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Residents Sound Off on Council Decision on Goodwill Store

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46 votes as of 12:00 noon 10/16/12. 65% Yes, 35% No

 

The following are comments left on loscerritosnews.net pertaining to the Goodwill store.

 

Cerritos residents protest Goodwill during Thursday's city council meeting.

Cerritos residents protest Goodwill during Thursday’s city council meeting.

Dear Editor:

I have lived in Cerritos for 16 yrs. and am completely ashamed to be associated with the city. I am a registered voter in Artesia because I never took the time to change. But, after reading this article I am going to reregister in Cerritos. I am going to go to the polls and vote against all the candidates that voted against the Goodwill store. I will go out of my way to get the truth out. This is a slap in the face to the founders of this country and city.

Dear Editor:

 

The residents of Cerritos (self included) support Goodwill and all the other charities that collect donations and greatly benefit our community. There already is a Goodwill store in Cerritos, this would have been a second. What wasn’t desired was a store with a donation dropoff close to 25′ from homes in a residential shopping center, complete with security lights. These locations have been used for illegal dumping of household furniture and items that Goodwill doesn’t want after hours. In turn others scavenge the after hour drop offs and it results in increased crime and law enforcement. There would be no tax revenue from this store to offset the increased costs to the city in the same year that the state has taken away 30 million dollars in revenue. We would gladly welcome Goodwill to collect as other charities collect through donation bins, curbside, or in a less residential setting. This is not about NIMBY.

 

 

Dear Editor:

 

As far as the loss of sales tax revenue to the city, it is my understanding that the property owner went as far as to tell the city he would pay it.
Remember, the city does not collect the entire amount you pay at purchase. They only collect a small percentage of that amount.
As for the state taking $30 million in revenues from the city. If you are talking about tax revenue the amount it FAR higher. And that is because of the incompetence of the city council and not understanding the reality of redevelopment.

 

 

Dear Editor:

 

The people of Cerritos are not against Goodwill. We are against any business that does not belong in a certain location. Goodwill is welcome to do business in an area that is better suited for their type of business. It’s interesting that people claim the residences are prejudice just because they do not want a donation center near their house. This has nothing to do with race, culture or social economic status. This has to do with residence not wanting a donation center near their house, it is that simple people.

Will we be sexist if we didn’t want a strip club near our house or a marijuana dispencery near a school. Certian business does not belong in certain areas. You vote how you want, it is your right. However, don’t blame the council members who heard the voice of the residence and voted for the same residence they represent. If you want to shop at Goodwill just go to the other one already located in Cerritos. Mark Pulido stated he had lots of personal friends that wanted the store and he also said that he voted for Goodwill for his kids. Hey Councilmember Pulido!!! You represent the people of Cerritos, not just your “friends and kids” you are very clear in your intentions when you are in office…. its all about your “friends”.

 

Dear Editor:

Thanks City Council for voting no to Goodwill . I will vote out the person who voted in favor. We already have one Goodwill already we don’t need another one .

Dear Editor:

 

Again, you are missed informed. The owners never offered to pay sales tax. Lets stick to the facts if you want to have a mature disccussion or debate. We can’t work with false statements. Also, if you watched the city council meeting you would have heard that staff did contact the Sheriff’s department and other local police departments. Staff reporting what they were told by the sheriff’s department is just as good as having one there to speak. I would much rather leave the deputy in the field to patrol and protect us then come in speak at council. Please get your information validated before you start posting it. It appears that you just have a dislike for our city officials and goverment and you have your own agenda. It’s a simple fix…. move out of our city!!!!!!

 

 

 

Dear Editor:

I have lived in Cerritos for 16 yrs. and am completely ashamed to be associated with the city. I am a registered voter in Artesia because I never took the time to change. But, after reading this article I am going to reregister in Cerritos. I am going to go to the polls and vote against all the candidates that voted against the Goodwill store. I will go out of my way to get the truth out. This is a slap in the face to the founders of this country and city.

Dear Editor:

 

The residents of Cerritos (self included) support Goodwill and all the other charities that collect donations and greatly benefit our community. There already is a Goodwill store in Cerritos, this would have been a second. What wasn’t desired was a store with a donation dropoff close to 25′ from homes in a residential shopping center, complete with security lights. These locations have been used for illegal dumping of household furniture and items that Goodwill doesn’t want after hours. In turn others scavenge the after hour drop offs and it results in increased crime and law enforcement. There would be no tax revenue from this store to offset the increased costs to the city in the same year that the state has taken away 30 million dollars in revenue. We would gladly welcome Goodwill to collect as other charities collect through donation bins, curbside, or in a less residential setting. This is not about NIMBY.

 

 

Dear Editor:

 

As far as the loss of sales tax revenue to the city, it is my understanding that the property owner went as far as to tell the city he would pay it.
Remember, the city does not collect the entire amount you pay at purchase. They only collect a small percentage of that amount.
As for the state taking $30 million in revenues from the city. If you are talking about tax revenue the amount it FAR higher. And that is because of the incompetence of the city council and not understanding the reality of redevelopment.

 

 

Dear Editor:

 

The people of Cerritos are not against Goodwill. We are against any business that does not belong in a certain location. Goodwill is welcome to do business in an area that is better suited for their type of business. It’s interesting that people claim the residences are prejudice just because they do not want a donation center near their house. This has nothing to do with race, culture or social economic status. This has to do with residence not wanting a donation center near their house, it is that simple people.

Will we be sexist if we didn’t want a strip club near our house or a marijuana dispencery near a school. Certian business does not belong in certain areas. You vote how you want, it is your right. However, don’t blame the council members who heard the voice of the residence and voted for the same residence they represent. If you want to shop at Goodwill just go to the other one already located in Cerritos. Mark Pulido stated he had lots of personal friends that wanted the store and he also said that he voted for Goodwill for his kids. Hey Councilmember Pulido!!! You represent the people of Cerritos, not just your “friends and kids” you are very clear in your intentions when you are in office…. its all about your “friends”.

 

Dear Editor:

Thanks City Council for voting no to Goodwill . I will vote out the person who voted in favor. We already have one Goodwill already we don’t need another one .

Dear Editor:

 

Again, you are missed informed. The owners never offered to pay sales tax. Lets stick to the facts if you want to have a mature disccussion or debate. We can’t work with false statements. Also, if you watched the city council meeting you would have heard that staff did contact the Sheriff’s department and other local police departments. Staff reporting what they were told by the sheriff’s department is just as good as having one there to speak. I would much rather leave the deputy in the field to patrol and protect us then come in speak at council. Please get your information validated before you start posting it. It appears that you just have a dislike for our city officials and goverment and you have your own agenda. It’s a simple fix…. move out of our city!!!!!!

 

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