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Court rejects Malibu measure aimed at limiting development

A state appeals court has rejected a voter-approved initiative backed by actor Rob Reiner that aimed to restrict development in Malibu.

A division of the 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that the measure was illegal. The decision upheld a lower court ruling that tossed out the measure.

The 2014 initiative restricted chain stores and required voter approval of large development projects. Under the terms of Measure R, the City Council had to prepare a specific plan for every proposed commercial or mixed-use development in excess of 20,000 square feet and submit it to voters.

The 2nd District court panel said that part of the measure attempts to usurp the city’s administrative authority.

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Christi Hogin, Malibu’s city attorney, said she would not be surprised if city officials decided to appeal the ruling to the California Supreme Court.


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