Malibu

Malibu Community Members Encouraged to Join Virtual Meeting to Review and Give Their Input on the Community Wildfire Protection Plan Draft

The City’s draft Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) will be presented to the public during a virtual meeting on Wednesday March 10, 2021 at 6 p.m.

Everyone in the community is encouraged to watch the meeting, ask questions and share their input. The meeting link is available at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84746107778?from=addon#success.

“Wildfire is Malibu’s number one public safety threat, and the City is doing everything possible to be prepared and provide residents the resources they need to achieve community-wide wildfire preparedness,” said Mayor Mikke Pierson. “The Community Wildfire Protection Plan is a valuable tool and you can help make sure it is well suited to our community’s particular needs by participating in the meeting, reviewing the draft and sharing your input.”

In June of 2019, the City was awarded a $100,000 Cal Fire grant for the development of a CWPP. A CWPP identifies and prioritizes areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatments and outlines an action plan that will protect at-risk communities and essential infrastructure from wildfire, as well as make recommendations to reduce structural ignitability throughout the community. Having a CWPP in place also increases the City’s chances of securing grant funding to implement the recommended action items.

During the meeting, the City’s consultant will present the results of their work over the last year, including two public stakeholder meetings, an online community survey, studying the local fire history and fuels, simulations with various fire progression software applications, and numerous site surveys throughout the City, and gather public comments on the draft CWPP. Questions and comments may also be sent by email to FireSafety@malibucity.org prior to the meeting. The draft plan is posted in the Fire Safety webpage at www.MalibuCity.org/FireSafety.

Submitted by Matt Myerhoff

Citywide

Interim City Manager Lane Dilg on the American Rescue Plan

Interim City Manager Lane Dilg released a statement Monday regarding Santa Monica’s allocation under the proposed federal coronavirus relief program.

“The U.S. Senate passed an amended version of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan recovery and stimulus legislation, including the $350 billion state and local government relief. The passage of the American Rescue Plan is a huge step forward for working families in Santa Monica and across the country, and will provide much needed funding to accelerate vaccine rollout, reopen schools, and support small businesses in our community. In addition, the City is very pleased to be receiving $26.7 million from the bill to help offset the very substantial COVID-related revenue losses that the City budget has experienced over the first year of the pandemic.

It is important to remember that this one-time federal aid to the City represents a small fraction of the revenue lost in COVID and only approximately 4% of the City’s current operating budget. We look forward to working with the City Council to program these funds as wisely as possible in our biennial budget process as we prioritize City services to see the community through this crucial recovery period to the very bright future that lies ahead.”

Submitted by Debbie Lee