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April 9, 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 April 8, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) confirmed 53 new deaths and 479 new cases of COVID-19. Other key updates from the County’s COVID-19 Dashboard as of April 8, 2021 include the following:  

  • 400 confirmed positive cases and 7 deaths in the City of Malibu to date
  • 1,223,174 confirmed cases and 23,340 deaths in LA County to date
  • 552 current hospitalizations in LA County, a decrease of 86 since April  1

(NEW) COVID-19 VACCINATION - REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR APRIL 13 VACCINATION site 

Registration is closed for the City of Malibu’s COVID-19 vaccination site at City Hall on April 13. All available appointments have been filled. County residents may still get a vaccine appointment through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website if they are in one of the currently eligible groups. To check your eligibility and learn what documents are required, what to expect before, during and after your vaccination, and to check for available appointments in Los Angeles County, visit the vaccine website or call 833-574-2273.

COVID-19 VACCINATION - ALL CALIFORNIANS ELIGIBLE FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINE april 15 

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday, March 25, 2021 that, under the state’s new guidelines, Californians 50 years and older became eligible on Thursday, April 1, with those 16 and older following on April 15. See the guidelines. The state also loosened guidelines on March 25 to permit health care providers in lower-income areas to offer a vaccine to anyone they think should get one — an attempt to accelerate the inoculation of communities disproportionately ravaged by the virus.

Vaccination Appointments in LA County - For Los Angeles County residents, check your vaccination eligibility, see what documents you will need, learn what to expect before, during and after vaccination, and make a vaccination appointment on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website. Residents with disabilities or without computer access can call 833-540-0473 between 8:00 AM and 8:30 PM, 7 days a week for help with appointments.

Vaccine Appointment Assistance for 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.

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave - On March 19, Governor Newsom signed SB 95 requiring all California employers of 25 or more to provide COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for employees who are unable to work due to COVID-19 including going to get vaccinated. The Governor has made the leave retroactive to January 1, 2021. Learn more. 

(NEW) COVID-19 - FURTHER EASING OF RESTRICTIONS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY AS OF APRIL 5

jAs of April 5, the LADPH updated its Health Officer Order to further ease restrictions to reflect newly permitted activities allowed in the State of California’s Orange Tier. The easing of restrictions apply to the following: bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries, card rooms, places of worship, fitness centers, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, grocery and retail stores, hair salons, barbershops and personal care services, museums, zoos and aquariums, youth and adult recreational sports. For complete details, including the safety protocols, masking, physical distancing, hours and capacity limits that are required, see the updated Order

COVID-19 - 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. 

(NEW) PREPARATION FOR SUMMER CROWDS BEGINS

City staff recently convened its annual meeting with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, California State Parks, Mountains and Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA), and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to coordinate efforts in preparation for summer crowds. The City regularly funds a Sheriff’s Department Beach Team from Memorial Day to Labor Day to assist with enforcement on the beaches. The Beach Team includes a Sergeant and six Deputies. Due to the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, it is anticipated that crowds will start increasing before Memorial Day. Therefore, the Sheriff’s Department will increase weekend patrols starting May 1. The MRCA plans to double patrols in its parks from Memorial Day to Labor Day. State Parks will have seven-day coverage and will also be monitoring and addressing litter. Beaches and Harbors will be increasing staffing in mid-May to assist with parking, maintenance, and trash. CHP will continue to implement its Street Racing Task Force. Residents can request assistance from CHP with street racing by calling 323-259-3200.

CITY HIRES NEW FIRE SAFETY LIAISON 

The City has hired Chris Brossard to take over the Fire Safety Liaison position from Jerry Vandermeulen who will be retiring this month. Chris comes to the City after 16 seasons with the United States Forest Service, having spent the majority of his time in the Los Padres National Forest, Ojai Ranger District. He has a highly applicable skill set, and will bring the Fire Safety Liaison position back to full-time status. Chris has substantial firefighting operational and prevention experience, with his last assignment being an Engine Captain in Piru, CA. Chris has been deployed in various operational and overhead positions to fires and other natural disasters all over the United States. He has also served as an Incident Commander on many local emergency incidents, and served as a Strike Team Leader on many mutual aid incidents. 

UPDATED TSUNAMI HAZARD AREA MAPS FOR MALIBU AVAILABLE NOW - JOIN cOMMUNITY MEETING APRIL 13

Public Safety staff will provide an overview of the California Tsunami Program’s updated Tsunami Hazard Area Maps and what it means for Malibu on Tuesday, April 13 at 6:00 PM during a virtual community meeting. Information about potential inundation areas in Malibu and the maps are available to view on the state tsunami website. You can see the tsunami risk in your location by typing in your address. Most of Malibu is not at significant risk. However, the Malibu Lagoon area could see water depths as deep as eight feet and many ocean front homes and sections of Pacific Coast Highway could be severely impacted by a tsunami generated by a 9.3 magnitude earthquake on the Alaska-East Aleutians fault. Residents are encouraged to review the tsunami maps and preparedness guides on the state's website. For more information about the tsunami hazard, contact the City Public Safety Office at 310-456-2489, ext. 368.

MALIBU REBUILDS - STATISTICS

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

  • Single Family Dwellings approved by Planning - 302
  • Single Family Dwellings building permits issued - 174
  • Single Family Dwellings complete - 27
  • Multifamily – Malibu Garden Apartment permits were issued -12 apartment units

MALIBU REBUILDS – WOOLSEY FIRE REBUILD & FEE WAIVER PROGRAM

The Woolsey Fire rebuild fee waiver and like-for-like rebuild deadlines have been extended. Homeowners are encouraged to schedule a complimentary one-on-one consultation with the Rebuild Team to explore their fee waiver and rebuild options, which are posted in the Rebuild webpage. Contact the Rebuild Team at ashah@malibucity.org or 310-456-2489, ext. 385. For more information, visit the Fee Waiver webpage.

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 webpage

School District Separation - SIGN UP FOR E-NOTIFICATIONS, TAKE THE SURVEY, VISIT THE WEB PAGE, JOIN THE APRIL 17 HEARING

Children and youth in Malibu and the surrounding unincorporated area have attended schools within the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) since prior to the City's incorporation. Local school families and community groups have long expressed the desire to separate from SMMUSD and to form an independent Malibu Unified School District (MUSD). On October 12, 2020, the Council voted unanimously to reinstate the City's petition for unification of an independent MUSD to the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Committee on School District Organization (County Committee). On March 3, 2021, the County Committee voted to hold a preliminary hearing on the City’s petition on Saturday, April 17. This is a victory, but a first of many steps in the journey to an independent MUSD. In preparation for the April 17 Preliminary Hearing, residents are urged to stay informed and stay involved. Here are some suggestions:

Attend the Malibu School Unification Awareness Night on Wednesday, April 14 where experts will present the facts, figures and arguments supporting Malibu Unification and members of the community can join the discussion of key issues.

Submit personal testimonials sharing their experiences with SMMUSD and the reasons why they support the formation of an independent MUSD using the online form.

Stay informed by following the City’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Next Door) for regular updates and information about school separation.

Sign up for the School Separation e-notification list for updates, including the upcoming April 17 preliminary hearing, or visit the City’s web page for more information on local efforts to form an independent MUSD.

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FACILITY (WCF) ORDINANCE UPDATE HEARING ON APRIL 12 

On Monday, April 12 the City Council will hold a virtual public hearing to consider the draft WCF ordinance. The staff report and draft ordinance are available on the website. To submit comments to the City Council, email CityCouncil@malibucity.org. As part of the outreach effort for the WCF Ordinance update, a survey was conducted among residents, the results of which will presented to the City Council during its April 12 public hearing. For more information about the WCF ordinance, visit the project web page

PROPOSAL TO MAP WCF FACILITIES IN THE CITY 

On April 1, the Administration and Finance Subcommittee reviewed the scope of work and cost proposal to identify and map Wireless Communications Facilities (WCFs) in the City. See the staff report. The Subcommittee recommended the Council consider the proposal as well as a proposal to maintain the map once completed. The proposal will be presented to the City Council on April 26. The staff report will be available on the website line prior to the meeting.

(NEW) SHORT-TERM RENTALS - HOSTED ORDINANCE

On April 7, City staff responded to the comments provided by California Coastal Commission (CCC) on January 13 for the City's Local Coastal Program (LCP) Amendment for its Hosted Short Term Rental (STR) Ordinance. See the City's comments. The STR regulations cannot go into effect until the Amendment is certified by the CCC. On November 2020, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 20-51 and Ordinance No. 472 (Hosted STR Ordinance) to establish provisions to regulate short-term rental of property citywide which include, but are not limited to, requiring the presence of an onsite host during short-term rentals, primary residency requirements and multifamily restrictions. For more information, visit the City’s STR webpage. 

(NEW) Short-Term Rental Permit Program Numbers

As of April 7, 2021, the City has received 238 applications and has issued 178 short-term rental permits for 250 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.  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. F or more information, visit the City’s STR webpage

(NEW) VIA SYCAMORE GATE

On April 14, 2021, the Coastal Commission will hold a public hearing on the Sycamore gate. The Sycamore Tennis Court Associated filed a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) with the Planning Department for a new vehicular and pedestrian access gate at 6480 Via Escondido. The City determined that the CDP was not appealable to the California Coastal Commission (CCC) and the project was noticed for a Planning Commission public hearing. Though the City is ready to move forward with a Planning Commission public hearing, CCC staff  is disputing the appealability of the CDP. The staff report is available online. 

MALIBU INN MOTEL – ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENT COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED

The public comment period has been extended through April 28, 2021 for the Malibu Inn Motel. Additional project information and instructions on submitting public comments are available in the Revised Notice of Intent. For more information on this project, visit the web page. 

(NEW) PESTICIDE BAN UPDATE - ccc HEARING POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 2021

The March 2021  California Coastal Commission (CCC) hearing on the City's pesticide ban Local Coastal Program Amendment will be postponed until May 2021. On December 9, 2019, the City Council adopted an LCP amendment that bans the use of pesticides, including insecticides, rodenticides, or any toxic chemical substance which has the potential to significantly degrade biological resources in the City. The amendment was submitted to the CCC for certification. In September 2020, the CCC granted CCC staff an one-year extension to hold the hearing. On February 23, 2021, City staff and Poison Free Malibu held a meeting with California Coastal Commission staff regarding  the City's Local Coastal Program amendment. Based on this meeting, City staff requested that the March 2021 CCC hearing be postponed until May 2021, to allow City staff to work with CCC staff on further modifications to the Local Coastal Program amendment. This date was confirmed by CCC staff on March 30. Prior to the hearing, a Notice of Public Hearing will be published in a local newspaper and a CCC staff report will be available on the CCC's website. More information is available on the City's project page.

(NEW) CLEAN POWER ALLIANCE INVITES CUSTOMERS TO SHARE THOUGHTS ON ELECTRICITY RATES     

Clean Power Alliance (CPA) was formed when communities coordinated their electricity buying power to provide more, and affordable, clean power options, including 100% Green Power. Due to dramatic increases in the costs of energy out of CPA’s control, the CPA Board will be considering a rate increase in the next months. While no decisions have been made yet, the CPA board is considering various ways to continue to maintain financial stability so they can continue to serve the community. Customers’ and communities’ voices are important to CPA, especially as they prepare to go through their budget priority development and rate-setting process for next year. CPA is reaching out to all customers to engage them in the discussion, to inform them and to invite them to share their thoughts prior to board action on rates and budget for next year on the CPA website. 

2021 Earth Month, Earth Day Activities

April is Earth Month and the City of Malibu is observing this important environmental movement by encouraging residents to participate in local Earth Month activities including programs for seniors, hikers, and the City’s electronic and household hazardous waste collection and document shredding day. All the events are free of charge and open to the public with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. See the lineup of Earth Month events in the City’s Virtual Environmental Center and sign up for environmental event notifications. Throughout Earth Month, the City will post daily tips on social media about how to conserve energy and water, reduce waste, and shrink your carbon footprint so we can fight climate change. Follow the Environmental Sustainability Department on Facebook Instagram and Twitter.

International Dark Sky Week - During the week of April 5 - 12, join the Dark Skies movement to reduce light pollution that harms wildlife. The International Dark-Sky Association promotes solutions that allow people to preserve and appreciate dark, star-filled skies while enjoying the benefits of responsible outdoor lighting. In 2020, the City implemented the Dark Sky Ordinance to preserve Malibu’s nighttime sky and to protect wildlife. Learn more.  

Recycle Day - On Saturday, April 17, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, residents can drop off electronic and household hazardous waste and confidential paper documents to be securely, safely and properly recycled in the upper parking lot of City Hall. Documents will be securely shredded. Latex paint, motor oil, batteries and electronics, and paper documents are accepted. Please wear a face covering and remain in your vehicle with windows closed for COVID-19 safety. For more information and the list of acceptable items, visit the web page.

(NEW) Registration Open for SPRING BREAK CAMPs that start april 19

The Community Services Department is offering day camps for youth grades K-5 in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu beginning April 19. Available camps include basketball, soccer, theater, sports of all sorts, and Jedi Training. Programs will be held at Malibu Elementary, Webster Elementary, and Malibu Middle School. For more information or to register, visit the registration web page or call 310-456-2489, ext. 239.

(NEW) POLLI-POWER PROGRAM

The Community Services Department invites local students in grades TK through 5 to participate in the 2021 Polli-Power Program from April 12 through May 31. The program is a fun and educational series of free activities related to pollinator habitats and conservation. The first 100 families to register will receive a free art and home garden bag. Register online. Follow the Community Services Department on social media for more details or visit the Polli-Power web page.

(NEW) Civic Center Way Now Open for Public Use as Improvements Project Nears Completion 

Malibu Mayor Mikke Pierson and Public Works Commission Chair Brian Merrick were on hand to celebrate the opening of the new improved road, sidewalk and bike lane that are part of the City's Civic Center Way Improvements Project which nears completion. Construction started in August 2020 on the project, which is meant to improve safety and mobility for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and residents, and beautify the important corridor of Civic Center Way from Webb Way to Malibu Canyon Road. The project, which was funded by Measure R Highway Funds also improved storm drains to prevent flooding and protect the environment. The contractor will be completing some final details on the project, which may require temporary lane closures and cause traffic delays. Access will be maintained for schools, residences and emergency vehicles. 

CIVIC CENTER WATER TREATMENT FACILITY PHASE 2 Meeting planned in May

In May, a community meeting about the CCWTF Phase 2 will be scheduled and details will be announced on the City website, social media and e-notifications. On October 12, City Council approved an agreement with 30 Three Sixty Public Finance, Inc. to perform Assessment Engineering Services for this project. The project was approved by the Planning Commission on February 1. The consultant is working on the easements in the Serra and Malibu Colony neighborhoods. Additional information is available on the project webpage

Malibu Canyon Road Waterline - lane closures on Malibu Canyon

This project consists of upgrading the existing waterline on Malibu Canyon Road from PCH to Malibu Knolls and from Malibu Crest to Potter Road (HRL). This work will result in intermittent lane closures on Malibu Canyon Road Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Fridays 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Construction started in late February 22 is expected to last for two months. 

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. 

See Past City Manager Updates 

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