This Malibu 'Official Sanctuary City' Sign Is Not Quite What It Seems

City leaders were not impressed with the prank.

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Well, that’s not a good sign.

City leaders are not impressed by an official-looking “Sanctuary City” sign that was posted Tuesday under the Malibu city limit sign on the Pacific Coast Highway. The sign, which has both the city and county seals, reads “Cheap nannies and gardeners make Malibu great! (Boyle Heights not so much).”

One Twitter user shared a photo of a possible second version of the sign that reads “Because our beach community needs cheap labor, dude.” 

City leaders told CBS Los Angeles that the “Cheap nannies and gardeners make Malibu great!” sign was a “prank” and was not put up by the city. The sign was promptly taken down after a state park employee alerted officials on Tuesday night. 

The sign appears to mock Malibu’s recent decision to become a sanctuary city, which means local authorities would limit their cooperation with federal authorities looking to detain undocumented immigrants. Malibu passed the resolution with a 3-2 council vote in March in a move that some view as mainly symbolic.

Malibu is, of course, a predominantly wealthy and white area into which Latino immigrants travel to work for residents. Boyle Heights, which is referenced in the sign, is a heavily Hispanic, working-class neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles area. 

It’s still not known who is behind the signs. The Los Angeles County sheriffs department told The Hollywood Reporter that the city of Malibu has yet to file an official report over the incident and there is currently no investigation underway.