INGLEWOOD, Calif. (CelebrityAccess) A group of residents in Inglewood, Calif., have filed suit against the city to block the development of the Clippers arena.
The citizens cite rising rents and lack of affordable housing, according to Amplify magazine. The proposed arena, already embroiled in a lawsuit with the nearby Forum, now faces a lawsuit from neighbors who say the city cares more about “billionaire sports owners” rather than “working class residents facing rapidly escalating housing costs,” according to Amplify.
“Our city has been moving in the wrong direction,” said a member of Uplift Inglewood at a press conference June 19. Residents with Uplift argue the city violated the California Surplus Land Act, which requires municipalities like Inglewood to sell or give away public land to first5 seek out proposals for affordable housing, Amplify said.
“This lawsuit is about more than a wonky housing violation,” Public Counsel attorney Antonio Hicks said at the press conference. “It’s about residents being forced out of their homes by skyrocketing housing costs.”