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Mayor Wayne Powell on The South Bay Show

Listen to what Mayor Wayne Powell has to say

The Honorable Mayor Wayne Powell was our guest on The South Bay Show last week. Wayne is running for the Manhattan Beach City Council again in March.

He had lots to say on several topics but most interesting to us, was that The City Of Malibu was trying to steal sand from the South Bay! Who knew???

You can listen to the show here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/january-24-2013-wayne-powell-mayor-manhattan-beach/

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Gary Osterhout January 31, 2013 at 12:18 AM
http://manhattanbeach.patch.com/articles/malibu-group-wants-manhattan-beach-sand
Wayne Powell January 31, 2013 at 10:36 PM
I'm very proud to have led the movement ("Save Our Sand" - SOS) that forced the Broad Beach (Malibu) residents to withdraw their State Lands Comission application to take 500,000 cubic yards (the equivalent of 50,000 dump trucks) of offshore Manhattan Beach sand. This would have had an adverse impact on our marine ecosystem and potentially cause erosion of our beach. Clearly the Broad Beach folks weren't happy. Here's a videoclip of me on the national "CBS This Morning" show: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57556113/sand-a-hot-commodity-in-wake-of-storms-widespread-erosion .
Gary Osterhout February 01, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Good to see Wayne posting under his own name. I would be interested, however, why in that posting Wayne didn't clarify that Malibu's exploratory inquiries about sand availability wasn't an attempt to "steal" sand, as rarely does one see a "compromise" (as so characterized by Wayne in the Daily Breeze excerpt below) be a "steal." Also, I can't see where M.B. "forced" the Malibu residents into any decision, except to make a business decision based on a path of lesser resistance (as there were other sand sources). Maybe this is all a matter of impression, but I still can't see why this necessitated a "movement" or even the chest pounding or saber-rattling. Seems to me the council letter would have been sufficient. Per the 11/12/12 Daily Breeze: "Powell said he believes the Broad Beach residents wanted to strike a compromise, such as agreeing to dredge off Manhattan Beach only once or offering a monetary settlement, but he said he wasn't willing to pursue either option. . . . . Powell added that the city was prepared to put up a fight. But even if that meant that both sides would end up in court over the sand, a lawsuit wasn't the group's primary concern, Kenneth Ehrlich [who represents the Malibu residents who have formed an assessment district to fund the project] said. "The (assessment district) board is made up of seasoned litigators," he said. "Litigation really had nothing to do with our decision. It's all about timing and schedule."

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