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City Approves $250,000 for School Security Cameras

Dec 13, 2022 12:10PM ● By Mb News Staff
The Manhattan Beach City Council has unanimously approved $250,000 from the City’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to support funding for cameras at Manhattan Beach Middle School and Mira Costa High School.

This action follows the Manhattan Beach Unified School District’s (MBUSD's) Board of Trustees approval on September 14 to install new camera systems at MBUSD schools.

“The city’s number one priority is public safety,” said Mayor Steve Napolitano in a statement. “This project aligns with the city’s goals to enhance the safety and security of Manhattan Beach schools. With the installation of cameras on school sites, Manhattan Beach Police Department will be better equipped to apprehend and hold those accountable for committing crimes on school campuses.”

There have been at least nine episodes of hate graffiti at Manhattan Beach schools this year, provoking anguish and frustration across the community. The need to get security cameras up and running had been a recurring issue in the recent school board elections.


City Sets Funding Aside to Support Educational Institutions


On June 7, 2022, the City Council approved $250,000 in fiscal year 2022-2023 as part of the 5-Year CIP Plan for a School District Project in accordance with the City’s General Plan Element to maintain relationships with educational institutions, as they represent a cornerstone of the community’s foundation. The exact project scope and location is determined in partnership with MBUSD.

To promote campus safety and security, MBUSD requested to use the city’s allocation of $250,000 to reimburse a portion of the total cost to install robust surveillance systems at Manhattan Beach Middle School and Mira Costa High School. The reimbursement will support camera installation and connection to a recording and monitoring system.

The remaining balance of approximately $150,000 to fund the project will be paid out of MBUSD’s General Fund using funds budgeted for infrastructure projects.


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