City Refuses To Bend For Retired Congressman: Living Here Is Not Enough To Make Him A Resident

Written by on May 27, 2020

The city council has decided to to change the city policy on how to determine just who is a Malibu resident… and who gets to claim valuable fee waivers for reconstruction of their homes.

Malibu is spending about 4 million dollars in municipal money … to rebuild the destroyed community in western Malibu.

480 houses destroyed … the city says it’s a good investment to subsidize a part of the city … lest it wither away.

A retired U-S Congressman … David Dreier … he found himself unable to qualify for important fee waivers that are granted to Malibu residents who lost their homes in the Woolsey Fire.

Dreier gets his mail in his old congressional district … and this cannot prove Malibu residency.

He asked the city to come up with a policy that would allow him to claim the extensive fee waivers … and he lined up five neighbors to testify that he indeed has lived in Malibu for nearly 10 years.

But the majority on the city council said their existing policy … on how to prove Malibu residency .. will stand.

Mayor Karen Farrer.


“And I thought that the policy was broad enough to give primary residents the opportunity to prove it as such.

“Active voter registration, valid drivers license or other government identification card, with the address of the property that was destroyed.”

It was a four to one vote …

In essence the city council ruled that the former powerful Congressional representative should have had changed his residency to Malibu … if you wanted to take advantage of the fee waiver offered to permanent Malibu residents.

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