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An Open Letter to Malibu City Council: The Decision You Make Today Will Affect the 2020 Election

Editors Note: Tonight, November 25th, 2019, Malibu City Council will announce their decision regarding City Manager Feldman’s performance review, and whether or not she will receive a raise.

Yes, that’s right, City Manager Feldman believes her performance last year, before, during and after the Woolsey Fire, suggests she deserves a raise in salary (and a potential contract extension even thought her current contract expires in 2022).

For those of you who think the notion of anyone at City Hall receiving a raise, much less the person responsible for continued failures after the most catastrophic wildfire in Malibu history is preposterous, you are not alone.

Yes, it is utterly mind boggling that our current City council, including newly elected mayor Farrer and mayor pro-tem Pierson, are even willing to continue to consider employing Feldman going forward, knowing the will of the majority of constituents want her OUT.

More so, the Council is not only considering rewarding Feldman for her continued negligence and failed leadership, they took it a step further, actually believing they could continue to pull the wool over our eyes, and created a “roundtable discussion to get to know your City leaders”. This pseudo-therapy session is a last ditch, sad attempt to mend a very broken relationship between the community and the City Manager (and staff – oh yeah -throw council in there too).

Well, too little too late, and we’re categorizing this break-up as irreconcilable differences. It’s time to call the divorce lawyer. Malibu wants to be free of this dysfunctional relationship.

If Council wants to drag this relationship on, it will rear its ugly head in the November 2020 election. Campaign season starts NOW!

Write your letters Malibu:

mfarrer@maliucity.org, jwagner@malibucity.org, mpierson@malibucity.org, and cc Hglaser@malibucity.org

– Cece Woods, Editor in Chief

Good Morning Mayor, Mayor Pro-Tem and Council Member,

By now I am sure you have received quite a bit of correspondence from the community regarding City Manager Feldman’s performance before and after the Woolsey Fire.

Since I am privy to much of the communication sent to you, I am well aware of the complete failures and negligence by Feldman and City staff clearly outlined to you, and by continuing to employ Feldman with knowledge of her incompetence, you are knowingly ignoring the wishes of the majority of the constituents.

The event scheduled on December 10th is a clear attempt to “fix” the relationship between the City Manager and the community, who is already outraged by her utter disrespect of the constituents.

There is no way to “fix” the monumental failures and breakdown of communication between City Hall and residents until Feldman is gone, and a true attempt to clean up City Hall is in progress. The “Roundtable” is not it, and Feldman has character issues that are not suited for public service.

Furthermore, this event is nothing more than attempting to put lipstick on a pig, and is truly a slap in the face of this community who STILL HAS NO EVACUATION PLAN IN PLACE after the most catastrophic wildfire in Malibu history.

I urge you to think very carefully about your actions going forward. Should you vote to keep this incompetent City Manager as the De facto CEO of the City, this decision will greatly impact the next election, and whomever you choose to endorse.

Please also keep in mind that election season has already started for this community. It started after the Woolsey Fire, when residents were blindsided by the actions of City Hall who failed the citizens during total devastation.

We are watching your actions very closely, and the consequences will be evident in the outcome of next November’s election.

Cece Woods

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Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over 1 million hits across her social media platforms. Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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