PRESS RELEASE: CLIPPERS LOSE COURT BATTLE IN LAWSUIT CHALLENGING NEW NBA STADIUM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2019

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CLIPPERS LOSE COURT BATTLE IN LAWSUIT CHALLENGING NEW NBA STADIUM

Judge Rejects Clippers’ Argument that their Exclusive Negotiations with City of Inglewood Do Not Violate California’s Affordable Housing Laws – Rules Case Can Proceed

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 26, 2019 — The Uplift Inglewood Coalition scored a significant victory in court yesterday over the Clippers organization in a lawsuit challenging the team’s plans to build a new NBA stadium on publicly owned land in the City of Inglewood. Superior Court Judge Mary H. Strobel ruled in favor of allowing Uplift Inglewood Coalition’s lawsuit alleging that the City of Inglewood violated the California Surplus Land Act to proceed. The law requires cities to give first priority to affordable housing development when selling public land. Uplift Inglewood filed the claim in June of 2018 because the City did not comply with this state law before  it entered into formal negotiations to sell over 22 acres of city-owned land for the development of a Clippers Arena.

“Today’s ruling is a step forward for our neighbors in Inglewood who are simply asking the City of Inglewood to follow California’s affordable housing laws,” said Dr. D’artagnan Scorza, member of Uplift Inglewood, “In the midst of booming development - which has caused skyrocketing rents and the loss of affordable housing- it simply does not make any sense to prioritize an NBA arena over the needs of Inglewood residents without investing in the needs of residents. Public land should be used for the public good, and access to housing is central to building strong communities.”

Uplift Inglewood’s lawsuit argues that, due to the Surplus Land Act, the land should have been offered first for affordable housing development before  being offered to the Clippers. The state law Uplift Inglewood is enforcing was enacted to help address the crisis of acute housing shortage like Inglewood’s  In declaring that unnecessary city property must first be made available for affordable housing before selling it for another use, the Legislature said “a decent home and a suitable living environment for every Californian is a priority of the highest order.”  More than 80 percent of Inglewood’s population qualify for some form subsidized housing but Inglewood has not done what it should to get it built.  Inglewood’s residents are losing the housing they have now in the face rent increases upwards of $1000.

“This ruling allows the residents of Inglewood to have their day in court to prove that the city has violated state law by prioritizing a new NBA arena over affordable housing,” said Antonio Hicks, an attorney with the non-profit law firm Public Counsel. “The ruling should also serve as a wake-up call to cities across the state that California has strong affordable housing laws on its book, and community groups and advocates are watching to make sure they follow those laws and serve as responsible stewards of our public land.”

Trial will proceed in September.  At trial, Uplift Inglewood will also seek to enforce several other state housing laws meant to address Inglewood’s and other cities’ housing and homeless crises.

 

ABOUT UPLIFT INGLEWOOD

Founded in 2015, the Uplift Inglewood Coalition was created in response to the rising costs of living and housing. The coalition members are parents, teachers, students, faith leaders, residents, elders, youth, business owners, renters, homeowners, and community members looking to help shape the future of our city so that working families can continue to live in Inglewood and benefit from the city’s resurgence. The purpose of the coalition is bring together Inglewood residents with one voice to educate neighbors and advocate for change. Uplift Inglewood Coalition wants secure housing for working families, safer neighborhoods, and community-centered development and is organizing for sustainable community investment that addresses the rising cost of rent and housing prices.

Public Counsel is the nation’s largest not-for-profit law firm of its kind – handling impact litigation, pursuing legislative change, and providing direct legal services that reach more than 30,000 people every year in California and across the nation.

The Public Interest Law Project (PILP) is a non-profit law center providing litigation and advocacy support on affordable housing and public benefits to local legal services and public interest law programs throughout California.

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Media Advisory: Uplift Inglewood mobilizes to pass rent stabilization after resident's $1,500 rent increase goes viral

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UPLIFT INGLEWOOD COALITION MOBILIZES TO MOVE CITY TO PASS RENT STABILIZATION AFTER RESIDENT’S $1,500 RENT INCREASE GOES VIRAL

 INGLEWOOD, CA — The Uplift Inglewood Coalition will mobilize residents at the Inglewood City Council meeting this Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 1:30 PM to ensure that the City passes rent stabilization after a resident received a $1,500 rent increase.

Inglewood is the epicenter of displacement challenges facing communities of color in Los Angeles. For the past two years, the Uplift Inglewood Coalition has proposed real solutions to this problem in the form of a rent stabilization charter amendment, for which we collected over 10,000 signatures. Today the Mayor finally acknowledged the need for rent stabilization after an Inglewood resident’s $1,500 rent increase went viral. We call upon the city to adopt it immediately and support our residents. We look forward to working with the city to adopt sound policy before rent increases of 150% become the norm in the city that we call home.

WHAT: The Uplift Inglewood Coalition mobilizes Inglewood residents to pass rent stabilization ordinance after resident’s $1,500 rent increase goes viral.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 1:30 PM. Residents will mobilize at 1:30 PM on the front lawn of Inglewood City Hall and will attend the City Council Meeting on the 9th floor of City Hall at 2:00PM to give public comment.

WHERE: 1 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

PARKING: Parking validation available on 9th Floor of City Hall, across from City Council meeting.

VISUALS: Community members will mobilize and walk together carrying signs and banners into Tuesday’s Inglewood City Council meeting in support of passing a rent stabilization ordinance. Members affected by rising housing costs will provide public comment and will be on hand to provide interviews.

WHY: The Uplift Inglewood Coalition is a group of residents, businesses, faith groups, and community organizations working together to ensure the vision of Inglewood’s future includes and benefits everyone. The coalition is focused on addressing the rising cost of housing in Inglewood. In the last two years, the average cost of rent in Inglewood increased by 16 percent for multifamily units.

The median household income in Inglewood is 20 percent less than the average in Los Angeles County, and 64 percent of residents are renters. Currently, Inglewood landlords can increase rents by any amount. Uplift Inglewood Coalition members have seen rent hikes range from $100 - $1500 with short notice.

Rent stabilization is a tool to prevent the displacement of long-term Inglewood residents in the midst of a statewide housing and homelessness crisis.

ABOUT UPLIFT INGLEWOOD

Founded in 2015, the Uplift Inglewood Coalition was created in response to the rising costs of living and housing. The coalition members are parents, teachers, students, faith leaders, residents, elders, youth, business owners, renters, homeowners, and community members looking to help shape the future of our city so that working families can continue to live in Inglewood and benefit from the city’s resurgence. The purpose of the coalition is bring together Inglewood residents with one voice to educate neighbors and advocate for change. Uplift Inglewood Coalition wants secure housing for working families, safer neighborhoods, and community-centered development and is organizing for sustainable community investment that addresses the rising cost of rent and housing prices.

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Press Release: Uplift Inglewood Coalition Submits More Than 14,000 Signatures to Put Rent Control on the Ballot in Inglewood

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UPLIFT INGLEWOOD COALITION SUBMITS MORE THAN 14,000 SIGNATURES TO PUT RENT CONTROL ON THE BALLOT IN INGLEWOOD

The Uplift Inglewood Coalition submits 14,181 signatures to pass a rent control charter amendment in the City of Inglewood

INGLEWOOD, CA — On Tuesday, May 5, 2018, the Uplift Inglewood Coalition submitted 14,181 signatures for a petition to put a rent stabilization charter amendment on the ballot inhe City of Inglewood. The charter amendment aims to address the rising cost of housing in Inglewood and stabilize the amount that landlords can increase rents on an annual basis.

The Uplift Inglewood Coalition is a group of residents, businesses, faith groups, and community organizations working together to ensure the vision of Inglewood’s future includes and benefits everyone. The coalition is focused on addressing the rising cost of housing in Inglewood.

Coalition member, Inglewood Unified School District Board Trustee and Executive Director of the Social Justice Learning Institute, Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza explains:

“Our community is rising up and taking action for secure housing and ensuring everyone benefits from Inglewood’s future prosperity,” said Dr. Scorza. “By gathering more than 14,000 signatures for the rent stabilization initiative, we’ve ignited a grassroots  movement that will fight for Inglewood families, our students and neighbors and ensure they have access to secure housing in the future.”

In 2016, the average cost of rent in Inglewood increased by 8 percent from $1,237 to $1,331.

The median household income in Inglewood is 20 percent less than the average in Los Angeles County, and 64 percent of residents are renters. Currently, Inglewood landlords can increase rents by any amount. Uplift Inglewood Coalition members have seen rent hikes range from $100 - $1,000 with short notice. This includes multiple instances where corporate entities have taken ownership of properties and increased rents by $1,000 on entire buildings. These increasingly common 

corporate practices destabilize the rental market and cause distress and displacement in the community.

Resident, Kish Lewis, who grew up in Inglewood and is now facing a $1,000 rent increase speaks directly to this issue:

“In my case, as a single parent it has been incredibly difficult,” said Lewis. “The proposed $1,000 rent increase would eat up my entire salary, leaving absolutely no room for necessities such as utilities, medical expenses and groceries. Rent control would avoid displacing many long-term Inglewood families.”

The Uplift Inglewood Coalition is filing a rent control initiative as a tool to stabilize the rental market and prevent the displacement of long-term Inglewood residents in the midst of a statewide housing and homelessness crisis.

 

ABOUT UPLIFT INGLEWOOD

Founded in 2015, the Uplift Inglewood Coalition was created in response to the rising costs of living and housing. The coalition members are parents, teachers, students, faith leaders, residents, elders, youth, business owners, renters, homeowners, and community members looking to help shape the future of our city so that working families can continue to live in Inglewood and benefit from the city’s resurgence. The purpose of the coalition is bring together Inglewood residents with one voice to educate neighbors and advocate for change. Uplift Inglewood Coalition wants secure housing for working families, safer neighborhoods, and community-centered development and is organizing for sustainable community investment that addresses the rising cost of rent and housing prices.

 

 

 

 

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SB 789 Defeated

Uplift Inglewood Applauds the Defeat of SB 789 During this Legislative Session

Legislation that would have put the Clippers Arena in Inglewood on a fast track stalls in committee on Natural Resources

Inglewood, CA – The Uplift Inglewood Coalition applauds the defeat of SB 789 that would have bypassed California’s landmark environmental law to build an arena for the Los Angeles Clippers in Inglewood.

“Our coalition stands in solidarity with the residents, businesses, faith groups, and local organizations as well as our state’s leading environmental organizations, to ensure the vision of Inglewood's future includes and benefits all of our residents. We welcome equitable and sustainable community development that addresses the need for more secure housing. This defeat is the first step in asking our city to put Homes Before Arenas,” said Woodrow Curry of the Uplift Inglewood Coalition.

According to a negotiating agreement between the Clippers and the Inglewood City Council, a many acres of Inglewood land currently occupied by a variety of businesses and residences is proposed to turn into a large-scale arena seating 18,000-20,000 people. This project was on track to displace thousands of residents but because the Uplift Inglewood Coalition fought back, eminent domain was taken off the table for residences and churches. Businesses are still under threat. The impacts of an arena located next door to homes would have been devastating including increased traffic and poor air quality.

SB 789 would have put this arena project plus any project Mayor James Butts wanted in a one-mile square area on a fast-track and bypass the California Environmental Quality Act and environmental review, leaving Inglewood’s residents without a voice in the development process. It would have exempted from any environmental review a new rail system or other transportation system through Inglewood without ANY environmental review. It would have also let Mayor Butts and the City Council ignore community voices at hearings on these projects.

The Uplift Inglewood Coalition is not anti-development. Many of the organizations spearheaded efforts to push for the football stadium currently being built. However, the coalition believes Inglewood needs change its priorities and focus on building more workforce housing and stabilizing rents in the city.

With 22.4% of residents residing in poverty and rent prices on the rise, a new Clippers arena will only worsen ongoing problems concerning traffic and other issues impacting Inglewood. At a time when the state is in a housing crisis, more workforce housing and protections for renters are urgently needed.

The coalition is also concerned with the environmental impacts of this development. Inglewood is located near the 405 and 105 freeways and in the LAX flight path. The exposure to pollution is high, asthma rates are staggering, and access to parks is slim. By bypassing CEQA, residents will not know the full environmental impacts of this project and the community will lose its opportunity to defend itself.

Additionally, Inglewood already has an arena, the Forum, and construction has started on the football stadium – the decision to develop a third overlooks the community’s real needs. The 20+ acres of parcels of Inglewood land should be used for community development projects that provide more infrastructural support and bolster Inglewood, rather than an arena that only serves to provide entertainment to visitors and profits to a billionaire.

The Uplift Inglewood Coalition was created in 2016 as a response to the rising cost of living and housing. Made up of parents, teachers, students, faith leaders, residents, elders, youth, business owners, renters, homeowners, & community members, the coalition wants to help shape the future of Inglewood so that working families can continue to live and benefit from the city’s resurgence. Organizations included in the coalition are the Social Justice Learning Institute, Youth Justice Coalition, Holy Faith Episcopal Church, 9 to 5 California, Rodeway Inn & Suites, LA Voice, and Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice.

 

For more information, visit UpliftInglewood.org

 

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