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Peak, Sibert, House Win Council Seats

Some 30.7 percent of voters turned out for the election on Tuesday.

UPDATED at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday with all but 22 provisional ballot results:

Skylar Peak, John Sibert and Joan House won seats on the Malibu City Council Tuesday.

Peak lead with 1,644 votes, followed by Sibert with 1,288 and House with 1,142, according to the Malibu City website.

The count includes all seven precincts, vote by mail ballots and most provisional ballots, according to City Clerk Lisa Pope.

"There are 22 provisional ballots pending verification by the county," Pope said. "Once the final ballots are counted, the data will be updated and presented to the council for adoption at its April 23 regular meeting and council reorganization."

Pope and several other city employees conducted a manual recount of one precinct that was counted by machine. The manual count matched the machine perfectly, she said.

Three council seats were available because Councilwoman Pamela Conley Ulich was termed-out and Councilman Jefferson Wagner did not run for re-election.

"I think that this [victory] means our community is moving forward in a positive direction," Peak told Patch. "...Hopefully, this means moving our world forward in a positive direction."

In a speech at the Malibu Inn, Peak thanked his family, volunteers on his campaign and his fellow candidates, especially his "two best friends in the world, Andy Lyon and Hamish Patterson."

"All of you in this room, I hope that you show up ... and be involved in the decisions that will affect our future. It starts here and it goes to the county, it goes to the state and it goes to the White House," Peak said.

John Sibert, the only incumbent in the race, and Joan House also thanked supporters and asked for continued involvement in the city.

"There are a lot of things that go on in the city that we need to deal with," Sibert said. "And we need everybody, all the citizens, to be involved."

House said that her phone number is listed in the phone book and that residents could call her at any time.


Other candidates trailed by several hundred votes, with Hans Laetz getting 740, Hamish Patterson with 702, Andy Lyon with 671, and Missy Zeitsoff with 586.

Hans Laetz, a journalist and community activist, said he was happy with the results, and congratulated his fellow candidates throughout the night.

"This is frankly where I thought I would be ... I'm happy to be behind three solid people and ahead of three solid people," Laetz said, just before the final results were read.

He said that he plans to continue to push for safety on Pacific Coast Highway and to put pressure on Southern California Edison.

Andy Lyon said he was pleased with "sixth place," especially since he did not run a traditional campaign.

"I raised zero dollars and I spent zero dollars," Lyon said. "That's huge. Thank you." 

Lyon told Patch that he felt he achieved his goal of raising awareness about the Malibu Lagoon project, especially with the to come out in opposition to the project.

"A year ago they at City Hall, and last night the sheriff congratulated me on getting the 5-0 vote on the Malibu lagoon issue," Lyon said.

Hamish Patterson, who is known for his YouTube videos, offered congratulations to the top three vote getters.

"I am looking forward to us all making Malibu the best city on planet earth," he said.

Zeitsoff commented that the approach to the campaign taken by the four runner-ups may have been too revolutionary for the Malibu community to get behind.

"The difference with 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th place in the horse race was simply a machine; obscene amounts of money that bought meaningless signs and mindless ads," Zeitsoff said. "Democracy isn't ready to give a voice to money-less candidates. We four revolutionary Malibu candidates simply planted four seeds for change. That is what grass-roots is all about."

Ballot Counting

The first ballots from Duke's Restaurant, Precinct 2, arrived at 8:48 p.m. Tuesday, and ballots from Malibu High School arrived shortly after that.

The counting was held up briefly just before 10 p.m. because the officials at the polling place for Precinct 51 had smudged the ballots.

"They are making duplicates of the same ballot," City Clerk Lisa Pope said, adding that the copies will make sure the machine did not malfunction.

The final count was announced around 10:30 p.m.

Ben Marcus April 13, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Ten Things Malibu Needs Now That Skylar Has Assumed Absolute Power 1. A pedestrian bridge or tunnel from the north side of PCH to the stairs at First Point. Someone is going to get killed running across the road some day. The son of a movie star almost killed a girl with his Cadillac a few years ago. 2. Speed cameras every half mile or so. Let people know they are being watched and if they don't slow the heck down, they will be fined $100 for every MPH over the limit. 3. More public bathrooms in Cross Creek. Maybe install those pay toilets like they have in France. 4. The removal of Rindge Dam. Let all that sediment trapped behind return to the beach and the point where it belongs. 5. A skateboard park. They don't take up that much space and aren't as expensive as you think. Malibu raised $30 million for a daisy park, surely there is $2-$3 million for a cutting edge skatepark? 6. A brand new, cutting edge library. Oh wait, they're doing that. 7. Solar panels on the roof of the bathrooms at First Point. Maybe put the shower outlet in a different place and make it a Locals Only/Surfers Only deal. 8. A tunnel that goes under the two traffic lights at Cross Creek, because those lights cause most of the congestion through town in summer. You could still turn right or left, but through traffic keeps going through. 9. A CostCo and/or a WalMart in the big dirt lot leading up to City Hall. Just kidding. 10. Remove that tattered gas station by the Colony.
Dee Rivellino April 13, 2012 at 02:00 PM
This is where deligence is needed 24/7 . Chipolte is now asking for more space .......Wake up troops ...this is a chain and The Council agreed to SOME restrictions. ...when?????? After its approved????
Maureen O'Connell April 13, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Congratulations to all.
Pat Maginis April 14, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Ben: Very good tongue in cheek. Skylar has not assumed Absolute Power. I think he showed a very humble side on the dais at his party at the Malbu Inn on Tuesday. He did not have to mention the names of everyone who ran and competed with him in glowing terms. He was very complimentary to all including his fellow winning council members John and Joan. Maybe yor were at a different party than I at the Malibu Inn on Tuesday. We need to applaud the coming out of youth in Malibu by Skylar. Skylar is an amazing man. He went through the horrible grief of his dad's painful death; his mother's consequential depression over the death of a wonderful father, loving spouse and community organizer, along with running a successful local business, playing in a band, being 28, and doing all of the other actvities involving youth that he engages in every day. We should be complimenting him and not attacking him. He proves the motto of the Christophers: It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. It is great to see an outgoing congenial member of the city council versus the curmudgeons and nasty politics Malibu has been exposed to since the days of Walt Keller. I prefer a man who has the local pulse of the city in his mind, and one who is a take charge person versus a negative put down approach. We all have Great Expectatoins from Skylar, John and Joan, so let's support them and not excoriate them.
Marianne Riggins April 14, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Ben, I think your ideas are great, in addition I would add an undercross near Malibu Seafood and Corral Beach. You should apply to be appointed to the Public Safety Commission or Public Works Commission. Everyone that loves Malibu should get involved and help make Malibu even better, go to City of Malibu website for applications.


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