An Open Letter To The Owners Of Trancas Shopping Center

Note: The below letter comes from my mother, who wrote it in response to this news.

Having grown up in Malibu, and spent many years playing in and around the Garden Center, I completely endorse everything she said. Local businesses are the touchstones that make a city really feel like a community, and the impact businesses like the Garden Center have on the character and spirit of the residents they serve is immeasurable. If the economy of the last few years has had any silver lining, it’s a renewed societal appreciation for all things local, homegrown and socially conscious. The Garden Center is all of those things and so much more, and it would be a shame for anything to jeopardize its future. 

Dear Owners of Trancas shopping center,
Thank you for rescinding the eviction of Trancas Nursery.  You did a nice thing and you did the right thing.  You also bought time, but not much time.  Rescinding the eviction won’t cool down emotion.  Only one thing will:   sign a long-term lease with Trancas Nursery at its existing location at a reasonable rent.  Now, please.

I expected you’d stall and you lived up to my expectations demanding a short-term lease and other conditions.  It’s stalling and it won’t work.   Only one thing will:  sign a long-term lease with Trancas Nursery at its existing location at a reasonable rent.  Now, please.

Your “fixers” will promise something then your lawyers will not follow through, there will be issues brought up just to mis-direct, you will change out people just to confuse and slow down the negotiating, and your construction plans will be difficult to pin down and difficult to enforce conditions of the permits.   We’ve seen it all before and it won’t work.  Only one thing will:  sign a long-term lease with Trancas Nursery at its existing location at a reasonable rent.  Now, please.

Here’s what you should expect:  a legal way will be found that can and will be enforced and that can and will be defended in court for the City of Malibu to bind you and future owners of Trancas shopping center to keeping the existing nursery.

While every aspect of your project is scrutinized and your “fixers” rack up fees,  an ordinance will be passed to protect locally-oriented businesses.

And it will be repeated, like a mantra, by your customers, by celebrities, by the media, you’ll be told this time and again by your “fixers”, by Facebook and Twitter, and SEO’ed webpages everywhere:  sign a long-term lease with Trancas Nursery at its existing location at a reasonable rent.  Now, please.

Thank you and best regards,
Cindy Vandor

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