Mayor James Butts and the Inglewood City Council began Tuesday’s meeting by recognizing two individuals with commendations. Olympic gold medalist Althea Moses and professional barber Trevor Graham, both coincidentally from Belize, were honored for their efforts in sports, health and business.
Raised in Inglewood, Moses excelled academically and graduated sixth in her class from Morningside High School. She played basketball with WNBA star Lisa Leslie, and was a junior Olympics gold medalist in track and field. She went on to compete in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA. Recently, Moses was invited to serve as a fitness trainer for Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity program.
“It’s been almost 20 years. Since then, I went on building a business of my own. I want to thank you all for coming out today and honoring me in this way,” Moses said.
Barber and long time Inglewood businessman, Graham was honored for his work promoting men’s health through his barber shop outreach program. “I have a gift of barbering and a gift of cooking, but I see my purpose as [uplifting] other people. When they sit in my chair, that’s my altar. I am feeding the spirits of young men,” he said.
The council approved a resolution to overrule protests and objections, and to order delinquent sewer and refuse charges placed on the tax rolls for Fiscal Year 2015- 2016. City Clerk Yvonne Horton was ordered to file the necessary documents, placing delinquent refuse and sewer accounts on the County of Los Angeles property tax rolls. To date, 83 property owners have been removed from the tax lien list.
Council members voted to pay outstanding invoices for legal services; amend the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget to correct the funding source for park improvement projects; and approve an agreement to provide senior employment free meals for youth 18 and under. Funding was approved for the Inglewood Police Department to purchase approximately 17 low-emission vehicles, tires and related vehicle items. A three-year agreement to provide psychological evaluation services for the police department was also approved.
A resolution was passed, granting a card club license, point holder and key management employee permits to Hollywood Park Casino Company Inc.
Two ordinances were passed for zoning code amendments. The first will update language related to land use definitions and signage to reflect compliance with local and federal laws. The second will amend billboards and off-site sign regulations. Terms include placing billboards only on major arterial streets and providing a portion of billboard revenues to the City of Inglewood.
A public hearing was set for September 1, 2015 at 2pm to consider amending the land use map of the Inglewood Comprehensive General Plan from low-medium density residential to industrial. The property is located at 234 W. Hyde Park Blvd.
City Manager Artie Fields reminded the public to take advantage of the city’s “Movies Under the Stars.”
The next free outdoor movie event will take place August 29 at Edward Vincent Jr. Park, 700 Warren Lane. “Home” will be shown on the outdoor screen, and will begin at dusk. Bring 10 recyclable items and get a free popcorn voucher. For additional information, call the movie info line at (310) 412-8880.
Councilman Ralph Franklin’s District 4 Town Hall Meeting will be held on August 22 at 10am, at Hollywood Park Casino, 3883 W. Century Blvd., in the Breeder’s Cup Room. Mayor Butts will talk about the state of the city. Also on the agenda are the Southern California Gas Company’s pipeline project, African American Eye Disease Study, and tips on financial planning.
Councilman George Dotson is hosting another document shredding event, September 26, at 10am. It will be held at the I-COP Center, 2901 Manchester Blvd. “Identity theft is one of the highest crimes going on,” he said.
On September 19, the City of Inglewood will kick off its Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Crozier Middle School, 120 W. Regent Street, from 11am to 4pm. Councilman Alex Padilla announced his annual District 2 Picnic on September 26, from noon to 4pm at North Park, 625 East Hargrave Street . This is a family potluck event, which will feature a chili cook off. “The event will also include a car show. We have a limited number of spaces for classic cars, so call (310) 412-8601 for an application,” Padilla said.
Mayor Butts ended the meeting with an update on the Rams possibly relocating to play in Inglewood:
“On August 11, the NFL had an owners’ meeting in Chicago to hear presentations from organizations seeking to build new stadiums. I understand the Inglewood presentation was very well received and it was the only one accompanied by architectural drawings and diversity in terms of options for entertainment. The Rams are scrimmaging in Oxnard, and on Monday they drew about 3000 Rams fans. That’s unheard of for a scrimmage.”