Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

37 thoughts on “Inglewood set to hire appraiser to start possible eminent domain action to appease Steve Ballmer

  1. Can they make people give up their homes? My mom has lived and owns her home for 40+ years. It was her wedding gift from my now deceased father this is shameful what he is doing.

    1. Unfortunately, yes. That’s what Eminent Domain is for. Letting Butts get ree-elected was a big mistake.


    2. None of these properties are residential (though there is one motel) so no homes will be taken.

  2. It is more than disgusting that we continue to be told “no public money will be used.” This contract reflects that PUBLIC TAXPAYER MONEY IS BEING USED . In fact any dollars that are voted on by the Mayor and his merry band of Liars is Taxpayer Money.!
    Dollars which make their way to the city from the state or the federal budget are also tax dollars. Just as the gas tax funds used to put in the new enhancements for all major roads leading to the stadium (while residential streets continue without pothole repair) come from that tax on every gallon of gas you buy at Shell, Arco. or Mobil.

    We Know OUR ELECTED LIE some wonder if they are capable of TRUTH.

    What is truly pathetic is it that Ballmer, who Forbes Magazine estimates to have a net worth of $ 52 Billion and who just paid $400 million for the parcels leased to Madison Square Gardens (before the Big Lie of the Tech Park) and the Forum to settle the lawsuit in which we discover Butts used a private email to conduct city business, apparently is UNWILLING TO PAY for the parcels himself. …..He thinks we should pay to make his dream come true.
    Yep Eminent Domain dollars are OUR TAX DOLLARS being used for the consulting firms and the legal teams to give the current property owners as little as possible rather than let BALLMER spend his own dollars to buy the property he wants to build on. Those tax dollars being spent for his benefit should be used to benefit INGLEWOOD RESIDENTS …yes the People who live here the same ones that Butts has ignored, discounted, devalued called names, and now disallows in City Hall, but wants praise and votes from.
    Oh yes, how many remember the LIE about the NEED to acquire the now empty city owned parcels for the NEW POLICE STATION ……wasn’t that about the same time we were told a 24 hour casino would solve the cities financial woes…?..Hmm..?
    Ya gotta wonder don’t ya ?
    With a combined net worth of $ 62 Billion (Not Including Walmart Wife Dollars) why Kroenke and Ballmer expect the people, whose children qualify for free lunches even with out Covid-19, to pay for the 1.6 mile people mover for their fans to get to their venues. Could it be the BUTTS fans and devotees believe we owe the billionaires even more than they have already cost us?
    By the way what happened to the promise to allow the Rodeway Family special consideration to maintain their business. Is that yet another lie made to a family who has lived on site for many years?
    Keep in mind several business have made proposals for businesses on the vacant parcels but surprise they were denied…Could it be they didn’t understand the campaign contribution was an essential part of having a business in Inglewood?

    1. The agreement between the city and Ballmer does allow for a third party to build a hotel then give back to the Patels (Rodeway) however most people haven’t read the agreement. It’s shameful how Butts continue to lie in our face.

      1. Take a shit hole intersection and make it into an new world class facility. Oh. That sucks. So no more hooker hotel and storage facility and what? What are you saving? They will get a fair price

          1. Worry about renters. They are the only ones affected by gentrification. Not hooker hotel and shit hole property owners that never kept up their properties in one of the worst intersections of the city. This business.

            1. Everyone who owns property along Century and Prairie should be rightly concerned about what is happening at the intersection because if successful, it will be replicated elsewhere. Taking someones private property for a private project isn’t the intention of eminent domain.

        1. If you saw a “shit hole” blame the City Council for creating it says:

          Wow too bad you either want to insult residents with words like “Shit Hole” and “hooker hotel” or you or have not a clue because you have never worked hard in a horrible situation against several odds to keep a small business going while the City wipes out your neighborhood leaves buildings empty for up to twenty years encouraging drug dealers to make use of the vacant once state of the art apartments all because the lower working class were largely black, brown and yes white.
          The families that lived in the apartments were the hard working invisible types that built the communities of the South Bay. They didn’t do the white collar jobs so naturally you couldn’t care less. How revolting you assume only hookers use the Rodeway which like other smaller hotels nearby serve the needs of budget minded tourists who are not enamored with impressing credit card company’s by paying $200.00 for an overnight stay to be on time for an LAX flight. As for the vacant land several planned to establish businesses but ran into the whim of a city council which kept changing its mind what they wanted to permit for example the freight warehouses you call storage facilities -ever wonder how the stuff gets from plane belly to store shelf hello that happens in these warehouses which were city encouraged /sanctioned once the apartments were purchased by the city with FAA/LAWA and redevelopment funds.
          The Eliminating the of THOUSANDS of homes largely contributed to some Del Richards Employees living well as families were moved out of town away from friends and their schools THE CITY CREATED the empty fields from what had been a functional community. The CITY chose to USE the excuse of A NEW (never built) POLICE STATION as the then upgrade to be placed along Century once the Casino operators decided the promised 4 acres was not in line with their money-making.

          FYI the homeowners of the newly being built rental car area near LAX under eminent domain were offered not nearly enough to relocate anywhere near their community so save the BS about a “fair price”

  3. This is what regentrification looks like. They wealthy folks all up and left Inglewood when minorities moved upwards and were able to afford living there. Their leaving crashed the entire city. Now they want to take it back by relocating a $5bn stadium that has no economic benefits to residents asides jacking up the cost of rent and other amenities. And there’s still another franchise arena coming. If no one stops Butts, Inglewood will end up being another city with expensive zip codes that regular folks who have held it up over these years can’t afford to live in. This is a weird blend of plutocracy and kleptocracy rolled into one bad situation with ugly outcomes.

    1. So an entity wants to prop up and inject money back into a communty they has utterly failed to do so a s it’s labeled racist. Gotcha

      1. Ballmer is trying to get their land on the cheap. The agreement includes language specifically related to the deal between Ballmer and the owners of the Rodeway in and others listed as needing to give up their land have retained lawyers. Agreement also spells out that a petition referendum can be implemented which could also derail this deal. It ain’t over. Visit crafte.org to join concerned residents fight to not be taxed to help Ballmer destroy our city.

        1. With eminent domain, by law the appraised value has to be paid. How is Baller paying the appraised value getting the “land on the cheap”?

          1. The city is hiring an appraiser to acquire them hand over to Ballmer. Obviously he either wasn’t offering enough or they don’t want to sell.

            1. OK but that’s not getting the “land on the cheap” because going the eminent domain route right is about speed, not price.

              There are 12 separate parcels that all have to be acquired within a short amount of time and the only way to make that happen is by eminent domain because eminent domain is the only method to force a sale.

              But getting these appraisals is just the first step. After they are done, each appraisal is presented to its property owner and the property owner is asked if they want to sell for that price. If so, Ballmer cuts a check and the property changes hands like in all sales. If not, the property owner can get their own appraisal and if the value is higher, Ballmer can agree to pay that amount. If Ballmer doesn’t agree to the property owner’s appraised value, then they actually go before a judge who decides on the appraised value.

              In none of these steps is Ballmer (or the property owner) setting the price. Plus, we all just watched Ballmer drop half a billion to make his Forum problem go away and with his $30 billion he has left over, he’s going to cheap out now? So this eminent domain is not about screwing over the property owners by not paying them their fair market value but to speed-up the acquisition process.

              1. Really it seems if this was about hurrying the process Ballmer could just reach into his petty cash pocket or buy a pen at the 99 cent store to sign a check and give the twelve whatever they ask maybe even double —-after all his taxes will be minimal thanks to the Butts deal.But we should consider the Aklilu lawsuit —-Inglewood Residents have been here and done this before with the creation of the shopping center on Century, which we were told would solve our finance worries ….Hmm guess that wasn’t true either, BUT HEY WE MADE CASE LAW in how poorly our existing businesses were treated to make way for the new ones . The City-taxpayer-paid -attorney-kids had a wonderful Christmas while our neighbors had to relocate away from their neighbors and schools. Yep those hundreds of students would have been Morningside Monarchs…. but hey they were low rent kids and trailer park people of a sub class so our elected wanted them gone. And you were wondering why there are so many tents in our streets well probably ..those city council actions to transition to “higher grade housing”
                plays a major role .

    2. OMG spoken like a someone truly indoctrinated without any awareness

      The Last “Wealthy Folks”-one family Daniel Freeman’s NEVER LEFT THEY DIED HERE and before they did they BUILT THE HOSPITAL, HOLY FAITH CHURCH, THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL, later the less wealthy working class families GAVE through paper drives, bake sales, donations to purchase property for schools and fill the libraries with books .Those who purchased empty acres to farm sometimes didn’t do well and took a risk that others might come to the empty spaces in search of the Defense Plant Jobs. [think Great Depression gives way to Hitler ]. When WWII ended the servicemen who had come to build the p51 and other defense equipment used their weekly paycheck to pay for the mortgages as they perused the American Dream. Of course they were not prepared when those defense contracts ended and the once great defense/aerospace industry began to downsize —many lost their homes or sold for what they could get. Some were able to secure employment in the few remaining companies but lived with a sense of insecurity with each shift in new technology, Try not to forget the men who built with propellers that won the war needed to constantly gain new skills as the jet age replaced what they had known. ALL in the space of just a few years and then the job market changed as the next new thing came along. By then it was time to take care of their parents and many went back to the parents home to do that while others relocated to keep their jobs.
      Uprooting a family isn’t always like some would have you believe a case of “that other group of people are moving in so we are moving out“

      Oh and by the way …….. if the folks that left when the minorities began to move in are the ones you see returning don’t worry they are in their nineties and will be coming home to that small piece of eternal home nestled between the metro, the forum, and where the hospital used to be!

      I do agree BUTTS is a problem for the Residents of the community !
      He has worked hard to divide , HE has created “us vs them” thinking within the walls of city hall and created a group of haves who think they can look down on those who pay for their payroll checks.
      He has suggested residents deserve to be thought of poorly if they dare question the benefits of the Sports Gods.

      Just so you know Kroenke isn’t an Inglewood kid coming back he just bought another group of players who work for HIS TEAM They work on the 9th floor of city hall instead of on the stadium green,

      1. Mayor Butts is just a human being caught up in politics of greed/his choice you take the king’s shillings to get elected u dance/follow the money Dotson/Padilla elected by loans fromBUTTS $125,000 each/ask him/Chief Seabrooks reformed the police department and saved the city by keeping the police department not taken over by Consent Decree of the Justice Department/The residents must organize all groups and demand 7PM meetings to be heard/MAKE GOOD NOISE/PICKET/MARCH/CALL CITY HALL/CONTACT MEDIA/WAVE/SENTINEL/DAILY BREEZE/LA TIMES/KJLA DEPRIMA FRONT PAGE/JOIN PEACEFUL PROTESTS/ VOTE VOTE VOTE HOLD ALL LEADERS ACCOUNTABLE ALL ALL NO MORE PASSES FOR BUTTS MAKING KKK DECISIONS AND REMARKS

  4. I noticed many of the vacant lots are owned by absentee owners and out of the area. I do not have as much sympathy for land speculators. However, the many residents who do not vote or are active in the city are to be just as much responsible (and shoulder the blame) for allowing his behavior (and I vote regularly in the city). When politicians are not held accountable by or worry about the residents, you have an issue. And the mayor has openly (and arrogantly) stated he intends to be mayor for a long time. This is what happens when the people do not become active in their cities.

    I wonder however of the construction jobs will be towards “residents” and not from nearby cities or workers who live temporarily in Inglewood. To be continued…

    1. The Baines’ hired an attorney and were actively calling in during the approval process, beginning with the Planning Commission where District 4 had zero representation. Ask questions before you assume we aren’t involved.

  5. Inglewood is being monopolized by the big industries who at one point gave no thought about coming to Inglewood.

  6. How much is butts getting out of the clippers deal under the table.

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