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Thank You, Malibu

A farewell note from outgoing Councilmember Pamela Conley Ulich.

It has been an honor serving Malibu these past eight years as a councilmember, mayor pro tem and mayor. 

There are many lessons I have learned, but perhaps the most important is that Malibu isn't just a small world famous town, it's family. We may have our fair share of sibling rivalries and drama, but deep down we are all bonded in our love to protect and preserve Malibu and it's precious natural resources.

We are blessed to live in one of the most pristine places left on planet Earth that has both the ocean and the mountains as our bookends. As has been said many times before, I am reminded that Malibu is not a place that we inherit, it is a place that we borrow from future generations.

I am in awe of what we can accomplish when we are united, not divided, and take action. Whether it be playing games at Bluffs Park, building Legacy Park to clean the ocean, or renovating the Malibu Library, when we act as a community we can accomplish anything! 

Words can not express the gratitude and respect I have for all of you who are Malibu, so I created a little music video. Many of you may not be personally featured in it, but you are all in my heart.

Sent with love and gratitude,

Pamela   

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Dee Rivellino April 22, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Let me be the first to Thank you for your service to our community. Your passion was always evident and as much as I may have had difficulties understanding many of the decisions coming from your City Council, I never questioned your integrity and commitment. Thanks Pam The Godmother
Bob Perkins DDS April 22, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Thanks Pam...I wasn't in town for all of your (8) but I heard you brought your "A" game for all of them. Sometimes you have to stand alone for your beliefs and you definitely did that more than once. Don't forget tomorrows City Council meeting at 6:30. The swearing in of the new council will take place.
Bob Perkins DDS April 22, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I didn't find the music video..where be it?
Rabbi Levi Cunin April 23, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Thank you for sharing your big heart with the entire community of Malibu. Today’s celebration is a magnificent testament to the light that you are to this community! I am sure I speak for many others when I say, thank you and we love you! It all comes down to continued efforts and actions that are a reflection of goodness and kindness and you set a good example. May you continue to grow from strength to strength! Keep the torch lit! Levi & Sarah Cunin
Julie Eamer April 23, 2012 at 01:59 PM
xoxooxoxoxooxooxoxoxoooooxoxoxooxoxooxoxoxooxoxoxxoooxoxoxooxo xoxoxoxoooooooxooxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoo xoxoxoxooxooooo I've learned so much from watching your pure spirit run with ideas.....THANK YOU
Jonathan Friedman April 23, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Congratulations Pam. The library opening on your final full day as a council member is an appropriate end to your tenure. I remember that first meeting eight years ago, not long after you were elected, that you organized to discuss how Malibu was not getting its fair share from the county. You must be pleased.
J. Flo April 23, 2012 at 06:08 PM
There's no ending - Pam, you are at the beginning of a very productive chapter! You watch. Congrats on 8 successful years fighting for our Malibu issues near and dear to your heart!
Pamela Conley Ulich April 23, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Hi Bob! Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m10DIC0vOxY I am new youtube and not sure if the link works. Thanks for your kind comments. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
R Y A N April 24, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Pam, I really think your greatest accomplishment was right off the bat: addressing the elephant in the room. Los Angeles County was stealing millions of dollars of Malibu's Library tax funding and using it to construct and operate libraries in other communities instead of Malibu. (Also, the Point Dume branch closed many years ago and was not relocated.) The Friends of Malibu Library helped fundraise and lessen the blow, but it was Pamela, and Pamela alone, who knew something was very wrong about the money -- and did something about it: Got the City to conduct an AUDIT of Malibu's (L.A. County) Library Funds where the "discrepancy" was exposed. Yesterday, the 8-year battle and make-up session culminated in the New Malibu Library. It took guts to take on L.A. County out-of-the-gate, and perseverance to right the wrong. Thanks, Pam. The Library should be dedicated to you.
Bob Perkins DDS April 24, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Pam- I was talking with Jeff Jennings today about the new library opening and he told me that you were the one who realized that the Malibu Library was being robbed of its funds. He said you sniffed it out and fixed the problem!!!

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