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National City imposes fees on United Lowrider Coalition

The prize pays for one additional police presence for each occasion held from Primary Friday through October 2022.

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. — Cruising in National City will net lowriders thousands of {dollars} this summer. That’s if they need to travel legally on Highland Avenue.

The National City mayor simply explained how they needed to move forward this afternoon to ensure the event did not pose a threat to public safety. National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis said she loves low riders.

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

Sotelo-Solis says there were apparently thousands of attendees and now that she’s seen firsthand how many people supported their first night cruise in May, she wants to make sure attendees and others in National City are protected while people enjoy the night cruise.

To do this, National City imposes a price of $7,813.33 to accommodate all occasions.

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

Sotelo-Solis expects the National Lion’s Club of National City to pay nearly $30,000 to host a 5-day carnival.

“There are no resources or requirements that are asked of ULC that are not asked of other TUP (temporary use) licensees.”

Cruises are scheduled for the first Friday of each month from May through October 2022. Not everyone seems happy with the return of lowrider cruising.

At a city council meeting on Wednesday, May 17, a public commentator said, “We don’t want these types of people in our city. I feel like you promote and glorify gangs. Please, not in our town. We are happy and at peace.

Another public commenter shared, “I can tell you that I grew up in this community. And the stigma that surrounds this community is nothing but stigma.

Mayor Sotelo-Solis says she is committed to helping the United Lowriders Coalition find innovative ways to pay fees so they keep cruises running.

“We can and do have the ability to co-sponsor some costs. Or, as I did in conversations with ULC, possible sponsorships or grants that might help offset those costs.

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

They’ll be focusing on those things and people’s inventive fresh choices at a meeting scheduled for the week of May 22, 2022.

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


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