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Letter to the Editor: The election had encouraging outcomes

Letter to the Editor: The election had encouraging outcomes
2:46 pm PDT April 21, 2014

Dear Editor,

So many great things came out of this election.  

Our community is more aware of key issues. The Malibu Vision and Mission Statement is rightfully back in discussions as a cornerstone of our city’s policy. There is greater awareness of not only the toxicity in our schools, but also in all of our consumptive habits. 

Malibu’s unique character is front and center with momentum for the proposed “Your Malibu, Your Decision” Act by Rob Reiner. Point Dume had a well attended “town meeting-like” last candidates forum. 

And finally, SMMUSD ended the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers at our Malibu Schools. And, coincidentally, Pepperdine made their campus a rodenticide-free zone last week!  

I hope this election has been a game changer for Malibu’s future. Looking at the overall picture in Malibu, I ran because on a deep level, as a mother, I felt an irresistible propulsion to elevate the interaction and conversation, soften the polarity and polarizing forces in our community, be a voice of reason and magnetize change. In my mind, I hope I was able to bring out a voter who, along with our Malibu’s Vision and Mission Statement, also stands for a healthy political dynamic in Malibu. 

At the end of the day, it is all about the kids, and role modeling positive leadership for them; role modeling healthy communication instead of bullying at MHS, and leadership skills that give them skills not only for healthy family and community but also the ability to lead our planet in a more positive direction. I am not saying that I think I am a master at these skills, I am just saying that, because of my kids and tribe, I felt it was my duty, my dharma, to stand for this in our community; to attempt to activate the power of love as a political force, focusing on the issues in hopes to bring about meaningful conversations and proactive solutions; and role modeling decorum and respectful communications even when we are furious with each other.

Though small, I think our 10 percent “Love Malibu” group gave voice to a group who hopes to unify Malibu on our common ground, or at least bring a harmonic tune and bridge our divides in Malibu. We have begun to tap into the power of a positive campaign in our community. Thank you to the many members in the community for their contributions to this campaign.

Poem by Lao Tsu:

If there is to be peace in the world, the there must be peace among nations.

If there is to be peace among nations, there must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities, neighbors must understand each other.

If there is to be peace among neighbors, there must be harmony in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.

June Louks, Malibu resident