Manhattan Beach City Council 2020 Candidates Share Views of Bruce's Beach with Mayor Mitch Ward

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MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. - Sept. 7, 2020 - PRLog -- What is your full position on Bruce's Beach and the Change.Org online petition (currently signed by over 12,500 people) regarding Bruce's Beach? Please feel free to share with me anything you would like to in regards to Bruce's Beach.

We need to acknowledge the racist acts of the past so we learn from it and make sure it is never forgotten nor repeated...My position is that there can be no restitution, restoration or reparations of funds or assets to the Bruce Family from the City of Manhattan Beach. Joe Franklin

I fully supported the Petition's request for our Council to publicly address the full history of Bruce's Beach and change the plaque to conform to those facts. Mark Burton

I'm going farther and doing the work in understanding and teaching the issues surrounding Bruce's Beach. Chaz Flemmings

To increase transparency in our local government and out of respect to the Bruce family, we need to view and examine the facts of the case before coming to a conclusion. Phoebe Lyons

The road toward true inclusion and equality is long and we take steps along the way. It is obvious another step forward must be taken in Manhattan Beach. What happened to the Bruce Family was hateful and wrong. Grettel Fournell

I also like the idea of an art piece that describes the details of the history so that anyone visiting the park will know what happened in the 1920's...bring young African American students into MB to learn about the ocean, environmental issues...look at scholarships...provide programs or contribute to nonprofits helping young African Americans looking forward and changing their future paths, rather than looking backwards. Richard Montgomery

We need to reconcile our past with our present to have a better, more inclusive future. Bruce's Beach is a stain on our history. It's not a stain to be covered over or ignored, we need to own it... I put forward a number of recommendations...(1) removing the current plaque and replacing it with a significant public art project that incorporates the true history of Bruce's Beach (2) issuing an apology by the city to the Bruce family and all victims of racist acts past and present, (3) considering the renaming of Peck Avenue, which is named after George Peck, who directly and indirectly played a part in the harassment of African Americans using Bruce's Beach, (4) consider a possible scholarship fund for disadvantaged African American students (5) the formation of a City task force to consider these recommendations Steve Napolitano

All questions asked and the candidates' full answers to those questions from former Manhattan Beach Mayor Mitch Ward available/downloadable at Abbreviated responses from the candidates in their own words are above.
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