On July 20, 2022, the Board of Supervisors returned ownership of Bruce’s Beach to the closest living legal heirs of Charles and Willa Bruce.
This effort follows a more than year-long process that began in April 2021 when Los Angeles County Supervisors Janice Hahn and Holly Mitchell announced their intention to have Los Angeles County return the beachfront property once owned by Charles and Willa Bruce to their legal heirs. Their property was taken from them by the City of Manhattan Beach in an act motivated by racism and a desire to drive out a successful Black business and its patrons.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, righting a decades-old wrong, voted unanimously to complete the return of Bruce’s Beach to the rightful heirs of the original owners, Charles and Willa Bruce.
Learn more about Bruce’s Beach and its history in Los Angeles County.