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Fran Pavley Retirement Commendation - Oct. 24, 2016

The City Council presented commendations to State Senator Fran Pavley for her many years of service to the Malibu community during the October 24 Malibu City Council meeting. Senator Pavley, whose 27th District includes Malibu, is retiring due to term limits in December 2016. She was elected in 2008, after serving in the State Assembly from 2001 to 2006. She was also a California Coastal Commissioner from 1995 to 2000, and a City Councilmember and Mayor of Agoura Hills. Mayor Lou La Monte thanked Senator Pavley for her many years of close collaboration on important issues impacting the Malibu community, including PCH safety, Bluffs Park, Legacy Park, the Malibu Library and preserving open space in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility Construction Progress - Oct. 26, 2016

Trenching, boring and tunneling work is under way for the pipeline portion of Malibu's environmentally friendly Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility. Exploratory pilot injection wells have been drilled and filled on Malibu Road. The pipeline network will bring wastewater from all of the properties in the Civic Center area to the wastewater treatment facility, and bring the clean Title 22 treated recycled water to Bluffs and Legacy Park, and eventually to homes and businesses for landscape irrigation. Construction on the CCWTF, the largest public infrastructure project in the City's history, started June 29, 2016. For more information, photos, and videos about the project, visit

Sycamore Students Visit City Hall - Nov. 1, 2016

We were proud to welcome 1st - 4th graders from The Sycamore School in Malibu for a tour of City Hall on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. The young students were incredibly smart and well-informed, and knew about many of the important issues affecting Malibu, such as the elections, the Trancas Field project, and construction projects having to get approved by the City in order to ensure safety.

Malibu Halloween Carnival 2016

Kids ages 2 - 6 years old enjoyed spooky fun at the Malibu Parks & Recreation Department's annual Halloween Carnival on Friday, October 28 at Bluffs Park. Festivities included carnival games, trick-or-treat trail, bounce house, and delicious treats from food trucks.

Tiny Tot Olympics - Sept. 18, 2016

Kids ages 2-6 from the community participated in a wide variety of friendly sporting events including T-ball, soccer, gymnastics, track, golf, basketball, tennis, bounce-house, and more. The Malibu Parks and Recreation Department's Tiny Tot Olympics on Sunday, September 18 at Bluffs Park also featured a Torch Run, group warm-up and stretching session, facepainting and more. Every kid was a winner and received a medal!

Honor the Ocean! at Zuma Beach - Sept. 24, 2016

The Malibu Environmental Sustainability Department was proud to join "Honor the Ocean," a unique celebration of our marine ecosystem and the indigenous peoples of our area who have always been its guardians, “Honor the Ocean" on Saturday, September 24 at Zuma Beach in Malibu, was organized by the L.A. Marine Protected Area Collaborative. It started with a traditional ceremonial blessing by the Chumash community, followed by the rare opportunity to see a Tomol, a traditional Chumash canoe. There was storytelling by Chumash elders, and free surfing lessons. The partner agencies included LA Waterkeeper, the Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation, Marine Protected Areas Alliance, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Heal the Bay. They provided marine and watershed education, and promoted California's Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), which preserve our stunning marine ecosystems, including Malibu’s precious coast, for future generations.

Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility Construction Progress - Sept. 22, 2016

Construction is well under way on Malibu's environmentally friendly Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility, the largest public infrastructure project in the City's history. Construction started June 29, 2016. For more information, photos and videos about the project, and construction traffic updates, visit

Malibu Library Speaker Series with Daniel James Brown - Sept. 21, 2016

Daniel James Brown, author of the bestselling non-fiction book "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics" spoke at the Malibu Library Speaker Series on Wednesday, September 21 at the Malibu Library.

First Concrete Pour on Malibu's Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility - Aug. 16, 2016

The first concrete was poured on Malibu's environmentally friendly Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Mayor Lou La Monte was on hand to put his hand print and sign his name in the wet concrete to mark the occasion. 

Concert on the Bluffs - June 12, 2016

Nearly 800 people attended the City's inaugural Concert on the Bluffs, an evening of live music and dance set against the backdrop of Malibu's mountains and coastline, Sunday, June 12 at Bluffs Park. The event featured live music by musicians from the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Hollywood Bowl orchestra; dancers from the New York City Ballet; composers Marco Beltrami, Maria Newman and Trevor Rabin; and conductor Scott Hosfeld. The event was organized by the Cultural Arts Commission.

Parks & Recreation Summer 2016 Surf Camp

The City of Malibu's Parks & Recreation Department offers day camp programs to the community during the spring, summer, and winter breaks for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Camps include a variety of enrichment, sports, and surf camps. The Aspects Surf Camp provides professional instruction on the basics of surfing, as well as a healthy respect and awareness of the beauty and power of the ocean, with a low participant-to-instructor ratio. Learn more at

Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility Construction Progress - Aug. 10, 2016

Construction is well under way on Malibu's environmentally friendly Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility, the largest public infrastructure project in the City's history. Construction started June 29, 2016. For more information, photos, and videos about the project, visit

Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility Groundbreaking Ceremony - June 29, 2016

The City Council held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, June 29 to kick off construction of Malibu’s environmentally friendly Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility (CCWTF) that will treat and reuse wastewater in the Civic Center area. The facility will enable Malibu to protect the natural environment that we cherish, while meeting state mandates to end the use of septic systems in the Civic Center area and producing recycled water to reduce Malibu’s reliance on potable water. The recycled water from the facility will provide an important source of water during the drought that can be used for landscape irrigation in the Civic Center area. As the drought continues, cities across the state are pursuing ways to recycle and reuse wastewater. For more information, see

Recognition of Volunteers On Patrol for Service to the City - June 13, 2016

On June 13, 2016 the City honored its Volunteers on Patrol for their service to the City and its residents. The VOP program was created by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to allow civilian volunteers to help the Sheriff's Department achieve its goals, while helping to serve and protect the local community. As 'eyes and ears' for the Department, VOP members help identify suspicious activities, crimes in progress, or other dangerous circumstances, and notify the authorities for proper handling. For more information, see

Funny Zoo Animals Artist Reception - June 21, 2016

Malibu Mayor Pro Tem Lou La Monte joined Bernard Scoffie, founder of Funny Zoo Animals, which is partnering with the City on a public art exhibition, for a reception at Bluffs Park for the artists that designed the animals. Funny Zoo Animals is based in Malibu and places life-size animal sculptures in public places, each custom designed by a different artist, to raise awareness about endangered animals and conservation of wild habitats. The project in Malibu includes eight sculptures placed in Legacy and Bluffs Parks for six months, and will help raise funds for California Wildlife Center, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases wild animals, including hundreds of sick and injured seals and sea lions in Southern California.

Malibu's One Water Festival - June 18, 2016

Malibu held the One Water Festival, Saturday, June 18 at Pt. Dume Elementary. The festival aimed to to offer information and resources to learn to reduce water use and live green. Activities included interactive workshops, demonstrations, arts and crafts and game for kids, bouncy slides and live music. For more information, visit

Malibu Youth Commission - May 23, 2016

The Malibu Youth Commission gave its report to the City Council on its activities over the past year, and applicants to be on the Youth Commission addressed the City Council.

Mayor for a Day - May 23, 2015

Galen Selbert-Perkins was the 2016 Mayor for a Day! She got a tour of Malibu City Hall with (regular) Mayor Laura Rosenthal and helped lead the City Council Meeting. Thaks Galen!

Earth Day at Malibu City Hall - April 16, 2016

Malibu residents came to City Hall on April 16, 2016 during Earth Month  to recycle polystyrene, shred document and responsibly dispose of electronics and paint. 

Malibu City Council Meeting - Farewell to City Manager Jim Thorsen - April 25, 2016

During the City Council meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016, the City Council and representatives from partner agencies, community organizations and members of the public made presentations thanking outgoing City Manager Jim Thorsen for his 10 years of service to the City of Malibu. Thorsen retires May 2, 2016. The Council also acknowledged May as the International Code Council's Building Safety Month. It also recognized the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) 47th Annual Municipal Clerks Week is May 1 - May 7, 2016.

Art of the Board Surfboard Exhibition

The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission's "Art of the Board” surfboard art installation honoring Malibu's surfing culture and history had a grand opening as part of the City's 25th anniversary on March 28, 2016. The community was asked to submit unique and artistic surfboards, which will be suspended in the City Hall atrium and will remain on display through September 2016. A special committee reviewed and selected the submitted boards, and renowned artists with roots in Malibu John Van Hamersveld, Lita Albuquerque and Charles Arnoldi created artistic surfboards especially for the installation.

Chumash Day Powwow 2016

The City of Malibu hosted the 18th Annual Chumash Day Powwow and Intertribal Gathering at Malibu Bluffs Park April 9 and 10, 2016. Hundreds of Malibu families and Native Americans from tribes across the western states attended the festive cultural celebration honoring Malibu’s original residents and First Americans, the Chumash Indians. Each day, the event began with a performance of gourd dancers as well as an invocation and prayer. The event featured a variety of Native American foods including traditional Native American fry bread, arts and crafts, Native American tribal ceremonies, dances, Chumash history storytelling, and crafts activities for kids. Photos: Julie Ellerton

Malibu Library Speaker Series with Bill McKibben - April 6, 2016

City of Malibu, Public Library of Los Angeles County Malibu Branch and Pepperdine University partnered to present the special Earth Month Malibu Library Speaker Series. Bill McKibben, one of the world's leading climate change activists and environmental author spoke to more than 400 at the university on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 about the need to act to combat climate change.

25th Anniversary Celebration

More than 400 people joined the celebration of Malibu's 25th anniversary, Monday, March 28 at City Hall. During the Council meeting at 6:00 PM, the Mayor presented recognitions to the pillars of the community who helped shape Malibu. The commemorative video produced for the 25th anniversary was screened. At 7:00 PM, the public reception in the upstairs lobby featured the grand opening of the Cultural Arts Commission's “Art of the Board” surfboard installation, which honors Malibu’s surfing history and culture, as well as a live band, food, commemorative gifts, and silent auction.

Easter Hoppening at Bluffs Park 

Hundreds of families and kids came out to enjoy the City of Malibu's annual Easter Hoppening at Bluffs Park on Friday, March 18, 2016. The event featured egg hunts, prizes, moonbounces, food trucks, facepainting, crafts, and photos with the Easter Bunny!

Library Speaker Series - Dara Torres 

The Library Speaker Series featured Dara Torres, author of the best-sellers "Age is Just a Number" and "Gold Medal Fitness," on March 16, 2016. Torres is arguably the fastest female swimmer in America. Dara spoke about what it takes to be a world champion, staying graceful in defeat, and staying fit into the fifties. She has competed in five Olympic games and has won 12 Olympic medals.

Library Speakers Series - Elizabeth Smart

The disappearance of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most publicized child abduction cases of the modern era. At just 14 years old, just before graduating from middle school, Elizabeth was abducted at knifepoint from her own bedroom in the middle of the night. She was brutally ripped away from her home and family, and was held captive for nine months. On Feb. 17, 2016, Elizabeth shared her inspiring story of overcoming unimaginable fear, abuse, and loneliness. She discussed topics such as triumphing over adversity, the importance and process of recovery, and not allowing your past to dictate your future. Having lived through a nightmarish experience, Elizabeth shared her insights about the importance of never giving up hope during times of struggle.

Library Speakers Series - Dr. Paul Cummins

The first Malibu Library Speaker Series of 2016 featured Dr. Paul Cummins. Dr. Paul Cummins is founder, president, and CEO of Coalition for Engaged Education, a co-founder of Crossroads School and New Roads School in Santa Monica, and author of four books on education. Dr. Cummins has devoted his life to creating opportunities for children from all backgrounds to have access to quality education that is engaging and inspires a passion for lifelong learning. For more information on the series and future speakers, visit

Las Flores Creek Park Ribbon Cutting

The Malibu City Council, representatives from Sen. Fran Pavley and CA State Resources Agency, and families from the community gathered on January 26, 2016 to cut the ribbon, and celebrate the completion of the Las Flores Creek Park project! The restrooms and pedestrian bridge are the final components of the park improvement project, and make the park more accessible and user-friendly. The bridge connects the park to the parking lot on the west side of the creek, and offers beautiful views of the riparian habitat.

Posthumous Commendation to California Highway Patrol Officer James Haynes

During its Jan. 11, 2016 meeting, the Malibu City Council presented a posthumous commendation to California Highway Patrol Officer James Haynes for heroism for rescuing a woman who attempted suicide by jumping off the Malibu Pier in April 1951. Officer Haynes, who lived and patrolled in Malibu, received a call at home that a woman had jumped off the pier and was clinging to a life preserver in dangerous surf. Arriving on the scene, Officer Haynes dove off the pier, and towed the woman to shore while powerful waves slammed them both against the pier’s barnacle-encrusted pilings, causing severe cuts and bruises. He was able to bring the woman safely to shore, and she survived with minor injuries. Officer Haynes’ family was on hand at the Council meeting to receive the commendation from Mayor Laura Rosenthal.

Malibu Holiday Open House - Dec. 10, 2015

The City was proud to host the annual holiday tradition at Malibu City Hall on Thursday, Dec. 10 with more than 200 community members. We thank the Malibu High School Arts Angels and Shark Fund for providing the beautiful art exhibition and musical performances by talented Malibu High School and Malibu Middle School students. THANK YOU!! To those who donated raffle prizes to benefit the Spark of Love Toy Drive: Cosentino’s, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Mayor Laura Rosenthal, Soulcycle, Becker Surfboards, Malibu Bank of Books, Malibu Beach Inn, Geoffrey’s Restaurant, Jamestown Properties & Malibu Village, Don Schmitz/Schmitz & Associates, Mikke Pierson/ZJ Boarding House, Zuma Jay’s, Marmalade Cafe, and Duke’s Malibu.

Veterans Day Celebration - November 11, 2015

The City of Malibu was proud to sponsor the Chamber of Commerce's annual Veterans Day Celebration, Wednesday, Nov. 11 at Legacy Park. This year, the event focused on celebrating the contributions of women in the military throughout America's history, and all the featured speakers were female veterans and active duty military.

Library Speaker Series - Rory Kennedy & Mark Bailey

The 2015 Malibu Library Speaker Series continued on Sept. 23 with award-winning documentary filmmaker and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Rory Kennedy and her husband, screenwriter Mark Bailey. Kennedy and Bailey, both longtime Malibu residents, discussed their film, "Last Days in Vietnam," and showed several clips from the film. Mayor Pro Tem Laura Rosenthal moderated the fascinating discussion. The next Library Speaker Series event is Wednesday, Nov. 4. For more information, visit

Pepperdine Lecture Series - Dr. Stephen Davis

In the second installment of the new Malibu Senior Center/Pepperdine University Lecture Series, ecology professor Dr. Stephen Davis discussed "Chaparral Wildfires in Malibu: A Plant Ecologist’s Perspective” on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at Malibu City Hall. At the free event, Dr. Davis showed samples of the plants that make up the Chaparral habitat of the Santa Monica Mountains, and discussed the history of wildfires in the Malibu area, as well as the relationships between plant species, wildfires, and human activity.

Library Speaker Series - Michael Backes

Michael Backes, one of the foremost experts and advocates of medical cannabis, was featured at the Malibu Library Speaker Series on July 15, 2015. His recent book, "Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana," offers an evidence-based guide on the chemistry and applications of medical cannabis, what ailments it can treat, and the different medicinal cannabis strains.

Library Speaker Series - Johnny Strange

Extreme athlete and Malibu native Johnny Strange was featured at the Malibu Library Speaker Series on June 17, 2015. Strange discussed his experiences skydiving, wingsuit flying, base jumping, big wave surfing, and climbing Mount Everest. He also talked about overcoming fear, and how he blended social activism with his extreme adventures.

PCH Safety Video Launch & Kids Bike Safety Rodeo
On Friday, May 8, 2015, the City of Malibu, Senator Fran Pavley, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Senator Ben Allen, and the California Office of Traffic Safety hosted the premiere of the new PCH Safety Video and Kids Bike Safety Rodeo at Malibu Library. 
Library Speaker Series - David Garibaldi
Radical performance painter David Garibaldi was featured at the Malibu Library Speaker Series on April 22, 2015 at City Hall, where he painted four canvases, and gave an inspiring motivational talk.
PCH Bike Route Improvement Project Ribbon Cutting April 29, 2015

We were proud to cut the ribbon on the seven-mile PCH Bike Route Improvement Project and the two-mile bike lane along Zuma Beach, Malibu's first ever! We were joined by Caltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen; Aziz Elattar, Executive Officer of Highway Programs at Metro; 
Tamika Butler, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition; Malibu Public Safety and Public Works Commissioners; local cyclists, and community members. The new, two-mile bike lane along Zuma Beach is Malibu's first ever!

City Council Presentations and Commendations April 27, 2015

At the April 27 City Council meeting, the Council presented commendations to students in Malibu High School's Operation Smile Club in recognition of their efforts to raise funds for cleft lip and palate repair surgeries for children in developing countries. Each year, a group of teachers and students go on Operation Smile missions to developing countries and share their experiences with the school. The Council also commended Susan Nissman for her years of service with Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, serving the community of Malibu. The Council also  proclaimed May as Building Safety Month in Malibu.


Chumash Day 2015

The City of Malibu hosted its 17th Annual Chumash Day Powwow and Intertribal Gathering at Malibu Bluffs Park April 11 & 12. Continuing a generations-long tradition of Powwows in California, Native Americans from hundreds of tribes gathered to sing, dance, socialize, and heal. 

LA Waterkeeper SUP Race for Clean Water

Councilmember Skylar Peak was on hand to kick off the Los Angeles Waterkeeper's fourth annual Stand Up for Clean Water Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Race and Earth Day event on Saturday, April 18, at Paradise Cove Beach in Malibu.


2015 Malibu State of the City

The annual Malibu State of the City was held on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Malibu City Hall. The event, hosted by the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, featured Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Malibu Mayor John Sibert, and Chamber Chairman Rod Bergen.

City of Malibu Earth Month Eco-Fair

The City of Malibu's Earth Month Eco-Fair was on Saturday, April 18 at City Hall, featuring educational booths, friendly farm animals, door prizes, and free recycling of electronic waste, oil, and paint. Waste to Waves collected polystyrene foam and used wetsuits to re-purpose. Mayor Pro Tem Laura Rosenthal and State Assemblymember Richard Bloom, whose district includes Malibu, were on hand.  



Civic Center Design Standards Task Force

The Civic Center Design Standards Task Force held workshops on March 25 & 26, 2015 at Malibu City Hall. During the sessions, they collaborated, sketched, explored, and shared design ideas and concepts for Malibu’s Civic Center Design Standards.

Malibu Library Speaker Series

At the Malibu Library Speaker Series on March 25, 2015, Diane Luby Lane gave a dynamic discussion about literature and poetry for teens.

Earth Month Proclamation in City Council 

At its Regular meeting on March 23, the City Council proclaimed March 28 to April 30 as Earth Month in Malibu. The Mayor was joined by Kian Schulman, Wendi Dunn, Ann Buxie, and Joel Schulman from Poison Free Malibu, a local environmental organization.

DMV/Donate Life Proclamation

The Malibu City Council declared April as DMV/Donate Life California Month at the March 23, 2015 City Council meeting.



Las Flores Creek Park Bathroom Installation

The City installed new pre-fabricated bathrooms at Las Flores Creek Park in Malibu on February 27, 2015.

Las Flores Creek Park Bridge Installation

The new pre-fabricated bridge was installed at Las Flores Creek Park in Malibu on March 9, 2015.


Malibu Library Speaker Series with George Mason & Salli Slaughter

The Malibu Library Speaker Series presented George Mason and Salli Slaughter on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Malibu Library.

Mayor for a Day Joins City Council

On February 9, 2015, 10-year-old Cassius Griesemer served as honorary Malibu Mayor for a Day.  



Malibu High School Athletes Honored in City Council

On January 26, the Malibu City Council was proud to recognize some incredibly talented young athletes from the community for amazing achievements. 

Ribbon Cutting of New Fire Station 71

On November 14, 2014, dozens of Malibu Firefighters and community members were present for the dedication of the new Los Angeles County Fire Station 71.



Ribbon Cutting of Dan Blocker Beach Overlook

Mayor Skylar Peak, Councilmembers Lou LaMonte and John Sibert, and the Blocker and Adamson families were on hand for the dedication of the new Dan Blocker Beach Overlook on November 14, 2014.

Arrester Bed Ribbon Cutting

Malibu was proud to cut the ribbon on the new runaway vehicle arrester bed on Kanan Dume Rd at PCH, an important project that will keep Malibu's roads safer.



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