Inglewood’s District 4 is home to a large amount of small businesses that have been mainstay’s in the City since I moved here in 1974. Many small business owners live in the surrounding neighborhood, and we have watched the buildings and businesses be passed down from the owners, to the children, as a way of maintaining the elusive “generational wealth”.
That wealth is now being threatened with the proposed rezoning of the Crenshaw/Imperial intersection, and subsequent businesses that stretch along Imperial Hwy.
A couple of years ago, business owners in the shopping center where Superior Market is located, came to city council meetings, complaining that the City installed barriers that didn’t allow S/B traffic on Crenshaw, to turn left into the shopping center at the corner where Wells Fargo is. The City relented and reopened it to turn into the center, but kept the barrier up preventing you from turning West onto 113th Street.
Countless small businesses occupy space in 2930 W. Imperial building, which used to be home to Cal Fed, where many of our family banked. Now its Citibank. The old smorgasboard is now Chipotle and Five Guys.
Gentrification is sweeping through our city, like a raging wildfire, and Mayor Butts thinks because his fanciful tales of having “previously worked here” and allegations he was “shot at” that he is some expert on what Inglewood needs. He had the audacity to tell the students they didn’t know what the word gentrification meant.
The more we tried to get Butts to address some of the concerns we’d heard in our interviews with home and business owners just steps away from the soon-to-be stadium, the more defensive the mayor became.
When the word “gentrification,” was uttered, Butts assumed we didn’t know what the word meant.
“Did you say a gentrification threat? And you’re a college student right?” Butts asked.
He specifically told USC’s Annenberg Media of ALL the things Inglewood residents would see with the opening of the stadium.
“Oh my goodness . . . They’ll see more police officers, more park hours, more library hours, the ability to replenish our capital infrastructure faster than we did before. So this is a total win for the citizens of Inglewood,” Butts said. “Their streets will be paved more often. Their sidewalks will be repaired more often. They’ll have more recreational opportunities and longer library hours.”
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We need a council that knows how to spend money. We need a council that votes on what their constituents want, not the billionaires who paid for their campaign websites and mailers. We need a council that will stand up for Black and Brown people. We need a mayor and council with integrity and morals. Not a council who pats themselves on the back for kicking us out, or who uses City Hall as their personal photo booth.
On Tuesday, August 24, the Planning Commission will hold a special meeting to rezone the area we know as Imperial Village. Don’t think for a second that because the map only shows one area for consideration, that it won’t trickle into the residential area.
The Public Comments attached to the staff report have called this project a violation of CEQA. You may see a flyer on your door, or see one in your local business, and the planning commission needs to hear from us.
There’s a reason residents have been kicked out of council chambers, because this council doesn’t want to hear from us. They don’t want to see our faces begging for our community to not be “reimagined” because they put a football stadium in the heart of the city, it can’t control.
2UrbanGirls started this blog to inform you, and hopefully inspire you to click the links in the articles to do your own research. Form your OWN opinions.
You can start by reading the comments below, and we ALL (myself included) need to plan on being at the Main Library, across from City Hall, by 6:50pm on Tuesday, to have our voices heard promptly at 7pm. If you can’t make it in person, log into Facebook, search for the City of Inglewood government page, and watch the meeting.
Mayor Butts, Dionne Faulk, and the rest of the council are asking us to vote to raise certain taxes, November 2, 2021. Why would we give them another dime to squander on the “friends and family” hiring spree in City Hall, more lawsuits attached to Butts’ wandering eye and reckless driving, or whatever else they do with the money, if what WE want doesn’t matter to THEM?85-166