On Wednesday August 9th, representatives from California State Parks and members of the community gathered at the Headlands on Point Dume to begin the first efforts in a new volunteer program to remove poisonous weeds from the area without the use of pesticides.
The area, highly sensitive and requiring supervision by CA State Parks scientists and an archaeologist, is known as “CA Land 454”, a Chumash settlement site where artifacts and cultural resources have been collected over the years and continue to be found to this day and also the reason why tools of any kind cannot be used to remove invasive plants, hence the previous use of pesticides. A site review was conducted by State Parks previous to beginning the volunteer program on August 9th.
The effort was made possible after a 13-year battle in the name of preservation of the environment and local wildlife, largely spearheaded by Kian and Joel Schulman of Poison Free Malibu and local activists and the initiative finally passed on July 10th, when Malibu City Council voted unanimously to ban all poisons and pesticides within the city limits.
December 9th, 2019, shortly after a protest by local environmentalists and supporters, Malibu City Council voted unanimously to amend the Malibu LCP to prohibit the use of pesticides, including anticoagulant rodenticide and herbicides like Round-Up. Two years later the amendment was approved by the City and the Coastal Commission. Unfortunately, it took an additional two years for the city pass the initiative.
The proposed (and passed!) initiative reads as follows:“The Council considers the use of pesticides, including insecticides, herbicides, rodenticides or any other similar toxic chemical substances to be “development” as used in LIP Section 13.3 where the application of such substances would have the potential to significantly degrade Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas (ESHA) or coastal water quality or harm wildlife. Such development is also not considered to be “maintenance” under LIP Section 13.4.2 and therefore, a Coastal Development Permit is required prior to such use. This policy does not apply to the indoor use of such substances.”
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Editor in Chief Cece Woods considers herself the “accidental activist”. Having spent most her childhood on sands of Zuma Beach, Cece left Southern California in her early 20’s, but it was only a matter of time before she returned to the idyllic place that held so many wonderful memories from her youth. In 2006, she made the journey back to Malibu permanently, the passion to preserve it was ignited. In 2012, Cece became involved in local environmental and political activism at the urging of former husband Steve Woods, a resident for more than 4o years. Together, they were involved in many high-profile environmental battles including the Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project, Measure R, Measure W, and more. Cece founded influential print and online media publications, 90265 Magazine in 2013 highlighting the authentic Malibu lifestyle, and The Local Malibu, an online news media site with a strategic focus on environmental and political activism. In the summer of 2018, Cece broke multiple global stories including the law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and is considered by major news media as a trusted authority on Malibu.