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Beachside wrestling match

The fight for control of Manhattan Beach’s private security patrol continues.

This week, the president of the Manhattan Beach Community Group [MBCG] sent out an email accusing Beachside Security chair Albert Hasson with attempting to take over the patrol and run it as an “autocracy.”

“Despite the fact of his appointment by previous MBCG presidents, the original establishment of Beachside by the MBCG, and the absence of any election to the post, Mr. Hasson seems to have unilaterally assumed the ‘Presidency’ of Beachside and is running it as an autocracy beholden and accountable to no one but himself,” Ira Zalcman wrote.

The rift between Hasson and Zalcman is just part of the continuing fallout from the heated rezoning battle that contributed to the formation of the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association at the start of this year.

Zalcman’s recent email is in direct response to an email Hasson circulated in August accusing the MBCG leadership with threatening Beachside’s future in the community.

Earlier this summer, rising tensions between Hasson and the MBCG leadership impacted the traditional $3,000 allocation the group regularly doles out each year to fund enhanced Beachside coverage.

Hasson ultimately announced that the leadership of the breakaway Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association was stepping in to fund Beachside’s supplemental summer patrols this year.

Zalcman says that Hasson’s behavior over the past few months has resulted in the “severing of the long-existing ties between the Beachside and the MBCG.”

“Mr. Hasson’s statements about being shut out of any dialogue with the MBCG are untrue,” Zalcman said. “It is he who has done the shutting out.”

This week, Hasson dismissed charges that he is running Beachside as an autocracy.

“This is not a forced position, Beachside’s members all have input into the operations of Beachside and many volunteer with various aspects of the organization,” Hasson said. “If they did not feel I was trustworthy, they would not have joined as members.”

Hasson has continually attacked Zalcman for not being a member of Beachside and cites that as justification for not sharing pertinent information about the security patrol’s operations with the MBCG president.

“If he is looking for advice, I would suggest he resign from his position and remove himself as a stumbling block to anything good in the community,” Hasson said.

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