I had visited the Malibu RV Park some years ago expecting to visit a friend who was moving to the area (spending some time living in his 5th wheel) when visiting my wifes mother out there. But he was still in route when we stopped by. In 2006, we spend a few days at the Point Mugu State Park. We went to the Malibu Getty Villa. We did not have tickets, but talked with a man at the gate. With our out of state tags, he allowed us to enter. They keep a few tickets for out of state people. Several years ago we spend a night at the Leo Carrillo SP which is nearer to Malibu. We stayed at Point Mugu SP in June and did not make a reservation. We were in the parking lot style site. Leo Carrillo has a nice tide pool by it. We have stopped several time for the tide pool.
We have enjoyed the Getty's. Hope you enjoyed them. There is another museum in Pasadena which is very nice as well: The Norton Simon Museum of Art. http://www.nortonsimon.org/collections/
I would agree, the traffic in LA is something else! My daughter and her husband have moved to Tucson in May a year ago. We have spend some time there since and have found Tucson a few nice city, easy to get around in, great traffic flow. We like the place and they do as well.
She enjoyed the rain you were getting yesterday. Hope some of it will move over to Las Cruces.