Sonya Vasquez of the Los Angeles-based non profit Community Health Councils has been working with Baldwin Hills residents for years on issues related to the oil field.
“I … think the writing is on the wall and hopefully there is this sense that something good has to be done with this land,” she said. “And we’re in this era where we shouldn’t be relying so much on fossil fuel.”
Residents, activists and politicians supporting the ban and phaseout want the Inglewood Field to be turned into an expansion of neighboring Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.
The measure that passed also called for residents, the oil companies and other stakeholders in the community to explore what else can be done with the privately owned land. “My goal is complete, comprehensive (cleanup of the site), with the oil companies paying for it, not taxpayers,” Supervisor Mitchell said.
The petroleum industry’s Zierman said companies should be compensated if their operations are condemned without justification.