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Posted on: May 11, 2022

City Council Approves Temporary Day-Use Impound Yard on City Lot at PCH & Heathercliff

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City Council Approves Temporary Day-Use Impound Yard on City Lot at PCH & Heathercliff to Address Public Safety, Traffic Mobility & Quality of Life Impacts of Illegally Parked Vehicles

On May 9, the Malibu City Council moved to allow a temporary day-use impound yard on City-owned property at Heathercliff Rd and PCH, which is needed to facilitate towing of illegally parked vehicles in Malibu. Vehicles parked illegally in front of fire hydrants, in traffic lanes, and blocking driveways impacts public safety, traffic mobility and the quality of life of the community. An urgency ordinance was needed so that the lot could be used during the busy summer beach season. 

The location was chosen after the Public Safety Commission examined numerous other locations and properties, including Malibu City Hall, which cannot be used by large flatbed tow trucks due to the steep driveways. The ordinance only allows the temporary impound yard to be used this summer between Memorial Day, May 30, and October 3, daytime and weekends only, to minimize the impacts on surrounding neighborhoods and the environment. The ordinance requires the use of the lot to end on October 3.  

A temporary day-use impound yard in Malibu will allow Sheriff-approved tow operators to store towed vehicles temporarily until they are claimed or transferred to their regular impound yards in Thousand Oaks. Not having to make a round trip to Thousand Oaks for every vehicle greatly increases the number of illegally parked vehicles that can be towed away per day in Malibu. 

Watch video of the discussion of the item in the City Councill meeting (starts at 1:41:04). 

For more information, see the staff report.

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