Council considers a long distance relay run


Approves construction contract to pave Malibu Canyon Road.

By Olivia Damavandi / Assistant Editor

In addition to approving a $376,866 construction contract for the Malibu Canyon Road Improvements and Reconstruction Project, the Malibu City Council at its Monday night meeting considered allowing a long distance relay run to take place within city limits.

The council also directed city staff to move forward in developing a community event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, for which it voted to allocate $10,000 from the city’s undesignated reserve fund.

The Malibu Canyon Road project consists of resurfacing Malibu Canyon Road from Pacific Coast Highway to the city limits, about 400 feet past Malibu Crest Drive, with an asphalt-rubber overlay. The project, which is expected to begin in February 2010 and end in April 2010, will improve the quality of the roadway and reduce road maintenance, according to a staff report. Sully-Miller Contracting Company will perform the construction.

Funding for the construction of the project is included in the 2009-2010 fiscal year budget. The project’s total estimated cost is $500,000. Actual costs will be reimbursed by the state Department of Transportation through a federal grant upon completion of the project.

Council considers another race

Various members of the Ragnar Relay Series, the nations largest series of relay races, pleaded with council members to allow a relay run in the City of Malibu that spans from Santa Barbara to Dana Point. The council earlier this year granted permits to allow the first Malibu Marathon, which took place last month and spanned from Camarillo to Zuma Beach.

But some council members were leery about supporting the proposed relay run because it would take place on the east end of Malibu, which they consider to be more dangerous than the west end because there is more development and more traffic.

To help them make a decision on the matter, the council directed staff to bring back an item regarding relay/marathon policies in the city.

Lastly, at the request of Mayor Sharon Barovsky and Councilmember Pamela Conley Ulich, the council unanimously agreed to allocate $10,000 in city funds to create a community event celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the environment.

The event will take place on April 22, 2010 and feature local artists from the Young Actors Project, Malibu Youth Symphony, Malibu Ballet Society and Eco Heroes, and other local artists interested in participating, according to a staff report. The performance will take place at the new city hall, formerly known as Malibu Performing Arts Center.

Actions from the Dec. 14 Malibu City Council meeting

€ Proclaimed Dec. 17 as a “Day Without a Bag” in the City of Malibu, encouraging shoppers and retailers to forgo single-use, plastic shopping bags to reduce ocean pollution and protect marine life.

€ Authorized the City Manager to execute an agreement with Los Angeles County to landscape and maintain the parcels located on the east and west sides of Webb Way at Pacific Coast Highway.

€ Approved a coastal development permit and various zoning amendments to allow the subdivision of a property, located at 30732 Pacific Coast Highway, into four lots.