City Council Likely To Meet On COVID Financial Crisis, Safety Moves On Monday

Written by on April 9, 2020

As the economy melts down … the City of Malibu is gearing up for a major hit.

Malibu city leaders may get a picture of the coming budget cuts on Monday.

The agenda for the planned city council is not out yet … but expect money to be a major worry.

City finance experts are looking at the loss of a significant chunk of revenue.

Bed and breakfast and hotel taxes.

Parking taxes.

The City of Malibu has reached an agreement with Southern California Edison to cover expenditures from the Woolsey Fire.

But the city has eaten more than 2 million dollars in fees … money spent for plan checks for Woolsey Fire rebuilding projects … charges that have not been assessed to those who lost their homes.

The city has not yet acted to match the City of Los Angeles order that everyone wear face masks in public.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti made that order two days ago … covering both customers and employees at the grocery and hardware stores that remain open.

So far … L A County’s Department of Public health has not extended that order into Malibu or other part of the county outside the city of Los Angeles.

The Malibu City Council is calling it a “virtual City Council meeting” next Monday.

And the city will apparently be observing all aspects of the state’s open meetings law except one.

The governor has given city councils across the state permission to meet from home … waiving a section of the open meetings act that requires at least three city council members to be at the city hall location.

Monday’s meeting will be held as a group video meeting using Zoom .

The public can both watch live video of the meeting and make public comment.

The public can watch the meeting on live streaming video on the City’s YouTube Channel and

Written comments may be submitted to the City Council by email to before the meeting begins.

The public may also speak during the meeting by visiting and clicking “Sign up to Speak.”

Speakers will have to sign in to the Zoom meeting and be present in the meeting during the item they would like to speak on.

Kraig Hill tried to do just that … when the Plannigj Commission met last Monday.

He tells KBUU that the Zoom system being used by the city did not work.

An Internet social media  management company has been hired to prevent zoombombing.

That’s the disturbing trend by Internet vandals … sickos with a political bent … who post disturbing or obscene material on Zoom meetings.

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