April 8 Malibu City Council Agenda Includes Topanga Lagoon Project
April 8 Malibu City Council Agenda Includes Topanga Lagoon Project

April 8 Malibu City Council Agenda Includes Topanga Lagoon Project

MALIBU, CA — The City Council is set to discuss homeless outreach services, housing, the Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project and a matter related to road-race permitting at its April 8 meeting.

Here’s a rundown of some of the major items up for discussion at the council:

Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project

Planning continues for the state-led Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project, which involves the expansion of the Topanga Creek and lagoon ecosystem, replacement of the existing Pacific Coast Highway bridge with a longer bridge to accommodate the expansion of the lagoon, development of visitor services in lower Topanga State Park and the relocation of county beach facilities at Topanga Beach that are threatened by sea level rise.

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The council will go over a draft letter regarding the city’s input on a draft environmental impact report on the project, which addresses impacts to aesthetics, air quality, noise, traffic, biological resources, water quality and historic, cultural and tribal resources.

Housing Element Update

The city is in the process of completing its 2021-29 Housing Element Update, a state-mandated blueprint of how cities plan to meet their housing needs.

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City staff will deliver a progress report on that work.

Staff submitted a second draft of the element to the state and received comments back on March 22. As part of the ongoing work, the city has contracted with Rincon Consultants and the scope of work has expanded. The council will consider increasing payment to the firm by $125,902 for a total of $311,257.

Homeless services

The council will consider extending the city’s homeless outreach-services contract with The People Concern for three additional years at a cost of $1.27 million.

The organization provides a three-person team that engages with people experiencing homelessness in Malibu’s streets, hillsides and beaches, providing housing navigation services and other individualized support. Last year, the team helped 51 homeless people in Malibu attain permanent and interim housing or family reunification, according to city officials.

Road race

After the City Council in January awarded Zuma Foundation one of the city’s two allowable road race permits, the foundation is returning to the council to ask for adjustments to insurance coverage requirements.

Classification and Compensation Study

The council will go over a study completed by a contractor that reviewed pay equity within city staff positions and external competitiveness. “The goal is to ensure that job specifications are appropriate, and compensation is competitive with the market,” reads a city staff report.

Charmlee Wilderness Park

The council will consider a contract with Managed Career Solutions for erosion remediation and mitigation work and trail clearance at Charmlee Wilderness Park, stemming from storm damage in winter 2022-23.

The work will be paid for by federal money. The contractor previously completed similar work for Malibu at Charmlee Wilderness Park, Legacy Park and Trancas Field.

City holidays

The council will consider whether to modify the city schedule to include Juneteenth as an official holiday and add a winter recess for city employees around the last week of the year.

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The schedule change was previously approved by the council; it would be made official if the council votes affirmatively again on this second reading.

The City Council is set to meet April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. View the complete agenda packet here.

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