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March 15, 2020 3:55 PM

UPDATE 3/15/2020, 4PM – Updates from CA Gov & LADPH. Seniors should stay home. Council meeting 3/16

UPDATE 3/15/2020, 4PM – Updates from CA Governor and LADPH. Seniors should stay home. Bars called on to close. City Council Special Meeting Mon, March 16, 1PM. Malibu Foundation & Mighty Underdogs offer delivery service to those most in need.

UPDATE MARCH 15, 2020 4:00 PM – Today, CA Governor Newsom provided an update on the state’s testing and hospital capabilities, and called for seniors and those with chronic conditions to home isolate, and called for bars in the state to close to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. For more state information go to: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/covid19.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) released a statement today, 3/15/2020 stating that it “has identified 69 cases; of these, 10 cases are likely due to community transmission. Five of the cases confirmed today are hospitalized. Cases are occurring across LA County, so everyone should be aware and practice social distancing.” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer explained “we anticipate more cases and increased community spread as more testing occurs and we are asking everyone to expect more social distancing requirements as more cases are identified.”

The Malibu City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, March 16, at 1:00 PM at City Hall to ratify the Declaration of Local Emergency regarding the Coronavirus / COVID-19 issued yesterday. The emergency proclamation enables the City to take additional legal, operational, and recovery measures that may be needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The agenda for the meeting is available on the City website at: https://www.malibucity.org/agendacenter.

As obligated by law, the public will be able to participate in the meeting in person. In order to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus, the public is strongly encouraged to watch the live-stream at www.malibucity.org/tv and https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofMalibu/videos and to submit written correspondence to cityclerk@malibucity.org in lieu of attending the meeting.

The March 23 Council meeting will be cancelled. Certain items from the March 23, 2020 Regular Meeting agenda have been moved to the March 16 agenda.

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES
The City joins with the Malibu Chamber of Commerce in encouraging residents and visitors to support Malibu’s local small businesses and restaurants, while following the recommended social distancing and hygiene precautions. Visit https://www.malibu.org/ and follow #WORLDSTRONG #MALIBUSTRONG and #FLATTENTHECURVE for more information.

MALIBU FOUNDATION AND MIGHTY UNDERDOGS OFFER ASSISTANCE
In response to the rapid spread of coronavirus and to unite behind the most vulnerable in our community, Malibu Foundation is teaming up with Mighty Underdogs (MUD) to offer door-to-door delivery service to those most in need: the elderly, immunocompromised, immobile, or in medical or self-quarantine. If you or someone you know need assistance, complete a Request Form at www.MalibuFoundation.org/cv19 or text COVID to 833-407-0117.

CITY HALL BY APPOINTMENT ONLY EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MARCH 16
To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus and to protect the health and safety of the community, especially seniors and other high-risk groups, the City has cancelled all non-essential meetings, events and programs. Effective Monday, March 16, Malibu City Hall will be opened to the public by appointment only. 

The City remains committed to serving the community, and City business will continue to operate. Although City Hall and all public counters will be closed to the public, staff will be available to assist anyone with City business including plan review, permit issuance and building inspection. The public is encouraged to call or email City staff to make appointments. 

To make appointments, please call or email: 
-- Building Safety Dept (including Environmental Health, Coastal Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering): Call 310-456-2489, ext. 390 or Email mbuilding@malibucity.org.
-- Planning Dept (including Biology): Call 310-456-2489, ext. 485 or Email mplanning@malibucity.org
-- Public Works Dept: Call 310-456-2489, ext. 391 or Email mPublicWorks@malibucity.org
-- All other City business: Call 310-456-2489, ext. 392 or Email info@malibucity.org

OTHER IMPORTANT INFO
-- Senior Center Closed – City staff is available for assistance. Call 310-456-2489, ext. 357.
-- Malibu Dial-a-Ride program continues to operate. Dial-A-Ride vehicles are regularly disinfected.
-- All LA County Libraries, including Malibu Community Library, are closed. Online services available - www.LACountylibrary.org
-- All SMMUSD schools closed – www.SMMUSD.org

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. There are currently no known cases of Coronavirus in Malibu. 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. 

Residents are encouraged to be prepared with three weeks of food, medication, and toiletries on hand for your family and pets in case you need to stay home. Residents should also connect with neighbors, particularly seniors or those with underlying health conditions, to see if they need help in any way. These individuals are at higher risk and Governor Newsom is calling for all seniors and individuals with chronic conditions to home-isolate.

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