1. Tell us your Malibu experience from Day 1 growing up here.
was a town filled with ranch houses, horse ranches, movie stars and the
surfing was crowded even back when I was a kid. The Malibu I grew up in
was a bit simpler than it is now, just like the rest of the world.
There wasn’t as many rules and people more or less did what they wanted,
as long as they didn’t bother other people. I spend most of my
childhood living on the beach by Encinal. Me and the neighborhood kids
often rode our bikes to school along Broadbeach and PCH. We surfed and
rode mini bikes up in the hills. We hiked and rode horses. A big night
out was going to The Old Place. And a big shopping day with mom involved
driving into Santa Monica as Kanan Road and the valley cities really
didn’t exist yet. We went to high school at Santa Monica High as Malibu
High didn’t exist yet either.
2. How did you save so many homes during the fires?
and the other people that stayed fought the fire as it entered Malibu
West from Trancas Canyon. There was so few of us that we eventually
split up and we each defended homes as best we could. I think the key to
saving so many homes is that we prevented the homes at the top of
Malibu West from catching fire. I believe that if they had caught fire
or we hadn’t been there all the homes below them would have burned as
well. Ultimately, we saved homes because we had fire equipment and we
knew enough about fire to know what we needed to do.
3. What advice would you give to Malibu residents to plan in advance?
you evacuation plan figured out in detail from this day forward. Know
what you are going to take and that you can pack it quickly. Have a
meeting point figured out if you lose communication. Keep enough gas in
your cars at all times. Have a plan for you pets, especially if you have
horses. Have a neighborhood plan. Make sure all residents that might
need help are accounted for. If you think you might stay, get training
and have the right equipment, and also know when to evacuate if
conditions are too dangerous. Have a plan with your neighbors as well.
Mikke Pierson was elected to the Malibu City Council in November, 2018. Previously he was a Malibu Planning Commissioner for almost 7 years and a Malibu Public Works Commissioner before that. Mikke was born and raised in Malibu, attended Juan Cabrillo Elementary, Malibu Park Junior High and Santa Monica High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1983. Mikke is a certified business coach and helps small businesses define and achieve their goals while teaching the owners leadership skills. Previously he was co-owner and founder of ZJ Boarding House in Santa Monica and co-owner of Zuma Jay Surfboards in the mid 1980’s.
Mikke is currently co-chair of the Santa Monica Homelessness Steering Committee and he has been concerned with the homelessness situation for many years. He has also worked with SurfAid International since its early beginning as a past International board member, US board member and champion for the nonprofit in the Malibu area.
Mikke is a life long surfer, avid mountain biker, environmentalist and recently an amatuer firefighter. He has been married to Maggie Pierson for the last 26 years and they live in the Malibu West neighborhood. They have two children, Emmet & Gracie. His son Colin lives in Sacramento and is a teacher. He was recently awarded by Malibu Time’s The 2018 Dolphin Awards as The Malibu Hero & Citizen Of The Year. For more information, visit:https://mikkepierson.focalpointcoaching.com/
Former Child Star in La Ceiba, Honduras. He came to the U.S. with The American Dream in his heart in 2002. Also known as “The Tutor for The Stars” from Malibu to Beverly Hills. At the age of 15, he won a Math Contest representing his public school, Hector Pineda Uguarte.. He leads Malibu A Plus Tutor, LLC., dedicated to helping students achieve straight A's and working professionals succeed at work. In 2012, Mr. Manaiza won The Third Annual Bruin Contest at UCLA with his compelling speech entitled “The New Future Of The United States Of America.” In 2014, he ranked # 1 in earning the most education awards in Toastmasters International. Mathematician Jose Angel Manaiza, Jr., provides the children of Hollywood celebrities and LA's most influential families from Malibu to Beverly Hills with academic help. Mr. Manaiza has helped over 8,800 students, including NCAA student-athletes from schools such as UCLA, to excel intellectually through teaching a speed-reading system also endorsed by three American presidents. He has been honored in The White House. He is the recipient of Best of Los Angeles Awards as THE BEST SPEED READING TUTOR. He is an active member of Malibu & Beverly Hills Finest Networking. For more info, visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josa-angel-manaiza-jr/
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