Malibu Complete MALIBU HISTORY: 1970 TO CITYHOOD IN 1991

Malibu Disasters, 1970-1991

A 1984 earth movement destabilized the hillside over Rambla Pacifico, destroyed 11 homes, and has blocked the road ever since.
A 1984 earth movement destabilized the hillside over Rambla Pacifico, destroyed 11 homes, and has blocked the road ever since.

Malibu Disasters During the Period 1970-1991

Malibu has always had its disasters, built into the nature of the land. The Rindge's lost their home to fire as had the Chumash before them. Periodic deluges led to floods and sliding hillsides. This was natural and expected in Malibu (See Malibu Hazards section of MalibuComplete.com) but more development meant that the disasters were more costly and there was more political pressure for mitigation measures.

Malibu Fires During the Period 1970-1991

The most damaging hazard to developed Malibu is the wildfires. The 1970 Malibu Canyon Fire destroyed 103 homes, burning much of the same area later engulfed by the 1993 Malibu conflagration. 20-mile wall of flames roared across the ridge line of the Santa Monicas toward the sea. With the asphalt on PCH ablaze and all escape routes cut off, terrified residents of the famed Malibu Colony took refuge in the nearby lagoon.

The Malibu Fire in October 1978 was the worst previous fire laying waste to thousands of acres and 230 homes. burned superstars' homes in the Broad Beach area.

1982 Dayton Fire (85 homes destroyed), Fire in Oct 1982

Slides During the Period 1970-1991

During the Big Rock Canyon mudslide of '77, the county offered a ferry ride from the Malibu pier to the Santa Monica pier, roundtrip for $2.50!

The longest road closures was in 197? Moonshadows was closed for about a month. At that time, half the parking lot was declared unusable. Moonshadows revamped and reopened by new mgt in 2002.

The Rambla Pacifico landslide, which in 1984 destroyed 11 homes and closed the road. The County had closed that road in 1984, “approximately one-half mile from its intersection with Pacific Coast Highway, because of earth movement” caused by County construction activity.

in 1979 a portion of Pacific Coast Highway was closed for three months while crews worked to remove the rock and the debris that resulted from a rain-induced landslide. In 1979, the 116-ton boulder, nicknamed the "Malibu Rock," was not destroyed but rather was purchased from Caltrans by a local artist, Brett-Livingstone Strong. Strong had the rock transported, via helicopter, from its location on Pacific Coast Highway to his nearby home. Sutton said in 1979, the boulder came close to hitting the home of movie producer Robert Radnitz. Sutton said in 1979, the boulder came close to hitting the home of movie producer Robert Radnitz.

On 12-16-87 snow fell on the beach at Malibu for a few minutes.

Despite knowledge of the inherent hazards of building on the beach or bluff in Malibu, however, permitting agencies, such as the Coastal Commission, tend to approve permits with elaborate mitigating measures rather than deny the project.

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