I am generally against more new development in Malibu. Most of the recent development in Malibu does not serve our local residents or help our local businesses. We don’t benefit by building space that only large global brands can afford. Most locals aren’t shopping at these stores. There is something out of balance when you can’t buy a pair of underwear but you can find as many $20,000 leather jackets as you want. When the Trancas Country Market was re-developed I publicly fought against the size and scope of the project. The developer who originally got the project entitled ended up “flipping it” to the owner of Trancas Market. So, in essence, the City ended up granting the original developer several variances to make the center larger than the code would normally allow, then, that developer made a profit by selling it to someone else. How did this scenario help anyone but the developer? My position is that our building codes are in place for a reason, the granting of variances to our building codes should be rare.