The Malibu City Council contest this year is anything but politics as usual.
On February 1, 2012, Moms-Pod issued a challenge to Malibu City Council Candidates. We asked the candidates, once you covered the minimal costs of a couple fliers, ads and signs, why do you need to raise more money? Why not start revolutionary campaigns, where if Malibu citizens want to contribute to your campaigns, they could look around Malibu and give to a cause that tugs at their heart.
On February 23, 2012, Moms-Pod and Malibu Patch co-hosted the first great Malibu Debate. Many of the candidates not only accepted the challenge, but embraced the concept and started revolutionary campaigns.
Three of the seven candidates, namely Hamish Patterson, Andy Lyon and Missy Zeitsoff ran revolutionary campaigns and took in no contributions. Hans Laetz spent under $1000 this past statement period. Compared to Skylar Peak, Joan House and John Sibert who raised $13,930, $6446, and $5,120 respectively for the period from February 25 to March 24. (See Patch Article and filing statements posted on March 30)
On February 28, 2012, Moms-Pod published the first Malibu City Council Election Poll. Admittedly, this poll is not scientific and may merely be a popularity contest showing who has the most clout amongst Moms – but the results may amaze you.
As of April 3, 2012, only one week before the election, 319 votes were cast in the Moms-Pod Poll. Hamish “The Illusion” is in first place with 24.14% , Skylar Peak came in second with 20.06% and Andy Lyon and Missy Zeitsoff were in a dead heat tie with 16.93%. Hans Laetz and Joan House tied for 5 and 6th place with 7.84% and incumbent John Sibert garnered 6.27% of the votes.
Who will be the winner on April 10, 2012? There are 8,726 active voters according to the Malibu City Clerk. 2,775 ballots have been sent out by mail (compared to 2,514 ballots in 2010). As of April 2, 2012 a total of 779 mail in ballots have been returned. In 2010, the total number of vote by mail ballots returned was 1,697 and the total number cast at the polls was 1,747, plus 112 provisional ballots for a grand total of 3,538.
How many ballots will be cast next Tuesday? Who will represent YOU, Malibu?
Moms-Pod encourages everyone to vote and let their voice be heard.
To the candidates, we thank you for your service, and “may the odds be ever in your favor !”