Inglewood residents are gearing up for a planned Public Hearing, on Wednesday, February 5th, for a proposed 7-Eleven convenience store and gas station at the corner of LaBrea and 64th Street.
The residents are concerned about the onslaught of traffic and more importantly, their safety as the store has applied for a Special Use Permit (SUP) to sell beer and wine, in addition to fuel.
They have lodged their complaints at community meetings held by 7-Eleven and have created a website to keep neighbors informed.
Recent articles, from around the country, indicate that 7-Eleven’s are a consistent target of robberies. The most recent occurred in the city of Torrance.
A couple came in, stole a case of beer, and after the 7-Eleven employee gave chase, the suspects beat him into a coma.
A few days ago, armed suspects, wearing masks, robbed a 7-Eleven in Bloomington, NJ, at gunpoint.
Two days ago, in Kannapolis, NC, armed suspects robbed a 7-Eleven, and police believe the robbery could be connected to others in the area.
And closer to home, in San Fernando Valley, four 7-Elevens were robbed within two hours, days before the Christmas holiday.
Armed robberies effect more than the employees, they effect the neighboring community members, who innocently frequent the store to purchase snacks and/or fuel.
7-Eleven have an alarming nationwide trend of not being safe, and the company has no way to address the upsurge in violence at their stores.
Inglewood residents are rightfully concerned about their safety and the Inglewood Planning Commission should be too.
Visit the residents website www.labrea64th.com for up to date information and to request yard signs for your yard.
The Planning Commission will decide on 7-Eleven’s SUP application on Wednesday, February 5th at 7pm at Inglewood City Hall.