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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
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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