Short Term Vacation Rental Ordinance UPDATE – Hearing Set for May 7th

Malibu local Michael Lustig, a resident of Malibu Road which has been inundated with short term vacation rentals, presented over 100 hours of study to the Planning Commission last November discussing the current scale of the problem that Malibu faces with Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms.

Lustig warned the Commission of Airbnb’s duplicity and how easy it is for operators to avoid the taxation, a main consideration for the City in terms of revenue and how they move forward with the proposed ordinance.

Since Airbnb is not transparent on any level, there is no ledger and the numbers don’t add up leaving the city shorted millions of dollars.

Lustig feels the proposed ordinance was a good start addressing the apartment issue with a 100% ban on all apartments in multifamily buildings of 3 or more units and protections for actual “home-sharing” of primary residences and guests houses where the owner is onsite and needs extra money to make ends meet.

However, the proposed ordinance does not address the following:

1.) Regulation of single family homes that are not primary residences (which is the largest growth sector and where speculators do the most damage and create the most nuisance).

2.) There is no understanding of Airbnb’s new product offerings which are add-ons to the home rentals and create another unregulated revenue stream.

3.) There was no thought given to enforcement or budgeting.

4.) Due to time constraints, Lustig advised in writing, that any ordinance that does not include Mandatory Permitting, Platform Liability, Administrative Subpoena Authority, an Enforcement Plan and Budget is a non-starter. These things are essential because they force transparency and put the city in control.

The Planning Commission’s eyes and ears were open and they decision was to send the Ordinance back to the City Attorney and City Manager for revision.

Lustig waited on the revised ordinance to be posted “virtually any day” and received notification from the City on March 1st that the ordinance was bypassing the Planning Commission and going straight to City Council hearing on March 26th.

Furious at how the City could bypass due process, Lustig wrote to City Manager Reva Feldman, City Attorneys Christi Hogan and Trevor Rusin and asked these three  with 3 questions;

“Why did this happen?”

“Is this even legal?”

“When will the ordinance be public?”

On March 6th, Lustig received an email from Assistant City Attorney Trevor Rusin informing of the decision to reverse bypassing the Planning Commission.

Lustig received an update today from City Manager Feldman stating the ordinance is scheduled to be heard at the May 7th Planning Commission meeting.

This gives the community, especially those impacted by these short term vacation rentals, time to strategize and prepare their message for the Commission who is open to solutions for this very complicated issue that is currently dividing our community and affecting our quality of life in this rural coastal town.


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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