WHITTIER – The Whittier Uptown Association is proposing a significant increase – as much as 51 percent for some restaurants – in the assessment on its members. The proposal still must be approved by the City Council. It will take comments at its 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 meeting and then hold a public hearing at its Nov. 13 meeting. Association officials say they need the increased $17,000 that the proposal would raise to balance their budget. “We haven’t had an increase in four years and like everything else our costs go up,” said Larry Trujillo, the association’s executive director. “The one gets hitting the most are restaurants. They reason is the restaurants benefit most from the events.” The association’s board will review the increase again at its 6 p.m. Monday meeting at the Atrium, 6528 Greenleaf Ave. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!