“@johnandkenshow: @ceceswoods is a rock solid, airtight, fabulous reporter/publisher. Keep her on your radar.”
-Emily Barsh, T.V. Producer
Cece Woods considers herself the “accidental activist”.
Having spent most her childhood on sands of Zuma Beach, Cece left Southern California in her early 20’s but it was only a matter of time before she returned to the idyllic place that held so many wonderful memories from her youth.
In 2006, she made the journey back to Malibu permanently, the passion to preserve it was ignited.
In 2012, Cece became involved in local environmental and political activism at the urging of former husband Steve Woods, a resident for more than 4o years. Together, they were involved in many high-profile environmental battles including the Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project, Measure R, Measure W, and more.
Cece founded influential print and online media publications, The Local Malibu and 90265 Magazine in 2013 highlighting the authentic Malibu lifestyle with a strategic focus on environmental and political activism.
In the summer of 2018, Cece broke multiple global stories including the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and is considered by major news media as a trusted authority on Malibu.
Cece’s activism in 2020 led to saving the lease of a local beloved business who faced closure after being a part of the Malibu community for decades, and was the only local publication behind the top two vote-getters in the 2020 Malibu City Council election.
In 2018, Cece broke multiple global stories including the law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings case, the disappearance of Matthew Weaver Jr., and provided the most comprehensive coverage during the Woolsey Fire with over a million hits across social media platforms during the most devastating wildfire in Malibu’s history.
Most recently, Cece exposed the Lost Hills Station failure to issue a Public Safety notice after a sexual predator gained access to a condominium complex and sexually assaulted a Pepperdine student which led to disciplinary against the deputies and a change in command staff at the station.
The pandemic allowed Cece to expand her news coverage leading to the exposure of L.A. Metro Counterfeit Mask scandal which opened two federal investigations within 24 hours of the story’s release and once the Biden Administration was made aware of the investigations the head of their transition team for public transportation was the subject of, a different candidate was chosen as Secretary of Transportation under the new administration.
Cece is currently investigating the 10 year-old Mitrice Richardson case which the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is investigating as a “clue-driven” case under the direction Sheriff Alex Villanueva and recently completed the first installment of the investigation into Chester Bennington’s death: Missing Links: The Unanswered Questions in the Death of Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington.
“After the fire I contacted the Pulitzer committee because I thought that Cece Woods should be nominated for her exceptional coverage of the fire. Due to the date of the fire and the coverage dates, I missed the deadline.
No one would have known anything had it not been for her bravery and persistence in going in and reporting from the scene.
How can the City know what is going on in an emergency if they are not there? Leaders need to lead from the front not the back. A huge disappointment. Thank God for the citizens!”
Editor in Chief
“If you are a fan of Malibu, then you have to check out the brand new 90265 Malibu Life & Style Magazine! Game Changer…”
– Bryan Cole, President NVSPR
90265 Magazine – Established as a passion project to get back to our roots, 90265 Magazine is known for its intimate look at the authentic Malibu lifestyle, featuring local activists, creatives, influencers and tastemakers who live in Malibu.
The 90265 Magazine brand has evolved and expanded, providing a platform that offers a behind-the-scenes look at all things fashion, beauty, health and wellness, travel and lifestyle, with an emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendly principals.
“90265 Malibu Life & Style is a magazine that resonates the beach town it springs from. Beautiful, elegant, edgy, but not too fixed up to get a little wet. The layout is hard body lean with sensuously spare photography and a paragraph font that is an inspiration; the kind of text Truman Capote might have used in his private recipe book. It’s a handsome volume worthy of the living room coffee table with interesting, effortless content that seduces without obligation. A brilliant debut issue for a new magazine, with the promise to become what Harper’s Bazaar might have been if it had not been terminally landlocked.”
-Steve Weakley, former KNBC news producer
The Local Malibu is an activist/truth seeking platform reporting on major news stories important to the Malibu Community and surrounding areas. Our mission is to inform, educate, and inspire those who are passionately curious, motivated to make an impact in society.
The new regional investigative reporting platform The Current Report is focused on L.A. County politics, exposing public corruption and impacting long-term reform
Whether the goal is holding government officials accountable or seeking reform in the justice system, exposing all the facts that are reported in a story is the focus on The Current platform Cece created in 2020. Her thorough and meticulous reporting strategy has resulted in criminal investigations at the local and federal level and continues to develop a solid network of sources, many of whom are stepping forward to fight public corruption and the injustices perpetrated by elected officials whose decision making during these unprecedented times has resulted in economic collapse. Cece’s track record and commitment to truth in journalism has inspired other media outlets to share her stories to reach an exponentially larger audience increasing our power to affect change.
With expansion into regional news with The Current Report platform, Cece grew the 90265 Magazine brand to include Cali Mag, offering a behind-the-scenes, authentic look at the iconic California lifestyle.