March 25, 2020 10:07 AM
UPDATE 3/25, 10 AM – Malibu Pier closed. SBA defers previous disaster loans. Sheriff warns of scams.
UPDATE 3/25, 10 AM – Malibu Pier closed. SBA defers previous disaster loans. Sheriff warns of COVID-19 scams. Watch state & county COVID-19 TV briefings. Adopt a pet to stay with you safer at home.
UPDATE 3/25, 10 AM – Malibu Pier is closed. SBA defers previous disaster loans. LA County Sheriff warns of COVID-19 scams and hacks. You can watch state and county COVID-19 status and response TV briefings on-demand. Adopt a pet to keep you company while you stay safer at home.
Malibu City Hall is closed. Staff is answering the City’s main phone line (310-456-2489) but, due to the high number of calls, it is recommended that residents email firstname.lastname@example.org for the quickest response. Thank you for your patience – we will respond as quickly as possible.
MALIBU PIER CLOSED
At the request of Malibu City Manager Reva Feldman, State Parks agreed to close the Malibu Pier, including its shops, restaurants, and the parking lot, effective Wednesday, March 25, to prevent crowding amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and help slow spread of the virus.
The Pier closure followed announcements earlier in the week that State Parks closed day-use parking lots at local beaches from Pt Mugu State Park to Will Rogers State Park, the National Parks Service (NPS) closed Solstice Canyon, and Mountains Recreations & Conservation Authority (MRCA) closed all parks, trails, and building facilities, including public restrooms, owned by MRCA and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC).
SBA ANNOUNCES AUTOMATIC LOAN DEFERMENTS FROM PREVIOUS DISASTERS
On March 23, US Small Business Administration (SBA) Director Jovita Carranza announced changes to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through December 31, 2020, will be automatic. Now, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request deferment. https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-newsroom/press-releases-media-advisories
SHERIFF’S DEPT WARNS OF SCAMS AND ONLINE HACKING
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept (LASD) Fraud & Cyber Crimes Bureau has seen an increase in fake emails, texts, and phishing scams related to the COVID-19 emergency. Criminals use fake emails or texts to get individuals to share valuable personal information, such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, or login IDs and passwords. LASD advises individuals: Do not click on unknown links, either from your cell phone or your computer; instead, go to trusted websites by typing in the URL yourself. More helpful info at https://nixle.us/BQAHY
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) continues to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students under the age of 18. Pickup hours at Webster Elementary School and three schools in Santa Monica is changing to weekdays from 8:00 – 10:00 AM. All students under the age of 18 will be served grab-and-go bagged meals for breakfast and lunch. A parent or guardian must be present, except for high school students on their own. If you or your child are sick, please do not come to the school.
WATCH STATE AND COUNTY NEWS BRIEFINGS ON CORONA RESPONSE
Watch Governor Newsom's March 24 daily TV briefing on the state's coronavirus response on-demand on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CAgovernor/videos/1512420388922184/.
Watch LA County Public Health, elected officials, Sheriff and Fire Departments March 24 daily TV briefings on the countywide coronavirus status and response on-demand on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/1438722236161076/videos/240595463743019/.
Officials provide updates on COVID-19 cases, as well as plans for public safety and medical services. Community officials stress the importance of staying home and practicing social distancing when out for essentials. For all phone numbers, websites and resources mentioned during this livestream, visit covid19.lacounty.gov.
ADOPT A FURRY FRIEND TO KEEP YOU COMPANY WHILE STAYING SAFER AT HOME
Staying safer at home is more fun with furry friends, and pets help us stay calm and happy. Animals still need homes. Los Angeles County reminds residents that they can still adopt a pet, even though the County Animal Care and Control Centers are closed to the public. Visit https://animalcare.lacounty.gov/ to view available animals, choose a pet, and set an appointment to stop by for adoption.
LANE CLOSURES – REPAIR WORK ON CIVIC CENTER WAY STARTS MARCH 25
Work on a City storm drain project requiring the closure of Civic Center Way between Winter Cyn Rd and the Malibu Cyn Village begins Wednesday, March 25. Families picking up meals at Webster must access the school from PCH by heading north on Malibu Cyn Rd, then east on Civic Center Way to Winter Cyn Rd.
CITY LAUNCHES VIRTUAL RECREATION CENTER
In keeping with the Community Services Dept’s commitment to provide resources to help the community maintain healthy lives and mental wellness while they stay home together, it has launched the Virtual Recreation Center to bring fitness, arts, education, and enrichment programs and resources into the homes of Malibu’s families. Visit www.MalibuCity.org/VirtualRec.
WEEKLY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC) UPDATE - The City of Malibu activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on March 13 and EOC staff have been working seven days a week since that time to respond to the Novel #Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis. Starting March 23, the City will publish a weekly Emergency Operations Center (EOC) update for the community. See the press release for the complete update - https://www.malibucity.org/DocumentCenter/View/26161/03_23_2020_Coronavirus_Cityactions_Press_release
GOVERNOR AUTHORIZES LOCAL AGENCIES TO ENFORCE AGAINST PRICE GOUGING, HOARDING, AND NON-COMPLIANCE WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING AT BEACHES
In his press conference Monday afternoon, Governor Newsom announced great strides made in the State’s efforts to stop the spread of the virus, including a surge plan for securing hospital beds and housing for individuals experiencing homelessness. He applauded the federal government for going after those seeking to make monetary gains during this crisis, and he agreed local and state government agencies also need to strongly enforce and prosecute those found to be price gouging and hoarding vital resources. In response to outrage from residents after a weekend of large crowds at beaches throughout the state, the Governor agreed it may be necessary to step up park patrols to remind visitors of the need for social distancing and fining those who do not comply. He stated he had no plans to have checkpoints around the state, but that local enforcement had been increased.
COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER ISSUES NEW, ENHANCED ORDER
On Monday, the LA County Health Officer issued a new, enhanced order to be consistent with the Governor’s “Stay at Home” Order. The new order instructs all persons to remain in their homes or places of residence, prohibits all gatherings and events, indoor or outdoor, public or private, and orders that all non-essential businesses must close. The order is in effect to April 19, 2020. The order does not prohibit individuals or families from engaging in outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, biking, shopping at essential businesses or picking up meals, provided social distancing is observed.
CITY REMINDS RESIDENTS HOW TO PROTECT SEPTIC SYSTEMS
Residents whose homes use Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS), also known as septic systems, should avoid flushing disposable wipes and certain other harmful items down the toilet. Many types of personal wipes and solid hygiene products do not fall apart in buildings’ drainpipes, and can clog septic system pipes and pumps. Under “Safer at Home” orders, Malibu residents are spending more time in their homes and using more potentially harmful products, all of which increases the need for residents to keep a closer eye on their septic systems. For additional information on the care and maintenance of septic systems/OWTS, visit www.epa.gov/septic/how-care-your-septic-system. To report problems with any septic system in the City, call 310-456-2489, ext. 390 (or ext. 311 after hours) or email email@example.com.
LATEST COVID-19 STATISTICS
County of Los Angeles: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
State of California: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/New-Release-2020.aspx
CITY OF MALIBU
City Hall, the Senior Center, and all City parks, including restroom facilities, are closed. Essential City staff are working remotely. Residents wishing to contact City staff may do so by calling departmental extensions or emails:
-- Planning – 310-456-2489, ext. 485 or email MPlanning@malibucity.org
-- Building Safety – 310-456-2489, ext. 390 or email MBuilding@malibucity.org
-- Public Works – 310-456-2489, ext. 391 or MPublicWorks@malibucity.org
-- All other City business – 310-456-2489, ext. 392 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dial-a-Ride is operating for seniors needing transportation to medical appointments or other necessary locations. Reservations can be made by calling 424-346-8444. Dial-a-Ride program hours are Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Thursday and Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
SPANISH LANGUAGE EMERGENCY INFORMATION
The City of Malibu will publish emergency information about the Coronavirus on the City website: www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus. Residents and businesses are asked to share emergency information with their Spanish- speaking staff and contractors.
La ciudad de Malibú publicará todas las alertas de emergencia sobre el coronavirus en el sitio web de la ciudad: www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus.
CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
The City of Malibu continues to monitor the status of the Coronavirus and implement measures to protect public health and safety and is doing everything possible to support vulnerable community members. The City continues to follow the recommendations of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH), California Office of Emergency Services (CALOES) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is taking steps to reduce the likelihood of community spread.
All Residents should be complying with the State’s “Stay at Home” order, and leaving their homes only to conduct essential business, such as grocery shopping, medical appointments. Residents should also connect with neighbors, particularly seniors or those with underlying health conditions, to see if they need help in any way.