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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Recently Formed Cultural Arts Commission Slated to Hold Its First Official Public Meeting

BY BILL KOENEKER

Malibu city officials announced recently the first official meeting of the newly formed Malibu Cultural Arts Commission has been scheduled.
Councilmember Laura Rosenthal, who along with Mayor Lou La Monte was instrumental in the creation of the panel, said the commission is scheduled to meet on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in the community room at City Hall.
Commissioners were recently appointed by council members. The panel includes Richard Gibbs, Eric Myer, Suzanne Zimmer, Daniel Stern and Scott Hosfeld.
The council at large chose Graeme Clifford as ex-officio member of the panel.
The top eight candidates for the 5-voting member commission, included Gibbs, Hosfeld, Mary Ann Keshen, Myer, Robin Perkins, Stern, Scott Talal, Zimmer and Clifford.
“It has been a long journey,” said Rosenthal, who said she hoped those who had expressed interest in the commission continued to stay involved.
In April, the council accepted the final cultural arts report prepared by the Arts Task Force. At that meeting, council members directed staff to bring back an ordinance establishing the arts commission.
By May, the council approved an interview process and began taking applications for the appointment process, according to a staff report.
By June, the city council had adopted the ordinance creating the commission, which is charged with making recommendations to the council relating to cultural arts policy, facility rental fee policies for local cultural arts organizations, cultural arts related general fund grant applications, use of city parks for cultural arts related events, purchase of art by the city cultural arts programs sponsored by the city, outreach to Malibu arts and cultural arts organizations, use of cultural spaces at Malibu City Hall, according to the report.
The five-member panel consists of residents of the city. The council appointed one ex-officio member, who lives outside the city limits within the 90265 zip code area, but does not have a vote on the commission and is appointed at large by the council.
A total of 23 applications were received. Of those submitted, 15 applicants qualified for the full position, six applicants qualified for the ex-officio position and two applicants were ineligible because they did not live within the 90265 zip code, according to a staff report.

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