By Veronica Mackey
Tuesday’s council meeting began with a commendation to members of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee. Chaired by Henry Brown, the group organizes Inglewood’s annual MLK Day program.
Mayor James Butts said this year’s King celebration was the best he has ever attended. “You guys are the tip of the spear for leading this forward. I’m so proud of you, Mr. Brown, and for everyone on the committee,” he said.
A woman who lives near the Forum complained about traffic congestion and parking problems. She asked Mayor Butts if flyers could be created to notify residents when the Forum has events. “I don’t know until I come home at night and see my street closed off, or visitors tell me they can’t park,” she said.
“Ma’am, a better idea is to go to the website and you can look at every event,” Butts said. Councilman George Dotson asked the woman to see him after the meeting and he would arrange to get a list to her.
A man from District 1 wants a sit-down with Inglewood officials to talk about the medical benefits of marijuana. “It’s a big deal, it’s all in the news,” he said. “I do interviews with people who really need it. I need the City’s help to be able to restructure some of the cannabis laws.”
Willie Agee announced a special Black History Month program will be held Feb. 10 at 2pm at the Willie Agee Playhouse in Edward Vincent Park. “I wish everyone would come out and visit. We are a diverse city, everyone is invited,” he said.
A couple of residents brought up an old argument that the council meetings should be held at night. “The world is not going to stop spinning on its axis if we have day meetings. The City of Inglewood skyrocketed when we went to day meetings. I’ve only heard 3 people complain. So I think we’ll stick with the majority,” Butts said.
A new resident was surprised by how quick the meeting was. “I would like the meeting to go a little longer. I put money in the meter for 2 hours,” she said.
“The reason we have these (day) meetings is because we do not want to pay employees overtime,” Councilman Dotson said. He also thanked Fire Chief Henry Rodriguez from Fire Station 171 for having a graduation for the L.A. Fire Explorers, who represent youth from Inglewood high schools. Dotson will also have a document shredding event on Feb. 25 from 9am to noon. The District 1 Town Hall Meeting will take place March 4 at the First Church of God Center of Hope, 9550 Crenshaw Blvd., from 10am until noon.
Councilman Alex Padilla also commented on the Fire Explorers. “Our youth learned about leadership and how to interview for jobs. The Rotarians actually gave each graduate a suit so they could have something nice to wear on interviews,” he said. Padilla acknowledged Fire Chief Rodriguez and Rosemary Vivero, a community service representative for the department.
Council members awarded a contract to Carolino and Son Engineering for maintenance and repair of the Vincent Park Swimming Pool Tank.
The Inglewood Police Department was given re-approval to use $307,239 in Asset Forfeiture funds for the purchase of an armored rescue vehicle from Lenco Armored Vehicles.
SA Associates, Inc. was awarded a professional services contract to design the Sewer Main Replacement Project, Phase I.