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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Residents Have Several Options for Tuning In to State-of-the-City Speech When Municipal Officials Highlight Accomplishments

• Mayor’s Annual Address to Be a Video Presentation Focusing on a Year of Diverse Policy Issues

BY ANNE SOBLE

City residents will have several options for fulfilling the civic obligation of participating in this year’s State-of-the-City address, the annual assessment of municipal public policy from the perspective of Malibu’s elected officials and staff and a preliminary look at some of the city’s policy goals for the upcoming fiscal year.
This year, the speech will be delivered in a video format by Mayor Lou La Monte, which should facilitate increased access to the city’s primary annual public outreach effort.
In order to reach as broad an audience as possible, allow maximum viewer flexibility, and make the speech available at no cost, the city issued an announcement this week that the video of the State-of-the-City comments “will be played on the city’s local access channel and will be viewable on the city’s website.”
Prior to that, in keeping with a longstanding tradition, the video will be the centerpiece of a breakfast on Wednesday, May 22, hosted by the Malibu Chamber of Commerce at City Hall.
Mayor La Monte will be at the breakfast to provide live backup for the video presentation.
In addition, Los Angeles County Third District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, whose district includes incorporated and unincorporated Malibu, will attend the breakfast and present a look at the current county budget and other issues under the Board of Supervisors’ purview.
Prior to Malibu incorporation in 1991, the Chamber often was the organizational link to county government events related to policy issues, primarily economic, that involved the community.
The MCC State-of-the-City event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m, The cost for breakfast is $25.
City Manager Jim Thorsen told the Malibu Surfside News, “The Chamber has hosted this event for many years.” Thorsen said, “Last year, the Chamber of Commerce hosted the State-of-the-City breakfast meeting and charged a nominal fee to partially recover the cost of the catered breakfast.”
The city manager noted that, “In addition, the mayor performed the same State-of-the-City address [at no charge last year] at a city council meeting. The meeting was well advertised, but we only had a few people show for the address.”
Reservations are required for the Chamber of Commerce breakfast. They can be made at 310-456-9025 or by going to the MCC website at www.malibu.org

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