The following is a Letter to the Editor appearing in the November 14, 2013 issue of the Daily Breeze submitted by Nelle Overstreet, a Manhattan Beach resident in response to the DB October 31 article, “City facilities, parking structures need millions in repairs.”
Since we do live by the ocean, it is expected that Manhattan Beach structures will deteriorate over a shorter time than those inland. Those conditions should have been taken into consideration before they reached their current state of disrepair. The consultants reported 23 out of 43 facilities were in very poor, poor or fair condition. The penultimate was to read that our 8-year-old police/fire department building was in need of $1.8 million in repairs over the next 10 years due to: “The building was not built up to code; it was not inspected properly…” This should be unacceptable to the citizens of Manhattan Beach who depend upon our City Hall denizens to see to our city’s interests. Who OK’d this mess? Who allowed it to be approved along the way? The blame should not just be put on the contractor, but also on those in City Hall responsible for this fiasco. Someone needs to step up to the plate and accept responsibility. Citizens are owed an explanation from past and present City Councils.
Nelle Overstreet, Manhattan Beach