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Local News in Brief : Police Contract Talks to Resume

Manhattan Beach city officials and members of the city’s 49-member police union have decided to go back to the bargaining table.

Council members voted Tuesday to unanimously to resume talks with the Manhattan Beach Police Officers Assn. Neither side has met since late August, when the association declared an impasse in negotiations over wages and benefits.

City Manager David Thompson said Wednesday that both the city and union believe “additional compromises” can be achieved.

Two weeks ago, the association announced that its officers would stop issuing traffic tickets to protest a 1-year contract that council members said they intended to impose on it. Under state law, the council has the authority to force the group to accept a contract.

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Even though negotiations between the two sides are resuming, Sgt. Jack Zea said association members would continue their job action.


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