A stretch of prime Southern California beachfront real estate can now be returned to the descendants of its rightful Black owners, nearly a century after the parcel was taken by the city of Manhattan Beach.
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Governor Gavin Newsom came to Manhattan Beach Thursday morning and signed S.B. 796 into law, paving the way for Los Angeles County to return beachfront land which was historically Bruce’s Beach to the descendants of the family who lost the property through the city’s racially motivated use of eminent domain a century ago.
In July, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to return a stretch of beachfront land in Southern California to the descendants of a Black couple who purchased the land 97 years ago. On Thursday,
Olmos has 28 years of professional experience and comes to Pasadena from the City of Brea where he has served as public works director for five years. In that position, he is responsible for the overall operations of the Public Works Department,
The story behind Bruce’s Beach tells a narrative of Black-ownership in America. Original property owners Charles and Willa Bruce had their land seized by the City of Manhattan Beach, California. The local government managed the rights to the land for almost 100 years.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation allowing ownership of a prime beachfront property to be transferred to heirs of a couple who built a resort for Black people in the early 1900s but were stripped of the land by local officials.
California’s Willa and Charles Bruce had their beachfront property, home to the West Coast’s first resort for Black people, seized by eminent domain. On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom returned the Manhattan Beach property to their descendants.
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