Passionate Pleas for Hair Salon Impresses Inglewood Council

Thursday, August 18, 2016 Written by 
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It was a packed house on Tuesday as Inglewood residents and business owners came to voice their opinions during two public hearings.   The first hearing was held to consider an appeal of the Planning Commission’s denial of a special use permit to allow a beauty salon within 300 feet of another.  


In June 2002, the Inglewood City Council approved an ordinance requiring new beauty salons and similar businesses, such as barber shops, to maintain a distance of 300 feet from existing salons.  In January 2004, Council modified these regulations to allow salons within 300 feet of a similar use, subject to approval of a Special Use Permit.  The ordinance was established to counter a proliferation of beauty salons in the city.


The appellant, Just Extensions, applied for a permit to operate at 10925 S. Crenshaw Blvd.  It currently operates in Los Angeles.  


Several young people spoke out in support of the salon being allowed to operate despite its close proximity to another one.  Supporters drew clear distinctions between Just Extensions and competitors.  Opponents of the appeal pointed to a saturation of beauty salons in Inglewood, in addition to an overabundance of dollar stores and check cashing businesses.   


“I’m disappointed in hearing us compared to a check cashing place,” a woman said.  “Keep in mind there is diversity and inclusion in the shop, and what it can bring to the city,” she said. 


The council heard passionate pleas in support of Just Extensions coming to Inglewood.  A young man said Just Extensions is more than a salon, and spoke about how it has become a mentoring center for young women.  Another woman commented that the salon teaches young women about health, self care and the origin of hair used for extensions.  The owner said the company pulls in almost a million dollars annually.  It’s not just a typical “mom and pop” shop, she said.  It can bring significant tax benefits to the city of Inglewood.


The entire council and some in the audience gave high marks to the speakers:


Gil Mathieu was supportive of the speakers. “I hope you were impressed by the young people,” he told the council, “because this is the new Inglewood.  This is it.”


“I was proud of the youngsters who spoke out and we should have more of that,” Willie Agee said.


A second hearing was held to consider the Inglewood Housing Authority Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Annual Plan.


Items approved by the council included:


•Payment for videography and related services


•An addendum agreement to the California Cities for Self-Reliance Joint Authority Agreement


•An agreement with Pinner Construction Inc. that will increase the maximum compensation for additional Phase II design services 


•Amending the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget to transfer funds to pay consulting arborist invoices


•Amendment to the agreement to provide food vending machine services to the City


•A resolution amending the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget to reflect the appropriate funding for the Senior Nutrition Program


•Agreement with the County of Los Angeles Community and Senior Services to receive grant funds for the Elderly Nutrition Program


•Payment of outstanding invoices for vehicle maintenance


•Rejection of bids submitted for the Century Boulevard Mobility Improvements Project, and authorization to rebid the project. 


A woman representing a construction industry nonprofit had an issue with the Century Blvd. bid being rejected.    She asked the council to remove the item from the agenda until the public had more information. “It’s about fairness and equality in the bidding process,” she said.


Dennis Gansen, a street contractor from Sully-Miller Contracting Co., is concerned about how the bidding process was done on the Century project.  “We can’t find the budget in the bid.  How do we really know it was over budget?” he said.   


 By: Veronica Mackey


A series of public hearings was set on July 12, 2016 at 2pm to take action on items related to tax assessments for the Morningside Park Maintenance Assessment District No. 1974-2, In-Town Maintenance Assessment District No. 1975-1, Inglewood Street Lighting Assessment District No. 1980-1, and Darby-Dixon Maintenance Assessment District No. 1987-1.


A July 26, 2016 meeting was set for 2pm to discuss delinquent refuse and sewer accounts for direct property tax assessment.


The council adopted a revised salary ordinance for Fiscal Year 2015-2016.


During closing remarks, Councilman Eloy Morales said he attended a meeting of Latino elected officials and was approached differently than in the past “because of the all the progress the city has been making.”  Councilman Ralph Franklin announced that Centinela Hospital has invested $100 million in the city of Inglewood, and has received numerous national awards for its health care rating.  Morales echoed the remarks, saying the investment is evidence of the hospital growing in concert with Inglewood’s growth as a city.


Councilman George Dotson praised Franklin for a speech he gave at a regional meeting of elected officials of about 200 people.  Mayor James Butts said he received a call from a Redondo Beach councilman, who complimented Franklin on his impressive presentation and sent well wishes to the city.  Mayor Butts talked about the young people who supported Just Extensions, and said he was glad they would have a shop in Inglewood.  He also challenged some in the audience on their negative views of the city and said he was glad their time to speak was limited.


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