Traffic Congestion—Signs of Progress

Thursday, October 09, 2014 Written by 
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Street construction and the future of the old Daniel Freeman Hospital site were the main topics discussed at Tuesday’s council meeting.  Resident Leroy Fisher wanted to know how the City “got around the covenant” that allowed the Daniel Freeman property to used to build condominiums instead.


“Covenants apply to the parties involved.  The City was not a part of the covenant.  The City had no say in the sale and transfer of that property,” Mayor James Butts said.


“The City couldn’t tell them (owners of the site) what to do,” resident Ethel Austin said. 


The council approved an agreement to allow the Cities of Torrance and Lomita as member cities of the South Bay Workforce Investment Area.  They also approved advance payment to cover the City’s cost for professional services associated with developing the old Daniel Freeman site.


Compensation for Inglewood employees receiving full pay when they become ill or injured will now be reduced from 12 months to 6 months. After 6 months, full time workers can get worker’s compensation, Mayor Butts said. 


City Manager Artie Fields announced that the City’s Acting Community Development Director, Linda Tatum, was honored last month by the American Planning Assn., California Chapter, for her distinguished service.


 “There is a talented group of employees working for the City.  Linda Tatum is one of those employees.  We’re very grateful to have someone of Linda’s caliber,” Fields said.  


A professional planner for more than 20 years, Tatum has served on the board of director the APC for 12 years, and is a member of the California Planning Round Table. 


“She proves how great our staff really is.  We are only as good as the people we work with,” Councilman George Dotson added.


City Clerk Yvonne Horton shared some facts about the upcoming election:  “It is going to cost $36.5 million to do this November election. About $4.8 million will be spent in L.A. County.  Over a million people are eligible to vote, but not registered.”  Horton said the highest voting group are those in the 18-29 age category.


The Hollywood Park project is humming right along.  And with it, the inevitable reality of traffic interruptions. 


“The Gas Company is putting in a new gas transmission line between Yukon and Prairie,” Councilman Ralph Franklin said.  “Gas lines are being installed for the new Hollywood Park project. They are going to go all the way to the 105 Freeway.  It’s about a 30-minute delay.  You’re going to have a lot of disruption, so if you can avoid that intersection, you may want to do so.”


Franklin added that the gas line project will delay street paving, but “we have to take care of the things in the ground first.”


Dotson said folks may want to attend his Oct. 11 town hall meeting for more than the information:   “If you haven’t got your flu shot, it’s time to go and get it.  They’re also checking blood pressure, so if you’re having medical problems, Walgreens will be there.” All shots and checkups are free. 


The District 1 Town Hall will take place from 10am until noon at First Church of God, 9550 Crenshaw Blvd.   The public will hear from Mayor Butts, City Treasurer Wanda Brown and Chief of Police Mark Fronterotta.  Representatives from the Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison Company, AT&T, the Former Daniel Freeman Site and Centinela Hospital will update the public on new projects and share information about job opportunities. Councilman Alex Padilla took time to commend Public


Works Director Louis Atwell and his staff for their work around town.  “The public works staff has done an outstanding job addressing issues about trees that need to be trimmed and sidewalk repairs.  We’re in our new fiscal year and it’s (tree trimming) now going to run into Districts 1 and 4.  Districts 2 and 3 will be doing street repairs,” he said.


Councilman Eloy Morales reminded the public that drop off and pick up locations of children around schools will be more strictly enforced by new traffic control officers,



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