The Battle Over Measure R is Not Over

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On November 4, 2014, many Malibu residents were excited to discover that Measure R ai??i?? a ballot initiative that required any proposed developments of more than 20,000 square feet to be approved by voters ai??i?? had been passed. The Measure also implemented a 30% cap on the number of chain stores in shopping centers throughout the City of Malibu.

On January 5, 2015, opponents of Measure R filed a lawsuit on in federal court against the City of Malibu, seeking to invalidate Measure R because it is allegedly unconstitutional and violates California planning and zoning law.Ai??To view the lawsuit, click here.

The lawsuit is spearheaded by Steve Soboroff, a steadfast opponent of Measure R since its inception, who wanted to bring a Whole Foods store to the City of Malibu. The two plaintiffs, The Park at Cross Creek, LLC, and the Malibu Bay Company, allege that Measure R, among other things, violates the Commerce Clause and Equal Protection Clause.

Harrison Barnes, A Professional Law Corporation will continue monitoring the status of this lawsuit and publish any updates.

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