Paul Grisanti was elected to the City Council in November 2020. His term will expire in November 2024. He was elected Mayor in April 2021.
Mayor Grisanti, a Malibu resident since 1978, began his active participation with the City in 1990 when he was one of 30 candidates for the first City Council, receiving an endorsement from the Santa Monica Evening Outlook. Following that campaign, he was appointed to the first General Plan Task Force and produced minutes for the 24 area meetings held during the first year.
Paul served 19 years on the Public Works Commission, first appointed by then-Mayor Jeff Jennings in 2002, followed by appointments from Councilmember Lou LaMonte in 2010 and then-Mayor Pro Tem Karen Farrer in 2019.
Paul was appointed by City Manager Jim Thorsen to a Fire Flow study group where he worked with representatives of Los Angeles County Waterworks District 29, Los Angeles County Fire Department, and community stakeholders to identify water system deficiencies and solutions. He was awarded a Malibu Times Dolphin Award in 2019 for his work to facilitate Fire Flow compromise and fire rebuilds.
A graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelors degree in Business Economics, Mayor Grisanti received his Real Estate license in August 1977 and his Broker’s license in 1981. He is a past President of the Malibu Association of Realtors where he also served as Government Affairs Director and as Malibu's representative with the 26 Coastal Counties Study Group.
Mayor Grisanti is a Charter Member and past President of the Kiwanis Club of Malibu and has remained active with the organization for 30 years. He is also an active member of Malibu CERT, Arson Watch, and Malibu West Fire Brigade.
After meeting his wife Sara and her three children in 1987, they were married in 1988. Together they raised their children in Malibu, all of whom graduated from local public schools and successfully earned degrees from two UC’s and Pepperdine.