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Posted on: June 24, 2022

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June 24, 2022

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(NEW) 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY OPERATING HOURS

  • Monday, July 4 - City parks, including the Temporary Skate Park at Malibu Bluffs Park are open for normal operating hours 8:00 AM – sunset. No fires, barbecues or alcohol are permitted at City parks. Animals must be kept on leashes and under the control of their owners at all times. 
  • Monday, July 4 - City Hall, the Senior Center and the Malibu Community Swimming Pool are closed. See Swimming Pool program schedules. 


(NEW) FIREWORKS ARE PROHIBITED IN LA COUNTY

Fireworks are prohibited in Los Angeles County, except permitted displays conducted by state licensed pyrotechnicians. Possession or use of illegal fireworks can result in a fine of up to $1000 or one year in jail. Fireworks are extremely dangerous and can result in severe injuries and burns and cause structure fires and wildfires, especially in high fire hazard areas like Malibu and surrounding communities in the Santa Monica Mountains. If you see illegal fireworks being used, please call 911. 


(NEW) Public Fireworks Displays

Permit applications for fireworks displays from offshore barges in Malibu are issued by the LA County Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Office, which notifies the City when any application is approved. No permits have been issued for the July 4 holiday as of June 24. The City will announce permitted public fireworks displays in Malibu on the website and social media as soon as they become available. The Fire Department lists permitted public fireworks displays across the County on and around July 4. The listing will be updated as soon as permits are given for fireworks displays, so check the website periodically. 


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) 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 June 22, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) confirmed 8 new deaths and 5,575 new cases. Other key updates from the County’s COVID-19 Dashboard  as of June 22, 2022 include the following:   

  • 2,426 confirmed positive cases and 13 deaths in the City of Malibu to date 
  • 3,076,849 confirmed cases and 32,271 deaths in LA County to date 
  • 679 current hospitalizations in LA County, an increase of 260 since June 8


(NEW) SHERIFF'S DEPT. WORKING TO CLEAR HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS IN ADVANCE OF FIRE SEASON

With fire season approaching, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and its Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST) are working to ensure Malibu’s canyons and hillsides are free of homeless encampments. This outreach work will reduce the risk of encampment-related fires starting and spreading and will help connect people experiencing homelessness with a network of services. City staff, in coordination with LASD and the City's Homeless Outreach Team with The People Concern, will proactively monitor the canyons and hillside areas to address encampments in a comprehensive and service-oriented manner. For more information about the City's efforts to address homelessness, visit the webpage. 


(NEW) ADDRESSING OVERNIGHT RV PARKING ON PCH

The Sheriff's Department (LASD) reported to the City's Homelessness Task Force on June 22 that they are seeing a rise in RVs parked on PCH, together with the usual influx of summer beach visitors. City staff is coordinating with LASD to conduct routine field checks to ensure all RVs comply with local ordinances and do not create additional safety hazards. City staff will continue to coordinate with the Sheriff’s Department and Malibu Homeless Outreach Team with The People Concern to address RVs being utilized by people experiencing homelessness.


(NEW) FIRE CONDITIONS UPDATE - LIVE FUEL MOISTURE LEVELS

As part of continuous wildfire preparedness, the City tracks Live Fuel Moisture (LFM) in the Malibu area as an important part of determining current fire conditions for our community. LFM is the percentage of water content to dry matter in live vegetation. The June 23, 2022 LFM is at 74%, down from 78% from the previous sampling. The historical average for this time of year is about 90%. LFM can be as high as 200%, and 60% and below is considered critical. The Los Angeles County Fire Department Forestry Division conducts sampling approximately every two weeks and posts the results on their website. This shows the effect of drought and higher temperatures on fuel and how our local fuels are susceptible to sustaining a wildfire.


(NEW) CITY COUNCIL LOWERs SPEED LIMITS IN SEVERAL LOCATIONS TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC SAFETY

The City Council approved the 2022 Engineering and Traffic Survey (ETS) on June 13, 2022, allowing the City to lower speed limits in 11 locations in the City and allowing the continued use of radar speed enforcement to improve traffic safety in Malibu. Speed surveys are required under CA and national vehicle codes to be able to change speed limits and use radar enforcement. For the ETS, the City conducted traffic counts and reviewed road geometrics, accident data, surrounding land use, existing speed limit signs and other factors. Speed limits will be lowered by 5 MPH each at 11 locations on: Civic Center Way, Dume Drive, Encinal Canyon Road, Heathercliff Road, Kanan Dume Road, Malibu Canyon Road, Merrit Drive, Trancas Canyon Road. Speed limits in the City of Malibu are primarily enforced by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The new speed limit signs will be installed after the item's second reading and final adoption, scheduled for the June 27 Council meeting


CERT CLASS OFFERED IN-PERSON JUNE 15 - JULY 27

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 publicsafety@malibucity.org or call 310-456-2489, ext. 368. 

 

(new) DARK SKY ORDINANCE AMENDMENT PUBLIC HEARING rescheduled to august 8, 2022

The Malibu City Council virtual public hearing to consider an amendment to the City's Dark Sky Ordinance scheduled on June 27 has been tentatively rescheduled to August 8, 2022. The amendment would allow a light trespass limit for commercially and institutionally zoned properties onto the public right-of-way. The Council will also consider the recommendations of the Planning Commission. The Dark Sky Ordinance is meant to reduce light pollution to protect Malibu’s wildlife, habitats and quality of life. The staff report, viewing and commenting instructions will be posted in advance of the meeting on the Virtual Meeting webpage. Members of the public are encouraged to submit comments by email to the City Council before the meeting begins. 

Compliance Deadlines Extended - On January 10, 2022, the City Council extended the deadlines for commercial, residential, and institutional zoning districts to comply with Dark Sky Ordinance to October 15, 2022. The extension was in response to concerns about non-compliance and community feedback requesting more time and information about the requirements. The compliance period for gas stations remains October 15, 2019. Learn more on the Dark Sky webpage.  


(NEW) CITY COUNCIL ADOPTs FISCAL YEAR 2022-2023 budget 

The City Council approved  the Proposed Budget, Annual Work Plan and resolutions for the appropriations limit, authorized positions, salaries, and new job descriptions for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 on Monday, June 13, 2022. The Proposed Budget totals $89.9 million in revenue and $89.8 million in expenses and includes General Fund annual revenue of $46.2 million and General Fund annual expenditures for ongoing City operations of $44.2 million. The City presents a balanced budget each fiscal year. For Fiscal Year 2022-23, the proposed budget achieves this balance while investing and aligning the City’s resources with the Council’s priorities as established in the annual Work Plan.  

The City’s annual Budget is based on the City Council’s Work Plan that carries out the City’s mission to maintain its rural residential character by establishing programs and policies that avoid suburbanization and commercialization of its natural and cultural resources. The Budget for Fiscal Year 2022-23 addresses three main aspects of critical alignment to achieve the City’s mission through the City’s organization: staffing; technology; and the protection of natural and cultural resources. As part of the Proposed Budget, organizational changes to the City's Environmental Sustainability and Planning Departments are being proposed to improve customers service, efficiency and transparency. Video of the City Council's Budget presentation and discussion is available to view online (segment starts at 4:06). 


(NEW) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Multi-Family Housing Program

In response to unmet recovery needs related to the Woolsey Fire, the City was awarded approximately $15 million in federal Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to serve as gap funding to finance eligible multi-family housing projects. The City of Malibu has published a Notice Inviting Interest in the CDBG-DR Affordable Multi-Family Housing Program and is requesting that Eligible Developers (those interested in federal CDBG-DR funding available to cover funding gaps needed to finance new construction, reconstruction or rehabilitation for affordable multi-family housing projects in Malibu) submit a Notice of Interest form (included as Attachment 1 to the Notice Inviting Interest). Submit the form by email to the City Clerk at CityClerk@MalibuCity.org at or before 5:00 PM on Monday, July 18, 2022, after which time they will be reviewed by City staff in consultation with Housing and Community Development. 


MALIBU MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL SPECIFIC PLAN PROJECT in city council, JUNE 27

The Malibu Middle and High School (MMHS) Specific Plan Project is scheduled to be discussed during the July 11, 2022 City Council meeting. On May 31, the Planning Commission considered the (MMHS) Specific Plan, EIR, and code amendments and made its recommendation to the City Council. The Planning Commission’s comments will be presented to the City Council. 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 School District’s proposal is currently under review by the City. If the City Council approves the Specific Plan, it will be forwarded to the California Coastal Commission for final certification of the Specific Plan. Please note that any Coastal Development Permits 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.  


(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 - 82
  • 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 ashah@malibucity.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) CLEAN BAY CERTIFIED RESTAURANTS

The 2022 Clean Bay Restaurant program is underway in Malibu. The Bay Foundation has been partnering with Santa Monica Bay cities since 2008 to recognize local businesses every year that integrate sustainability and ocean-mindedness into their business practices. Look for the "Clean Bay Certified" logo while dining out to help you support restaurants that are working to prevent ocean pollution. Participating restaurants are inspected at least twice per year, and restaurants that receive a 100% inspection score are designated “Clean Bay Certified.” The program is overseen by The Bay Foundation and satisfies the City’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit inspection requirements. ESD staff will conduct more than 150 inspections of 75 businesses by June 2022. For more information, visit the webpage. 


MANDATORY WATER USE RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT DUE TO DROUGHT

As drought conditions continue to worsen in California, the Los Angeles County Waterworks Districts (LACWD) has issued mandatory water use restrictions for communities including the City of Malibu, which is served by Waterworks District 29, and requests that all LACWD customers cut back their water usage by 30%. Outdoor and lawn watering is restricted to two days a week based on address numbering and property type:

  • Tuesdays and Fridays = residential even number 
  • Mondays and Thursdays = residential odd number
  • Mondays and Fridays = commercial 
  • 10 minutes per station maximum
  • Only allowed between 6:00 PM and 10:00 AM 

Separately, the City of Malibu also prohibits spray irrigation between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM, and prohibits any landscape irrigation within 48 hours of significant rainfall. See all of the City’s water conservation rules. See the complete list of LACWD water use restrictions at: LACWaterworks.org. 


WATER CONSERVATION REBATES AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE

The City has partnered with LACWD and West Basin Municipal Water District to help Malibu residents and businesses save water and money through the Malibu Smart water conservation program. One of the most effective methods for permanently reducing water use is to replace water-thirsty grass lawns with beautiful, drought-resistant landscapes. Grass lawn replacement rebates are available for residential, commercial and multifamily customers. For more information about residential and commercial rebates and to apply, visit the website. Other rebates are currently available to Malibu residents for water-saving devices, including toilets, laundry machines, sprinkler nozzles, rain barrels and cisterns, weather-based irrigation controllers and soil moisture sensor systems. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Rebates and resources for commercial customers include water-saving devices, the Water Savings Incentive Program, the Onsite Retrofit Program, and the Public Agency Turf Replacement and Project Assistance Program. Learn more and apply on the website.


(NEW) MALIBU BLUFFS PARK MULTIPURPOSE FIELD CLOSED JULY 5 – AUGUST 15

The Multipurpose Field at Malibu Bluffs Park will be closed for its bi-annual rest and renovation Tuesday, July 5 through Monday, August 15. The rest and renovation play an important part in keeping the field in safe and playable condition throughout the year. Other facilities at Malibu Bluffs Park will remain open. 


OPENING RECEPTION FOR "ART OF SURF” EXHIBITION AT CITY HALL GALLERY, JUNE 25

The Malibu Arts Commission invites community members to the free opening reception for the next City Hall art exhibition, "Art of Surf," on Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 AM. The exhibition is a tribute to Malibu's deep roots in surfing culture featuring original works from more than 25 local artists. The exhibition will be on display from June through August 2022 at the Malibu City Gallery and is available to view Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tickets or RSVPs are not needed for the opening event or the exhibition.


(NEW) SPECIAL EVENTS REPORT

Currently, there are permitted events on June 18, 24 and 25, and July 9, as well as every Sunday for parking for the Farmer's Market, and June 18 - October 3 for the Temporary Day-Use Impound Yard. 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) CALTRANS VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING ABOUT PCH PAVING PROJECT IN MALIBU, JUNE 28

Caltrans will hold a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM to present its PCH paving project to Malibu residents, get input from the community, and answer questions. The project on PCH from approximately Malibu Lagoon to Leo Carrillo State Beach will restore pavement condition, improve ride quality and safety for all highway users by upgrading existing safety features, upgrade selected curb ramps to Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and construct Class II bike lanes. The proposed bike lanes may eliminate parking in some areas on PCH. Meeting link. Meeting number: 24953134230. Event password: 2022. Join the meeting by phone by dialing: (408) 418-9388, access code: 24953134230. For further questions, contact alisa.almanzan@dot.ca.gov or jane.yu@dot.ca.gov


(NEW) DAYTIME WORK CONTINUES ON TRANCAS CREEK BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT

Work on the Caltrans Trancas Bridge Replacement Project continues with daytime demolition and roadway excavation work weekdays 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 on the website (scroll to “Alert Center"). Updates and information about the project, work activities and lane closures are posted on the website


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 SMcClary@MalibuCity.org.

See Past City Manager Updates 

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