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Two days after the Malibu City Council unanimously gave in to Reva Feldman’s demand to buy out the remainder of her contract for hundreds of thousands of dollars and a promise not to say bad things about her, the city is holding a virtual event “celebrating” the outgoing city manager.
The “Reva Tribute” Zoom event set for 5 p.m. April 28 will celebrate Feldman's “16 years of dedication, leadership, achievements and service to Malibu,” according to announcements on the city’s website and social media.
Feldman’s last day is May 1. A replacement has not been named.
In January, through a letter from her attorney, Feldman said she’d had enough of newly elected council member Bruce Silverstein’s “harassment” of filing records requests and other demands. If the city paid $375,000 and agreed to an amicable split, the letter stated, Feldman would leave in early May, a year before her latest contract ran out.
After several closed door meetings, the five-member council on Monday agreed to the buyout, less $75,000, and a clause not to disparage Feldman.
But the deal comes as the council pursues investigations into claims of wrongdoing and harassment, one leveled by former Mayor Jefferson Wagner, the other by Feldman.
To join the city’s celebration of Reva Feldman by phone, call (669) 900-9128, passcode 87082581558.
During its Monday meeting via Zoom, the City Council saw Paul Grisanti begin his term as mayor, taking over from Mikke Pierson who, because of government’s coronavirus restrictions on indoor gatherings, will likely go down in history as the only Malibu mayor to never preside over a meeting at City Hall.
“It is an honor to serve as Malibu’s Mayor,” Grisanti said. “It is a continuation of the many years of public service to my community, and it is a role I take very seriously. I welcome everyone in the community to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns with me, and I look forward to working with my fellow councilmembers to represent Malibu.”
Silverstein, the top vote-getter among three winning candidates in the November 2020 election, was sworn in as mayor pro tem.
Elections have consequences
Tradition has it that the candidate with the most votes in a Malibu City Council election is chosen to serve as the next mayor. But When Silverstein, who’d campaigned on cleaning up City Hall, Grisanti and Steve Uhring came aboard in December 2020, the majority made quick work of showing its contempt for Silverstein by choosing Uhring to serve as mayor.
In a show of support for Silverstein, Uhring declined, so Grisanti was tapped.
At the time, Silverstein called the snub a “personal vendetta being waged by the members of the council who did not want to see me elected.”