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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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Council confusion over County consolidation continues (that's called alliteration, for you English majors). 

The process seemed to have everyone confused, even the Councilmembers themselves.  However, when the dust settled, the net result was the LA County Fire Feasibility Study would be taken up again at the next (Nov 5) Council meeting.  At that time, Council would be looking to schedule a town hall meeting for residents to learn about and/or object to the proposed consolidation of the MB Fire Department with the County Fire Department.  

Update:  An important update from the November 5 City Council meeting as Council voted 5-0 to not proceed with any further evaluation of a possible consolidation of the Manhattan Beach Fire Department with the County Fire Department.  As a result, the MBFD will remain separate and independent from County Fire.

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City Council awards a $324,053 contract to Harbor Interfaith Services for homeless case management and disbands the Homelessness Task Force.

But read more here if you missed the really startling comment by Police Chief Abell, which almost went undetected (except by us, of course).

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Come Tuesday, October 15, Manhattan Beach's City Council will be approving a contract with Harbor Interfaith Services for case management and the coordination of services for the local homeless populace (which includes Redondo and Hermosa as well).  They'll also be disbanding the Manhattan Beach Homelessness Task Force.

Good idea?

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Once again, our City Council has forgotten that their mission is to do what's best for all the citizens of Manhattan Beach. That's ALL, including our hardworking, taxpaying corporate citizens.
 
Read here about the latest assault on small business owners in Manhattan Beach by the nanny-staters on our City Council.
 
And learn why Manhattan Beach resident, Vince Vaughn, may soon be buying his cigars elsewhere.
 
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Want to engage in an expressive activity in a public place in Manhattan Beach without being charged a special event permit fee?  Curious as to exactly what an expressive activity is?  Check out Manhattan Beach's latest policy for recognizing 1st Amendment free speech.

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A mid-century modern architectural masterpiece being converted to a massive homeless shelter just steps from Manhattan Beach?  Not likely, but it's been an interesting few days of speculation, some of it quite wild and all the result of Trump proposing to use unoccupied government facilities like the above structure at the corner of Marine and Aviation to help solve LA's homeless crisis.

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Former President Barack Obama has been out of office a few years now.  But his legacy includes making it more difficult for cities in the western United States to curb illegal homeless encampments.  Hey, not his problem anymore, particularly with his recent purchase of a $15 million mansion on Martha's Vineyard (where, last count, the homeless population was zero).

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Homelessness continues to be an issue even here in Manhattan Beach.  But did you know that there is a whole politically correct nomenclature surrounding the words you can use to describe persons experiencing homeless (see, we even used the PC terminology here)?  Ever wonder what the end game is for all this political correctness surrounding the homeless?  Wonder no more.

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