Malibu cityhood proponents have formally filed for incorporation, turning in nearly 2,700 signatures of community residents late Thursday to the county Local Agency Formation Commission.
Members of the Malibu Committee for Incorporation are trying to place the cityhood issue on the November ballot. LAFCO officials say about 2,300 valid signatures of local voters are needed to qualify the issue for a vote.
Malibu cityhood has been proposed three times in the last decade. A 1976 cityhood campaign was narrowly defeated by voters and two other incorporation campaigns were grounded after LAFCO said it was not economically feasible for Malibu to become a city.
Malibu cityhood sponsors say they are trying to capitalize on widespread "anti-county sentiment" in the community that was generated by a plan to build an $86-million sewer system in the coastal area. Los Angeles County supervisors delayed a vote on the system in October after more than 1,000 angry citizens turned out to protest it.