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In reference to Matthew D. Cohen letter about the Malibu Senior Center, he has been the recipient of letters, documentation, and a complete file on the history of the Malibu Senior Center, which meets the criteria of HUD. On October 16, 2002, the City received a letter from William K. Barth, director, Office of Community Planning and Development, which states, “In the course of reviewing both the City and County files for this project, we found documentation of adequate citizen participation, and appropriate eligibility and national objective determinations.” Because the use proposed by the City was not routine, extra scrutiny was provided by both agencies to ensure that the project fully complied with regulations. All expenditures were approved before they were made.

Of the $400,000 that was spent on the project, over $50,000 was spent on furnishings that will be moved to a permanent senior center when property can be acquired and a facility developed. Although not stated, Mr. Cohn’s statements seem to imply that the grant funds were used to rent the entire city hall facility. Grant funds were used only to rent the 1,200 sq. ft. that is dedicated to the senior center. The General Fund pays for the Council Chambers, which is often used by the Malibu Senior Center programs and the rest of city hall.

The Malibu Senior Center has a separate entrance with a separate key to allow the center to operate independent of City Hall hours. The schedule of operation for the center is developed by staff based upon the approved budget and the advice of the Senior Center Advisory Board, of which Mr. Cohn who until recently was a member. The Malibu Senior Center has a current membership of over 300 seniors from all parts of Malibu.

The Malibu Senior Center has held several dances and meals since it opened, the most recent with over 70 participants. Since April of 2003 through March 2004, the Malibu Senior Center has had an attendance of 1772. This figure does not include senior programs held at other locations such as emeritus college classes that are held at the Bluffs. Including Bluffs, the total attendance would be increased by 500.

Joan House