R.I.P. Business As usual – Building in Malibu just got a whole lot tougher.

New blood on the Planning Commission shows the tide has turned in favor of slow growth.

New members of the City’s Planning Commission were sworn in on Tuesday, Feb. 7th, 2017, giving the power back to the preservation majority.

It’s about time.

The Team Malibu slate of Skylar Peak, Rick Mullen and Jefferson Wagner, who won the pro-preservation majority in the city council race, put their money where their mouths are by picking an equally powerhouse pro-preservation trio for the Planning Commission.

Chair John Mazza returned to the dias along with returning Vice Chair Mikke Pierson as they welcomed new faces Chris Marx (Ramirez Canyon resident and Rick Mullen’s pick) and long time Malibu local and slow growth advocate, Steve Uhring (Jefferson Wagner’s pick).

This powerful shift in energy and priorities was demonstrated by the new commission as they rejected every project (but one) sending them back to City Staff. Commissioner Uhring was especially tough on the Planning Department, grueling them on each project asking: “Where’s the Planning?”

It’s no secret that the City Planning Department needs a serious (power hungry, paper pushing) attitude adjustment and it looks like this new and improved commission showed them who’s boss – the residents of this community who pay their salaries – not City employees.

Gone are the days when developers perks persuaded City staff to push through problematic projects and development that did not serve the community – and Chair Mazza made that loud and clear.

“Come back when you’ve done your job.”

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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