By Veronica Mackey
The Inglewood City Council held its first Tuesday meeting after the Thanksgiving break.
An 18-month contract of up to $300,000 was approved between the City of Inglewood and the Robert Group to prepare Traffic and Neighborhood Management Plans and a Strategic Funding Plan. The council also approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority to lend the Inglewood Police Department 17 portable radios at no cost.
A resolution was adopted to update bylaws of the Inglewood Parking Authority. The council also established a regular meeting date; and amended and adopted a conflict of interest code. The Executive Director of the Inglewood Parking Authority was directed to provide the Board of Directors a proposed organizational and staffing plan, budget, and work plan.
A salary ordinance was also adopted for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.
Some residents were not happy about the council’s decision to allow the police department to destroy specific Internal Affairs records dated January 1, 1992-December 31, 2010. They expressed suspicion that destroying documents was a way to keep information from them. Mayor James T. Butts asked Inglewood City Attorney Kenneth R. Campos to explain the matter.
“The public could not see these records anyway,” Campos said. He added that the City was not required by law to share Internal Affairs information with the public. “So the council just took the extra step of transparency to put it on the calendar,” Butts said.
Aldene Sligh complained that she has been flooded with “full court press,” referring to flyers from real estate professionals seeking to purchase homes in Inglewood.
“Why are you doing this?” she asked the council, noting that photos of the mayor and council members are printed on the flyers.
“I haven’t seen it,” Mayor Butts said. “Is it a good picture?”
“It’s a joke, but that’s okay,” Sligh said not amused.
It was not clear what the council had to do with the flyers, if anything.
Ray Davis commented that property values in Inglewood have risen, but “It’s up to you whether or not you want to sell.” He added that Jewish communities stay Jewish because residents sell their property directly to local synagogues. He suggested that Inglewood residents looking to sell, approach black churches first.
Councilman George Dotson thanked the community for supporting last week’s turkey giveaway featuring Snoop Dogg. “We gave away approximately 1,500 turkeys along with all the trimmings. This has become one of the signature events in Inglewood,” Dotson said.
The council issued a commendation to Whole Foods for turkey donations.
Councilman Alex Padilla talked about the Nov. 17 ground breaking at the new L.A. Rams stadium. “The stadium will be up and running in 2019, followed by the Super Bowl in 2021,” he said.
Councilman Ralph Franklin focused on the progress Inglewood continues to make. “You can’t stop progress,” he said. “We’ve been able to provide raises—which we haven’t been able to do in years—and local jobs at union scale wages.”
Councilman Eloy Morales piggy-backed on Franklin’s comments, noting that residents are seeing evidence of progress with street improvements. “In the last 2 years, we’ve done more streets than in the last 15 years combined.”
Mayor Butts talked more about the flyers mentioned by Sligh. “Because you received a flyer, I don’t know how that would upset you. I’d take that as a compliment. You have the option of whether you sell.”
City Clerk Yvonne Horton announced limited office hours during the holiday break: December 19, 20, 27, 28 from 8:30am-12:00pm.
The following dates have been set aside for city-sponsored holiday events: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Dec. 1 at 6pm, Forum; District 1 Toy Drive, Dec. 12, 9am-12pm, St. Mary’s Academy, 701 Grace St.; District 2 Toy Drive, Dec. 10, 10am to 2pm, District 2 Community Center, 1201 N. La Tijera Bl.; District 4 Toy and Food Drive, Dec. 8, 5pm to 8pm, ICOP Center, 2666 W. Imperial Hwy. (in the Crenshaw Imperial Plaza, 2nd Floor).
Please support your neighbors by bringing unwrapped toys and nonperishable food items.