—Mark Burton, Manhattan Beach
—Judy Hatlie, Manhattan Beach
The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF) supplements the budget each year with significant funding ($6.5 million in 2019/20) raised through our community: the Annual Appeal, currently at 92% of the $5,000,000 goal which ends tomorrow; the Manhattan Wine Auction in June that helps support the growing Endowment Fund, and business support through sponsorships and matching gifts.
-Wysh Weinstein, PTA President, Pacific Elementary
Once again, Dr. Matthews comes with his hat in his hand, looking for a handout from the community.
His skills may be in educating (though the statistics he cites ignore the fact that 25% of the students are not performing at grade level in math); his skills are below grade level in school finance and management.
The time has now come where he should be removed as superintendent, perhaps moved to a role of director of education. MBUSD deserves better administration; saying “no” to another parcel tax will send that message.
—Kelly Charles, Redondo Beach
Additionally, before we tentatively agreed, I initiated a separate sign-on bonus program that pays up to $30,000 to entry-level and pre-service recruits who join the HBPD and stay, and up to $40,000 to “laterals,” qualified officers from police or sheriff’s departments who join the HBPD and stay. To better support the recruitment process, I also added the City’s interim police chief, our Human Resources staff, and myself to the Hermosa Beach Police Department’s (HBPD) recruitment and retention efforts.
The pay raises, bonuses and additional recruitment incentives will grow our police force and retain our current officers. We thank the community for its input during the negotiations, and we look forward to finalizing the contract and moving HBPD forward. We, of course, place a high priority on public safety, and our Police Chiefs have consistently confirmed we continue to have sufficient personnel to protect public safety.