MALIBU—The upcoming ruling on the Malibu pesticide ban by the coastal commission is set to take place Thursday, May 13, at 9 a.m. The commission will rule on whether or not to allow the city to restrict the use of pesticides. The Malibu City Council passed this measure on December 9, 2019.
The Malibu City Council passed a Local Coastal Program amendment that bans the use of pesticides, including insecticides, rodenticides, or any toxic chemical substance which has the potential to significantly degrade biological resources in the city.
Some advocacy groups have focused on the effects of rodenticides on the different biological life in Malibu, such as Mountain Lions. The upcoming ruling on the Malibu pesticide ban is a key issue. In a staff report written by the Coastal Commission, they state, “rodenticides have also caused at least six known mountain lion deaths in the Santa Monica Mountains area.”
According to the Coastal Commission, the commission is able to make changes to these measures approved by the city council.
Those with questions, concerns, or who would like to make provide input on the ordinance can contact the Planning department of the city of Malibu at mPlanning@malibucity.org.