Next Tuesday, April 4th, Inglewood voters will elect or re-elect city council members. Councilman George Dotson is running for re-election in District 1 and District 2 Councilman Alex Padilla is running unopposed.
Both were elected in 2013, respectively unseating the late Councilman Mike Stevens and long time Councilwoman Judy Dunlap. Since their elections, the City of Inglewood has experienced an upward spiral of growth which shows no signs of slowing down.
The purchase, $100 million renovation and reopening of the Fabulous Forum in 2014 signaled the first realization that major change in Inglewood was on the horizon. Since then, a series of improvements have occurred in Inglewood, which made mainstream media, Corporate America, and even the NFL take notice.
The $2.6 billion football stadium, which will house the Rams and Chargers, bring thousands of jobs to the city and re-establish Inglewood as the “City of Champions,” was the major initiative voted on by the new Inglewood council. It required a united effort, which might not have otherwise happened under the old regime.
But it’s not just the big attractions that people appreciate. Residents look forward to community favorites like the Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway, Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, Earth Day Event and Farmer’s Market. Inglewood has become much more festive under the new administration.
With so many positive changes taking place, I believe it would be a big mistake to change the city council now. What we have is 5 dedicated men, including Mayor James Butts, who genuinely like each other, care about this city and are willing to work together to make sure Inglewood continues to advance. The reality we see now is far different from what it used to be 5 years ago, when meetings were marked by constant arguing, and lasted late into the night.
This is why George Dotson gets my support. The businessman and former head of the Inglewood Planning Commission has lived here for more than 30 years and has been a valuable team player, more interested in getting things done than making a name for himself. His monthly townhall meetings are always well attended and he stays connected to his constituents.
With Inglewood becoming a major destination city, we will need good leaders like Dotson on board. He, in my opinion, is the best candidate for District 1. So don’t change now. Keep Inglewood strong and thriving.
If you have not paid much attention to the upcoming election, please take a few minutes to study the ballot and candidates over the weekend. And please, please vote. Local elections are extremely important because they directly impact residents. If you have any questions about where to vote, go to lavote.net, visit the City Clerk’s page at www.cityofinglewood.org or call 310-412-5280.