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Manhattan Beach ‘babies’ - MBCG president rips into latest round of attacks

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Dismissing his critics in the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA) as nothing but a group of “third-grade babies,” Manhattan Beach Community Group (MBCG) President Ira Zalcman last week responded to the latest barbs against him and his group with visible anger and disgust.

“While people are busy calling me names, I made up my mind that I was not going to spend my presidency reacting to people acting like third-grade babies,” Zalcman told MBCG members gathered at Kingsborough Community College last week.

In a widely circulated e-mail, Beachside Neighborhood Patrol director Albert Hasson accused the MBCG of threatening the operations of the Beachside Neighborhood Patrol.

“I fear that coverage may have to be cut to maintain reserves for any legal action the MBCG may take,” Hasson wrote.

The two parties have been fighting over control of the hired security patrols for months.

Zalcman directed some of his ire at Ronald Biondo after the former MBCG president and current member of the MBNA member brought in a stack of Hasson’s e-mails to distribute.

“He [Biondo] came into the meeting with a stack of Hasson’s emails and I said, “you’re not giving that out here,’” Zalcman said.

At the top of the meeting Zalcman directly addressed Biondo who was sitting near the front of the room.

“Hasson should be ashamed of what he wrote, and you should be ashamed to bring that paper into this room,” the MBCG president said.

Zalcman later said that he was surprised that Hasson had even written the email.

In it, Hasson also accused Zalcman of severing the “traditional relationship” between the MBCG and Beachside.

“Beachside has been removed from MBCG agendas and the customary $3000 contribution for enhanced summer security has been road-blocked by certain “conditions,” Hasson wrote.

Previously, Hasson had reported that the MBNA had decided to provide the funding needed for the enhanced summer patrols.

Before proceeding with the meeting Zalcman told neighbors, “You can tell everybody that wants to listen that this is all about zoning.”

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