The city of Inglewood will hold a Special Planning Commission Meeting June 17th at 7pm to approve zoning changes to accommodate the proposed Clippers arena. This author submitted a public records request on Thursday, June 11th that wasn’t responded to until 2pm today. Five hours before the start of the meeting.
The city’s Planning Department uploaded the documents on Saturday, June 13th at 11:42pm and it is unclear if the city is paying overtime for work performed on weekends.
The city’s residents are outraged that such an important meeting is taking place not only during the COVID-19 pandemic but also while City Hall is closed to the general public. Over 2,000 pages of residents comments have been uploaded to the city’s website that you can access by clicking here.
One of the biggest changes is removing the commercial zoning and changing it to industrial which will allow the city to eminent domain many of the existing businesses defined in the project site. The city lists a full page of parcels that the zoning changes will affect.
The residents in the city’s 4th District, which is currently represented by Councilman Ralph Franklin, are amazed that he has intentionally made zero mention of the meeting during his weekly remarks at regular city council meetings. Franklin is up for re-election this November.
City Clerk Yvonne Horton is the subject of many of the comments submitted for inclusion due to her offices failure to respond to public records requests, as detailed by many of the lawyers representing property owners in the project site. Horton is up for re-election this November.
The law offices of Robert Silverstein outline that the city is intentionally removing documents from the city’s website and removing hyperlinks to documents for retrieval. The city website is maintained Josh Howe, who is also employed by Mayor Butts’ campaigns.
Plan on watching the Planning Commission at 7pm on the city’s Facebook page. The city has previously denied the city’s residents the chance to comment publicly by providing multiple call in numbers that don’t work. They also fail to regularly monitor comments made on Facebook, while watching the meeting, as the public isn’t allowed access into city hall to attend the meetings.
The city continues to publish public hearing notices, in the Inglewood Today newspaper, which no one reads and can’t find despite the hundreds of thousands of dollars taxpayers pay to keep it in print. Publisher Willie Brown has never taken the opportunity to provide free home delivery service to the very people who keep him in business.
This city council is using this global health pandemic to take away the public’s right to participate and voice their opinion on many of the projects that are driving their neighbors out of the city.