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Contract up for Renewal for Operator of Malibu Film Office

The Malibu City Council is expected to renew the contract with Thousand Oaks-based Solid Waste Solutions, which handles all permits for filming within the city limits.

The Malibu City Council is expected to give a two year extension to a contract with a company that manages filming permits for productions within the city on Monday.

From July 2011 to July 2012, Solid Waste Solutions issued 611 permits for filming through the Malibu Film Office, according to a city agenda report prepared by Assistant City Manager Reva Feldman.

"They have consistently managed the complicated film permit process exceptionally well for the city," the report states.

The council first approved a contract with Thousand Oaks-based Solid Waste Solutions in 2005 with extensions every couple of years. The current renewal would extend the contract through January 2015.

The city expects the permits will generate $345,000 in revenue, but the consulting firm will require up to $250,000 in expenses, according to the report.

Malibu is a popular destination for filming in the Los Angeles area, and Point Dume State Beach was named among the most popular locations for filming last year.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at Malibu City Hall.

Joe Rudi January 12, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Wait Really , !!!!! $250,000 In expenses Who lets them get away with that , are infrastructure for our trail system is in the worse shape ever, the schools are desperate for money , our city council runs amok , and outsiders take all our profits with much lefss then half going back to the city , these guys there charging have deep pockets , double the fee for the permits and get a new consulting firm, this is just ABSURD !!!! our city council STINKS !!! NO MORE BACK ROOM DEALS, WHY DO YOU THINK THEY CALL IT "GUIDOS"
marshall c January 12, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Actually Joe, the profits are going into the pockets of several hundred small business and homeowners in Malibu who are paid well for allowing filming on their properties. 611 permits in one year sounds like alot to manage to me. Several employees, offices, office equipment, permit enforcement. 250k seems about right. But feel free to attend the "back room" meeting and voice your concerns. I think they listed the time and place for that above.
Paul Grisanti January 13, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Joe this sounds like a great business opportunity for you. Since they are ripping off the public, why not attend the meeting Monday night and bid the job at $125,000? You do have surplus expertise, offices, and staff don't you?

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