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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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The emoji house.  What does this say about the slow erosion of neighborliness?  Quite a bit, actually, given that this seems to be part of a trend of people exercising their legal rights at the expense of those core ingredients of neighborliness - common courtesy and civility.

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The Manhattan Beach City Council has voted to support the city of Boise in its appeal of an adverse 9th Circuit Court ruling to the US Supreme Court.  The ruling, which impacts the enforceability of anti-camping ordinances like the one enacted here last year by Council, can have dire consequences for the quality of life in cities like Manhattan Beach if carried to its logical extreme unless the Supreme Court overturns it.

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An unusually eventful and entertaining Manhattan Beach City Council meeting last Tuesday, August 6, brought out at least one voice of fiscal sanity downtown.  Now if only the rest of City Council would direct their focus on solving problems here in Manhattan Beach, like homelessness or the rise in property crimes, instead of saving the planet.

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