- Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day holiday closures - City Hall & Community Swimming Pool
- May 28 - June 7 - Regional Vote Center open - City Hall
- Tuesday, May 31, 6:30 PM - Malibu High & Middle School Public Hearing / Planning Commission Special Meeting - virtual
- June 15 - July 27, 6:00 PM - CERT Class - City Hall
- Saturday, June 4, 9:00 AM - National Trails Day Clean Up - Charmlee Wilderness Park
- Saturday, June 4, 11:00 AM - Public Safety Expo - City Hall
- Monday, June 6, 6:30 PM - Planning Commission Regular Meeting - virtual
- Wednesday, June 8, 5:30 PM - Summer Jubilations Poetry Readings - Legacy Park
(NEW) MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY OPERATING HOURS FOR CITY HALL, PARKS AND FACILITIES
City Hall and the Community Swimming Pool at Malibu High School will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30. City parks will be open from 8:00 AM to sunset throughout the Memorial Day Weekend, and more information can be found on the Community Services Department webpage.
(NEW) MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BEACH AND PCH SAFETY
Memorial Day weekend signals the start of the summer beach season here in Malibu, which means we can expect to see more traffic, trash and road hazards. Every Memorial Day, the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff's Station's Summer Beach Team begins its daily patrols on quadrunners, foot and trucks of our beaches in Malibu. Their focus is mostly on preventing alcohol consumption, which is illegal on our beaches, and helps to reduce drunk driving on PCH and canyon roads in Malibu, and keep the beaches safe. The City of Malibu funds the Beach Team from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The City Public Works Department has deployed the City’s Changeable Message Signs with traffic and safety information at strategic locations throughout Malibu. City maintenance crews will be working throughout the holiday weekend to help address trash on the roads.
The City will put out messaging throughout the summer on social media with #SafeSummerMalibu urging visitors, commuters and residents alike to help keep PCH, canyon roads, beaches and trails in Malibu safe and clean. Please follow us at Twitter.com/CityMalibu, Facebook.com/CityofMalibu and Instagram.com/CityofMalibu and repost if you see our messaging.
- Celebrate responsibly - don't drink and drive, use designated drivers, taxis and rideshares. If you see someone suspected of drunk or impaired driving, please call 911 to report the emergency.
- Stay alive, don't text and drive.
- Slow down and watch for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists pulling in and out of beach parking and crossing the highway to access the beach.
- Leave no trace - please help keep Malibu's beaches and trails clean and beautiful, throw away your trash in proper trash cans, and pick up any trash you see.
To sign up for emergency and traffic alerts via text or email, visit the webpage and scroll to alert center.
CITY HALL REMAINS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON A LIMITED BASIS - FACEMASKS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED, BUT NOT REQUIRED INSIDE
City Hall remains open to the public on a limited basis. 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. Visitors will be asked to remain outside the building until they can be helped by staff. Appointments can be made online. Facemasks are no longer required, but are strongly recommended, while inside, in line with the updated Los Angeles County Health Officer Order.
Public Counter Hours
- Planning: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, walk in. Other times by appointment only.
- Permit Services: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, walk-in and appointment. Other times by appointment only.
- Building Plan Check: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, walk-in and appointment. Other times by appointment only.
- Environmental Health: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, walk-in and appointment. Other times by appointment only.
- Geology / Coastal Engineering: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, walk-in and appointment. Other times by appointment only.
- Public Works: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, walk-in. Other times by appointment only.
To make virtual appointments with City staff and Departments, please call or email:
MALIBU SENIOR CENTER AT CITY HALL OPEN FOR IN-PERSON SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES
The Senior Center is open for general and various in-person services and programs Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Face coverings are not required, but are strongly recommended in Malibu City Hall, in line with the updated Los Angeles County Health Officer Order. Seniors can use the general use areas of the Center, including the computer lab, library and various recreation programs. Staff is also available to assist with Dial-A-Ride questions and program registrations. Fresh coffee is available daily from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For more information, call 310-456-2489, ext. 357 or visit the webpage.
(NEW) REGIONAL VOTE CENTER AT CITY HALL may 28 - june 7 for CALIFORNIA PRIMARY ELECTION
The Multipurpose Room at City Hall will serve as a Los Angeles County Regional Vote Center for the June 7 California Primary Election. Vote Center hours are 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, May 28 - June 6, and 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM on June 7, Election Day. City Hall is located at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu CA 90265. Voters in Los Angeles County may vote on any day May 28 through Election Day, Tuesday, June 7 at any Regional Vote Center in the County. The Vote Center at City Hall is the only physical location in the City of Malibu to cast a ballot in person. The digital Vote Center machines offer access for people with visual and hearing impairments, and in multiple languages. Voters may also drop off Vote by Mail Ballots at any Regional Vote Center up to and including Election Day. Find all Regional Center locations, request Sample Ballots, get help with access and functional needs, watch election results, and find all other voter information for the June 7 California primary election at LAVote.net.
(new) SENIOR CENTER MAIN ROOM CLOSED MAY 25 - JUNE 10, but programs continue
The main room of the Senior Center at City Hall (the Multipurpose Room) is temporarily closed May 25 through June 10 to allow the room to serve as Malibu's Regional Vote Center in the June 7 California Primary Election. All normally scheduled Senior Center classes and programs will continue, but some may take place in the rehearsal room adjacent to the Council Chambers in City Hall (Civic Theater) or in the Michael Landon Community Center at Malibu Bluffs Park. The Senior Center Computer Lab is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Senior Center staff remain available to assist seniors with Dial-A-Ride and other services. To check on schedules and locations, visit the webpage or call the Senior Center at 310-456-2489, ext. 347 or email ARigali@malibucity.org.
(NEW) CERT CLASS OFFERED IN-PERSON FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE PANDEMIC STARTED
The City of Malibu will offer an in-person Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The course is offered Wednesdays at 6:00 PM, June 15 - July 27 at City Hall, with a final drill on Saturday, July 30. CERT is a highly acclaimed program of free courses administered by the City and other public safety agencies across the country that empowers community members to help themselves and their neighbors during disasters. Through hands-on training, participants learn the most up-to-date information on basic disaster preparedness, the use of a fire extinguisher, disaster medical care, first aid, search and rescue, disaster psychology, and neighborhood team building. To sign up, visit the website. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 310-456-2489, ext. 368.
(NEW) MALIBU JOINS THE NATION IN MOURNING THE TRAGIC SCHOOL SHOOTING IN TEXAS; SHERIFFS DEPT & SMMUSD PROVIDE SCHOOL SAFETY UPDATE & MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
The City of Malibu joins the nation in mourning the loss of innocent lives during the school shooting in Texas on May 24 and sends its support to the loved ones and the entire community who are impacted by this horrible tragedy. In light of this incident, Deputies from the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff Station will be conducting high-visibility patrols around area schools. There are no current threats to the schools. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SM-MUSD) sent a message to parents and staff addressing school safety measures and offering available crisis support. More resources are available at National Association of School Psychologists, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), or call LACDMH (800) 854-7771 or text 741741. The Boys and Girls Club of Malibu Wellness Center offers free mental health counseling and support services to all community members, by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. To make an appointment, call 310-457-6801, ext. 74141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(NEW) VENDORS AND AGENCIES PARTICIPATING IN PUBLIC SAFETY EXPO, jUNE 4
The City of Malibu is working to help the community be better prepared for wildfires and other disasters with the fourth annual Public Safety and Preparedness Expo on Saturday, June 4, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at City Hall. Take a realistic ride in an earthquake simulator to learn about the importance of making your home more earthquake safe. Meet first responders, find local volunteer opportunities, and learn about emergency preparedness equipment and services from the many participating vendors. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's and Fire Departments will have equipment and vehicles displays. No RSVPs are required for this free, family-friendly event. It is an excellent opportunity for households or businesses to get started on or improve upon their emergency preparedness plans and supplies. The list of participating vendors and agencies is available on Public Safety webpage.
(NEW) LA County BRUSH CLEARANCE INSPECTIONS BEGIN JUNE 1
Regular brush clearance is a crucial part of protecting homes and the community from wildfires. The Brush Clearance Program is a joint effort between Los Angeles County Fire and Los Angeles County Agricultural Departments. Initial notices were sent out by mail directly to homeowners in February with the first in-person inspection taking place during the month of June. If necessary, a second inspection will take place one month later. Properties that are non-compliant will be referred to the Brush Clearance Office which will work with the homeowner to rectify the violation and thus avoid fines. This year, the Fire Department will be leaving a yellow door hanger on the property that will indicate whether there are violations, and list any violations. For more information, including a list of vendors, visit the LA County Fire Department website.
(NEW) HOMELESSNESS UPDATE - SMALL ENCAMPMENT FIRE EXTINGUISHED NEAR MALIBU LAGOON
On Saturday, May 21, the LA County Fire Department responded to a small encampment fire (20 ft. x 20 ft.) in vegetation around the Malibu Lagoon near Pacific Coast Highway and Serra Rd. City staff will continue to work with the LA County Sheriff’s Department, California State Parks, the Homeless Outreach Team through The People Concern, and community stakeholders to address encampment concerns, identify and remove encampments, and engage people experiencing homelessness about the dangers of living unhoused in wildfire zones, urge them to refrain from using cooking and warming fires, and to leave from areas that are at high risk of wildfire spreads. Learn more about the City's efforts to address homelessness on the webpage, and see the most recent monthly outreach report on the Outreach Team webpage.
Community members are invited to participate in Homelessness Task Force meetings, held virtually on the third Tuesday of each month at 2:00 PM. Meeting agendas and background information is posted on the Task Force webpage. If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness in the City of the Malibu, please contact the City’s Homeless Outreach Team at MalibuOutreach@ThePeopleConcern.org or 310-460-2638. For more information, contact Public Safety Liaison Luis Flores at email@example.com or 310-456-2489, ext. 236.
HOMELESS OUTREACH UPDATE
With summer around the corner, the threat of wildfires will grow as vegetation dries and temperatures increase. In an effort to prevent wildfires, the City’s Homeless Outreach Team, which consists of two outreach workers and one housing navigator from The People Concern, is conducting outreach to educate people experiencing homelessness about the dangers of living unhoused in wildfire zones, to urge them to refrain from setting fires, and to leave from areas that are at high risk of wildfire spreads.
In April 2022, the Outreach Team engaged with 137 unhoused people, and helped six get into permanent or temporary housing. There are currently 125 people living unhoused in Malibu, of whom 62 are in various stages of engagement, and 63 are refusing services. The Outreach Team continues to engage these individuals with the goal of ultimately getting them off the streets and into housing. The most recent report and past reports from the Homeless Outreach Team are posted on the webpage.
On April 22, the Outreach Team conducted a focused effort to reach people living in RVs and other vehicles in anticipation of the summer beach season, when the number of people living in vehicles in Malibu usually increases. In April, the Outreach Team collaborated with the LA County Department of Health Services on a vaccination and health clinic for people living on the streets. The clinic was set up on Malibu Road and provided testing and vaccinations for COVID, flu, meningitis, polio, hepatitis and STD, with referrals for follow-up appointments. For more information, visit the webpage.
TWO NEW FIRE SAFETY LIAISONS JOIN THE cITY'S WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE EFFORTS
The two additional Fire Safety Liaisons the City hired as part of its efforts to enhance Malibu’s wildfire preparedness and response started this week. Retired Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACOFD) Assistant Fire Chief Greg Hisel and retired LACOFD Fire Fighter Paramedic Brad Yocum will be joining the City’s current Fire Safety Liaison Gabe Etcheverry this week. The City is committed to addressing Malibu’s number one public safety threat, wildfire, and the Fire Safety Liaisons are crucial components of this effort. They design and implement wildfire preparedness and mitigation programs such as the City’s free Home Wildfire Hardening Assessment Program for residents, and the recent free Hazard Tree Removal Program, and conduct general fire safety public education. They also monitor fire conditions, update the City Council and staff, and respond to incidents as the City’s liaisons to the incident command. Having three part-time Fire Safety Liaisons, each with their own specialized knowledge, will provide greater coverage and expertise during Red Flag fire conditions and fires. Hisel and Yocum replace full-time Fire Safety Liaison Chris Brossard, who left the City in February. For more information about the City’s Fire Safety efforts and to schedule a free Home Wildfire Hardening Assessment, visit the Fire Safety webpage.
(NEW) HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS / ELECTRONIC WASTE COLLECTION, JUNE 12
Residents can wrap up their spring cleaning at the Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection Sunday, June 12, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Calabasas Landfill (5300 Lost Hills Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301). Drop off latex paint, motor oil, batteries and electronics. All items collected will be recycled or safely disposed of. Please remain in your vehicle with windows closed while staff removes items from the trunk or pickup bed. For more information, including a list of accepted materials, visit the webpage.
(NEW) CITY ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS ACCOMPLISHMENTS
The City of Malibu is committed to protecting the environment, health and safety of our community. The Environmental Sustainability Department provided a report on its ongoing programs and projects, including energy conservation, pollution prevention, coastal vulnerability assessment, water conservation, waste reduction and public outreach and education events and programs. The report is available on the website.
EDIBLE FOOD RECOVERY REQUIREMENT IN 2022
Starting in 2022, Malibu’s grocery stores must donate edible food to food recovery organizations. Other food service businesses are required to participate starting in 2024. This will help feed the one in seven people in LA County living with food insecurity. Feeding hungry people through food recovery is the best use for surplus food. It is also an important way for the community to conserve resources and reduce food waste in landfills, where it releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. To learn more about the program and requirements, visit the webpage.
(NEW) MALIBU REBUILDS - STATISTICS
Staff continues to work with homeowners to rebuild. Here are the current Woolsey Fire rebuild statistics. See continuously updated statistics on the Rebuild Portal.
- Single Family Dwellings building permits issued - 233
- Single Family Dwellings complete – 77
- Multifamily building permits issued - 18 units
- Multifamily building units complete- 12 units
MALIBU REBUILDS - PLANNING CONSULTATIONS AND REBUILD RESOURCES
The Fire Rebuild team is available Monday through Friday at City Hall for complimentary one-on-one consultations about any fire rebuild project. Contact Aakash Shah at firstname.lastname@example.org to set an appointment for a meeting by phone or online. For ideas about how to get started with your project, as well as numerous handouts, forms and resources, visit the Rebuild webpage.
(NEW) 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 May 24, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) confirmed 9 new deaths and 3,589 new cases. Other key updates from the County’s COVID-19 Dashboard as of May 24, 2022 include the following:
- 2,277 confirmed positive cases and 13 deaths in the City of Malibu to date
- 2,945,669 confirmed cases and 32,095 deaths in LA County to date
- 419 current hospitalizations in LA County, an increase of 170 since May 11
MALIBU MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL SPECIFIC PLAN PROJECT MEETING, MAY 31
The Planning Commission will hold a virtual Special Meeting on Tuesday, May 31, 6:30 PM to make a recommendation to the City Council on the Specific Plan, EIR, and code amendments for the Malibu Middle and High School (MMHS) Campus Specific Plan. The Specific Plan establishes the development standards and plans for the redevelopment of the MMHS Campus to be implemented in four phases over the next 10 to 15 years. The District’s proposal is currently under review by the City of Malibu. See the Notice of Public Hearing for meeting and project details. Following the Planning Commission meeting, the City Council will consider the project and if approved, it will be forwarded to the California Coastal Commission for final certification of the Specific Plan. Please note that the coastal development permit and other entitlements for the MMHS redevelopment will be considered by the Planning Commission at a later date. For more information, visit the project webpage.
CITY COUNCIL APPROVES TEMPORARY DAY-USE IMPOUND YARD ON CITY-OWNED PROPERTY AT HEATHERCLIFF AND PCH
On May 9, the City Council moved to allow a temporary day-use impound yard on City-owned property at Heathercliff Road and PCH. Vehicles parked illegally in front of fire hydrants, in traffic lanes, and blocking driveways impacts public safety, traffic mobility and quality of life of the community. The approval will enable the lot to be used during the busy summer beach season. The location was chosen after numerous other locations were examined, including Malibu City Hall, which cannot be used by large flatbed tow trucks due to the steep driveways. The temporary impound yard can only be used between Memorial Day, May 30, and October 3, daytime and weekends only, to minimize the impacts on surrounding neighborhoods and the environment. A temporary day-use impound yard in Malibu will allow Sheriff-approved tow operators to store towed vehicles temporarily. Not having to make a round trip to Thousand Oaks for every vehicle greatly increases the number of vehicles that can be towed away per day. Watch video of the discussion of the item in the City Council meeting (starts at 1:41:04). For more information, see the staff report.
(NEW) NATIONAL TRAILS DAY AT CHARMLEE WILDERNESS PARK, june 4
The City will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4, at the City's beautiful Charmlee Wilderness Park. Volunteers are invited to visit the park and assist with cleaning trails and removing weeds from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Volunteers must be 10 years of age or older and accompanied by an adult. Please register online or call 310-317-1364 for additional details.
(NEW) SUMMER JUBILATIONS POETRY READINGS AT LEGACY PARK, June 8
Join Malibu Poet Laureate Ann Buxie for Summer Jubilations on Wednesday, June 8, at 5:30 PM at Legacy Park. The in-person event will feature "The Secret Embrace" by Thomas Keating in addition to readings of original work by local poets. The event is free to attend, and reservations are not required. For more information, visit the Poetry webpage.
OPENING RECEPTION for "ART OF SURF” EXHIBITION AT CITY HALL GALLERY, JUNE 25
Community members are invited to the free opening reception of the next public art exhibition in the City Hall Gallery, “Art of Surf” on Saturday, June 25, 11:00 AM. In tribute to Malibu’s deep roots in surfing culture, the Malibu Arts Commission invited local Malibu artists to submit original artwork for the exhibition. The Commission will celebrate the artists and Malibu’s surf culture and provide complementary food and beverages. The exhibition will be on display in City Hall from July through August 2022, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. No tickets or RSVPs are needed.
(NEW) SPECIAL EVENTS REPORT
Currently, there are permitted events on May 30, June 4, 5, 11, July 9, as well as every Sunday for parking for the Farmer's Market. The City of Malibu Planning Department posts a weekly report of approved event permits on the website. In order for members of the public to be informed of pending event permit applications and to provide an additional opportunity for public input, the City has changed the Event Permit Report format to include all event permit applications deemed complete for review for consistency and compliance with the requirements of the Malibu Municipal Code and the Planning Director’s action on each application. The updated Event Permit Report has been posted to the City's website. To sign up to receive an email or text message when an updated Event Permit Report is posted, visit the e-notifications page (scroll down to the "Special Event Permit Report" category).
(NEW) TRANCAS BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT WORK SCHEDULE
Work on the Caltrans Trancas Bridge Replacement Project continues. No work is scheduled over Memorial Day weekend.
- Roadway restriping scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, June 1 (nighttime lane and shoulder closure 7:00 PM – 6:00 AM).
- K-rail placement along northbound PCH starting the evening of June 1 (nighttime lane and shoulder closure 7:00 PM – 6:00 AM).
- Activation of temporary traffic signal Guernsey Avenue Thursday morning, June 2 (intermittent lane and shoulder closure).
- Temporary Pedestrian Walkway will be available for use June 2, approximately 10:00 AM.
- Demolition of the old bridge scheduled for Friday, June 3 (daytime work, 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM).
Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists should proceed with caution, and watch for vehicles, equipment staging, workers, dust, lights, signs in the road and shoulder, and unplanned temporary lane and shoulder closures. The speed limit is reduced to 30 MPH, with signs posted, in the construction zone. Under California law, speeding fines are doubled in construction zones. Sign up for traffic alerts via text or email at www.MalibuCity.org/News, scroll to “Alert Center.”
(NEW) CURRENT BIDS
The City has several bids and Requests for Proposals/Qualifications currently out. For more information about all of the City's current bids, visit the webpage.
Contractor / Construction - Marie Canyon Green Streets Improvements Project - Installation of stormwater Fabco Helix Filters within the existing catch basin facilities, cleaning and clearing the existing catch basin, and all other work in the Contract Documents and Specifications. Due June 9, 2022.
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.
For questions or comments, contact the City Manager at SMcClary@MalibuCity.org.
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