Problem At Dylan’s Place

In 2009 I was at a pizza joint in Malibu and while waiting for my order I grabbed a free Malibu Surfside News from the paper rack and started reading.

I saw a great ‘letter to the editor’, copied it later that night, and posted it here. I also continue to look through boxes, hoping that I still have this paper.

The letter read:

Dear Editor: Did you realize that if your neighbor decides to rent a toxic, hazardous, carcinogenic chemical toilet and plop it down permanently right next to your property, forcing you and your family to breathe its toxic fumes, the City of Malibu will do nothing to help you?

If it can happen to my family and I, it can happen to you. Let me tell you a story.

Currently, there is such a toilet very near our house on Point Dume. This toilet is apparently intended by my neighbor, Bob Dylan, to be a permanent fixture on his property. Unfortunately, the toilet is nowhere near his house, but the hazardous chemical vapors out-gassing from it infiltrate my living space 24 hours a day, seven days a week (worse on foggy nights), and every Friday morning a truck refills it with more poison.

According to Malibu bylaws, my neighbor is not permitted to have such a toilet, certainly not on a permanent basis.

When I bought my house, the possibility of this potential hazard was not disclosed to me. It is not just a nuisance – it is seriously affecting my family’s health and impairing my use and enjoyment of my property. Therefore, it seems to me that to protect future buyers of property in Malibu from the abuse that my family is going through, every Realtor should have to disclose the fact that any neighbor can place a chemical toilet near their property and keep it there forever without any interference from the city.

Cindy and Dave Emminger

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