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Malibu Becomes A Sanctuary City

City Council passes the ‘symbolic’ gesture with a 3-2 vote sending shock waves through the community by passing a national issue with- out feeling the pulse of the people.

March 13th, 2017, will go down in history as the night Malibu turned a corner, with headlights off, and drove down a very dark road.

It is the night our city leaders, entered into an historical experiment by bringing a polarizing national issue into our local politics and declaring Malibu a Sanctuary City without appealing to its constituents and feeling the pulse of the people.

As shockwaves reverberated through the community, locals took to social media to express their emotions. Many residents were clearly angry – even outraged.

News of our Sanctuary City status was reported by virtually every major news entity. This embarrassing failure of local governing, prompted people from all over the country to flood local media and city hall with messages and letters express- ing complete shock and utter disappointment in our City Council’s decision.

With close to 70% of the community (see poll right ) now in a collective meltdown over the inevitability of increased crime coupled with an underperforming Sheriff’s Department – not to mention the possibility of losing FEMA disaster funding loom- ing as the White House slaps sanctions on Sanctuary Cities, it is clear that our city leaders thought nothing of the chaos and destructive forces that accompany a decision as monumental as the one they made that night.

The resolution, passed by Laura Rosenthal, Lou LaMonte and Skylar Peak, will undoubtedly bear a stiff price – and we have already begun to feel the fallout.

A conclusion one might come to is that the support Rosenthal received for pro- posing the motion hopes the “symbolic gesture” will payoff in one form or another.

It seems as though Rosenthal and LaMonte may have set their sights set on on plum political gigs in the future, and Rosenthal, without question, sees every situ- ation, regardless of its solemnity, as a branding opportunity. She was well aware of the worldwide attention declaring Malibu a Sanctuary City would receive.

With this decision, Rosenthal, Peak and LaMonte have of cially turned on a tap of hate – and it will be a while before we can turn it off. Whether they would like to acknowledge it or not, they have now reached a dismal new level of unpopularity.

Thankfully, Rosenthal and LaMonte’s days are numbered.

 

Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over 1 million hits across her social media platforms. Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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