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Posted on: February 12, 2021

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February 12, 2021

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COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE

City staff continues to monitor and respond to the pandemic by participating in regular briefings and conference calls with partner agencies, and issuing alerts and notifications regarding changes to the situation. On February 11, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) confirmed 160 new deaths and 3,489 new cases of COVID-19. Other key updates from the County’s COVID-19 Dashboard  as of February 11, 2021 include the following:  

  • 330 confirmed positive cases and 6 deaths in the City of Malibu to date
  • 1,158,619 confirmed cases and 18,658 deaths in LA County to date
  • 3,772 current hospitalizations in LA County, a decrease of 1,393 since February 3 

 The City’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated since March 12 to manage the City’s response. Current operational objectives include: 

  • Monitor news for changes to regulations that impact City residents and businesses
  • Post updates on all social media platforms on an as-needed basis
  • Identify City rules and regulations that need adjustment due to the pandemic
  • Respond to community concerns regarding compliance with State and County Public Health Orders
  • Maintain field operations per health guidelines and ramp up virtual operation capabilities
  • In addition, the City continues to provide nearly all regular City services and all staff are working. In order to protect visitors and City staff, visitors are allowed in City Hall by appointment only. 

(NEW) DRIVE-THROUGH COVID-19 TESTING AT CITY HALL FEB. 17

The City, in partnership with Malibu Medical Group, will offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing at City Hall on Wednesday, February 17 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Please be on line by 2:00 PM. Pre-registration is required. The tests are RT-PCR tests, or nasal swab tests, and Rapid Antigen tests for those with symptoms to help identify positive cases more quickly and help slow the spread of COVID-19 through the area. To register, click on this link and complete the HIPPA Compliant form. The cost of specimen collection and laboratory testing will be passed along to your insurance or the CARES Act. Therefore, you will need to supply all demographic information, insurance information and a copy of your insurance card. If you are uninsured, you must provide a driver license number or your Social Security number and sign an attestation verifying your lack of insurance coverage. All PCR results will be sent directly to patients through the laboratory’s patient portal. All Rapid Antigen results will be published through the Malibu Medical Group patient portal. 

(NEW) COVID-19 VACCINATION APPOINTMENT ASSISTANCE AND DIAL-A-RIDES FOR MALIBU SENIORS

Malibu residents 65 and over who need assistance with booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment can call the City of Malibu’s COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Help Line at 310-456-2489, ext. 357. Seniors may also reserve a free ride through the City’s Dial-A-Ride service to and from confirmed COVID-19 vaccination appointments in Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica and Westlake Village by calling 424-346-8444. Due to HIPPA constraints, City staff cannot make an appointment for you, however, they can help you navigate the system and provide information. (Dial-A-Rides are available for other medical appointments for a small fee). The COVID-19 Help Line and Dial-A-Ride services are available Monday through Friday. Riders are required to register for the Dial-A-Ride program by calling 310-456-2489, ext. 357 or visiting the Senior Center web page.

(NEW) PLACES OF WORSHIP IN LA COUNTY CAN OPEN AT 25% CAPACITY STARTING FEB. 10

The LADPH revised the Health Officer Order on February 10, 2021 to clarify that, in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and the subsequent change made by the State of California related to Places of Worship in Tier 1, Places of Worship can open for indoor services limited to 25% of indoor capacity and must continue to comply with the required modifications provided by Appendix A: Social (Physical Distancing). See the detailed explanation in the Revised Health Officer Order.  

(NEW) LADPH WILL CONTACT YOU TO SCHEDULE YOUR SECOND VACCINE DOSE

If you have already received your first COVID-19 vaccine dose, LADPH will contact you to schedule an appointment to receive your second dose (21 days later). For all LA County vaccine information, in multiple languages, visit the LADPH vaccine web page. If you lack access to the internet or need help by phone, call 833-540-0473.

STATE AND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS UPDATE COVID-19 HEALTH ORDERS. OUTDOOR DINING ALLOWED STARTING JAN. 25 

LA County Department of Public Health issued a Revised Health Officer Order effective January 29 that clarifies requirements for some businesses allowed to re-open on January 25, and allows for the re-opening of outdoor dining at restaurants with updated protocols (see details)  The Revised Order also ended the requirement issued in December for low-risk retail businesses to close from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM. 

  • On January 25, 2021, California ended its Regional Stay At Home Order & Los Angeles County Department of Public Health allowed these re-openings, with COVID-19 safety protocols:
  • Private gatherings outdoors up to 3 households, total of 15 people
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums outdoor operations at 50% occupancy
  • Outdoor recreational activities are open
  • Hotels & motels for tourism and individual travel allowed
  • Fitness facilities open for outdoor operations
  • Personal care services open indoors at 25% capacity
  • Indoor mall, shopping center, lower-risk retail open at 25% indoor capacity; food courts and common areas closed 
  • For more information, see the press release.

seniors can now make an appointment for COVID-19 VACCINE 

Residents 65 and older in Los Angeles County can now make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine online or by phone at: 833-540-0473. Space is limited but will grow as the County obtains more vaccine doses, so please be patient. The County has committed to eventually getting a vaccine to every person who wants one. 

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) is working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the CDC on the allocation, distribution, and administration of COVID-19 vaccine throughout the County. Vaccine is being made available to individuals in three phases of prioritization (with sub-phases and tiers) until larger vaccine supplies become available. You can get general information on the vaccine and sign up for alerts and updated on the LACDPH's COVID-19 Vaccine webpage. For information about the vaccine prioritization and allocation, visit the LACDPH web page. 

MASK ORDINANCE still in effect in malibu

The City's Ordinance No. 473 requiring the use of face coverings in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect vulnerable people during the pandemic is still in effect in City limits. Face covering must cover the nose and mouth. Exceptions: when in a residential zone, in a vehicle, while more than six feet away from people from another household, children under 2, people with medical requirements, who need to communicate hearing impaired people, while participating in water-based activities. Violators may avoid the $50 fine by immediately complying. See the complete requirements and exceptions. 

GIVE PUBLIC COMMENT ON COUNTY HOMELESS INITIATIVE FUNDING THROUGH FEB. 25

The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative is collecting Public Comment until February 25 as part of the process to develop Measure H Funding Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2021-2022, which starts on July 1. The Initiative is inviting people to share their perspectives on what is working well, what gaps exist and the most effective ways to use the funding. Measure H, an initiative that was passed in 2017, created a tax to provide funding to prevent and combat homelessness. The City of Malibu received Measure H funding to develop its Homelessness Strategic Plan, which was adopted by the City Council in June 2018, and currently has funding for a Housing Navigator, who works with the outreach team and landlords to help people experiencing homelessness to get off the streets and into housing. Comments and ideas can be submitted to the County online.

MALIBU REBUILDS STATISTICS

Staff continues to work with homeowners to rebuild. Here are the current rebuild statistics:

  • Single Family Dwellings building permits issued - 167
  • Single Family Dwellings complete - 21
  • Multifamily – Malibu Garden Apartment permits were issued -12 apartment units

MALIBU REBUILDS – COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS EXTENDING FEE WAIVERS on feb. 22

On February 22, the City Council will discuss extending the Woolsey Fire rebuild fee waiver program. Council had directed staff on January 11, 2021 to come back with an item to evaluate the fiscal impact of extending fee waivers. The deadline to apply for Woolsey Fire rebuild fee waivers was December 30, 2020. The deadline passed to apply to the Planning Department for fire rebuild projects in order for them to be considered complete by December 30, 2020. Going forward, to qualify for a fee waiver relating to building permits, all required building permits must be obtained by June 30, 2021. For more information, visit the City’s Fee Waiver web page

MALIBU REBUILDS - PLANNING CONSULTATIONS AND REBUILD RESOURCES

The Fire Rebuild team is available for complimentary one-on-one consultations about any fire rebuild project. Contact Aakash Shah at ashah@malibucity.org to set an appointment for phone or online meeting. For ideas about how to get started with your project, as well as numerous handouts, forms and resources, visit the Rebuild Page

(NEW) PROPOSAL TO MAP WCF FACILITIES IN THE CITY 

As part of the City’s ongoing effort to update the City’s Wireless Communication Facilities (WCF) Ordinance, staff will present a proposal for wireless facility mapping options and the cost associated with each option to the Council in March. On January 11, 2021 as part of Council’s review of the agreement for wireless application reviews, the Council directed staff to amend the agreements to include the mapping of existing wireless facilities in the City. The staff report as well as the proposal will be available on the City’s website prior to the meeting

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FACILITY ORDINANCE UPDATE HEARING FEB. 16 POSTPONED 

The previously announced Planning Commission public hearing on February 16 as part of the City work to update the WCF Ordinance has been postponed. At this time staff is working with Malibu for Safe Technology group to receive input on the draft ordinance. Once the draft is complete, the Planning Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on the draft WCF ordinance. The staff report for the hearing will be posted prior to the meeting on the website. After the Planning Commission makes its recommendation on the draft ordinance, a City Council public hearing will be scheduled. In addition to public meetings, the City will be releasing an online survey in the near future as part of efforts to incorporate community input. For more information visit the project web page.

OVERSIZE VEHICLE ORDINANCE APPEAL PERIOD ENDS FEB. 19

On February 1, the local appeal period ended for two Coastal Development Permits (CDPs) required to install regulatory signs at the City boundaries for the Oversize Vehicle Ordinance. The Ordinance, adopted in December 2017, restricts parking for commercial and non-commercial oversize vehicles and trailers citywide. Currently, the CDP that approved the installation of signs along PCH in the public right-of-way of Tuna Canyon Road and Decker Canyon Road is undergoing its appeal period with the California Coastal Commission, which ends February 19. On January 19, 2021, the Planning Commission approved the two CDPs to install the signs. For more information, see the staff reports for Item 5D and Item 5E

SHORT-TERM RENTAL PERMIT PROGRAM EFFECTIVE JANUARY 15, 2021

As of February 11, the City has received 212 applications and has issued short-term rental permits for 189 dwelling units. Effective January 15, 2021, the short-term rental of residential property can only be conducted in accordance with a valid Short-Term Rental (STR) Permit as established by Ordinance No. 468. Advertising or operating residential property as a short-term rental without a permit as of January 15, 2021 will be considered a violation of Ordinance No. 468 and Malibu Municipal Code Chapter 17.55. The short-term rental of property or the advertisement, offer, or facilitation, of such rental without a valid short-term rental permit shall be subject to a fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per day or violation, or twice the advertised short-term rental’s daily rental rate per day or violation, whichever is higher. Property owners may apply for a permit at any time, but may not operate without a permit. The STR Permit Application is available on the City's STR web page. For more information, contact STRSupport@malibucity.org or call the City’s short-term rental support line at 310-456-2489, ext. 381. 

SEA VIEW HOTEL ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENT PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OPEn FEB. 4 - march 4

The public comment period on the environmental document of the Sea View Hotel project is from February 4, 2021 through March 4, 2021. Reviewing  agencies have until March 11 to submit comments. The Planning Department has prepared an initial study, and the City has issued a Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project located at 22729 and 22741 Pacific Coast Highway. Additional project information and instructions on submitting public comment on the environmental document are available in the Notice of Intent.

(NEW) HHW/E-WASTE COLLECTION FEB. 20

The City is offering a household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronic waste collection event for residents in the upper parking lot of City Hall (23825 Stuart Ranch Road) on Saturday, February 20, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. To ensure COVID-19 safety, attendees are asked to wear a face covering and to remain in their vehicles with windows closed. Event staff will only remove items from vehicle trunks. More information and the full list of accepted materials are posted on the website.  

(NEW) PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION TO REVIEW DOG PARK PROPOSAL FEB. 17

The Parks and Recreation Commission will review potential locations for a dog park at the City's Las Flores Creek Park during a special virtual meeting on Wednesday, February 17 at 5:30 PM. You can watch the Commission meeting or read the staff report when available by visiting the Agenda Center web page

(new) COVID-19 SAFE OUTDOOR POETRY AND ART EXHIBITION AT BLUFFS PARK FEB. 14 - MARCH 28

The City of Malibu Cultural Arts Commission and Poet Laureate Committee are hosting a student poetry and art exhibition at the Michael Landon Center at Malibu Bluffs Park from February 14 through March 28. The COVID-19 safe exhibition on the exterior of the building features literary and visual artwork created by Malibu Elementary School 5th grade class of 2021. The exhibition was produced as part of the City’s Arts in Education Program, with former Malibu Poet Laureate Ricardo Means Ybarra teaching lessons in poetry while artist Nicole Fisher assisted students with creating a visual representation of their poems. For more information visit the City of Malibu Arts and Culture website

CAFFEINATED VERSE VIRTUAL POETRY EVENT

Join Malibu Poet Laureate Dr. John Struloeff for the next Caffeinated Verse Virtual Poetry Event on Saturday, February 13 at 11:00 AM. The event theme will be Love and Relationships. Former Malibu Poet Laureate Ricardo Means Ybarra will hold a reading, and there will be an open-mic platform for poets to share their work with the Malibu community. RSVP for the event online, by email at CulturalArts@malibucity.org, or by calling 310-456-2489, ext. 349. Registered participants will receive an email with the Zoom link by Friday, February 12.

APPLY FOR CITY GENERAL FUND GRANTS THROUGH MARCH 31

Non-profit organizations that benefit the Malibu community are invited to apply for the City of Malibu’s General Fund Grant Program for fiscal year 2021-2022. Applications are accepted now through Wednesday, March 31, 2020. For more information about the program and application instructions, visit the webpage

APPLY NOW FOR THE 2021-2022 HARRY BAROVSKY MEMORIAL YOUTH COMMISSION 

The City will begin accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Harry Barovsky Malibu Youth Commission on February 1, 2021. Applicants must be in grades 7-12 and either reside or attend school in Malibu. The application process will be open through March 26, 2021, and interested students can apply online at the Youth Commission web page.

E-Notifications

The City maintains a robust e-notification system so the community can stay informed about all the City’s activities. Sign up to receive messages by text or email on the City’s e-notifications page. 

Further Questions

For questions or comments, contact the City Manager at RFeldman@MalibuCity.org. 

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