From the Los Angeles Times, Malibu’s official reaction:
by Benjamin Oreskes
The sign sure looked official.
It was posted on a shoulder of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and declared: “OFFICIAL SANCTUARY CITY ‘Cheap Nannies and Gardeners Make Malibu Great!’ (Boyle Heights Not So Much).”
… On Wednesday however, city officials said the sign was nothing more than a mean prank.
“This was not an official city sign,” said Malibu Councilwoman Laura Rosenthal. “It’s down, and it’s very disheartening that anyone would put up such an ugly sign.”
Now we’ve got a nice politically correct little beach community here and I aim to keep it nice and politically correct:
The Hollywood Reporter had more on the Malibu art prank:
“Official Sanctuary City” Prank Sign Briefly Welcomes Malibu Visitors
11:58 AM PDT 4/5/2017 by Patrick Shanley
… “Official Sanctuary City ‘Cheap Nannies and Gardeners Make Malibu Great!’ (Boyle Heights Not So Much),” the sign reads, referencing the coastal city’s recent designation as a sanctuary city for immigrants seeking asylum from deportation law enforcement.
Reva Feldman, Malibu’s city manager, called it an “unfortunate prank” and said that authorities were “working on it.”
The right-leaning political sign appears similar to signs posted around Los Angeles by the street artist known by the pseudonym of Sabo, and the artist did post a link on Twitter to the photo but did not directly take credit for the image. “Some friends of mine put those up last night,” the artist told THR. “They aren’t big on getting attention seeing they work in the Hollywood industry and as well all know there is a serious Black List in full effect focused on those of us who aren’t on the Left politically speaking.”
I think the sign should stay up like the “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street that, amazingly, somehow doesn’t flinch while staring down the giant “Charging Bull” statue (which is actually a more interesting story of individual street art, put up by one artist to cheer up Wall Street after a crash). From USA Today:
… “Now, she’ll be asserting herself and affirming her strength even after her temporary permit expires — a fitting path for a girl who refuses to quit,” [Mayor] de Blasio said Sunday.
… Not everyone wants to see the girl stay, though. Arturo Di Modica, sculptor of Wall Street’s famous bull, told the Associated Press the girl was “an advertising trick.” The girl was installed by the State Street Global Advisors as a part of its call on the more than 3,500 companies that benefit from its clients’ investments to make sure their governing boards are diverse.
State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) is the investment management division of State Street Corporation and the world’s third largest asset manager, with more than $2.4 trillion (USD) in assets under management as of 30 June 2014.
In contrast Di Modica claims that his giant Wall Street bull statue was an individual project of Banksy-style guerrilla street art that he put up on his own dime to cheer up Wall Street after the sudden October 1987 flash crash. It got moved around a lot by City officials who hadn’t given approval for it, but eventually public sentiment won out and it stayed. The bull statue is particularly popular with superstitious and money-crazed Chinese tourists who have rubbed for good luck to a high sheen a particularly lucky and virile part of the statue’s anatomy.
Perhaps feminists will demonstrate that “Fearless Girl” isn’t just a trillion dollar Wall Street fund’s advertising project but is also popular by rubbing their favorite part of her anatomy to a similar luster.
But, then again, I hope not.
Update: Mr. Anon adds:
It is merely an undocumented sign. It hasn’t committed any crimes, and it is doing a job that american signs don’t do. Why is the Malibu government so xenophobic? Some sanctuary city!