Democracy and justice can be as small as a 1 foot or as big as a 50 foot wave.
Whether it be Rosa Parks sitting on the bus, or a million man march on the Capital.
You know it when you see it because you can feel it. Last night, I witnessed a tsunami of democracy.
Last April, the City of Malibu deadlocked at a 2-2 vote on whether to opppose the Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project and failed to take any formal action. In April 2011 and January 2012, I wrote letters to you and the Governor asking that the Governor reconsider the Malibu Lagoon Restoration project as a concerned citizen.
Only one year later, almost to the day, on April 9, 2012, the Malibu City Council voted 5-0 to OPPOSE the Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project. The Mayor of Malibu will be sending the Governor a letter to inform him of this decision. The City also: 1) voted to file an Amicus Brief in the current appeal in State court, 2) allocate $25,000 to an independent study of the Lagoon Project, 3) Form a 2 person ad-hoc committee to meet and collaborate with the State and Stakeholders to see if a mutually agreeable solution is possible before June 1, 2012 (the start date for the project.).
I was overwhelmed by the people who stood before the City of Malibu last night and asked that City leaders stand with them in their desire to protect and preserve Malibu for generations to come. The people who testified ranged from 12 to over 80, surfers, students, teachers, lawyers, carpenters, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers. All stood united in their love of Malibu and the Lagoon, and their willingness to fight and go the distance.
I am grateful that I live in a small town with a big heart. I remain hopeful that we will be heard the Governor and the Judges in the Court of Appeals and that Mother Nature will have the last word on what a true restoration looks like.