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Scott Steepleton, Editor
6:12 am PDT August 16, 2020

If you’re a registered voter in Malibu, you’re among 9,200 or so people who care enough about the place to take part in how it’s run.

That is, after all, why you vote: to empower people to run the place the way you’d run it.

No other office affects where you live like that of the city council member. These are the people who can, among other things, pass short-term-rental rules; make rebuilding after a fire or other disaster easier (and less costly); encourage business growth; ensure public facilities serve the public and are properly maintained; decide to make the mayor more than a figurehead.

In the Nov. 3 election, three seats are up for grabs. Skylar Peak and Jefferson Wagner are termed out. The third is occupied by Rick Mullen, who has decided to seek a second term and has qualified for the ballot. 

The others who qualified are Paul Grisanti, Andy Lyon, Bruce Silverstein, Lance Simmens, Doug Stewart, Steve Uhring and Mark Wetton.

Surfside will soon profile the candidates, letting each explain why he deserves your vote.

If you have questions for the candidates, I’d be glad to pass them along. Just email me.

I’ve already had some preliminary exchanges, and found one candidate who wants “to do what’s right for Malibu, not outside interests.”

Another has rebuffed volunteers’ offers to campaign door-to-door because, “I don't want to risk any of my supporters becoming infected, and I don't want to risk any of my supporters infecting anyone else.”

Says another: “Neighborhood coffees, shaking hands and kissing babies are all severely limited and/or off limits at the moment.”

Still another says he’s hired two twentysomethings to “navigate the brave new world” of social media, “to do what simply does not come natural to those of my generation.”

Buckle up.

Scott Steepleton is editor of Malibu Surfside News. Email him at