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More Details of Esplanade Project Emerge

The plan calls for a bike path and viewing platforms from the Malibu Pier to the Malibu Lagoon.

New photos of a model show the concept of the proposed Malibu Esplanade Project, a resurrected plan from the 1980s to build a bike path and viewing platforms from the Malibu Pier to the Malibu Lagoon.

The photos were taken by the city of Malibu Department of Parks and Recreation staff during a recent meeting at the Malibu studio of Ann Ryan, the designer  behind the project.

The model shows a proposed viewing platform at the famous Surfrider Beach, which is one of several phases of the project.

The Malibu Parks and Recreation Commission is currently reviewing the first phase of the project, which only includes the viewing platform at Surfrider Beach. The viewing platform would be located between the Malibu Pier and the Adamson House.

"The whole goal was to have a unifying theme to get from one place to another, to have an identity with the city and to not have people walking through a highway," Ryan said. "It needed to have an identity, to show 'here you are, you are finally at Malibu beach.'"

Ryan met in January with members of the Malibu Parks and Recreation Commission, which formed a subcommittee made up of Commissioners Carl Randall, Graeme Clifford and Steve Parks to gather facts about the project.

Ryan is expected to answer questions about the project at the Tuesday, Feb. 19 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting at Malibu City Hall.

Malibu city staff are in the process of putting together a staff report about the project, which will include information about the project's possible funding sources. The report will also address the fact that the project is proposed on state-owned land.

Officials from the state of California, Los Angeles County and Caltrans would have to be on board for the project to move forward.

The project was proposed by Ryan in the 1980s when her nonprofit received grants from the California Coastal Conservancy, California Department of Parks and Los Angeles County.

More recently, Ryan made several attempts to solicit grant funds from the city in 2010 and 2011, but none of the requests were funded.

According to an excerpt from the original California Coastal Conservancy grant application, the project area would extend from the Malibu Pier to the entrance of the Malibu Lagoon State Park.

The plans call for 3.5 miles of pedestrian walkways, bikeways, a viewing deck at Surfrider Beach and access to trails in the Santa Monica Mountains and the shops in the Cross Creek area. To accommodate the walkways and bikeways, the 1980s version of the project calls for the widening of the Malibu Bridge over the Malibu Lagoon on Pacific Coast Highway.

Ryan said the bridge has already been widened, and that she didn't fully read the project description she submitted from an old grant application.

Malibu Surfrider Beach was dedicated as the first World Surfing Reserve in 2010. In 2009, California State Parks won the Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award for its restoration of the Malibu Pier.

Ryan said she hopes the city takes the lead on the project.

"It identifies when you come up Pacific Coast Highway, you’re in Malibu," Ryan said.

Hans Laetz February 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Yup, and I do not know what would possess you to act like this.
Judi Hutchinson February 10, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Here you go Hans! Figure 4.5.3.4 Malibu Middle and High School urban design diagram – Alternative 1. This diagram, which depicts Malibu Middle / High School, together with the adjacent campus of Juan Cabrillo Elementary School shows major new projects for the Malibu Middle / High School Campus in black. At the upper right is a potential stadium seating expansion project to enhance the football field. To the lower middle of the diagram fronting Morningview Drive is the proposed new library. Further to the right is a proposed two story classroom block replacing the existing one story middle school classrooms. Figure 4.5.3.5 Malibu Middle and High School urban design diagram – Alternative 2. This diagram, depicts an alternative diagram for Malibu Middle / High School, (also shown together with the adjacent campus of Juan Cabrillo Elementary School). In this case, a smaller two story replacement classroom building is indicated in the center of the plan at the current location of the existing one story shop buildings.
Ben Dover February 10, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Maybe it's your non stop arrogance? That's what I know.
R Y A N February 10, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Hans, the Planning Commission's meetings are available archived on Granicus, available streaming on demand through the City's website. You can watch the meeting for what actually occurred, and review/download the submitted staff report/data from the meeting, rather than contact your buddies. The concrete stadium was a big issue for the Planning Commission as the seating far exceeds the need based on enrollment. How many cars would it take to fill 1,300 seats for an "event"? I'm sure you're not trying to tweak history. Maybe you were in the bathroom, or out in the hall arguing with me or someone else, during that part of the meeting.
Andy Lyon February 13, 2013 at 08:43 PM
kettle black.
Andy Lyon February 13, 2013 at 08:57 PM
The lagoon IS an esplanade Cece. What are they behind schedule on? The concrete and steel imitation kelp forest umbrellas and the concrete pathways. They are ahead of schedule on not getting native weeds to grow that replaced everything that was already there. If anyone thinks that this esplanade doesn't tie into the lagoon and the legacy park and paths to the hotel and shopping in civic center you are with your head in the sand...be careful they might cement you in like that ! State Parks is trying to put a parking lot in across from guidos on a strip of land that serra retreat owners traded in order to keep their guard shack there- just like the perenchio deal. You all better start paying attention. They already have a BS permit to do an arundo clean up in that area with Suzanne Goode (lagoon killer) named on it. Watch when they go in there and totally destroy all that area in the name of NON-NATIVE plants, turn it into a parking lot and then put in a pedestrian bridge to the esplanade and lagoon. buh by malibu
J. Flo February 13, 2013 at 09:03 PM
All for school with a shrinking population. A very small school to start with - has already lost 200 students in just 8 years. A trend, that by the districts own stats, will be continuing to shrink. Something is wrong with this picture -
J. Flo February 13, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Waiting to hear the "informed answer".
Hans Laetz February 14, 2013 at 03:17 AM
"Something is wrong with this picture. " I'll say! We see the leader of "Preserve Malibu" bend that group into an antischool, anti-child group. I am saddened to see a group that I had supported warp into an elitist, alarmist effort to torpedo broad community efforts to support a well rounded high school as a part of our city. It took me two days , no one knew what the hell this was about But I do have an answer: apparently, a 1300 seat stadium was approved by voters in the 2000 Proposition X project , which was approved by the City Council back them. Since then, that planning process at the school district was superceded by the Measure BB process. So, yes, the district technically still holds a permit to build a 1300 seat stadium at MHS. And no, there are no plans, funds, needs or desires to build it. Contrary to Mr. Mazza's alarmist but cute statement, there are no plans because the district has listened to its parents and neighbors and changed course. The city also tells me the district has listened to the Malibu Park neighbors and come up with a state of the art dark-skies lighting plan. And J. as much as some may wish the school would go away, enrollment levels in kindergarden this year is way up, above that gloomy projection.
Hans Laetz February 14, 2013 at 03:23 AM
By the way, Judi, those are ALTERNATIVES from a long ago set of choices given to parents, neighbors, etc. They are not part of the current plans. No one supported them in the last 10 years.
Hans Laetz February 14, 2013 at 04:06 AM
You, the voice of your group, have made it very clear that you are opposed to facilities for the children of Malibu. Preserve Malibu and you have raised identical claims against parks growth. Witness the virulent Preserve Malibu opposition to the proposal to secure city control of Bluffs Park. You are entitled to those opinions, of course. And me mine. You have told me in the past that you view the backstops and fields at Bluffs as scary and institutional.
J. Flo February 14, 2013 at 04:27 AM
Fact: CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DEMOGRAPHICS UNIT: Malibu Point Dume Elementary School 2004 Kindergarten = 50 students Point Dume Elementary School 2012 Kindergarten = 25 students ** A drop of 50% less students in 8 years. Webster Elementary School 2004 Kindergarten = 67 students Webster Elementary School 2012 Kindergarten = 40 students ** A drop of 40% less students in 8 years. Pure stats. Enrollment for 2013 not yet calculated by CDE.
J. Flo February 14, 2013 at 04:29 AM
What an absurdly dramatic and typically insulting response. God forbid actual stats are reprinted from SMMUSD - OWN - records that show a factual decline in MMHS enrollment. 200 less kids at Malibu Middle and High School in 8 years is a fact. The kindergarten classes where enrollment is up are in Santa Monica. ""There is more growth expected on the Santa Monica side than on the Malibu side," said Dean Waldfogel, vice president at Irvine-based Decision Insite, who outlined future growth in the district in a presentation before the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board of Education Thursday at Malibu City Hall." Go ahead, Hans, if it makes you feel good, insult the parents and good people involved in Preserve Malibu as anti-kid. The perfect definition of - alarmist. Sports dogma above every other legitimate concern smacks of "elitist. A. there is no "leader" in Preserve Malibu, B.when you start attacking people with slanderous bull-ogna conversation ends.
Hans Laetz February 14, 2013 at 04:33 AM
Yes. And if you succeed in Preserving Makibu as a poor place to raise children, it will become a city without them. I am sorry to offend you so. But it has become apparent that Preserve Makibu is NOT about preserving this beach city as a good ace to raise kids. Prove me wrong. I wish I was wrong. But the knee jerk Preserve Malibu reaction against parks. schools and other kid friendly attributes of a real community leave me little other conclusion.
J. Flo February 14, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Hans, you're typically pretty well balanced in conversation until . . . sport fields arrive. The world flips, blinders come out and all h*ll breaks lose. IMO. Most have learned to simply avoid the conversation. Come to whatever insulting and fictional conclusion makes you happy.
Hans Laetz February 14, 2013 at 05:18 AM
Now we agree fully. I see the city spend $25 million on a Central Park without any active recreation - a ban on seniors tai chi -- and I go crazy. I see an HOA ban kids from playing soccer on a new city park bring built for their benefit and I go meshuganah. . I see a group of self appointed rump committee members explode in knee jerk opposition to city control of Bluffs Park -- and I go bat--- nuts. . And I see some people -- good smart people - oppose parks, fields, lights and modest school accommodations -- and I need a blood pressure meter. And you know what? I meet people all the time who say they admire my devotion and support my opinions. And they like my big arrogant mouth.
Ben Dover February 14, 2013 at 06:23 AM
So many people in Malibu support your opinions and arrogance that's why you got the most votes for city council, oh wait, you lost. Those people are just blowing smoke up your Donkey Hole Hans. Stop being jealous of Ryan and John Mazza. It's pathetic your just another over educated sudo intellect with absolutely no people skills.
J. Flo February 14, 2013 at 07:41 AM
Research states, according to government reports, the reason Malibu's school enrollment is decreasing year after year is due to the enormous rise in real estate prices. A trend that's forecast to continue into the future. Malibu's schools are rated the very top of California, yet young couples with small children are less and less able to afford to live here. Population reports show that an older demographic will be rising at a rapid pace. Which leads to a critical need for fiscal responsibility, especially as our state's educational coffers are empty. The myth of "if I build it they will (magically) come" belongs in one place, on a movie screen. Malibu, no doubt, offers an abundance for children. Improve upon it, create more with intelligent plans that take into account present and a foreseeable smaller school population, balanced with the needs of the entire community. Pure common sense. Decisions of the magnitude this City is contemplating must not be made with eyes closed, running from facts. Quickly, I can count at least10 parents I know, along with countless residents, who've been silenced with these defamatory "anti-kid" insults simply because they've come to different opinions, based on facts. It's wrong. Everyone needs to use their voice in these monumental decisions that are effecting every aspect of their city and crucial Malibu priorities, I hope they will. Everyone is a stakeholder.
J. Flo February 14, 2013 at 08:01 AM
All priorities: safety, fire, traffic, homes, living requirements, preservation, parks, etc.
J. Flo February 14, 2013 at 08:51 AM
Black And White Mentality: produced, directed, shot, starred in by (yes, Self-Appointed)-My-Way-Or-The-Highway-Hans. They only like your insulting ways when they're aimed over "there". Don't kid yourself. Sometimes you need to change the lens on your camera. (affectionately said . . . )
Hans Laetz February 14, 2013 at 03:51 PM
>>"Which leads to a critical need for fiscal responsibility, especially as our state's educational coffers are empty. The myth of "if I build it they will (magically) come" belongs in one place, on a movie screen."<< Thank you for acknowledging that what I said last night about your "just say no" philosophy was factually correct. No magic is involved in building a strong, viable school, or a kid-friendly town. Hard work is involved. Money. And that includes providing the open space, buildings and other necessary resources for children to be educated and raised here with even a small proportion of what is available in other school districts. You disagree. Fair enough. But you continue to poke and prod in this public forum, and then scream "unfair unfair!" when you get an answer you don't like. I am sick to death of people (not you) banning children's games from public parks and claiming they're not anti-kid. This city has not built one full service park -- not one -- in its 22 years. We have a deficit of at least 9. And the Preserve crowd fights fights fights any effort to change that shameful record. I anger the downtown crowd by publicly saying what everyone knows: Legacy Park is a disaster. I anger the school people by demanding that dark skies fixtures be installed. And I anger the Preserve people by saying this. It needs to be said. You're angry with me? I regret that, truly. But it needs to be said.
J. Flo February 14, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Round and round it goes, always ending in the same unfortunate tantrum. It's called tedium. Have a good day. Get out of the house and into the beauty of Malibu, an ocean, trails, parklands, empty ball fields await. Malibu is nothing short of blessed.
Hans Laetz February 14, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Right now I am clearing fountain grass from NPS land in the canyon. And answering emails. Do you really need to characterize my reasoned argument to be a "tantrum?" Really?
Hans Laetz February 14, 2013 at 07:16 PM
In psychology, they call what you are doing "projection.." You project anyone disagreeing with you as arrogant. I say you're entitled to that opinion. And I'll rest on mine.
J. Flo February 14, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Hello, Hans - your arguments on this are seldom "reasonable". They're hot-tempered, insult laden, tirades - designed to shut down any other viewpoint. Not just IMO. Arrogance, in the real world, is not a compliment. :) I don't disagree with your basic thoughts only the off-the-pendulum-swing they fly into. IMO. Let's look at more FACTS, instead of rhetoric > "Malibu High School is the 52nd best high school in California and the 265th best out of 22,000 in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report." Kid-friendly? At the very top 1.2%. FACT. As I've stated endlessly, yes, find some new fields but do it keeping f-a-c-t-s in the forefront. I've made calls to landowners looking for a solution. Have you? There is land now available and more to come, as you fully know that can house new fields without giving away our priceless 530 acre wilderness park. If find this swap the epitome of "blinders-on" thinking . That's my opinion. I am allowed one. Now go pull grass. Have a good one -
Robert Feigel February 14, 2013 at 07:58 PM
I'm reminded of this quote from George Orwell: "When I talk to anyone or read the writings of anyone who has any axe to grind, I feel that intellectual honesty and balanced judgement have simply disappeared from the face of the earth. Everyone’s thought is forensic, everyone is simply putting a "case" with deliberate suppression of his opponent’s point of view ... "
J. Flo February 14, 2013 at 08:21 PM
For God's sake, Hans, not my word - I'm quoting YOU talking about yourself. "And they like my big arrogant mouth." Robert, I agree. We have to always look for truth and for a new way of looking at something. Be able to take a step back. Not always easy - but important.
hellwood February 14, 2013 at 08:33 PM
hans, just curious...if parents with kids can no longer afford to live here, how do you justify butchering and bulldozing a beautiful chunk of nature, AND losing charmlee? if we want to be kid friendly, we should take our kids on more hikes and nature walks(or have the nanny do it....haha), bring these kids back down to earth and teach them that paving over nature is shortsighted, and just isn't worth it in the long run. preserving the priceless undeveloped and open spaces is what is best for malibu. when all the kids are gone, it will be a billionaires' ghost town
Marianne Riggins February 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM
These fields and other recreational facilities are not just for kids, adults in this community are seriously underserved. The one community pool we have in this town for most of the year is only available in the evenings or early mornings. We no longer have a skate park, so skateboarders are forced in to the streets to skate. Our overall population is not going down, it is just adjusting between the age groups and there is nothing to say that in 10-15 years from now we won't have a large amount of families move here. Bluffs park make sense for this type of use since it is in the middle of our community allowing residents from both ends of town to have near them.
hellwood February 18, 2013 at 07:57 AM
marianne, adults in this community? do you mean senior citizens?? most people in malibu either have a pool, have friends with pools, or dont care about pools because they can jump in the ocean. according to the draft report, walking, biking trails and green ways are the priority. next you will suggest bulldozing our hills for a deluxe lawn bowling course and a bingo parlour. Maybe level another area for a bridge club and a knitting room with Masterpiece theater playing 24/7 on a big screen?

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