Last month, Malibu joined many of its California neighbors in becoming a sanctuary city, but apparently not all of its wealthy residents are happy.
On Tuesday, an official-looking welcome sign appeared up the Pacific Coast Highway into Malibu, noting that it was a sanctuary city and describing, offensively, what that allegedly meant.
"Cheap Nannies and Gardeners Make Malibu Great! (Boyle Heights Not So Much)," the sign reads in italicized letters.
Official responses to the racist sign, which was removed Tuesday evening, were immediate.
“To make a derogatory comment about that place is very childish and inappropriate. I’m embarrassed by that,” Mayor Pro Tem Skylar Peak told The Los Angeles Times. “We have a lot of immigrants who work in Malibu. It’s probably the majority of the employees here.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident.
“This was not an official city sign,” Malibu Councilwoman Laura Rosenthal told the newspaper. “It’s down, and it’s very disheartening that anyone would put up such an ugly sign.”