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National City imposes fees to United Lowrider Coalition

The price pays for additional police presence for every occasion held the primary Friday through October 2022.

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. — Cruising in National City will value lowriders 1000’s of {dollars} this summer time. That’s if they need to trip legally down Highland Avenue. 

National City’s mayor simply introduced how they need to transfer ahead this afternoon to be sure that the occasion is not a public security threat. National City’s Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis says, she’s a fan of low riders. 

“As we all saw, and I was gobsmacked, at a loss for words actually, when we turned that corner and saw so many members of our community out there that day,” stated Sotelo-Solis.

Sotelo-Solis says there have been seemingly 1000’s of attendees and now that she’s seen first-hand simply how many individuals supported their first night time of cruising in May, she desires to be sure that attendees and others in National City are protected whereas people benefit from the night time out cruising. 

To do this, National City is imposing a $7,813.33 price to host every occasion. 

This price pays for one police sergeant and 6 cops for 7 hours at $202.21 per hour for the sergeant and $152.33 per officer. 

Sotelo-Solis provides that the National Lion’s Club in National City is paying almost $30,000 to host a 5-day carnival. 

“There aren’t any resources or requirements, that are being asked of the ULC that are not being asked of any other TUP (Temporary Use) Permit Holders.”

The cruises are scheduled for the primary Friday of every month from May via October 2022. Not everyone seems to be pleased with the lowrider cruise return. 

At a metropolis council meeting held Wednesday, May 17, one public commenter stated, “We don’t want this type of people in our city. I feel you are promoting and glorifying the gangs. Please, not in our city. We are happy and in peace.” 

Another public commenter shared, “I can tell you, I’ve grown up in this community. And the stigma that surrounds this community is nothing but a stigma.”

Mayor Sotelo-Solis says she’s dedicated to serving to the United Lowriders Coalition discover inventive methods to pay for the fees in order that they’ll preserve the cruises going. 

“We can and have possibility of a co-sponsorship of certain fees. Or as I have done with conversations with the ULC possible sponsorship or grants that may help offset these costs.”

Mayor Sotelo-Solis is offering an inventory of suggestions National City officers say they will focus on with the United Low Riders Coalition subsequent week as they prepare to let the low riders cruise on June 3. 

They’ll focus on these things and people inventive fee choices in a meeting scheduled for the week of May 22, 2022.

WATCH RELATED: Locals voice issues to National City Council about new lowrider price (May 2022)

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