Tuesday night’s agenda was light and discussions were innocuous.
It began with a public hearing to consider an ordinance to expedite permits for small residential rooftop solar systems. Stuart Bailey wanted to know if consumers must pay taxes for solar energy. “I’ve heard the federal government will (impose taxes) to put roofs in. If you are going to tax people, what is the point of installing roofing, if you’re not going to save money?”
“I think it’s a good idea,” Ethel Austin said. “Stuart, you know we can’t get away from taxes. But my neighbor has solar and he used to pay 2 or 3 hundred. Now, he pays about $40.”
The council approved a change to the California Cities for Self-Reliance Joint Powers Authority Agreement. Ryan Snyder Associates was approved to provide transportation planning services and the associated environmental review. The work is in preparation of the Active Transportation and Safe Routes to School Plan.
The City of Inglewood entered a new three-year agreement with Bank of America for full commercial banking services. An agreement with Tender Loving Care Catering to provide meals for Inglewood seniors was extended. An agreement was approved between the City and 3 taxicab companies to provide subsidized transportation services for elderly and disabled residents. Inglewood will sponsor promotional signage to support the 8th annual Open Studios Tour. Harry H. Joh Construction, Inc. was awarded an agreement to sound-insulate 17 homes.
The budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16, presented last week, was approved. Willie Agee complimented the City on the new budget and responded to a critic, saying, “We’re going to spend money to get it (City of Inglewood) back to where it was and that’s what this budget does. Folks aren’t going to come out here and do work for nothing. You have to pay them.”
The council voted in favor of an inter-fund loan of $5.1 million, from the General Fund to the Water Fund. Five agreements were approved related to improvements to Parking Structure 2, 115 N. Locust Street.
The Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget will be amended to reflect legal expenses incurred by the Housing Authority and Affordable Housing program.
A man thanked the council for taking action to alleviate traffic violators near 83rd Street and Crenshaw Drive. However, he had another request. “At this time, when the Forum lets out, people come through there, and there is no stopping at the stop sign. I had to wait for 6 or 7 cars before I could go because they don’t stop.”
Councilman George Dotson thanked the public for coming out to his District 1 Shredding Day event last Saturday. “When the truck left, it was full and that never happened before,” he said. He thanked commissioners who came out, and mentioned that he attended the 5th Avenue Block Club later that day. The cake, he said, was a big hit.
Councilman Alex Padilla thanked the community for coming out to the District 2 Picnic and Chili Cook-off. This Saturday, Oct. 3 he will host a “Meet and Greet” from 8:30-10:30am at 7 Eleven, Centinela and Eucalyptus. “This is just a rap session. Come out and have coffee with me,” he said. Padilla also invited the public out to the ribbon cutting for the new Unical ’76 gas station at 64th Street and La Brea, Oct. 3 at 11am.
Councilman Ralph Franklin commended the good work being done by Boy Scouts of America, and particularly the Thunderbird District in Inglewood, where youth are being mentored.
Since taking over District 2 in 2013, Councilman Padilla has injected new life in the neighborhood by organizing various events. “Mr. Padilla is doing a good job bringing back community events,” Councilman Eloy Morales said. Mayor Butts called Padilla “the ring master.”
Mayor Butts and all council members recognized the recent passing of Stephanie Shaw, daughter of Lorraine Shaw, and Anna Juanita Ingram, mother of late pastor of Maranantha Community Church, Billy Ingram.