But not much of it is in evidence today. As for the June election, my hunch is that cityhood will win, despite the combined political muscles of developers, land speculators and Pepperdine University, whose plans for massive expansion depend on the supervisors' regional sewers. I base my guess not on the unpopularity of the sewer system itself and its huge assessments but the problem presented by Pacific Coast Highway.
PCH, as we Malibuites call it, is possibly the worst thoroughfare in all America. It is at once a principal route north, the commuter road not only for thousands of Malibuites but for commuters from inland developments who want to avoid Ventura Freeway gridlock. It is used by local shoppers and Los Angeles beach-goers, by tourists, by hundreds of bicyclists, by California Highway Patrol cars and ambulances screaming toward the all-too-frequent accidents, and by joggers and casual strollers in swimsuits, often accompanied by dogs, on and off the leash. If the traffic can move at all, to observe the 45 m.p.h. speed limit is to be tailgated, rear-ended, shouted at and even shot at.
There is absolutely no way that PCH can accommodate a huge buildup of traffic, and that will be on the minds of many voters. Even the developers must wonder how they can hope to sell choice properties if the buyers can't get in or out.