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Council Cans Centennial Carnival Event

An event with ferris wheels, an antique car show and carnival games gets the axe as a centennial celebration event. Discussion of who will pay a bill of at least $37,000 in centennial committee related expenses gets pushed to another council meeting.

The three City Council members present Tuesday night unanimously agreed to not move forward with a city-sponsored centennial event that could have cost the city as much as $80,000 to stage.

Councilwoman Amy Howorth, Mayor Pro Tem David Lesser and Mayor Wayne Powell also deferred discussion of what entity would pay the $37,000+ in expenses related to the centennial committee to a future meeting when Council members Nick Tell and Richard Montgomery would be in attendance.

Both men have served as city council liaisons on the centennial committee, which was formed in 2010 to plan for, fund raise and execute events for the city's centennial year [Manhattan Beach was incorporated in December of 1912.]. In May, Montgomery stepped down from the committee and Howorth replaced him. Tell remains on the committee.

City Manager David Carmany told council Tuesday night that Tell was "unavoidably detained on a business trip" and that Montgomery was on a U.S. trade forum in China.

The proposed event was to be staged downtown in early September and was to potentially include ferris wheels, merry go rounds, carnival games and concessions such as cotton candy, cinnamon churros, snow cones, popcorn and nachos with chili and cheese. Other proposed ideas included adding an open house, scavenger hunt, historic photo displays and music by local groups and a signature band so that people could picnic on the beach or enjoy being downtown or on The Strand.

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MetloxCirca June 20, 2012 at 05:15 PM
unbelievable this council can lie to its voting community and children who would love to be apart of such a rare celebration. The more & more I research our council the more their agendas turn against our community at large. These council members spend $38K in one night out for any other celebration like a new restaurant concept or business park. Amy, David, Wayne out!
bob johnson June 20, 2012 at 09:14 PM
huh? I repeat, HUH??? You are a good example of someone who just writes comments and doesn't know any facts. Well, maybe if this article had any facts in it you could make an informed statement. Did you know the (501c3, said they would raise all the money to fund events they proposed) Committee still owes $37,000 (this amount includes money spent on food for themselves for their meetings) and wants taxpayers to pay their debt? Did you know their poorly kept records show they have a MINUS $3,000 balance in their account? Do you know that taxpayers would also have to pay for an $80,000 carnival on the beach which may net even be legal anyways? (much like alcohol on the beach was never legal). The Committee members were either incompetent or stupid. They squandered away our Centennial year on VIP events, VIP seats at the park, VIP red carpets, VIP flowers, VIP special seating with gourmet food at 2011 fireworks show, VIP everything! Where are the leaders of this group, Tell and Montgomery? Afraid to show your faces? Tell, Montgomery OUT is more like it.
Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. June 20, 2012 at 10:26 PM
The $10,000 Lie! The following portions of my letter submitted to Patch document that Montgomery and Tell, despite their statements to the contrary, knew that the $10,000 received from the MB City Council was a loan to be repaid: Accompanying this letter is an audio-cassette of statements made by Richard Montgomery at the July 25, 2011 Centennial Committee Meeting on the advanced seed money provided by the Manhattan Beach City Council. In response to a question from Committee Member Jan Dennis on the $10,000, Councilman Montgomery confirms that it had been paid back in full, thereby confirming the understanding that the $10,000 was indeed a loan requiring repayment by the Centennial Foundation. Below is a transcription of the relevant points made at the meeting: 1. Councilman Montgomery’s Response to Grace Leung, Recording Secretary: “We want to make a note, Grace. For the future say: ’All City advanced money paid today. Zero balance.’” 2. Committee Member Jan Dennis: “We paid it back, $10,000?” 3. Councilman Montgomery’s Response to Ms. Dennis: “Yes, and more. We have $3,000 extra in the bank right now…We paid it back with a profit.” The $10,000 was never repaid. In subsequent MBCC meetings, Tell and Montgomery claimed the $10,000 to be seed money not requiring repayment. The audio-cassette recording documents that they lied to the MBCC and the residents of MB. It is no wonder that the Centennial Foundation is now in financial shambles!
Sharon Arias June 21, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Councilmen Nick Tell, Richard Montgomery and their rogue Centennial committee are the problem. They were the instigators of the liquor beach bash, elitist Taste of Manhattan, and the Coney Island carnival. They collectively mismanaged the funds and are now broke. Throw the bums out!
Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. June 21, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Another Lie! Joe Franklin in his letter to The Beach Reporter claims the Centennial Committee supported Jan Dennis in producing the Centennial Parade. He is being dishonest. In fact, Jan Dennis called for the dissolution of the Centennial Committee because of its financial mismanagement, elitist events (e.g. the Centennial Beach Gala which was cancelled by the City Council), and its efforts to sabotage her parade. At its next meeting, the Manhattan Beach City Council will take the next logical step and dissolve the Centennial Committee because of both its ineffectiveness and arrogance by many committee members including harassing Councilmember Amy Howorth at an MBCC meeting. Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. Manhattan Beach

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