The city will pay about $3,000 for police, paramedics and other city employees needed to help run the 25th Annual Grand Prix Bicycle Races next month, but the event's promoters were put on notice this week that the city may not be as generous next year.
The City Council voted Tuesday to waive fees for the races on July 6, but only after newly elected council members Larry Dougharty and Connie Sieber failed to persuade their colleagues that the waiver amounted to a donation to the Torrance-South Bay YMCA and the South Bay Wheelmen, sponsors of the races.
Dougharty and Sieber argued that the races, which attract bicyclists from around the world, have become more than a Manhattan Beach event. They said other cities, or the participants themselves, should share the costs.
"You are in a sense coming to Manhattan Beach and asking us to donate money," Sieber said to Alvin Fletcher, chairman of the races.