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Rosenthal, La Monte win Malibu City Hall seats

City Councilwoman Laura Rosenthal embraces City Councilman Lou La Monte after a results from a majority of voting precincts indicated the pair would retain their seats on the Malibu City Council. Photo by Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media
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11:01 pm PDT April 8, 2014
Current Malibu City Council members Laura Zahn Rosenthal and Lou La Monte were declared the winners in the Tuesday, April 8, Malibu General Municipal Election for two open council seats, according to unofficial results from the Malibu City Clerk’s office.
The results are comprised of a combination of the seven polling place precincts, as well as the seven vote by mail precincts. They do not include provisional ballots.
Rosenthal and La Monte recorded 1,427 and 1,399 votes, respectively. 

“I’m so happy and I’m so proud of Malibu for fighting through the misrepresentation [in this race],” Rosenthal said from her campaign party at Casa Escobar. “I’m happy this city came though, I’m proud to be a Malibuite tonight and I’m very excited to serve Malibu for four more years.

“I always appreciated the people who came out and helped me and believed in me. They put their time and money where their mouth is.”

Rosenthal also said she was upset about how the campaigns were run.

“I think it’s disgusting how certain candidates brought big-city politics into our little town,” she said. “They used lies, smears and misrepresentations in the campaign, and that’s just not part of the Malibu I love and want to live in. I fear good, qualified, ethical and experienced people will not run in the future because of this.

“I think that when we [Lou and I] talked about the issues, two of the other candidates would distort that.”

La Monte said he is looking forward to serving again.

“I am delighted to serve for another four years and finish what we started, and some of that includes the land swap, Civic Center Specific Plan, safety along Pacific Coast Highway and more ball fields for our kids,” he said. “This has been one of the dirtiest campaigns in the history of Malibu, marked by smears, innuendo and distortions. There just wasn’t enough discussion about the issues.”

Challengers Andy Lyon and Hamish Patterson, who ran on a slate together, collected 981 and 972 votes, respectively. 

“I’m just overwhelmed by all the support and how people really came out for us this time,” Lyon said at his campaign party at Duck Dive Gastropub. “I think it’s a whole new day for Malibu. Everybody is really going to be looking at what’s going on at City Hall. I think it’s great."

Lyon, who admitted he held campaign signs along the side of Pacific Coast Highway for nearly 14 hours, was still pleased with his campaign.

“I’m really glad the people got behind us,” he said. “I think we ran a real deal campaign and I’m proud of what we did. Win, lose or draw … it’s going to change Malibu in a big way.” 

Patterson said there was a big difference between this campaign and the last one he ran in.

“We did everything we could – we went professional and had a great team of people,” he said. “It’s not about me at this point; it’s about all the people around me that ran the campaign and they did an awesome job. They kind of lifted us through the whole thing.

“It was night and day different from our last campaign – we did a zero money campaign – and this time we went for it. We gave it a college try.”

Newcomer June Louks recorded 522 votes.

“It was a great race, of course I’m disappointed,” Louks said. “I think it’s now more important than ever that we come together as a community on a common ground and focus on cooperating, communicating in a healthy way so that we can move forward in a positive direction. That’s important for our city. We have common ground. I know all of my running mates have talked about how they support our vision and mission statement, and that’s our common ground.

“It was a great experience and I love Malibu more than ever after getting to know so many of its residents.”

According to Malibu City Clerk Lisa Pope, provisional ballots are expected to be counted Wednesday, April 9.

Managing Editor Heather Warthen and Assistant Editor Chris Bashaw contributed to this story.