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Zuma Jay goes to City Hall

April 9, 2008 |  4:04 pm

Zuma_jay_goes_to_city_hall Surfer, entrepreneur and occasionally controversial candidate Zuma Jay (a.k.a. Jefferson Wagner) easily won a seat on the Malibu City Council in yesterday's election, Lisa Pope, the city clerk, said today. Voter turnout was 35% -- 2,901 of the city's 8,280 registered voters.

The Times' Joe Mozingo adds:

A fierce critic of the current City Council, Wagner -- a former Marlboro man, stuntman, weapons expert for the film industry and Clint Eastwood look-alike -- was something of an upstart who didn't expect to win. At City Hall, Wagner said he would work to limit the building of mega-mansions in Malibu, scale down commercial projects and clean up the city's polluting septic systems.

Wagner's home isn't in city limits, so he rented an apartment to make his candidacy possible. His campaign made news when he received anonymous threats. Here's a snippet from Mozingo's story:

First there was the anonymous letter: "You better never go to your house for 4 years if you run. We have people watching."

Then the anonymous phone call:

"Mr. Wagner?" the caller asked.

"Yes," Wagner said.

"We have pictures of you."

"Doing what?"

"Riding your bike on the sidewalk. It's a vehicle code violation."

"Uh huh."

"And you're not wearing a helmet. There's a helmet law in California."

Wagner laughed and told him to send the photos to the newspaper.

The rest of the votes shook out like this: Incumbent council member Pamela Conley Ulich was the top vote-getter. Planning Commissioner John Sibert came in third and Board of Education member Kathy Wisnicki came in fourth. Susan M. Tellem fell short of winning a place on the council.

A full story in The Malibu Times.

--Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times