in front of homes on PCH. Cars parked in front of fire hydrants. SUVs parked nose-in in front of garages, their butts sticking into the highway, sometimes across the fog line! Parking at the high school, before the enforcement program, was frequently helter-skelter. Cars in crosswalks. Cars on sidewalks. Cars right up into the intersections and driveways. I'm sorry to disagree, Marshall, but enforcing basic traffic safety rules is not fascist. Malibu's unique "way of life" will not be jeopardized one bit if our streets are made safe. We have a right to expect ordinary enforcement of normal state laws on parking, and the city has a simple duty to enforce those laws.
Hans Laetz December 16, 2012 at 05:21 PM
But notice also that the picture shows the civilian traffic officer has violated the vehicle code twice, by driving left of the center line (a moving violation) and partially parking in the traffic lane.
Billy Valentine December 16, 2012 at 05:30 PM
For profit parking ticket Stormtroopers... Yes, thank the Lord, God Almighty th as t the Sheriffs are out doing Sheriff work while the hired guns of the parking enforcement INDUSTRY are laying in wait to present our elected officials with at least some portion of their tribute exacted from the wallets and purses of the people who put these elected officials in their high and mighty positions. I think it best to begin to refer to refer to the fine Mayor as Don Louie the Schmuck La Monte...his Capo de tutti Capo, Laura Blood from a Stone Rosenthal...and the rest of their Malibu Maffia Crew on the Council. Unfortunately for yous guys, Don Louie...so-called illegal parking isn't yet a felony...meaning, of course, your victims can still VOTE in the next election. You'll get your TASTE now. You may get more than what you bargained for at the ballot box when the masses realize how yet again you have served yourselves instead of the incredible residents of this extraordinary community.
lifeisgood December 16, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Next thing the city council will put in parking meters as another revenue stream. We once fought the L.A. County supervisors to stop the sewer from making Malibu into another Long Beach or Santa Monica. Now it's our own city councilmembers who are leading the urbanization of Malibu in the name of "safety", i.e., lining the city coffers for their pet projects.
Marshall Thompson December 16, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Point taken and yet you excoriated me and Steve Scheinkman when we tried to make traffic and parking safer on Morning view by the schools. Interesting, Hans.
Marshall Thompson December 16, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Agreed, I am convinced this is coming, and soon. The City of Malibu exists for it's own self to provide healthy salaries, benefits and pensions for its employees, to expand it's power and influence on we the taxpayers who pay for every pencil, paper and pathway the City of Malibu possesses. It is an organic doppelganger, soulless in its lust for constant expansion like a fungus. In my opinion the City of Malibu is almost entirely separate from the residents. Representative, democratic government in this town is a cruel joke especially when looking at the results of the past election: Joan House, AGAIN? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Malibueast December 16, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Wow.... A sewer in Malibu... Lifeaintsogood
Brian Eamer December 16, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Let not forget that Malibu Tow had in the past for years and years wrongly towed cars parked on PCH on the beach side at Zuma that were not parked per the signage before it changed. It used to say "Park with 2 wheels on the pavement". Thousands of tickets for years were issued and cars towed of innocent parkers that did not have 2 wheels on the PCH pavement, but were safely parked on the shoulder dirt. These people paid the tow fees and tickets for years and it was about 2 years ago Malibu and the Sherriff determined that the signage was illegal and the "Park with 2 wheels on the pavement" was removed and painted off the signs. The money that was collected from the fines and towing should be given back to all the Parkers that were towed!!! and had to pay the parking fine!! The City of Malibu should research this issue that has not been redressed and all monies should be refunded to the Parkers that were illegally ticketed. Reality is that Malibu Tow lost a lot of opportunity for income when this sign change occurred 2 years ago. Now it appears Malibu Tow and the City are scheming to make up for the shortfall of income to the City of Malibu. The people got screwed and the City Of Malibu needs to correct and it needs to be placed on the City Council Agenda. Mayor Lou LaMonte and the City Council need to research this item before I bring it up at City Council so traction on this item can be made and a redress of monies taken from innocent Parkers can occur.
JR December 16, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Now can you start enforcing the Beach enforcement code requiring all dogs to be on leashes please!
JamieDixon December 16, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I love the picture in which Secural’s scofflaw employee parked Secural’s car heading the wrong direction in the roadway, which will cause cars to cross the double yellow line as they pass. It appears, in the picture, that the ticket giver (or whatever they’re called) is either untrained, lazy or stupid. Without much more effort, the ticket giver could have parked a few feet to left, still illegally parked, but at least completely off the road and not causing a traffic hazard. (The potential revenue from the parking ticket is not worth forcing cars into an oncoming lane in order to pass.) Or, it appears, Secural’s employee could have chosen to park legally just ahead on the right side of the road. But, that wouldn’t be any fun when you're playing Cop and Robbers. The City of Malibu should rethink on the idea of hiring civilian law enforcement, especially when the civilians it hires act less than professionally.
Hans Laetz December 16, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Wellllllll, that was not quite the way it was. Someone had proposed a BAN on all LEGAL parking on MVD before replacement spots can be provided in the new lot. As I recall, some nice people suggested that students who park on MVD should instead park on PCH, as it would be better for their fat butts to do a little hiking. That was their thinking, not mine. From the beginning, I have urged that parking be banned on MVD during school drop off and pickup times, and be relocated to an interior lot. Parents waiting for kids should have the parking spots on MVD to wait, and to keep lanes open for traffic. Thanks for seeing my point.
Hans Laetz December 16, 2012 at 08:58 PM
They've had sewers in Malibu West, since 1962.
Marianne Riggins December 17, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Thank you for providing this must needed service, we are very lucky in this community that we are still able to provide easy free parking in most areas of our community including many areas close to the beach. The Sheriff deputies should be assisted in their jobs and make them available to enforce more serious crimes. No parking signs are in place in many areas because it has been shown that parking there is a dangerous decision. If you find that No Parking signs where you want to park, ask yourself is there a good reason for it to be there?
Marshall Thompson December 17, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Correction: There's darn GOOD MONEY, not "food money." Cain't spel twe gud. :-)
Marshall Thompson December 17, 2012 at 01:57 AM
There are no parking signs all over point Dume close to the attractive highlands park area on streets no smaller than mine where parking is a free for all. Ask yourself: is there a reason for these no parking signs that guard empty streets right next to fabulous, expensive homes?
Marianne Riggins December 17, 2012 at 03:23 AM
There is a free parking lot at the headlands and another larger fee parking lot that has lifeguards and bathroom facilities on Pt. Dume, in addition to the free parking on Westward. The no parking signs on the remainder of Pt. Dume have been in place long before many of the homes were ever built.
Marshall Thompson December 17, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Riiiiggght, there are about 6 or so space at the headlands and they are constantly filled. If the no parking signs all over Point Dume were planted so long ago that nobody knows why, then they should be reviewed and many of them REMOVED.
Marianne Riggins December 17, 2012 at 04:13 AM
The point of my original comment regarding the no parking signs was to remind people that if you see a no parking sign in an area it is probably there to allow a driver to be able to see when at a stop sign or near a dangerous curve. Many of the signs along PCH and other streets are there because it has been shown without them more accidents would occur. The parking lot at the headlands has at least 8 spots, plus 2 ada spots. It is limited to 2 hours sunrise to sunset, if people follow the law there are plenty of spaces for many to enjoy the park each day. If someone wants to stay longer they can park at Westward beach where there are bathroom facilities and other conveniences. What would be the benefit of removing the no parking signs?
Hans Laetz December 17, 2012 at 05:18 AM
That is so true, Brian. I swim at the beach all summer, every summer and had to direct dozens -- literally dozens -- of people up to the impound yard to pay big bucks to get their cars back. These were cars that were parked as far to the right as possible, in compliance with state law but not in compliance with the signs unilaterally put up by the City of Malibu. Sometimes I would come across kids literally in tears, because their fun trip to the beach was wrecked, their clothes, wallets, purses, clothes and cars were mysteriously just gone, and it took $156 (at the time) to get their cars out of hock. No money? Tough. Pay per day impound fees. Several of us complained to the Public Safety Commission, but the city's Public Works Superintendent (not director) adamantly kept saying he put up the signs to prevent double parking, and that they were very very important to public safety. One day, I had to explain in German to two tourists why their lawfully parked car was towed. That infuriated me, and I called the Coastal Commission to complain. And that month, the Public Safety Commission asked city staff to change the signs, Finally, after years of complaints, the city's (now retired) public works czar taped over the "keep two wheels on pavement" text. Since then, I have seen one case of double parking at Zuma, and that guy got towed for violating that state law. Hundreds of people got ripped off. A shameful act by our city.
Hans Laetz December 17, 2012 at 08:42 PM
The benefit would be allowing the public to use public streets, near the beach. This discussion got waaay overboard, and that's sad. But let us review the facts: the parking ban on public streets at Point Dume State Park is not for any traffic safety reason. It is to keep people away. As one of its very first acts as a municipality, this city dumped boulders onto the state park property to prevent cars from lawfully parking next to the park. In a compromise with the state that all sides later said was utter stupidity, a shuttle bus was promised by the city to haul people to the park, at great cost to the city. "Ranger Roy's Ghost Bus" was a joke. No one rode it. What a waste. The city unilaterally stopped running it. One of these days, someone in Ventura is going to figure out that the city has dropped its end of the bargain, and the no parking signs will be ordered yanked. Marianne, I think there are a lot of people in Malibu who very much resent those signs, both for what they are and what they represent. But that is no excuse for what was said in this forum last night.
John Mazza December 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM
The city made a legal agreement with the coastal commission that allows the no parking signs on Pt. Dume. The lawsuit cost a lot of money and the ghost buss cost about $88,000 a year to run which was about $500 a ride. The requirement for the bus expired after ten years but the city did not figure that out for a year or so after the expiration. No one wants to go through the courts and change the deal now. Way to expensive after the city spent over $1million so far.
Malibu December 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM
You two should meet at midnight, Trancas Parking lot, bare knuckle, no biting.
hellwood December 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM
it really wasn't all that long ago when the no parking signs went up on streets that only the hardcore would deal with anyways, so it was LAME. it wasn't like every kook in california knew where to hassle a spot just to hassle hundreds of steps and a hike back to the car with all your crap after surf. at least then, a local could find a spot
Marianne Riggins December 18, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Hans, you are right it is sad that residents continue to argue with each other regarding issues in Malibu. Regarding the no parking signs on Pt. Dume, John correctly wrote about a lengthy settlement agreement that details exactly how parking is identified on Pt. Dume. I find it very ironic to be discussing no parking signs on Pt. Dume when just a few months ago there were many discussions regarding the excessive parking on PCH and calls to do something about the crowds, this is something the residents of Pt. Dume have been dealing with for decades. In fact the no parking signs are there for traffic safety reasons, I have seen first hand cars parked so that vehicles are forced into oncoming traffic lanes on blind curves, in addition they block lanes making it difficult for emergency equipment access to both the state park and the neighborhood. As more trails in the Santa Monica mountains are improved residents in those neighbors will experience what beach neighbors have been expericing and I suspect we will then be hearing requests for solutions to parking and other issues that come with that use.
Marshall Thompson December 18, 2012 at 03:34 PM
The niggardly amount of parking at Point Dume Headlands is absurd. We have more parking available at the top of Bush Drive at the Zuma trail-head than the headlands and nobody complains about usage.
Hans Laetz December 18, 2012 at 03:55 PM
No, Marianne, I said it was sad that you were called names. The nearly-total parking blockade of a state park by the City of Malibu is not sad, it is a slap in the face to the Malibu residents and others who would like to have reasonable access to property that they own. No one says people should park on blind curves. Or in driveways. That is a straw man. Mazza makes an interesting point. If the deal with the Coastal Commission has expired, then the over-broad, overboard no parking zone at Point Dume is apparently a unilateral City of Malibu dictate? Why should the residents of southern Point Dume be treated different than every other street in Malibu, and have blocks and blocks of "no parking ever" simply because they don't want visitors to a public park an beach in their midst? Why not reasonable time, place and manner regulations?

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