Residents in Council District 8 are not happy with the County’s proposal for a vacant lot at the corner of Manchester and Vermont. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, with the help of area Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, supported imminent domain proceedings to take land owned by Eli Sasson in order to develop it. The county plan has no real economic incentives for the area and it appears that brining in more revenue to the Vermont corridor isn’t a high priority for Harris-Dawson either. 2UrbanGirls received this email in response to an article printed in the LA Times on the matter.
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Your story was very good as it relates to Ms. McGhee’s input she was very nice in her remarks. However, she didn’t get to explain how the Councilman Marquees Harris Dawson and County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas’s office both deliberately navigated the two Neighborhood Council Boards to not do their jobs the right way which was to hear the communities voice on this matter and to allow us to submit a community impact statement like all other Neighborhood Councils do when there’s an opposing issue. There were 100’s of us attending the weekly council meetings on Vermont at the Constituent Center to give our input on this development. We ask for Town Halls and/or meetings with these two individuals and they never would agree to meet with the people who pay their salaries they were elected by us to work in our best interest not their own, neither one of them live here nor shop around here trust me.
All involved (referring to these elected officials) knew we were against this project, so they back channeled everything and did what they wanted with no consideration of the stakeholders and business owners, we are outraged at the way they used sneaky techniques to move this through the system , we are so tired of being misrepresented by our politicians “in the community”.
Yes the lot has been vacant for 26 years, we’ve been deprived for 26 years as well. We simply want and have been waiting for the basics that every other neighborhood west , east, north or south of here has. Now that the county has the land we still can’t have the basics? The 50k square feet they are claiming will be dedicated to retail is a joke, we want nice places for our families to eat, we need more financial institutions pharmacies and the list goes on. THIS IS A TRADEGY” AND WERE NOT TAKING THIS LIGHTLY. It’s nothing wrong with educating and changing kid’s lives, but we live here and pay property taxes like other neighborhoods and where’s our respect and consideration. Laura, we live in a retail desert and the nerve of these politicians to just make these life changing decisions for a whole community is just unacceptable just wanted to make sure the LA Times understands that this was a hoax played on our community that’s the bottom line. ”Dirty Politics”