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Final City Council Candidates Forum Tuesday Night

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this free public event.

If you'd like to hear the candidates for three open City Council seats discuss what they offer and how'd they'd handle city business, attend Tuesday night's final candidates forum from 6 to 8 p.m. in the police/fire facility community room.

Six residents are vying for the three seats, which currently belong to incumbent Wayne Powell and councilmen Nick Tell and Richard Montgomery, who are legally prohibited from running for two years after serving two consecutive four-year terms.

In addition to Powell, the other men who'd like to fill one of the three open seats are former two-term city council member Mitch Ward, longtime activist Viet Ngo, retired municipal counsel Mark Burton, entertainment industry executive Mark Lipps and business owner Tony D’Errico.

This is the first MB City Council election Ward can run in since he was "termed out" in 2010 after being elected to two consecutive terms and completing that service in 2010.

The forum is sponsored by the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce.

A video of the first candidates forum can be viewed on the city website.

Wayne Powell February 27, 2013 at 01:09 AM
It has come to my attention that Edward Caprielian and Gary Osterhout have been posting this patently false/libelous “information” in an attempt to besmirch my good character. Our residents do not deserve this kind of malcontent, disrespectful behavior. Both of you owe our residents an apology and you are asked to refrain immediately from this reprehensible conduct. And no that is not me or probably not a supporter that admonished you. It appears to be someone who feels compelled to keep this blog from becoming a smear tactic forum.
Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. February 27, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Bad decisions by Wayne Powell during the last 1-2 years included voting for alcohol on the beach for the Centennial Gala that was eventually cancelled as a result of heavy public opposition; and, the unpopular paid reserved parking and seating at the traditionally free Concerts in the Park and Holiday Fireworks. He, along with Councilmember Howorth, allowed themselves to be bullied and cajoled by Councilmembers Tell and Montgomery leading to a fiscal fiasco and a loss of a greater opportunity to truly celebrate our 100th birthday. Jan Dennis saved the day with our parade. Councilmember Lesser innovated and implemented a successful community engagement that focused both on our past successes and our vision for the future. True to form, Councilmember Powell never acknowledged his responsibilities for his poor decisions - a typical pattern that we will have to endure for another four years, unfortunately - unless we see a growth in his emotional intelligence and behaviors. Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. Manhattan Beach Resident
Gary Osterhout February 27, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Wayne: Your comment above is so reflective of the way you handle criticism. In this instance, I believe me and Ed (and Indira--Hi!) are merely being responsive to a provocative question presented by the editor. It's all about accountability. And Ed and I aren't acting in concert--I haven't spoken or exchanged e-mails with Ed since July 2012. But take this other situation, which I found to be an egregious violation of open government principles: In January 2010, then-Mayor Ward summarized the Council’s supposedly final deliberative position on Sand Dune Park that “the dune will be re-purposed, and the dune will not be used as a work-out facility.” On April 13, 2010, Ward presided over a special meeting on Sand Dune Park held at Joslyn Center to encourage resident input. There had been no articulated change in the Council’s January policy prior to that meeting. Staff presented seven alternative uses of the park, suspiciously reflecting a behind-the-scenes change in January’s official policy position. Without advance warning or precedent Ward imposed a one-minute limit on each speaker from the audience, ignoring the significance to residents of the now-apparent policy change and the new volume of issues. The overall comment period was limited to one hour, with speakers chosen randomly. After an hour, 30 residents were denied their opportunity to speak. Wayne Powell sat right by Ward on the dais and let this happen. That's all true.
Sharon Arias February 27, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Mr. Powell, Don't waste any of your time responding to Gary Osterhout's deceits. We were there at the Sand Dune meeting. Mayor Ward and the City Counsel didn't want the meeting to go way past midnight and explained the procedure where names would be drawn at random, as stated at the beginning of the meeting. Dozens of people spoke on both sides. The City Counsel's decision was a compromise that appears to be working well. Osterhout and Caprielian criticize everthing and never offer constructive sugestions. Its time for them to stop.
Gary Osterhout February 27, 2013 at 09:51 PM
"Sharon" (and whoever "we" is): I don't see anything deceitful at all. On the other hand, my point was that as egregious as the process was, there was no announcement of how it would be conducted BEFORE the meeting started. Thus, no one could prepare for the format (such as deputizing a few residents to express the points of a group). But, regardless, one can hardly introduce themselves in one minute. Yes, many people spoke with insufficient time--yet many were also disenfranchised. I'm not speaking to the ultimate decision, but if you are saying the result makes everything OK, then that is obviously and "ends justify the means" position, and we are hardly going to agree that approach equates with "open government." Yet I think Wayne would agree with you, which is why I also fundamentally disagree that Wayne (and Mitch) do not do "open government" very well. And for a meeting that got over a 10:00pm, that was a lot of time spent NOT hearing public comment. Nor does Wayne's mayoral track record reflect much interest in getting Council meetings over by midnight. As for constructive suggestions, I believe I identified at least one above in respect to City employee salaries. Although it seems obvious that "don't disenfranchise people and let everyone participate" might be also considered a "constructive suggestion." Also, "Sharon," curious you don't show up on Wayne's endorsement list given how frequently you jump to his defense (or on me). Just sayin'.

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