Challenge May Delay Vote on Cityhood

In a move that will seriously jeopardize the chances of placing the Malibu cityhood issue on the November ballot, one of the largest landowners in the coastal community, the Adamson Cos., has asked the county's Local Agency Formation Commission to reconsider its approval of the town's incorporation petition.

On Monday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, the county Fire Department and two private homeowners followed suit, also filing requests that LAFCO reconsider its decision.

The requests mean that LAFCO will have to hold a public hearing in late July to vote again on the cityhood petition. Even if LAFCO reapproves it, as expected, the county Board of Supervisors must schedule a public hearing on the matter, leaving little time to set an election date by the Aug. 10 deadline.

In that case, the cityhood election, in which Malibu residents will have their say on whether their community becomes a city, would have to be held in April at the earliest.

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