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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Paradise Cove PCH Parking Ban Proposal Gets Approval from State Agency

• Local Music Group Plans Benefit Concert to Aid Family of Towtruck Driver Killed in  Accident

 BY BILL KOENEKER

Malibu City Manager Jim Thorsen announced at last week's city council meeting the State Department of Transportation has agreed to put up no parking signs along Pacific Coast Highway near the entrance to Paradise Cove.
“They are putting up the signs along a 1000 feet of PCH,” said the city manager. “It should take three to four weeks.”
The city manager added the signs would be placed along the guard rails on both sides of the coast highway.
“It is a start,” said Councilmember Laura Rosenthal.
The safety problem escalated last summer when beachgoers parked along the highway and walked into Paradise Cove.
The mix of parked vehicles, pedestrians and summer beach traffic created a nightmare for PCH safety proponents and city officials, who were asked to come up with a solution.
In another attempt to promote safety on PCH, the council voted unanimously to direct the staff to bring back an ordinance requiring valet companies using the public right-of-way in Malibu to wear reflective outerwear at all times and to direct staff to work with county staff too amend the county code to require similar safety precautions for the issuance of a business license to a valet operator.
A  suggestion that recommended requiring valets to wear blinking lights on was turned down.
“I am glad not to see blinking lights [not a part of the ordinance],” said Councilmember Joan House, who said they might be a distraction for motorists.
The council also heard from the Cimorelli Sisters, a  local singing group, who gave a brief performance, and explained that they are seeking to find a venue for a benefit performance in support of the family of the tow truck driver who was fatally injured on PCH when he was trying to assist one of the women in the band.
Katherine Cimorelli said she was in the car that broke down that was getting an assist when the driver was killed.
“He was killed right before me. It was horrifying. I went to the funeral. He left behind a widow and three young children.
“We want to have a huge fundraiser for the family. We have a place in Newbury Park, where the family lives and are looking for a Malibu location. I experienced first-hand the horrors of PCH,” she said.
The mayor and council members were quick to offer city facilities. “Will this room work for you?” asked Mayor Lou La Monte, speaking about council chambers.
Other council members suggested other Malibu facilities, including Bluffs Park, as  potentially bigger venues.

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