By Veronica Mackey
A project that many residents fought so hard for is being discontinued. The Inglewood City Council voted to terminate the Farmer’s Market on Market Street, which was operated by the Social Justice Learning Center.
According to the City Manager’s Office, there were numerous complaints from nearby businesses. Of the 13 businesses interviewed, 10 said they were negatively affected. The City also considered the decline in foot traffic and revenue loss. Some consumers, including long time resident Willie Agee, said the quality of produce is inferior.
State Sen. Steve Bradford gave an update from the State Capitol. California lawmakers are currently in recess, since the last session ended on September 15. Bradford, who introduced SB 789—a bill that would expedite the environmental review process related to building the proposed Clipper’s arena in Inglewood—explained what the bill would and would not do.
Bradford denied that the bill would allow anyone’s homes to be taken or override environmental considerations. It would place a deadline on the time the environmental agency could challenge the project in court.
“I’ve been attacked for the CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) bill because it benefits a community of color. They failed to mention there were three other CEQA bills going through at the same time.” Bradford explained that “This is how we do business now if you want a major project built in a short period of time.” It keeps developers from abandoning projects for fear they will be tied up for years in court. It is the same legislation used to build professional sports arenas in the Bay Area. SB 789 will be resubmitted for a vote when the new session convenes.
Councilman George Dotson said, in reference to rumors that people’s homes would be taken to build the arena, “Remember you didn’t hear it from me, you heard it from your state senator.”
Councilman Alex Padilla thanked the block club in the 500 block of E. Ellis for inviting him to the meeting and for support of the City.
Mayor Butts ended the meeting the same way he ended it last week—explaining why the City could not build affordable housing on the arena site. The City has an agreement with the FBA not to build housing underneath a flight path. It would cost at least 10 times as much money as before to buy the property back, plus the city would have to discount the land before the developer would build. The City would lose tens of millions of dollars on this type of deal.
The American Cancer Society presented an award to the City of Inglewood for another banner year supporting Relay for Life. Inglewood teams raised $57,311.54 for cancer victims—an increase of 8 percent over last year.
The City of Inglewood gave a commendation to the Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc. and Youth United in Creative Action for their efforts in youth drug education and prevention. Red ribbons were tied around trees outside City Hall to honor an advocate who died trying to stop drug use.
Red ribbon pins were given to Mayor James Butts and members of the Inglewood City Council in honor of Red Ribbon Week.
Another commendation was given to proclaim Oct. 18 as Skedans Day in the City of Inglewood.
The event marked the renovation of the monumental sculpture outside City Hall, created by Tony DeLap
Retraction: Inglewood Today apologizes for referring to Mr. Harjinder Singh, Acting HUD Manager as a “staffer” in last week’s edition (October 12, 2017).