City Council Delays Cell Towers, Leaves Zoom Meeting Format Untouched, And Visits Dumpsters

Written by on October 12, 2021

We told you yesterday about three new cellphone facilities … proposed by Verizon for Pacific Coast Highway.

The discussion was delayed for two weeks.

Council member Bruce Silverstein said he did not have enough time to read and digest the hundreds of pages of background material …. supplied by the city staff last Thursday.

Verizon … under federal law … is entitled to a decision from the city council on a tight shot clock.

The wireless company agreed as a courtesy to the delay.

Also, the city council decided not to change the Covid 19 related restrictions on city council meetings.

All council members …. staff and other people will remain isolated on their computers … for at least the next month.

And the city council heard from an anti-poison activist that Malibu’s shopping centers … and the businesses in them … are doing a terrible job keeping their garbage bins locked.

The city has a new ordinance that requires garbage bins to be clamped shut and locked … to prevent over-spilling and to keep the rat population down.

Poison Free Malibu’s Kian Schulman last night showed the Malibu city council picture after picture of overflowing … unlocked bins.

She says the overflowing bins feed overflowing rodent populations.


“Tenants enforcement needs to be increased to at least once a month until the trash is under control. A rigorous application of fines can help pay for the extra workload for the inspectors.  The very-wealthy property owners should not be allowed to cause health issues (and) trash our streams, watersheds and oceans.”

City officials said they have seen the same problem.

Some shopping centers have agreed to schedule trash disposal on weekends …. to prevent overflowing bins.

But city council members last night said the answer may be to increase fines …. for business owners breeding rats by failing to control their garbage.

Schulman, founder of Poison Free Malibu, has been documenting Malibu garbage bin overflows for years. The item was not on the agenda, but some council members said they agreed that fines need to be stepped up, as the current inspection scheme is not working.  T

The discussion happened on the night that the city accepted an award form a national environmental organization … the Blue City Network. 

And city staff said they have cut the power bill at City Hall by 30 percent by turning the heating and cooling system off at night – a $20,000 per year savings. 


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