Lead Story West Edition

Inglewood leaders address parking concerns

By John W. Davis

Contributing Writer

INGLEWOOD — City leaders believe efficient changes could lead to growth for businesses in a commercial district on the westside of the San Diego (405) Freeway.

“We have our actual population here in Inglewood and then we have a population that comes in both to work, to shop,” City Councilman Eloy Morales Jr. said.

“So we have to be cognizant of that and if they can successfully come in do what they need to do and spend their day here, our economy will continue to improve,” Morales added.

The Inglewood Public Works Department is asking city leaders to approve a proposed ordinance that would create business parking permit zones on the following streets: Hillcrest Boulevard (between Aviation Boulevard and South Hindry Avenue); Isis Avenue (between Florence Avenue and Manchester Boulevard); Isis Avenue (between 610-feet south of Manchester Boulevard and Hillcrest Boulevard); Hindry Avenue (between Florence Avenue and Manchester Boulevard) and Hindry Avenue (between 610-feet south of Manchester Boulevard and Spruce Avenue).

“Some will continue to have metered parking,” said Morales, who represents Inglewood’s third council district. “The businesses will either pay a fee to have their employees have a tag so that they can use the meter parking. This will allow a couple of things. This will free up their actual parking for customers, that’s one and it will allow the employees not to break up their day by going out and having to move their vehicle or put more coins in the meter.”

That’s a welcomed option for Annette Corsino, who is the owner of The Knitting Tree LA, which is a yarn store on Manchester Boulevard that is quickly becoming a community gathering place for creative fiber enthusiasts.

Corsino has four off-street parking spaces but often, at least two of the spots are used by employees.

“It’s been working OK,” she said. “Yarn stores are destination stores… so it’s not like [customers] come in off the street, so they will look a little extra harder to find a parking space,” Corsino said.

After moving her yarn store from Culver City to Inglewood about 2.5 years ago, she “absolutely” believes the nearby parking situation could be improved.

“I agree with that. I think first of all it would get those big trucks off Isis and there’s also cars that just come and hang out,” Corsino added, before suggesting an increase in parking enforcement should also be paired with any business permit parking changes.

Meanwhile, Corsino is weighing her options when it comes to the idea of purchasing a permit.

“Truthfully, I hadn’t even considered it until I saw that notice and I was like oh that’s kind of interesting, just as long as it’s not too expensive. It’s fine for one space but when you get into two and three, small businesses (you have to) count up all your pennies,” Corsino shared.

A public hearing on the matter was held at City Hall Dec. 4. During the meeting, one employee said their business supported the proposal because they have limited off-street parking that is reserved for customers.

That’s the same reason why several businesses in the area are currently asking their employees to park on the street. However, employees are inconvenienced by the fact they have to feed the meter several times a day.

“Businesses and the residents have to coexist in the city of Inglewood and we as a city, as a government have to understand that if businesses succeed it creates a great economy for the city,” Morales said.

The proposed ordinance to amend Parking Permit District No. 12 and remove some of parking meters and replace them with permit parking zones is expected to receive final approval in mid-January.