Civic guardian since 1947

Malibu Township Council is the Grande Dame of community organizations. As such, she has served as a representative and advocate for the residential community since 1947. It was a team of MTC members who laid the groundwork for the formation of the City of Malibu. In the 1980s, MTC members raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and spent as many hours to be able to control their own destiny, and to escape control by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

Old-timers who fully understand Malibu know that it is not surprising for area residents to do that.

So magical is this place, that its earliest residents who first explored its 17 canyons, its picturesque rocky coastline, who fell in love with its sunshine, and were enraptured by the dolphins leaping out of the waves, the insouciant sea lions — and even the coyotes, mountain lions, and bears — were willing to give up convenience to be surrounded by this Paradise.


Cut off from Santa Monica and downtown by narrow, steep, and windy roads and from San Fernando Valley by a barrier of mountains, Malibu's first residents made significant personal sacrifices to remain here, captured by its magic.

And for each succeeding generation, the Malibu story has been roughly the same. Cellphone service and TV reception even now is spotty. But the hassles of city life seem far away. There are no large department stores, not many chain stores, no airports, no high-rise buildings, no industrial plants . . . and yet the residents buck the mid-day traffic when they need to shop or fly or work with industry. The majority of Malibu residents view safeguarding the land, the environment, and their neighbors as one of the costs they pay to remain in Malibu, enjoying Paradise.

And protecting that Paradise — in its many forms — always has been the mission of Malibu Township Council.
Here are some of the proposals and projects that MTC has spearheaded, funded, or supported. MTC serves as a civic monitor, analyzing governmental decisions that would result in harming the environment, public safety, or Malibu's natural beauty and charm. MTC's involvement on each issue has ranged from hiring experts to conduct research, to conducting community education, enlightenment, and publicity programs.

Throughout the 1980s, prior to cityhood, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to hire experts to oppose the County sewer to be buried under the unstable Pacific Coast Highway.
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Down through the eons — The geological and paleontological history of Malibu is revealed via countless layers of sandstone and shale, laid down over the ages on the sea floor and then pushed up as the Earth's tectonic plates slide over each other.
From 19XX to 19xx, opposed the state freeways proposed through Malibu Canyon and along PCH that would have made it impossible for Malibu to retain any of the community character that exists here today.

date? Initiated a proposal and worked with City Council and Cal Trans to ban trucks with four or more axles from Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

Provided seed money for the City of Malibu incorporation movement after Malibu Township Council Committee members, who strongly favored the idea, formed the Malibu Committee for Incorporation. The eventual result was that 21 miles of Malibu coastline were incorporated as the City of Malibu on March 28, 1991. Since many of those who had worked for Cityhood helped draft the City's Mission Statement* and Vision Statement* (see footer below for full texts), perhaps it is not coincidence that some of the wording sounds similar to phraseology included in MTC's Article of Incorporation, dated Jan. 2, 1947. (See top of page).

Opposed the (2009? according to newspapers) State (?) My research says it was NOT the state but the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board ban on septic tanks [septic "systems" my sources say] as well as a City sewer proposal (sought by whom? )for the Malibu Civic Center. The decision meant that "new septic systems would not be permitted in Malibu and owners of existing systems would have to halt wastewater discharges within a decade." For many Malibu the decision meant that with new systems capable of quickly draining septic waste, Malibu would be in danger of massive and widespread over-development. This was just what was meant to be avoided when the Malibu Committee for Incorporation worked so hard to found a new city. And what was MTC's response to this?

Opposed the Coastal Conservancy’s plan for overnight camping in the mountains behind Malibu because of the extreme fire hazard. (Do you mean Joe Edmiston's Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy? Or, is there a different Coastal Conservancy that I don't know about. If so, is that the full name?)

Has MTC taken a stand on the dismantling of Rindge Dam? If not, are we going to do that? I will just leave it off if we have not taken any action on it. Many people feel dismantling the dam would be a bad idea because 1) It's very expensive, and 2) doing so WILL NOT HELP THE STEELHEAD because they could not jump over the rocks that originally were there, and the sandy sediments laid down in the dam over nearly a century would inundate Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider Beach for years to come.

Need a date here. Vigorously opposed Las Virgenes Sewage Treatment Plant's dumping of effluent into Malibu Creek. This resulted in WHAT? Specifically what are we talking about here? I thought the Sewage Treatment Plant that was doing that was at Tapia and that it was treated water. And that in times of flooding, there was too much water to treat all of it and some of it ended up in Malibu Creek, but that now that there is a separate storm water treatment facility at Cross Creek, that doesn't happen anymore. Need more details to write an understandable bullet point.

MTC has participated at every opportunity to participate in planning for revisions to the state-owned Pacific Coast Highway, AND, AS A RESULT, CITY COUNCIL DID WHAT? Were changes made a result of MTC recommendations? What were they? We should then, perhaps, list the occasions in which MTC has participated and the decisions that emerged. It was unclear to me from the brochure.
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First home on Malibu Beach, now known as the Adamson House, was built in 1929 by Rhoda Adamson and Merritt Adamson. It was built on 13 acres given to Rhoda by her mother, May Rindge, who, with her husband, Frederick were Malibu's pioneer settlers, arriving here in 1892. For a full history of the Adamson House, click here: http://www.adamsonhouse.org/history.htm
To join Malibu Township Council or make a donation, click HERE, or hit the "Contact, Join Us" item above in the Navigation Bar. (I might make a button out of this and insert it on various pages in different pages as a graphic element).
* City of Malibu Vision Statement
Malibu is a unique land and marine environment and residential community whose citizens have historically evidenced a commitment to sacrifice urban and suburban conveniences in order to protect that environment and lifestyle, and to preserve unaltered natural resources and rural characteristics. The people of Malibu are a responsible custodian of the area's natural resources for present and future generations. — Malibu Municipal Code Section 17.02.030

* City of Malibu Vision Mission Statement
Malibu is committed to ensure the physical and biological integrity of its environment through the development of land-use programs and decisions, to protect the public and private health, safety and general welfare. Malibu will plan to preserve its natural and cultural resources, which include the ocean, marine life, tide pools, beaches, creeks, canyons, hills, mountains, ridges, views, wildlife and plant life, open spaces, archaeological, paleontological and historic sites, as well as other resources that contribute to Malibu's special natural and rural setting.

Malibu will maintain its rural character by establishing programs and policies that avoid suburbanization and commercialization of its natural and cultural resources.

Malibu will gradually recycle areas of deteriorated commercial development that detract from the public benefit or deteriorate the public values of its natural, cultural and rural resources.

Malibu will provide passive, coastal-dependent and resource-dependent visitor-serving recreational opportunities (at proper times, places and manners) that remain subordinate to their natural, cultural and rural setting, and which are consistent with the fragility of the natural resources of the area, the proximity of the access to residential uses, the need to protect the privacy of property owners, the aesthetic values of the area, and the capacity of the area to sustain particular levels of use. —
Malibu Municipal Code Section 17.02.030