James Garner

Close the loophole that lets some Malibu homeowners skip out on their property taxes

Close the loophole that lets some Malibu homeowners skip out on their property taxes

If you were around in the 1970s, you might remember Jim Rockford, the TV sleuth who lived in a trailer on the parking lot in Paradise Cove, with arguably the best view in Malibu. No next-door neighbors, just Rockford (played by the late James Garner), the rundown trailer and the beach. Rockford investigated a lot of cases, but the biggest of them all went unsolved: How could a guy who did five years in San Quentin and who now scratched out a living as a private investigator afford to live on that valuable patch of land? And is there a similar spot nearby for us?

In real life there is no Rockford-like stand-alone trailer on a deserted parking lot in...

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