Manhattan Beach's Apology to the Bruce Family
We, the undersigned citizens of Manhattan Beach, wish to extend an apology to the Bruce family for this town’s decision in the late 1920’s to seize land from Willa and Charles Bruce and destroy the business they built. We acknowledge that this was a racist act, and we support Los Angeles County’s decision to return this land to the Bruces' descendants, who are the rightful owners. While we are unable to reverse the sins of the past, we believe it is important to acknowledge this regrettable fact of our history. We want Manhattan Beach to be an open, tolerant and inclusive town, and we hope this small gesture will help heal the wounds of the past and allow us to build a better future for everyone.