Published in Smell The Coffee

One of the great satirical essays in English literature is "A Modest Proposal" published by Jonathan Swift in 1729. 

With that work as inspiration, we've come up with our own modest proposal to help out our local retailers who sell tobacco products, given that the Manhattan Beach City Council has put the squeeze on their businesses and they will no longer be able to sell these products after this year.

 

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Published in Smell The Coffee

It's been 24 years since the movie Clueless hit the big screen.  Yet, to this day, some on City Council are still emulating that movie on a number of levels, most recently with their 4-1 ban on tobacco sales in Manhattan Beach (Suzanne Hadley providing the only reasoned vote in opposing the ban).  And to those small, hardworking mom-and-pop retailers who will lose business to convenience stores in neighboring communities as a result of the ban, well, Merry Christmas from our City Council grinches.  

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A softening national housing market suddenly finds some stability as fear of an impending recession abates with the latest employment numbers.  Local markets, however, continue to show significant pockets of weakness and even the stalwart Manhattan Beach single family home segment, while still appreciating, is doing so at a reduced rate of appreciation that seems to reflect a multi-year plateau that is likely to continue into the first part of 2020.

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Published in Smell The Coffee

Bizarro world, a concept that first appeared in the Superman comics and later was made the subject of a Seinfeld episode, imagines a world where everything is the exact opposite of what you'd expect to see in the real world.  We were reminded of this fictional world while viewing the most recent City Council session.

 

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Published in Smell The Coffee

Seems like every week Manhattan Beach's City Council finds something new to ban, whether it's a legal product or a common activity.  At their first meeting in December, they'll be looking at two new ones - a ban on the sale of all tobacco products in Manhattan Beach and a ban on all construction activity on Saturdays (currently banned completely on Sundays and holidays with restricted hours on Saturdays).

But why stop there?  We've got a list of other things they may want to consider when they're in a banning mood.

 

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As a general rule, the community of Manhattan Beach is more tolerant than most.  But, as recent events demonstrate, there are always a few bad apples, whether it's painting your house with a garish mural or posting yard signs to spite your neighbors.

 

 

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Manhattan Beach is, undoubtedly, an upscale community that ranks as one of the safer ones in California with good schools and clean beaches to boot. 

But are our neighborhoods, downtown and beaches getting less clean and less safe?  Is San Francisco the model for our future?  

Recent events disturbingly seem to indicate the answers are 'yes' and 'yes.'


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