"Official Sanctuary City" Prank Sign Briefly Welcomes Malibu Visitors

Leo Carrillo Beach Sign Prank - Publicity - H 2017
Courtesy of @thelocalmalibu

The faux welcome sign was posted Tuesday by an unknown artist, touting, "Cheap Nannies and Gardeners Make Malibu Great!"

An unknown artist has pranked the city of Malibu with a faux sign posted underneath the official city limits marker on the Pacific Coast Highway.

"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.

The Los Angeles County Sheriffs department told The Hollywood Reporter that the city has not filed an official report and no investigation into the sign is currently taking place. 

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."

Malibu, one of the more affluent neighborhoods in Los Angeles County, with Hollywood stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, and Ellen DeGeneres owning homes in the area, drew criticism for its designation as a sanctuary city in March, as many noted that the cost of living along the "27 Miles of Scenic Beauty" made it an unviable location for many of those it claimed to be protecting. 

The decision to become a sanctuary city was championed by actor Martin Sheen, a city resident, who called on his neighborhood to offer protection to those in the United States illegally.