Bruce's Beach Bill Could Return Property To Black Descendants

The Bruce's Beach bill moves closer to becoming a law and returning the once Black-owned beachfront property to the family's descendants.
September 09, 2021

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — The Bruce's Beach bill Thursday is moving closer to becoming a law and returning the Manhattan Beach land once owned by Black entrepreneurs Willa and Charles Bruce to their descendants.

The California State Assembly voted unanimously Wednesday to pass SB 796. The bill will move to the state Senate Friday for a reconciliation vote. If it passes, then it goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk for his consideration and signature.

The legislation is sponsored by state Sen. Steven Bradford and would remove state restrictions from Los Angeles County's beachfront property once owned by the Bruce family. The existing state restrictions currently limit Hahn's ability to transfer the County property. SB 796's passage would allow Hahn to move forward with her effort to return the property to the surviving descendants of Willa and Charles Bruce.

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