- Saturday, April 15, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection and Document Shredding – City Hall upper parking lot
- Monday, April 17, 6:30 PM – Planning Commission Regular Meeting – virtual
- Tuesday, April 18, 8:30 AM – Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments (COG) Governing Board Meeting – virtual
- Tuesday, April 18, 11:00 AM – Library Subcommittee Special Meeting -virtual
- Tuesday, April 18, 5:30 PM – Parks and Recreation Commission Regular Meeting – virtual
- Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Organic Waste Recycling Training and Kitchen Caddy Giveaway – virtual
- Saturday, April 22, 10:00 AM – Smart Gardening Workshop – City Hall
- Monday, April 24, 6:30 PM – City Council Regular Meeting – in-person at City Hall & remote
- Tuesday, April 25, 9:00 AM – Arts Commission Regular Meeting – virtual
- Wednesday, April 26, 9:00 AM – Environmental Review Board Meeting – virtual
- Wednesday, April 26, 3:30 PM – Public Works Commission Meeting – virtual
- Wednesday, April 26, 6:00 PM – City Council Special Meeting – in-person at City Hall & remote
CITY COUNCIL & MANAGEMENT
CITY COUNCIL STRATEGIC work plan WORKSHOP, APRIL 20
(NEW) SANTA MONICA COLLEGE MALIBU CAMPUS RIBBON CUTTING AND OPEN HOUSE, APRIL 22
All of Malibu is invited to attend the ribbon cutting and open house for the recently completed Santa Monica College (SMC) Malibu Campus on Saturday, April 22 at 23555 Civic Center Way, next to the Malibu Library. The ribbon cutting takes place 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, followed by an open house with tours 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Meet the SMC faculty and staff, and see class demonstrations and lectures. The three-acre campus includes a two-story educational building with dedicated science and computer labs, a 100-seat lecture hall with sloped seating for music and film, an art studio, open floor spaces for dance and yoga, general classrooms, a conference room, a community room, an emergency operations center, outdoor study spaces, and an interpretive center to tie into the rich and varied coastal features nearby. Credit, non-credit vocational classes, and free non-credit and adult education courses are offered. Subjects include art, biology, creative writing, early childhood education, psychology, and more. Learn more and enroll in classes on the SMC website.
SCHEDULE A HOME WILDFIRE HARDENING ASSESSMENT FOR help COMPLYING WITH NEW state and county WILDFIRE RULES
(NEW) HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT CLEARED FROM TUNA CANYON
On April 6, City staff and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) coordinated an encampment clean-up on the vacant private property in Tuna Canyon, an area where multiple fires attributed to homeless encampments have previously occurred. On January 21, the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a cooking fire within a homeless encampment on private property. The encampment fire on January 21 remains the only fire attributed to a homeless encampment in 2023 so far. At the time of the April 6 clean-up, encampments in the area had been left vacant. City staff have been working on arranging the cleanup for two months, however, the effort was delayed by the legal process involved, and the series of rainstorms. The Homeless Outreach Team through the People Concern and LASD, in partnership with City staff, will continue to proactively engage with people experiencing homelessness in an effort to prevent fires related to encampments. For more information, contact Public Safety Liaison Luis Flores at 310-456-2489, ext. 236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(NEW) PARKING ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Malibu Special Assignment Deputies, the Malibu -Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station’s Malibu Liaison Sergeant and the Sheriff’s Volunteers on Patrol conducted a coordinated parking enforcement effort in Malibu during the late-night hours on April 13. As a result, four vehicles were towed, 51 citations were issued, and a felony arrest and a misdemeanor arrest were made. The City thanks all involved for this successful effort to help keep Malibu’s streets safe. In addition, the City and the Malibu -Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station thank Roy’s Towing for staging their tow trucks and drivers to support the operation.
(NEW) HOMELESSNESS TASK FORCE WORK FOLDED INTO PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION
The Council disband the Homelessness Task Force and transfer all of the Task Force’s ongoing assignments to the Public Safety Commission during the April 10 Council Meeting. The Task Force was formed on July 21, 2021 to focus efforts to address concerns about homelessness in the community. The Task Force has focused on reviewing and updating the City’s Homelessness Strategic Plan, reviewing the need and possible implementation of an Alternative Sleeping Location, developing a plan to mitigate public safety and environmental impacts associated with homeless encampments, exploring new ideas and researching strategies used by other jurisdictions to address homelessness, developing a robust public engagement and outreach plan to obtain community input on proposed strategies, and making recommendations to the City Council. The City Council thanked the members of the Task Force for their dedication and excellent work to benefit the community. Community members interested in discussing homelessness concerns and potential solutions are encouraged to participate in upcoming Public Safety Commission meetings, which are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:00 PM. The meeting agendas are posted on the website. For more information, contact Public Safety Liaison Luis Flores at 310-456-2489, ext. 236 or email@example.com.
TAKE THE SCHOOL SAFETY SURVEY through APRIL 20
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SM-MUSD) and the City of Malibu are partnering to conduct a survey as part of the Comprehensive Safety and Security Assessment for public schools in Malibu schools. In response to a series of tragic school shootings in 2022, the City Council established a School Safety Ad Hoc Committee consisting of Mayor Bruce Silverstein and Councilmember Paul Grisanti, which started working on the School Safety Assessment in partnership with SM-MUSD and the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. A School Liaison Sergeant was also assigned to assist with school safety needs. The survey closes April 20. Click here to take the survey. For more information, see the staff report.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE CITY’S PUBLIC SAFETY EXPO, JUNE 10
Save the date for the City’s annual Public Safety Expo on Saturday, June 10 at City Hall. Learn how to get started on, or improve your preparedness for wildfires, earthquakes and other disasters. The free event will feature presentations from the California Insurance Commissioner on wildfire insurance and from the LA County Fire Department on brush clearance. The Fire Department will conduct a demonstration helicopter water drop. Numerous public safety agencies will have other demonstrations and will be displaying vehicles, including the Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad, Fire Department, Lifeguard Division and others. Take a ride in an earthquake simulator that recreates a realistic and educational experience of a major earthquake inside a house, highlighting the need to make your home more earthquake safe. The Expo is a great opportunity for kids to learn about emergency preparedness and meet public safety and law enforcement professionals in person. Learn about emergency and wildfire preparedness products and services from the many participating vendors. Free lunches will be offered from food trucks. More details will be posted on the website.
SIGN UP NOW FOR FREE CERT TRAINING STARTING APRIL 13
As part of its ongoing efforts toward community-wide preparedness, the City of Malibu offers the highly popular Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The free in-person classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM April 13 through May 25 at Malibu City Hall. (Only the first class may be missed, and can be made up). Learn how you to get your family, business, school or organization better prepared for wildfires and other disasters. CERT offers training in basic first aid, search and rescue, use of fire extinguisher, disaster psychology and more. Learn more and sign up on the webpage. For more information call Emergency Services Coordinator Sarah Flores at 310-456-2489, ext. 237 or email Saflores@MalibuCity.org.
(NEW) CITY COUNCIL ADVANCES EFFORT TO BRING BACK THE SNACK SHACK TO BLUFFS PARK
On April 24, the City Council will consider a Local Coastal Program Amendment (LCPA) and Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) to authorize a permanent food service structure at Malibu Bluffs Park. The staff report will be available on the website in advance. On March 27, the City Council voted unanimously on several short and long-term measures to bring back food service to Little League games at Malibu Bluffs Park to replace the “Snack Shack,” which was closed down for safety in 2019. It was beloved in the Little League community as a place where kids could gather, socialize, and volunteer to help operate food sales to learn skills and responsibility. In the short term, the Council approved purchasing a temporary food-service tent stand, as is commonly used at farmers markets, to comply with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health regulations on hot prepared food service. The City Council directed staff to demolish the old Snack Shack; initiate code amendments to authorize a permanent food service structure; prepare plans for operating the temporary food service solution and construction and operation of a permanent food service structure; consult with the Parks and Recreation Commission on the design of a permanent food service structure; and hold a policy discussion on the allowed food service uses at Bluffs Park within the next month.
(NEW) SEA VIEW HOTEL PROJECT in CITY COUNCI, APRIL 24
On April 24, staff will provide an update to the City Council on Sea View Hotel Local Coastal Program Amendment (LCPA) and will seek the Council’s direction on how to proceed. The staff report will be available on the website in advance. On February 8, 2023, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) held a public hearing on the Sea View Hotel LCPA and approved it with suggested modifications. The CCC staff report is available online (see February 8, 2023 Item 11a) and the meeting video is available to watch online. For more information visit the project webpage.
(NEW) MALIBU INN MOTEL PUBLIC HEARING, APRIL 17
The Planning Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on April 17 on the Malibu Inn Motel project environmental document and project entitlements. The staff report, viewing and commenting instructions are available online. The hearing was previously postponed to allow the applicant more time to comply with the Memorandum of Understanding between the City and Regional Water Quality Control Board. Previous meeting materials and more information about the project are available on the webpage.
(NEW) CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER ORDINANCE TO ADDRESS “SHARED OWNERSHIP” TIME-SHARE HOME BUSINESS MODEL IN MALIBU – POSTPONED TO MAY 8 CITY COUNCIL MEETING
On May 8, the City Council will consider directing staff to begin developing a new ordinance to be included in the City’s Local Coastal Program and Municipal Code to address the use “time-share” homes in the City. This item was postponed from the April 10 City Council meeting to the May 8 meeting. The May 8 staff report will be available on the website in advance. Typically, a time-share use single-family home is sold or marketed as “fractional ownership” or “co-ownership” homes that allow each buyer to purchase a one-eighth interest in a limited liability company that will own the home. In turn, each owner receives a one-eighth share along with the right to use the home for one-eighth of each year. The City Council and residents have expressed concerns that time-share homes would negatively change the character of Malibu neighborhoods, reduce available housing, cause party-house nuisances, and other issues.
APPLY NOW TO SERVE ON THE CITY’S ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW BOARD
The deadline to apply for the City of Malibu’s Environmental Review Board (ERB) has been extended to April 28. It’s a great opportunity to serve the community and help protect Malibu’s environment and quality of life. It is open to professionals with expertise in archaeology, structural or landscape architecture, coastal geology, marine biology, conservation biology, biogeography, botany, forestry, wildfire behavior, ecology, recreation, or closely related fields. Knowledge of the City of Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains is highly desirable. The ERB advises the City on environmental impacts of projects. The ERB also reviews development applications in or adjacent to Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas or when a project could impact archaeological resources, sensitive species or habitats, parkland, geology, landform and watersheds or shoreline resources. Application forms are available at City Hall, on the website or contact the City Clerk at 310-456-2489, ext. 228 to have one sent to you. See qualifications and application instructions.
(NEW) CITY ISSUES RFP FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES APPLICATION REVIEWS
In 2021, the City Council awarded agreements to firms to help the Planning Department review wireless communications facilities applications. Pursuant to City Council Policy #26, which limits City agreements for two years, City staff issued a Request for Proposals from qualified consulting firms to provide expert, technical, regulatory consultation, application review, and other assistance with wireless communications facility applications. The deadline to submit proposals is April 28. Once the evaluation process has been completed, City staff will present an item to the City Council, likely at the end of June. For more information, see the RFP.
(NEW) PLANNING DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE METRICS WEBPAGE tracking IMPROVEMENTS
The most recent numbers in the new Planning Department Performance Metrics webpage is showing improvements across all metrics. Since the implementation of the metrics, staff has issued a total of 225 incomplete letters in response to new or revised application submittals, compared to 52 incomplete letters for the same period in 2022. As a result, 214 decisions have been issued in 2023, compared to 192 for the same period in 2022. The webpage is part of a broad effort to improve customer service for residents who are working on rebuilding, building, repairing and renovating their homes and other projects. The City has also increased funding for regular staffing, and for more contract planners to help move projects forward, and created new processes and tools. These efforts are aimed at addressing the Planning Department’s challenges in reviewing applications as quickly as it should due to ongoing staffing shortages and the difficulty in recruiting and retaining staff. The Metrics webpage is meant to ensure that the use of contract planners is improving performance, and to provide transparency and accountability. The metrics were established by the Planning Department and approved by the City Council, and the webpage will be updated every two weeks from January through June 2023. Visit the Metrics webpage.
(NEW) SPECIAL EVENTS REPORT
(NEW) – UPDATES ON REPORTING OF LA COUNTY COVID-19 STATISTICS
Due to the continuing improvements in COVID-19 conditions in Los Angeles County, the City will no longer post the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) COVID-19 statistics in the City Manager Update. City staff continues to monitor and respond to the pandemic in accordance with recommendations and requirements by the LADPH, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; California Department of Public Health; and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The LADPH will continue to post key COVID-19 statistics on its COVID-19 Dashboard.
city hall / general
CITY HALL HOURS
City Hall is open to the public. Regular City Hall hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM and Fridays 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Members of the public may come to City Hall without an appointment during public counter hours. An appointment will be needed for in-person assistance during any other hours. Appointments can be made online. The use of facemasks is now “individual preference” while inside City Hall, in accordance with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines.
MALIBU SENIOR CENTER AT CITY HALL OPEN FOR IN-PERSON SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES
WOOLSEY FIRE REBUILD
APPLY FOR WOOLSEY FIRE REBUILD FEE WAIVERS BEFORE THE JUNE 30 DEADLINE
The City continues to work to help Malibu residents rebuild homes destroyed in the devastating Woolsey Fire, and urges homeowners to submit applications for rebuild fee waivers before the June 30 deadline. All required Planning Department applications for a project must be deemed complete by June 30, 2023. All required building permits must be pulled by December 30, 2023. Fees will not be waived after December 30, 2023. The fee waivers cover all City planning and building permit fees for properties that are being rebuilt as a “like-for-like” or “like-for-like plus 10%” rebuild and were used as a primary residence by the property owner as of November 8, 2018. The City Council made Woolsey Fire rebuilding its top priority, after public safety, every year since the 2019-2020 Budget, and has voted unanimously every year to extend the fee waivers, which now total $5.7 million in Woolsey Fire rebuild assistance. For more information and resources related to the fee waivers, and to submit an application, visit the Fee Waiver webpage.
(new) – MALIBU REBUILDS – STATISTICS
PLANNING CONSULTATIONS AND REBUILD RESOURCES
ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY & BUILDING SAFETY
(NEW) ENVIRONMENTAL sustainAbility department ACCOMPLISHMENTS – OUTREACH AND EVENTS
The Environmental Sustainability Department (ESD) gave the second of several presentations to the City Council on April 10 highlighting its accomplishments, projects and programs over the last year. ESD’s work touches on energy conservation, pollution prevention, coastal water quality and watershed monitoring and protection, coastal vulnerability assessment, water conservation, waste reduction, recycling, and outreach and education events and materials. This presentation focused on outreach and events. One of the important missions of the Department is to raise awareness and education among residents and businesses about ways to protect the environment, reduce waste, recycle, and about the various City, County and State required environmental protections that apply in Malibu. ESD’s outreach efforts in 2022 include Earth Month events, Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste collection events, the Dune Restoration volunteer project, annual Christmas tree recycling, organic waste recycling workshops, water conservation education and more. Video of the presentation is available to watch online. See all of the Department’s achievements during 2022 on the webpage.
(NEW) MALIBU CELEBRATES EARTH MONTH WITH ENVIRONMENTAL EVENTS IN APRIL
The City observes Earth Month throughout April by encouraging residents to participate in the City’s environmental events. See all of the Earth Month events and resources on the webpage. All month long the City will post sustainability tips on social media to help the community live sustainably.
Document Shred and HHW/E-Waste Event – Saturday, April 15, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, City Hall upper parking lot
Drop off latex paint, motor oil, batteries, and electronics, and bring confidential papers to shred on site. Learn more.
Organic Waste Recycling Virtual Training – Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM via Zoom
Learn how to kitchen scraps under the City’s new Organic Waste Recycling Program. The program is an important way for the community to help address climate change and protect the environment. Participants will receive a free kitchen caddy. Learn more and RSVP.
Smart Gardening Workshop – Saturday, April 22, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Malibu City Hall
A free beginner’s workshop on techniques of backyard composting, worm composting, water-wise gardening, “grasscycling,” and edible gardening. Compost bins will be available for purchase at a discount. Learn more and RSVP.
International Dark Sky Week
During the week of April 22-30, residents are invited to join the International Dark-Sky Association for Dark Sky Week, a campaign reduce light pollution. Learn more. In January 2022, the City Council extended the deadlines to comply with the City’s Dark Sky Ordinance to October 15, 2022. The Dark Sky Ordinance is meant to preserve Malibu’s nighttime sky and to protect local wildlife. Learn more.
(NEW) WATER USE RESTRICTIONS FOR MALIBU CUSTOMERS APRIL 18 & 19
Malibu customers will be required to restrict water use to essential drinking and sanitation needs Tuesday, April 18, 5:00 PM and Wednesday, April 19, 9:00 AM due to LA County Waterworks District 29 (WWD29) maintenance work. Please turn off all landscape irrigation and do not fill swimming pools. The maintenance is part of efforts to repair and upgrade the water system to enhance water supply reliability for WWD29 customers and for firefighting use. Water service will not be interrupted. However, there will be a shutdown of the transmission main and water supply will be extremely limited. Customers were notified directly, and will receive a notification when they can resume normal water use.
WEST BASIN WATER CONSERVATION EDUCATION EVENTS
West Basin Municipal Water District invites Malibu residents and businesses to join free water conservation events, including hybrid in-person / remote classes, water recycling facility tours, online chats with experts and presentations to businesses and organizations. For more information on all the events, and to sign up, visit the website.
Recycled Water Facility Tours – Saturday, April 22, and in June and August. Go on a tour of the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility in El Segundo to see the inner-workings of a water treatment facility. See details and sign up.
West Basin Chats Grass Replacement – In June and September. These online 30-minute question and answer sessions will focus on the Grass Replacement Rebate Program application process. Attendees will have the chance to get their specific questions answered by a West Basin representative. They will take place online on Wednesday evenings, every other month. See details and sign up.
ARTS, CULTURE & RECREATION
(NEW) MALIBU LIBRARY SPEAKER SERIES, JUBILATIONS EMBRACE THE NIGHT POETRY SUMMIT, MAY 6
This month’s Malibu Library Speaker Series is the annual poetry summit hosted by Malibu Poet Laureate Ann Buxie on Saturday, May 6, at 4:00 PM, at Malibu City Hall. Poets and artists of many disciplines, from students in the City’s Arts in Education program to other features, will share their wonder in movement, music, painting, and word. The event is free to attend, and an RSVP is not required. For more information, please visit the Library Speaker Series webpage.
(NEW) AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
Afterschool programs begin the week of April 17 at Malibu Elementary School and Webster Elementary School. The City will offer three classes, Animal Adventures, Basketball, and Theater Improv, for students in grades TK through 5. Visit the community programs webpage for details and to register.
(NEW) SUMMER RECREATION GUIDE AND CITY NEWSLETTER
The Summer Recreation Guide is available online and will be mailed to residents the week of April 24. The Guide features upcoming Summer programs offered June through August, including Learn to Swim Lessons, Summer Day Camps, CineMalibu Community Movies in the Park, Outdoor Recreation at Charmlee Wilderness Park, Parent and Me Programs, Senior Programs and Excursions, and the Summer Coed Adult Softball League. Visit the Community Services Department webpage for details.
“BEHIND BARS” ART EXHIBITION BY PEP WILLIAMS IN MALIBU CITY GALLERY, OPEN THROUGH MAY 5
The Malibu Arts Commission is pleased to showcase artist Pep Williams “Behind Bars” at the Malibu City Gallery. The exhibition is on display through May 5 and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, on the lower level of Malibu City Hall. Tickets or registration are not needed. For more information, visit the Malibu Arts Commission webpage.