Malibu’s First Mayor to Council: “Time to Review City Staff Functions and Values”

Malibu’s first Mayor, Walt Keller is clearly unhappy with the way the City currently functions and found it necessary to communicate his concerns to Council members (and cc’d me) directly by email earlier today:

Dear Councilmembers,

When our city began, we had something like 5 staff members and a population of around 13,000 (admittedly, we contracted major functions out to Wildan Assoc.)… Now our staff numbers over 100 and the population is still 13,000.

Don’t you think it is time for a review? A review of staff functions and value?

Do we need such s large bureaucracy, with numerous “Directors” and no one to answer the phone?

I urge you to hire a consultant to review Malibu’s needs and compare us to similar cities.

Please request bids from an expert such as Len Wood, who counseled us when we began, or retired city managers from similar cities. Mr. Wood is still around at 310-832-5652, or see his web site at www.trainingshoppe.com.

Did I help create a monster ?

Walt Keller

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 one million hits across her social media platforms.

Since 2020, Woods was the only journalist reporting on the on-going public corruption involving former L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington. Woods worked with Political Corruption expert Adam Loew, DC Watchdog organizations and leaders in the Capitol exposing Washington which ultimately led to the withdrawal of his nomination to head the FAA.

Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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