What rich people have done to Malibu Beach
Malibu incorporated 10 years ago and today is a community of 13,000. Its elected officials support influential homeowners in putting out an unwelcome mat for tourists who venture off plentiful public beaches into residential areas.
If the 10 proposed new Coastal Commission access-ways in Malibu are opened — supplementing four widely scattered existing paths — visitors lucky enough to find parking on the dangerously busy highway will find beaches lacking bathrooms and lifeguards. The sands bristle with “private property” and “no trespassing” signs. The Malibu Colony marks its boundary with a chain-link fence extending into the water at high tide.
I’ve been following the reports of the fires in Southern California especially closely. Three of my grown kids live down there — John (34) and his partner, Dani (32), and their two kids, my grandkids, Jesse (24) and his partner, Mary (27) , and Jenni, my daughter (31). I Myspaced them to make sure they were all right. They are. As John said, there’s no brush to burn in the city where they live! The fire will never reach them. Jenni wrote:
The fires are in Malibu, so we’re ok. It’s very sad as far as the loss of lives, but on the upside, I hope this makes all the elitists have to move from the beach, and thereby give the beach back to the people. And also save our air quality! …I can taste smoke in some of my food! The thing is that fires are supposed to happen here, it’s part of the eco-balance. But they try to control them too much (due to housing and cities in those firey areas) and then when one finally happens, this happens, too big, and everyone having to breathe this. The lighting is really pretty outside though due to the fires. But I can see and feel the smoke badly affecting my (everyones) lungs.
I was reminded then about the way the rich own so much of the beach at Malibu and have vigorously tried to keep the public totally off the beaches in all sorts of ways, never mind court rulings that the beaches are for the people. They erect fences, they put up ugly signs, they sue people for walking on the beaches in front of their homes, they finagle ways to keep people from being able to get to the beach, by making it necessary for them to cross their fenced properties. It is disgusting and ugly and despicable.
My heart goes out to those affected by these fires. But I cannot say I hope they move back.
The natural disasters and catastrophes all over the world in recent years have seemed particularly fierce to me, as though the Mother is saying “Enough.” This gives me a strange and passionate hope.