January 8, 2023
As the sun sets on the sandy shores of Malibu, one might expect to see luxury beachfront mansions and the glitz and glamour that the world associates with this famed California town. However, just steps away from the opulent Malibu Country Mart, a shocking contrast presents itself in the form of a crazy homeless encampment. Amidst the palm trees and ocean breeze, men and women with all of their belongings stuffed into shopping carts and battered suitcases huddle in tents, makeshift shelters, and on the streets. The juxtaposition is jarring – just blocks away, some of the most wealthy and famous individuals in the world live in sprawling estates, while just steps away, members of the community struggle to survive without a roof over their heads. This disturbing scene is not unique to Malibu, but rather a heartbreaking reality that plagues the entire Los Angeles County. Despite its reputation as a land of opportunity and prosperity, the homelessness crisis in LA is devastating, with a staggering population of over 66,000 individuals experiencing homelessness on any given night.
January 10, 2023
Here is the email thread that I’ve had with another Malibu resident, and the Malibu City staff about this issue: https://davidbramante.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/David-Bramante-Malibu-Homeless-Encampment.pdf