Letter To The Editor, November 3, 2016

BeachReporterYes on C and EE

I urge Manhattan Beach residents to vote yes on Measures C and EE for safe quality schools. I’ll share some history. In 2008, this community passed Measure BB, which came in on time and on budget. It addressed the needs of academics and arts at Mira Costa and completely transformed the campus. Now, its time to update the athletics facilities. Measure EE replaces the 65-year-old gym at Mira Costa with an athletics facility that students and the entire community will use.

Mira Costa’s locker rooms are decrepit and have not been used by students in decades. When movie studios need a run down gym for location, they call Costa. With the floor of the smaller gym peeling up from water damage and the sinks from the 1950s that don’t work, their set decorators don’t need to do much. Measure C addresses needs at our elementary schools, middle school, and pre-school. Temporary classrooms will be replaced, leaking roofs repaired, plumbing and electrical systems overhauled and air conditioning added where needed. Measure C will also add music classrooms at MBMS.

The needs are well established. I encourage you to go to the website: supportmbschools.com to see the pictures or watch the video with Holly McPeak regarding the Mira Costa gym. Both Measure C and Measure EE have bipartisan support. All five Manhattan Beach councilmembers endorse it, and we don’t always agree! It’s a long ballot, so please go straight to Page 8 and vote yes on C and EE!

—Amy Howorth, Manhattan Beach city councilmember

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Manhattan Beach Education Foundation is an independent 501 (c) 3 non-profit established by parents and community leaders to support quality public education in Manhattan Beach. Since 1983, MBEF has granted much needed funds to supplement state funding and has helped MBUSD continually rank in the top three school districts in California. With more than 3,000 donors and annual grants exceeding $5 million, MBEF is one of the oldest and most successful foundations in the state.