Inglewood City Council Increases Debit Card
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Despite the financial damage COVID-19 has caused throughout the region, causing some cities to consider reducing city services, laying-off employees and other cost saving measures, the Inglewood City Council increased the benefit amount from $500 to $1,000 per person for the 1,200 applicants in the COVID-19 Debit Card Program and increased the number of months for rent relief from two (2) to three (3) for the Inglewood Rent Relief Program.

At the end of this week’s city council meeting Mayor Butts shared a video news report on the impact COVID-19 has had on the City of Anaheim which derives the majority of its revenue from Disneyland. Anaheim is facing a $100 million shortfall as a result of revenue lost by Disneyland’s closure and the revenue that has not been collected by the adjacent businesses and service providers. 

Mayor Butts announced that the City of Inglewood will face an estimated $9.3 million deficit for this fiscal year and hastened to add that the city’s reserves will likely sustain Inglewood through this fiscal year and next year as well. He commended the city staff for implementing the council’s fiscal prudence and the collective work of the council for making the decisions that would protect the city during a rainy day and even during a Pandemic.

During the council meeting the council approved Amendment Three to Agreement No. 19-077 for the Welfare-to-Work Vocational, Intermediary and Direct Services by and between the County of Los Angeles and the City of Inglewood, serving as the administrative entity for the South Bay Workforce Investment Board; approved Amendment No. 2 to Agreement No. 19-051 with Universal Protection Service LP, dba Allied Universal Security Service, extending the agreement an additional six months for the provision of unarmed security officer services at Inglewood City Hall, the Senior Center, the City Yard, Main Library, and Crenshaw-Imperial Branch Library; approved Amendment No. 1 to Agreement No. 17-541 with County Hills Animal Clinic to continue providing veterinary services for the Police Department’s canines; approved Amendment No. 1 to Agreement No. 20-097 with ABC Builders, Inc., extending the term an additional 30 working days for work related to the Rogers Park Restroom Project; approved Amendment No. 1 to Agreement No. 20-070 with Advantec Consulting Engineers, Inc. to extend the contract to December 31, 2021, for the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Phase V Project. (Prop. C and Call for Project Funds); and approved Amendment No. 1 to Agreement No. 20-071 with Michael Baker International, Inc., to extend the contract to December 31, 2021, for the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Phase VI Project. (Gas Tax and Call for Project Funds)

The council adopted a resolution approving and adopting the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Annual Budget.

The council adopted a resolution establishing the City’s tax-supported appropriations limitation for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 and a resolution removing Matrix Trust as the trustee of the City of Inglewood Retirement Health Savings Plan, and appointing the City as the Successor Trustee and ICMA-RC as the new record keeper.

The council adopted another resolution amending the Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 for budget adjustments needed due to scheduling changes and/or change orders for various on-going Capital Improvement Projects under current contracts.

Member Dotson thanked 2nd District Board of Supervisor candidate Herb Wesson, the SCLC and Dr. Ken Orduna of the Central Neighborhood Health Foundation for their recent event where 150 food bags were distributed to neighborhood residents, census takers were completing census forms and COVID-19 testing was being conducted. Member Padilla thanked everyone involved in clearing a dilapidated property in the city that will eventually be the site for 20 housing units. Member Franklin thanked everyone involved in clearing the homeless encampment at Prairie and Imperia

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