Hahn Celebrates Governor Signing Bruce's Beach Bill, Outlines Next Steps

Hahn Celebrates Governor Signing Bruce's Beach Bill, Outlines Next Steps

Manhattan Beach, CA - Today, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn joined Governor Newsom as he signed SB 796, legislation that grants LA County the legal authority to return property once owned by Willa and Charles Bruce to their descendants. Also in attendance were members of the Bruce family, Kavon Ward, the founder of Justice for Bruce's Beach, Senator Steve Bradford, former Manhattan Beach Mayor Mitch Ward, Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, and current Manhattan Beach Mayor Hildy Stern.

Bruce's Beach was once a thriving resort for Black residents. But in the 1920s, the City of Manhattan Beach used eminent domain to take the land, under the guise of building a park. The land was later transferred to the State and in 1995, the State transferred the property to the County. The two parcels which the Bruce family owned now sit under the County's LA County Lifeguard Training Headquarters at 2600 The Strand in Manhattan Beach.

In April, Hahn announced her intention to return the now County-owned property to the Bruce family. However, she needed state legislation to allow the transfer. She brought the idea to State Senator Steven Bradford who authored the legislation which got unanimous support in both the Senate and Assembly.

"This is a milestone for us, and I want to thank, not only Governor Newsom for signing this bill into law, but Senator Bradford for his leadership and the entire state legislature for their unanimous support," said LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn. "The work is far from done. Now that LA County officially has the authority to transfer this property, my goal over the next several months will be to transfer this property in a way that not only works for the Bruce family, but is a model that other local governments can follow. Returning Bruce’s Beach can and should set a precedent for this nation and I know that all eyes will be on Los Angeles County as this work gets underway."

Tomorrow, Friday September 31, Hahn will introduce a motion directing the County to prepare to accept the amended deed from the state (the state has until the end of this year) and pursue a process to identify the legal heirs of Willa and Charles Bruce.

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  • Elona Anthony
    commented 2021-11-11 05:22:58 -0800
    In the early 1960’s my husband a veteran that fought for this country, myself, and three babies lived across from the Hollywood bowl and lost our home to Eminent Domain. There was much publicity and at the time Supervisor Hahn was against the condemnation, but by the time he stopped the financing by the city, our home was torn down, they put my husband in jail and I and my 3 babies had to rely on the kindness of people for a place to stay. I was 22 at the time and my children ranged from under one to three years. I am happy to see justice for the Bruce family and would just be just as happy if someone looked into what happened to us. Please go to: KENNETH HAHN HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM 1960. Thank you and God Bless, Elona Anthony
  • Liz Odendahl
    published this page in Press Releases 2021-09-30 18:36:22 -0700