Manhattan Beach

Published in Smell The Coffee

The pandemic has caused City Council to close Manhattan Beach's parks.  Now one - Polliwog Park - is being opened on a trial basis with few amenities and mandatory face masks.  But we have some questions -

Why aren't we opening more public parks, like our neighbors in Hermosa and El Segundo?

And are mandatory face masks a good idea for outdoor venues, given that 65% of Manhattan Beach residents are opposed to making this a requirement?

And who coined the salacious-sounding phrase "panic porno" and what does it mean?

 

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When should Manhattan Beach be allowed to re-open its beach (which is County property) and under what restrictions?

We don't know if there's a perfect answer out there but there are certainly a lot of people willing to weigh in on the subject and oft-times in emotionally-incontinent social media posts bordering on hysteria.

All we know is, if this problem had existed during Seinfeld's heyday, Kramer would never have had that dispute with Ralph Lauren over his fragrance idea entitled "The Beach." 

But we digress.  Click the button below to read about this latest hot button issue in Manhattan Beach.

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First residential construction is banned in Manhattan Beach due to the pandemic, then it's not banned. 

And is it necessary to burn down the village (economically-speaking) a la Vietnam in order to save it?  Apparently, City Council thought the answer was yes. 

But Governor Newsom (not always a model of clear thinking) got it right and decided residential real estate construction was an essential business activity (at least as of today).

 

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Climate change versus crime and public safety.  Which one does our esteemed Manhattan Beach City Council regard as our top priority and the number one threat to our city-wide quality of life?  

Learn more here about the surprising answer.

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The US Supreme Court refuses, California loses, MB City Council snoozes and LA County chooses.  As the voting for County DA ramps up, get ready for a new radical ideologue to ascend to that position, which will surely exacerbate quality-of-life issues county-wide, including in Manhattan Beach.

 

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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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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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