Officials approve $25K for lighting ordinance consultant

Officials approved $25,000 in funding on Friday for the hiring of a consultant to help craft a citywide lighting ordinance that would provide clear ground rules on outdoor lighting throughout Malibu.

At the Administration and Finance (A&F) Subcommittee meeting Friday, Mayor Lou La Monte and Councilman John Sibert approved the $25,000 figure, though officials said that amount may increase or decrease.

Depending on the proposals received, City Manager Jim Thorsen said the city may need to ask the A&F Subcommittee for further funding if none of the consultants can work for $25,000 or less. 

Sibert, who also sits on the subcommittee that suggested the city move forward with a lighting ordinance, said he fully supported the funding.

“At the ZORACES meeting [on April 30]…we decided we wanted to move forward with this and hopefully $25,000 is enough to do it,” he said. 

With funding now approved, the city will issue a request for proposals (RFP) from lighting consultants. The winning bidder would ideally spearhead the city’s wish to implement clearer lighting standards.

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“Let’s see what happens and if you need to come back to us for more [money], we’ll have another discussion about it,” La Monte said. 

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