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May 1, 2010

SMC Malibu Campus Takes Step Forward

The Malibu Public Facilities Authority (MPFA) has authorized SMC to negotiate an agreement with the County of Los Angeles to build a satellite campus on county-owned land in Malibu’s Civic Center. The agreement would also allow for the construction of a new Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department substation as part of the building improvements.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors still must approve the use of the land, where a former sheriff’s substation had been located.

“We appreciate the support of the Malibu community and look forward to enhancing the local educational opportunities,” said SMC Trustee Nancy Greenstein. “It is especially gratifying that the outcome of these efforts will include a location for the County Sheriff, further ensuring the safety and security of the Malibu community.”

“We are thrilled to move forward on our long-planned Malibu Education Center to serve our many Malibu students and to enrich the community, as well as to work with our partners in the City of Malibu, Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department,” said SMC Trustee Rob Rader.  “This truly is an example of inter-governmental cooperation to maximize benefits and to save the taxpayers' money.”

Santa Monica and Malibu voters approved a $135 million bond measure in 2004 that included $25 million for an instructional facility in Malibu. SMC has been in negotiations to find a site for this facility and has been working with Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky to secure county-owned land in the Civic Center as a location for a 20,000-square-foot college satellite and approximately a 5,700-square-foot Sheriff’s substation.

“This is great news for Malibu residents,” said Malibu Mayor Sharon Barovsky. “The Santa Monica College satellite campus will provide new educational opportunities for the community, and the sheriff’s substation will expand law enforcement’s capacity to serve Malibu, especially during emergencies. Residents have long sought both of these projects, and we are so pleased to see they are moving forward.”

The MPFA, established through a Joint Powers Authority between the City of Malibu and Santa Monica College, includes two Malibu City Councilmembers and two members of the College’s Board of Trustees (Nancy Greenstein and Rob Rader). The Santa Monica College Trustees joined in the praise for the agreement.

Barovsky, a member of the MPFA since its formation, noted that the MPFA vote is the first in several planning and approval processes that must take place before ground is broken on the satellite campus and substation. In the meantime, SMC is offering credit classes this year – its first offerings of this type in Malibu in two decades.

The college reported that nearly 130 students enrolled in one or more of the six classes it is offering this semester in Malibu. The classes are being held at Webster Elementary School in the Civic Center area and offer general education in art, English, geography, photography and psychology. Classes have been scheduled Tuesdays through Thursdays, late afternoons and evenings.

 “I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to craft an agreement that’s a win-win for everyone,” said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. “The Malibu community will doubly benefit from expanded educational opportunities and enhanced public safety and emergency services, while Santa Monica College and our Sheriff’s Department will be able to advance their policy and public service missions as partners and joint tenants.”


The Malibu Country Mart is in the Malibu Civic Center area, where SMC would build a satellite campus if an agreement with Los Angeles County can be reached.


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