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Share your priorities for the next City budget! Let us know what you love about this community and what you think could be better in the next two years.

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What do you like most about Manhattan Beach?

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If anything, what would you like to see improved in the City?

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What concerns do you have about your future here in Manhattan Beach?

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What City services have you used in the last 3 years?

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Have you attended any of the City's special events?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 91.7% 11
No 8.3% 1

If yes, which ones?

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When you hear "quality of life" in Manhattan Beach, what does that mean to you?

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Please rank these priorities as they most relate to improving your quality of life:

Average priorities over 12 responses
  1. The City's Public Works Department maintains the streets, water pipes, sewer system and wastewater systems.

    Maintenance of City streets, water quality and sewer systems
  2. This includes the City's Police Department and Fire Department.

    Emergency Services
  3. These include outdoor spaces like Polliwog Park, the Strand and other community areas.

    Clean, safe outdoor recreational areas
  4. Through the Parks and Recreation Department, the City offers a wide variety of classes, activities and events that involve physical activitiy and artistic appreciation.

    Recreation and cultural programs
  5. The City coordinates public meetings and other events that allow the public to participate in decision-making or provide feedback. These can also be online opportunities (such as this survey!).

    Opportunities for civic engagement
  6. The City is always reviewing ways to increase mobility, whether through bicycle access, public transportation options or other solutions.

    Additional or improved transportation and parking options
  7. While the City does not regulate the business community in Manhattan Beach, there are ways to support and encourage local and diverse businesses.

    Local shopping, dining and gathering space
  8. These services help our community prepare for large-scale emergencies, as well as provide necessary education and training opportunities.

    Emergency preparedness and education
  9. Public facilities such as Begg Pool and Joslyn Community Center are used by a wide number of community members and have not been updated for years.

    Modernized public facilities
  10. Outside regular business hours, the community can still access certain services through the City's website and its app, Reach Manhattan Beach.

    Access to online or app-based City services

Did we miss a priority from the list above? Let us know what you feel is important in Manhattan Beach!

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Please indicate whether you think these services should be adjusted in the next fiscal year.

Emergency preparedness and education
Response Percent Response Count
Reduce 9.1% 1
Maintain 63.6% 7
Enhance 18.2% 2
Modernized public facilities
Response Percent Response Count
Reduce 18.2% 2
Maintain 45.5% 5
Enhance 36.4% 4
Access to online or app-based City services
Response Percent Response Count
Reduce 18.2% 2
Maintain 54.5% 6
Enhance 27.3% 3
Recreation and cultural programs
Response Percent Response Count
Reduce 9.1% 1
Maintain 63.6% 7
Enhance 27.3% 3
Opportunities for civic engagement
Response Percent Response Count
Reduce 9.1% 1
Maintain 63.6% 7
Enhance 18.2% 2
Emergency Services
Response Percent Response Count
Maintain 63.6% 7
Enhance 36.4% 4
Clean, safe outdoor recreational areas
Response Percent Response Count
Maintain 63.6% 7
Enhance 36.4% 4
Local shopping, dining and gathering spaces
Response Percent Response Count
Reduce 9.1% 1
Maintain 63.6% 7
Enhance 27.3% 3
Maintenance of City streets, water quality and sewer systems
Response Percent Response Count
Maintain 45.5% 5
Enhance 54.5% 6
Additional or improved transportation and parking options
Response Percent Response Count
Maintain 45.5% 5
Enhance 54.5% 6

What City services are in most need of improvement?

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How do you hear about events and activities that are going on in the City?

Response Percent Response Count
Email 50.0% 6
City Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) 8.3% 1
Manhappenings magazine 50.0% 6
Local news (The Beach Reporter, Easy Reader, Daily Breeze, etc.) 66.7% 8
Word of mouth 41.7% 5
Street Banners 41.7% 5
Other 16.7% 2

Are you interested in attending public meetings to learn more about the City's finances?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 45.5% 5
No 54.5% 6

Your time is important! Are there specific financial topics you would like to learn more about in future City communications?

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Gary Osterhout inside City Limits
February 17, 2018, 4:04 PM
  • What do you like most about Manhattan Beach?

    Great weather, affluent community, easy commute, emphasis on education.

  • If anything, what would you like to see improved in the City?

    Orientation to higher quality amenities and processes one would expect of a city of our size, wealth and education.

  • What concerns do you have about your future here in Manhattan Beach?

    City Hall's focus on what's best for City Hall. Loss of attention to aesthetics and beautification. Loss of small town atmosphere and an understanding of its value. Inadequate code enforcement. Lack of accountability and evidence-based decision making by council. Undue influence on government by developers, advertisers, promoters and city employees wanting to use city as an ATM. Too many independent interest group projects due to lack of government action and leadership. Short-term concern with home appreciation than quality of life. Public recreation facilities not meeting standards for need, necessary upkeep or maintenance.

  • What City services have you used in the last 3 years?
    Same as everyone: water, sewer, trash, police, fire, parks, roads.
  • Have you attended any of the City's special events?
    • No
  • If yes, which ones?
    No response.
  • When you hear "quality of life" in Manhattan Beach, what does that mean to you?

    Great weather, financial resources of community, clean air and water, shorter commutes, neighborliness, great education system, nice shopping.

  • Please rank these priorities as they most relate to improving your quality of life:
    1. The City's Public Works Department maintains the streets, water pipes, sewer system and wastewater systems.

      Maintenance of City streets, water quality and sewer systems
    2. This includes the City's Police Department and Fire Department.

      Emergency Services
    3. The City coordinates public meetings and other events that allow the public to participate in decision-making or provide feedback. These can also be online opportunities (such as this survey!).

      Opportunities for civic engagement
  • Did we miss a priority from the list above? Let us know what you feel is important in Manhattan Beach!
    Better code enforcement policies and enforcement; Well maintained parks (beyond just "safe and clean." Additional and improved transportation (not including parking).
  • Please indicate whether you think these services should be adjusted in the next fiscal year.
    No response.
  • What City services are in most need of improvement?
    Better surveys and other means to evaluate and prioritize needs.
  • How do you hear about events and activities that are going on in the City?
    • Other - Do not see relevance of question to the budget process.
  • Are you interested in attending public meetings to learn more about the City's finances?
    • No
  • Your time is important! Are there specific financial topics you would like to learn more about in future City communications?

    Yes, I would like to know, given our reserves and that we are one of the more wealthy communities in the country (if not the world), when we are going to get a decent pool, or a good intracity transit system, or a planned tree planting program, or the Veteran's Parkway running path subsurface humps will be somewhat leveled. I would like to know why we set aside so little for replacement of our public facilities, even in respect to providing for deferred maintenance beyond the current year. I would like it empirically quantified how residents have benefited from our AAA credit rating, as opposed to, say, a AA rating, and what we have sacrificed for this "benefit."

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The City's Public Works Department maintains the streets, water pipes, sewer system and wastewater systems.

Through the Parks and Recreation Department, the City offers a wide variety of classes, activities and events that involve physical activitiy and artistic appreciation.

While the City does not regulate the business community in Manhattan Beach, there are ways to support and encourage local and diverse businesses.

The City coordinates public meetings and other events that allow the public to participate in decision-making or provide feedback. These can also be online opportunities (such as this survey!).

These include outdoor spaces like Polliwog Park, the Strand and other community areas.

The City is always reviewing ways to increase mobility, whether through bicycle access, public transportation options or other solutions.

Public facilities such as Begg Pool and Joslyn Community Center are used by a wide number of community members and have not been updated for years.

These services help our community prepare for large-scale emergencies, as well as provide necessary education and training opportunities.

This includes the City's Police Department and Fire Department.

Outside regular business hours, the community can still access certain services through the City's website and its app, Reach Manhattan Beach.


Reduce
Maintain
Enhance
Emergency preparedness and education
Modernized public facilities
Access to online or app-based City services
Recreation and cultural programs
Opportunities for civic engagement
Emergency Services
Clean, safe outdoor recreational areas
Local shopping, dining and gathering spaces
Maintenance of City streets, water quality and sewer systems
Additional or improved transportation and parking options
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