Seats filled up quickly at the Inglewood ICOPS Center in District 1 over the weekend as Councilman George Dotson held his first Town Hall meeting of the year.
Mayor James Butts provided a holistic overview of the significant changes taking place around the community, “When I came into office we had lost our eligibility for our sound insulation grants, in 2010 we insulated only 70 homes. We went down from about 400 homes to about 70 and we lost access to about $40 million in grant funds. Over the last 3 years, between the FAA and LAWA, we’ve had access to over $100 million in sound insulation funds. We’ve insulated over 2000 homes in the last 24 months, and we’re on track to finish every residence that wants insulation, that’s eligible, including those at the end of the block.”
The meeting progressed with a presentation from the Public Works Director Louis Atwell. He talked about the highly anticipated Century Boulevard renovation project, the 9 miles of street improvements performed in District 1 over the last few years, and numerous street improvement projects in development.
“The project that’s been on the books for a century, is the Century Boulevard project. I don’t know, maybe we should have changed the name of the street. We’re gonna start construction this year in September. We’re currently advertising for bids, starting next week, and so the design plans are done and we’re gonna build this thing.”
Chief Fronterotta addressed the audience on the police department’s mission in the community, and on some programs that are in development to build strong relationships with residents and youth.
“It is our goal in the Inglewood Police Department to reduce crime and the fear of crime. That is our mission, and to do that in a compassionate way, with dignity and respect for everyone. I submitted a grant to Cal GRIP, which stands for California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention, in conjunction with the South Bay Workforce Investment Board. We were granted $1.5 million with a matching grant of $1.5 million. So, for $3 million over the next 3 years, we’re gonna target 600 at-risk youth in the city from the ages of 11-17, and try to dissuade them from becoming part of gangs, drugs, crime, and things of that nature. We will track these individuals that we have contact with, and my hope and expectation is that the majority of them, we will keep them on the right path.”
Gerard McCallum of Hollywood Park Tomorrow closed out the meeting with renderings and a summary of the developments taking place at the Hollywood Park site.