California’s governor has signed a bill that clears the way for a valuable parcel of beachfront land near Los Angeles to be returned to the descendants of a Black family who had it seized nearly 100 years ago.
The move by Gavin Newsom allows Los Angeles County to return the Bruce’s Beach property in Manhattan Beach, which was taken from Willa and Charles Bruce under eminent domain by the city in 1924.
“I want to apologise to the Bruce family,” said Mr Newsom as he put his signature on the paperwork that will sign the transfer of ownership into law.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Thursday that will make it easier to strip cops with misconduct records of their badges and keep them from jumping to another law enforcement agency without facing discipline.
Newsom’s signature fulfills more than a year’s worth of promises Democrats made after George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis to weed out officers with concerning records of excessive force and other serious misconduct. California was one of only four states without a police decertification process.
“California and the nation as a whole has experienced tragedy after tragedy where consequences for egregious abuses of power went unpunished and cries for accountability went unanswered — eroding public trust in law enforcement,” Bradford said in a statement after the vote. “This bill is the first of its kind in California and we finally join the 46 other states with processes for the decertification of bad officers.”
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 California State Senate passed a measure Wednesday that will create a process to decertify police officers who are fired because of misconduct.
Senate Bill 2, which passed the state assembly on a mostly party-line vote of 46-18 last week, won a majority of California's Senate votes in a 28-9 victory. Now, the bill will be sent to Governor Gavin Newsom's desk to be signed.
A state bill that would set the stage for Los Angeles County to return a sliver of oceanfront land in Manhattan Beach to the family of the property’s original Black owners is at the brink of becoming law, though legislative deadlines loom.
Senate Bill 796 passed unanimously in the state Assembly Wednesday, Sept. 8, but because of non-substantive amendments from that body, it must pass once more in the Senate by the end of Friday before going to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk for his signature.