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Manhattan Beach renames a park

CELEBRATING: Councilman Mitch Ward, left, the city’s first black elected official, urged the City Council to change the park’s name. (Bob Chamberlin / LAT)
OWNERS: Charles A. and Willa Bruce operated a resort in Manhattan Beach until the city condemned their property. (Bernard Bruce)
A visitor to the Bruces’ beach resort in 1926. (Los Angeles Public Library)
USC graduate student Alison Rose Jefferson has helped keep alive the story of Bruce’s Beach. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)