Los Angeles County supervisors have scheduled a public meeting next month on the Malibu cityhood proposal pending the outcome of a court hearing today on whether to overturn the Local Agency Formation Commission's approval of the cityhood petition.
Superior Court Judge Miriam Vogel is scheduled to decide a Malibu landowner's contention that a new environmental study is necessary before the beach community can be considered for cityhood.
The board, meanwhile, set a Dec. 6 date for a public hearing to hear local protests over the cityhood plan and to determine whether the matter can be placed on the March 7 ballot. However, county lawyers said plans for the meeting could be changed depending on the judge's ruling today.
The cityhood campaign was launched by some community residents after the county's attempt to assess residents for an $86-million sewer system that they claimed was overpriced and unnecessary. Since then, a committee of Malibu residents and county officials have come up with a scaled-down waste disposal plan that would cost about $34 million.