By Veronica Mackey
Three public hearings on Tuesday’s agenda were postponed during the Inglewood City Council meeting. The first hearing to consider establishing Permit Parking District No. 15, and adding Ivy Avenue (between Beach Avenue and La Brea Avenue); Market Street (between Hazel Street and Beach Avenue); and Edgewood Street (between Beach Avenue and Warren Lane), was tabled until further notice.
The second and third public hearings were postponed until June 27, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. The second hearing will consider modifying Permit Parking District No. 4 by adding 83rd Street, from Victoria Street to Crenshaw Drive to the District.
The third would receive comments on the priorities for community development and housing needs to be included in the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan.
A hearing was held to consider approval of the Inglewood Housing Authority’s Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Annual Plan for submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A public meeting on the Annual Plan was previously held on May 17 and took place in City Hall.
A staff member outlined improvements made to Inglewood’s plan. They include:
•The use of Ipads for quality inspections
•Paperwork that is bar-coded and scanned
•Bi-annual inspections instead of annual inspections
•Increase from 120 to 180 days for tenants to find suitable housing
•Stricter regulations for repayment agreements
A public hearing was set for July 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. to consider an ordinance to create Permit Parking District No. 16.
Council members approved an agreement with Olivarez Madruga to provide legal services to the City; a three-year blanket purchase order with I Color; an Agreement with the County of Los Angeles for acceptance of a security grant; payment to California Transmission for transmission repair and rebuilding services; and a cooperative purchase agreement (piggy-back) with Zumar Industries for the purchase of traffic signs and accessories.
Inglewood’s Environmental Services Dept. is holding a document shredding event on Saturday, June 24th from 9am to 1pm. on Grevillea Ave., south of Manchester in front of Inglewood High School. Shredding services are available and free to Inglewood residents only. Those dropping off documents, e-waste, clothing and bikes can do so from their cars with the drive through service.
During open comments, protestors demanded the release of videos and reports related to the shooting deaths of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin by Inglewood police over a year ago.
The officers involved are no longer with the department. But details of the incident have not been released because the case is still under investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Mayor Butts repeated the same message about what the Inglewood City Council can and cannot do in regard to releasing videos and information about the Michael-Sandlin shootings.
“We are not authorized, nor will we be releasing anything…” Butts said, and told protestors to direct their demands to the district attorney.
“We’re not the D.A.’s office,” said Erick Holly, president of the Inglewood Area Airport Chamber of Commerce. “This isn’t L.A. County. You were already told where to go. Clearly, they don’t want to find out what took place, or they would be down at the County of Los Angeles.”
The mayor used the remainder of his time to review accomplishments made under his current administration:
“This council has been together since 2013. (Previously), we were going through the nuts and bolts of trying to survive.”
Since Councilmembers Alex Padilla and George Dotson were elected, Inglewood has seen the Forum reopen and become the number one entertainment venue in Southern California, as well as the number two venue in the country, and number 4 venue in the world, according to Butts.
Ground has been broken to build a new world-class NFL stadium, which will eventually house the Rams and Chargers. A new senior center is under construction, and last week the L.A. Clippers signed an exclusive negotiating agreement with Inglewood to explore the possibility of building a new arena. Improvements made to Century Blvd. are currently underway. The city will host the 56th Super Bowl in 2022 and the Olympics opening ceremony if L.A. is successful in its bid for the 2024 Summer Games.
The mayor noted these achievements would still be considered remarkable if they occurred within 75 years, but said, “This is all within 10 years.”
“I have never been part of such a great team of people,” he added.
Councilman Dotson announced his “Family Day in the Park,” originally planned for July 15 will now be held on July 30, in partnership with Taste of Inglewood. “Now, it is going to be bigger and better,” he said.
On June 10, Inglewood participated in the annual Relay for Life event, organized by the American Cancer Society. The walk/run raises money for cancer research. “We raised $2,500 in the District 2 raffle,” Councilman Padilla said. “Every dollar is going to Relay for Life.”
Councilman Ralph Franklin thanked Padilla for holding the raffle. “My brother is in District 2,” he said. “Both of us are cancer survivors and he participated in the raffle and won, so thank you.”
Frank also announced that he recently attended a conference which discussed such topics as upgrading financial systems in City Hall and cyber security. Regarding the latter, Franklin said. “There was an element of concern about the ability to use Wifi to control water systems and a number of items.”
The District 2 Community Center has been open for one year. “If you haven’t been there, I want to invite you to go and see it,” Padilla said.
The meeting was closed in memory of 40-plus year resident Rosa Maria Ramirez, who recently passed at age 60. She leaves behind 2 sons.
Congratulations to Inglewood City Manager Artie Fields, who recently became a new dad.