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Councilwoman Hopeful for Solution to Paradise Cove Parking

The City of Malibu is working to restrict parking along Pacific Coast Highway at Paradise Cove, where residents and motorists have complained of heavy traffic on weekends and public safety issues.

Malibu Councilwoman Laura Zahn Rosenthal said Monday she hopes to have public safety improvements in place along Pacific Coast Highway at Paradise Cove by next summer.

"We want to limit parking if we can to make it safer," Rosenthal said during Mondays City Council meeting. " ... We’re moving forward and I really want to see something in place for next summer."

Residents have been vocal about traffic during the summer and dangerous conditions along PCH caused by beachgoers trying to park and walk to the popular beach along the highway.

Rosenthal and Malibu city staff met with representatives from the California Coastal Commission on Sept. 21 and with Caltrans on Sept. 13.

"We've been working with Caltrans. We've been working extensively with them for the past year, really pushing for them to get some work done on PCH, and they have done some work. They have cleared some areas. They have re-striped," Rosenthal said.

She said the California Coastal Commission expressed concern about limiting beach access along PCH.

"We're trying to be creative, but our number one goal is safety," Rosenthal said.

The city has been asked to inventory all of the public beach access and parking in Malibu, she said.

"Part of this we have already done and part of this is going to be done as part of the " Rosenthal said. 

However, the Coastal Commission does not want to limit parking, and has asked the city to continue to work with Caltrans, she said.

"I completely understand and I firmly believe in access for everyone, but it is difficult, because that is the first thing we did was to ask Caltrans to try to take back some of the right of way so that it would be safer, so you could actually park and walk," Rosenthal said.

Mayor Lou La Monte said he has been working with Caltrans staff for the past 10 years, and has dealt with a half dozen set of people in the agency.

"We’re going to stay on these people until we have worn them into the ground," La Monte said.

Pat Maginis September 25, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Paradise Cove is a jewel of Malibu, as is Moonshadows. The City of Malibu should be encouraging more businesses in Malibu and not discouraging or destroying them. I suggest the City negotiate with the County of LA to take over management of Zuma Beach and its large revenue jackpot of parking fees on busy summer weekends; encourage local employment to staff the Zuma parking lot and other coastal access sites. We can hear a pin drop about the huge amount of cars that sometimes park on PCH near Moonshadows, Malibu Seafood and Duke's, and what about all of the pedestrians and parking attendants that bum rush the PCH to cross to Duke's, Malibu Seafood, and Moonshadows? Talk about dangerous pedestrians darting out on PCH to eat and drink? Are we living in a vacuum, and singling out only one business? Is this a violation of due process and unequal protection of the law? Is Paradise Cove not part of the local clique that is in place? The triathlon recently was much more of a traffic nightmare in Malibu than Paradise Cove. Let's not be hypocrites. How much revenue did the triathlon generate? Zero. Do not throw the baby out with the Bath Water.
Max September 25, 2012 at 04:11 PM
We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful area. One price that we must pay, however, is to provide access for the people who are not as fortunate as we are. LA has millions of people that can only enjoy the beautiful coastal regions on a few days each month. We cannot be selfish to find ways to deprive our fellow humans such joy by somehow "creatively justifying" that it's for their own good not to be able to park along PCH. This is so hypocritical: when these wealthy people along the coast have their parties, their guests park along the same stretch of PCH, with valet parking people sprinting in and out of traffic. Put the shoe on the other foot, people! I used to live 65 miles from the coast, and, it would be something very special to see what Nature has to offer along Malibu's spectacular coastline. If the locals are so concerned about safety, why not provide our visitors a park-and-ride option to park (for free) at the city hall lots or at the civic center, and provide a free shuttle service to the various venues, such as Paradise Cove. If these mansion dwellers are so concerned for the safety of these visitors, maybe they should be assessed a tax to subsidize the shuttle service. A small price to pay enable less fortunate people to enjoy the same pleasures that these millionaires can view from their living rooms or walk to in minutes on a daily basis!!
Pat Maginis September 25, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Bravo, David S. Someone just called me and agreed with your well taken and logical comments. The City of Malibu has a duty to its residents to employ a shuttle bus on the weekends like Calabasas and many other cities do. Let's have the fun Malibu bus on PCH and not protect only a few zillionaires like Romney in Malibu. How many parties have we seen on PCH next to Paradise Cove on many weekends and holidays? Bravo, David & Denise. When will we hear from Denephew?
John Mazza September 25, 2012 at 04:34 PM
This article seems to say that they are not going to limit parking on the highway because of the CCC. This is much more than a parking on the highway problem.
Pat Maginis September 25, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Well, John. Do not keep us in the dark. What is the problem? Pray tell, Oracle of Malibu.
bruckey September 25, 2012 at 07:34 PM
since when did the trailers at paradise cove become mansions and home to millionaires
Pat Maginis September 25, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Pat Maginis 2:10 pm on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Bruckey: You need to go south on PC about 1/2 mile to see the mansions, one listed for $ 75 million at one time to be at the scene of 200 car parties. An Olympic gold medalist had one home next door also. Trailers in PC now sell for $ 1 million at some locations.
Pat Maginis September 25, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Charging a daily 365 day a year modest $5 per four hours to park on PCH and $10 for an all day pass on PCH with parking vending machines issuing tickets would be more realistic and put Malibu in sync with other beach cities for revenue. Issue local stickers as every other beach city does to residents to park. U turns, dart outs near the Malibu pier, double parking at the Malibu pier and crazy motorists all along PCH in Malibu are much more dangerous than a few motorists who want to enjoy Paradise Cove. We do not need to become the People's Republic of Santa Monica any time soon. The Sand Castle and now Paradise Cove Beach Cafe have been wonderful for Malibu for many years. Never look a gift horse in the mouth. Malibu has to be fair to ALL!!!
Mark Hayes September 25, 2012 at 09:54 PM
It is interesting how the discussion is focused on parking when I think the other issue is the rampant expansion of the Paradise Cove Restaurant into a wild beach scene. Either he was given permits for all of the beach seats,cabanas, and chaises or he wasn't. Does anybody have the CUP and the actual seating allowed? Mr. Morris is certainly entrepreneurial and the volumes of people who clamor to get in each weekend prove it. We might find the crowds unruly and an imposition but if the city gave him the permits then so be it. On the other hand if he is in violation of the CUP then lets show some grit and enforce the law. Personally it is just the food I find disgusting and overpriced.
Ken Griffen September 25, 2012 at 10:06 PM
How many people have to get injured or even possibily die in order for you to believe Malibu has to be fair to All!
Pat Maginis September 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Ken G: You have a valid point. Let's have Caltrans and the City post on this site a map of all accidents, injuries, and deaths on PCH since the Sand Castle opened. I think math & science should carry the day. Sunday I saw a VW bug totally destroyed at about 4 PM at the mouth of the tunnel on southbound PCH at the 10 Fwy. That is about 25 miles from Paradise Cove. I am willing to bet there have been many more accidents at locations other than at Paradise Cove on PCH. If we had a monorail and not busses down PCH, there would no problems, but the unions would not go for that because no engineers, conductors, or maintenance of any magnitude would be necessary. Many of our problems in Malibu are as David says: Malibu is a wonderful and there is no way to get here in a reasonable amount of time except by car. Our self imposed isolationary and long standing xenophobic attitude has caused many problems.
Ken Griffen September 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM
There have been numerous accidents at Paradise Cove due to the parking situation and over population of people visiting the Cove. Not to mention the drinking and driving as people leave the beach. You have to balace logic with safety. How would you feel if a bunch of kids got wiped out becasue you happen to feel that we have a self impossed isolationary attitude. Safety has to come first.
Max September 26, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Ken, You bring up a good point: Drinking and Driving don’t mix. On the other hand, I don’t see a unique correlation of reckless driving with visiting a beach. One can use your same reasoning to prohibit mansion dwellers from having house parties. And, while you’re at it, why not prohibit weddings, dinner parties, political conventions, sporting events, and all two-drink minimum establishments, etc.? People that attend social functions and gatherings/ceremonies that provide alcohol must be responsible regarding intoxication, unruliness, etc. This responsibility is, in my opinion, independent of the venue or activity. Yes, safety has to come first, Ken, but let’s not use this policy to limit places that the general public has a right to visit.
Sandy Bell September 26, 2012 at 04:14 AM
I understand the issue from Caltrans, regarding parking on the highway for the public access to the public beaches for everyone. Although regarding Paradise Cove it is not a public beach and there is a charge of $10 per person for their access to the beach. Caltrans is contributing to this enterprise.
bruckey September 26, 2012 at 08:27 AM
exactly
Kelli September 26, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Lou La Monte says he has been working with CalTrans for the past TEN years on this issue -- and what has been accomplished in that decade, I wonder. I can't see any improvements. The corner of PCH and Paradise Cove on any summer weekend is chaotic. There are too many people trying to get to the beach in cars where there are not enough places to park. That's the reality. Parking along the highway is dangerous for those who park, walk and for drivers. Seems to me it's going to take a fatal accident to really get something DONE. Hopefully, people with the power to actually set something in motion to curb this problem will realize that and act before someone becomes a victim to the inaction of CalTrans, Coastal and the City to avoid the constant bottleneck all summer long.
Hans Laetz September 26, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Caltrans is a fortress of bureaucratic inaction. Two years ago, they told me they were going to erect a DO NOT ENTER sign where the tourist made an error and killed a motorcyclist in front of Geoffrey's. Two years later, no sign. It's still "on order." Every two years there is a whole new crop of administrators at the District 7 office. They come in with offers of help and communication and nothing changes. The "safety paddles" at Zuma are a perfect example. They are too big and bulky, they obstruct the view for cross-traffic and pedestrians. My formal complaint to Caltrans was investigated by the same engineer who put them in -- and guess what his finding was? Caltrans bosses KNEW that a Caltrans concrete inspector was faking his work, yet let him sign off on major projects like the new Oakland Bay Bridge, and projects in LA County. They did nothing, and now we are spending millions to X-ray the work he signed off on. There are MAJOR dangers to Malibu residents -- an entire hillside section of Highway 1 in Malibu is in danger of sliding down a hill and into houses in one part of Malibu. Caltrans answer has been to fiddle while its lawyer tries to screw the adjacent property owners into accepting legal responsibility for the mess created byt he state. And dealing with their "public information" office is an exercise in self-abuse. Don't blame Lou. Point the finger at Caltrans.
Ken Griffen September 26, 2012 at 09:54 PM
David and Denise, the issue is there is not enough parking to create a safe environment. Further I am not advocating prohibiting people from attending social functions at Paradise Cove, however there are numerous safety issues that need to be addressed and the current system is not working. So I guess you would be in favor of leaving the parking issue as is in Paradise Cove order to accommodate your personnel need to advocate social functions.
Ken Griffen September 26, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Kelli, You said it best. I don't understand why some people just don't get it.

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