City of Inglewood homeowners are no longer “high” off their increased property values. One by one they stepped to the podium, during public comment, to protest the rent ordinance, a proposed conditional use permit (CUP) for a 7-Eleven and most importantly they are outraged over a proposed water rate increase.
Homeowners poured into council chambers in protest of allowing a proposed 7-Eleven convenience store and (8) pump gas station to be erected at the site of the former Church’s chicken on LaBrea and 64th. There concerns center mainly around traffic congestion and loitering.
Mayor Butts explained the city couldn’t stop the 7-Eleven or gas pumps, but said the residents are more than welcome to protest the stores conditional use permit (CUP) application at the next Planning Commission Meeting.
Today’s Planning Commission Meeting will feature the owner of the Market Street Bar & Grill to sell beer and wine and have live entertainment.
Homeowners were also not happy with the new rates being charged to register their rental units, under the adopted rental ordinance, while simultaneously being asked to pay higher water rates.
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association had to intervene and force the city to also send notices to renters, which the city has NOT done. This author is an Inglewood renter and has not received any documentation about the proposed water rate increases, despite the city claiming to have mailed the notices on October 25th.
One homeowner, in particular, asked directly if the proposed water rate increases an actual assessment (tax) which Mayor Butts refused to disclose. The speaker went further asking if the increases would be deposited into the General Fund or not. This prompted Councilman George Dotson to describe the meeting as “educational”.
The city removed the staff report, related to the public hearing, on the water rates but we have included the documents for your review. The item has been continued until December 17th at 2pm.
Inglewood residents will vote on new elected officials, minus Mayor Butts, in November 2020.Public-Hearing-Water-Rates