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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

‘Save Trancas Nursery’ Effort Continues to Gain Momentum in Malibu Community

• Owners’ Reps Offer to ‘Rescind Order’ on 30-Day Eviction

BY BILL KOENEKER

Save Trancas Canyon Nursery supporters kept up the campaign over the week-end with core supporters meeting with the owners’ representatives on Thursday, children making posters on Friday, and finishing up with a rally at the garden center on Sunday when about 100 folks showed up to lend their support to the cause on a hot, windy day.
On Saturday, the owners’ reps sent a letter to the Malibu City Council announcing that Zuma Beach Properties, LLC “rescinded their request that the nursery surrender back the property (30-day termination notice). We will continue our dialogue and look forward to working with the nursery on a new lease arrangement.” The letter was signed by Linda Bernhardt, a land use consultant with Loeb & Loeb.
At Sunday’s rally, many spoke about what a tragedy it would be to lose the nursery if it is evicted. Some celebrities even took to the microphone including Katherine Ross Elliott, who talked about what the small acre of “paradise” meant to her and the rest of the community.
Leslie Ann Down likened the nursery to the Kensingston Gardens of London.
Michael Madsen described the small tract as a “kind of a little heaven,” and asked the crowd if they thought the developers were thinking about them or the community when they issued the order.
Other well-known Malibuites have sent letters of support, including Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Sean William Scott, A. Martinez, and Ron Moss.
There were other developments for the owners’ representatives, who still keep insisting the property is not an investment of a Wal Mart heiress and her husband despite an ostensible paper trail.
Apparently brought on board to help smooth things over is Joann E. Kileen, of Kileen Furtney Group, a specialist in crisis management and uncontrollable media who has represented Wal-Mart, attended the rally on Sunday.
The Loeb & Loeb letter also talked about the meeting on Thursday saying it was a positive meeting “and helpful to quell the rumors and innuendo in the community about our client's project and the plans for the existing site including our client’s relationship with the nursery.”
The letter goes on to state, “We recognize the significance and importance of this community resource not only to the principals of the nursery business but to the community as well.”
Some core supporters were not as sanguine about the matter saying there is still nothing in writing and the business plan and financials sought by Loeb & Loeb are difficult for small business owners.

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