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Posted on: July 11, 2019

City Manager Updates
July 11, 2019

City Manager Updates

City Manager Reva Feldman’s regular updates will be posted here in the News Flash section and past updates will be archived on the City Manager webpage

July 11, 2019

Upcoming Week


The City Council approved waiving fees on June 24 for residents who are rebuilding their homes destroyed in the Woolsey Fire. The waiving of 100% of fees applies to November 8, 2018 through June 30, 2020 for “like for like” and “like for like” plus 10% projects to rebuild primary residences, and applies retroactively to people who have already paid permitting fees. To find out if your project qualifies, or to apply for fee waivers retroactively, email Aundrea Cruz at or call 310-456-2489, ext. 379.


The City has created an interactive online portal that shows statistics on Woolsey Fire rebuilding activities in an effort to keep the community and partner agencies updated on the rebuild progress. The information is updated daily, and tracks progress of all of the various types of permits related to rebuilding Malibu homes destroyed in the fire, and it plots rebuild projects on an interactive map.


CalOES has completed the Woolsey Fire debris removal under the state-sponsored program on all lots in the City of Malibu. Some soil sampling, installation of erosion control measures and hydromulch, and re-scraping on some properties will likely continue through the end of July. The City continues to work with the County and homeowners on the private Local Program debris removal. More than 838 million pounds of ash, debris, metal, concrete and contaminated soil were removed in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. A press conference announcing the news is available online. An online dashboard showing fire debris removal progress is available.  


The City created a handout to offer guidance to residents on how to properly replace or repair their septic systems (Onsite Wastewater Treatment System, or OWTS).  


With fire season approaching, the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Live Fuel Moisture Summary and Daily Fire Danger Analysis offer information about factors that influence the level of fire danger for high fire risk areas including Malibu.  


The City Council will consider adoption of the Coastal Commission’s suggested modifications to the Local Coastal Program (LCP) amendment to implement the Housing Element of the General Plan that the City Council approved in 2014 and to the LCP amendment to update the LCP Public Access Map approved by the City Council on October 22, 2018. The Housing amendment brings the City’s codes into compliance with state law and includes placing the Affordable Housing Overlay on three sites, one of which is the La Paz property (Parcel C). Placement of the overlay does not require that affordable housing be developed in these locations. Instead, it adds “affordable housing” to the other uses already allowed by the zoning for those sites. For more information, see the Housing Element webpage

Total Development Square Footage (TDSF) Ordinance Update

On Monday, July 8, 2019, the City Council voted to remove the TDSF ordinance from the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 staff work plan, thereby halting any further work on the ordinance. 

Update on Fire Department Malibu City Hall Counter Hours

Fire Department staff are available to assist applicants with Woolsey Fire rebuild projects at City Hall every Thursday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. No appointment is needed, just check in at the Fire Rebuild Desk in the lobby.

Primary View Determination (PVD) Hold Ordinance Public Hearing 

On August 12, 2019, the City Council will consider an ordinance to place a hold on primary view determinations that include views over properties that burned in the Woolsey Fire. The staff report will be published on or about July 24. 

Chili Cook Off Permit Public Hearing 

On July 15, 2019, the Planning Commission will consider the Temporary Use Permit (TUP) and Coastal Development Permit (CDP) application for the 38th annual Chili Cookoff event to be held Labor Day Weekend, sponsored by the Malibu Boys and Girls Club. The agenda report can be found on the website.  


  • SCE has completed trimming in Grid 6 (Bonsall Canyon area).
  • SCE will complete trimming in Grid 7 (Point Dume and areas south of PCH east to Winding Way) and Grid 8 (Murphy Way west to approximately Gayton Place, covering Ramirez Canyon/Kanan Dume) by July 20. Grid 7 sensitive tree list
  • SCE was scheduled to start trimming in Grid 15 (Rambla Pacifico Street east past the Big Rock neighborhood) July 10. SCE identified 124 sensitive trees located within Grid 15 that will require trimming. None of the sensitive trees will require trimming beyond the areas trimmed during previous years.
  • SCE has begun pre-inspections for Grid 5 (west of Busch Drive to just west of Guernsey/Morning Drive, covering Malibu Park). SCE identified 66 sensitive trees located within Grid 5. None of the sensitive trees will require trimming beyond the areas trimmed during previous years. A map of Grid 5 is available online.

The City’s arborist consultant will be monitoring and providing feedback throughout the process. A citywide map of SCE designated grids is available online.

Anchor for Malibu Sculpture Dedication 

The dedication of the recently installed Anchor for Malibu sculpture will take place on Thursday, July 25, 10:00 AM at Legacy Park. The dedication ceremony will take place at the entrance to Legacy Park directly across from the Malibu Library. Everyone is invited to join us as we celebrate the installation of a world-class public art piece in our park.

La Costa Pedestrian Improvements 

  • This project consist of installing a hybrid pedestrian traffic signal located adjacent to the La Costa Beach Club on PCH. This week, the contractor will continue to work on the new curbing and sidewalk adjacent to the new pedestrian signal. The proposed work will require the ongoing lane closures in both directions.

Electrical Vehicle Charging Project

  • This project consists of installing new electrical vehicle chargers on Civic Center Way and Bluffs Park. The project design is completed and will be sent out for public bidding with construction estimated in the Fall.

Save the Dates!

Thursday, July 25, 1:30 PM - Disaster Preparedness Class for Seniors - City Hall
Learn how to prepare for wildfires, earthquakes or other disasters, with special emphasis on the needs of older adults and people with mobility issues or disabilities. Participants aged 55 or older who complete the class will receive a free emergency preparedness kit. Register online or email or call 310-456-2489 x368.

Thursday, July 25, 10:00 AMAnchor for Malibu Dedication Event - Legacy Park

Thursday, July 25 1:30 PMDisaster Preparedness for Seniors and People with Disabilities  – City Hall 

September is National Preparedness Month – The City will be holding multiple community events including:

  • September 5 – Community Emergency Response Team Training (seven week series)
  • September 11 – Woolsey Fire: Panel Discussion of Lessons Learned by Malibu Residents
  • September 19 – Fire Safe Council Workshop
  • September 21 – Red-Flag Season Community Fire Briefing


RFP for Coastal Vulnerability Assessment - Closes July 19

To see all open bids or to sign up to receive notifications when bids are posted, visit the Bid page.  


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