In a historic move celebrated by advocates of reparations and social justice leaders across California, Governor Gavin Newsom authorized the return of property known as Bruce Beach to the descendants of a black couple who ran out of Manhattan Beach nearly a century ago.
Senate Bill 796, signed Thursday by Newsom, asserts that the city’s takeover of this beachfront land—in which Bruces ran a thriving resort for black beachgoers—was racially motivated and carried out under false and illegal pretexts.
“As Governor of California, let me do what Manhattan Beach apparently doesn’t want to do: I want to apologize to the Bruce family.”
Governor Gavin Newsom
The legislation states that “the land in the City of Manhattan Beach, improperly appropriated from Willa and Charles the Bruce, shall be returned to their living descendants,” and that it is in the public interest of the State of California, the County of Los Angeles, the City of Manhattan Beach and the people of the State of California to do so” .