The theme of Tuesday night’s meeting was recognizing the effort of those working to make Inglewood better.
Mayor James Butts and the Inglewood Council recognized KJLH Radio (102.3 FM) for its long standing and positive influence in the community. The station, which is owned by Stevie Wonder, and located down the street from City Hall, is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and brought a huge cake to share with the public.
Over the years, the station has spearheaded a number of community events and been a sounding board for issues affecting L.A.’s African American community. Representatives from the station were in attendance, including radio personality Andre Russell.
A representative from the American Cancer Society thanked the City of Inglewood for its participation in the annual Relay for Life fundraising event for cancer research. Inglewood raised over $54,000 and was among the top fundraisers in the area. Councilman George Dotson’s First District took first place and Councilman Alex Padilla’s Second District came in second.
Funds raised will cover 5-night hotel stays for 500 families of cancer patients; 5,000 wigs and make-up bags for women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer; and over 10,000 gas cards for patients to travel to and from hospitals for cancer treatments.
The council approved:
• Authorization of the mayor to sign a certification on behalf of the City of Inglewood concerning prepaid mobile telephony services
• Establishment of per diem and auto mileage allowance for Fiscal Year 2015-16
• Payment of an invoice for emergency repairs to the Emergency Operators Center climate control system
• An agreement to provide fair housing counseling and housing discrimination services with the Housing Rights Center
• Amendment to an agreement with Integra Realty Resources-Los Angeles to provide appraisal services
• An agreement with the National Auto Fleet Group to purchase 6 patrol vehicles for the Inglewood Police Department
• Purchase of parts to outfit 3 patrol vehicles from American Emergency Products
A salary ordinance was introduced for Fiscal Year 2015-16.
A public hearing was set for September 29, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. The council will consider the adoption of an ordinance for the expedited permitting process for small residential rooftop solar systems.
A group of senior citizens, invited by Willie Agee, were recognized for showing up. Mayor Butts noted that having day time meetings on alternate Tuesdays allows more seniors to attend.
On September 17, staff from the Social Justice Learning Institute will operate a Farmers’ Market on Market Street in downtown Inglewood. Resident Leroy Fisher, whose son was the sole applicant to apply to operate a market in the past, expressed his disappointment of not being selected through a written statement. Due to laryngitis, Fisher gave his statement to Diane Sombrano to read.
Butts noted that the city has not awarded anyone to operate a permanent Farmers’ Market. The Social Justice Learning Institute will temporarily sell fresh produce once a month from September through December. However, The City is going to allow interested parties to bid and will re-issue an RFP in hopes of getting more applicants. He also pointed out that Fisher’s comments will be placed in the council meeting minutes.
During closing remarks, Councilman George Dotson reminded the public of his Document Shredding Day in District 1 on Sept. 26. Everyone is invited to have their old documents that contain sensitive information to be shredded for free. The event will be held from 9am to noon at the Police Community Center, 2901 Manchester Blvd. Please limit your documents to 3 boxes per household.
Councilman Alex Padilla reminded folks of the Hispanic Heritage Festival and Classic Car Show on Sept. 19 from 11am-4pm at Crozier Middle School, 120 W. Regent Street. His District 2 Picnic will take place on Sept. 26 at North Park, 623 E. Hargrave Street, from noon to 4pm. To enter the chili cook-off at the picnic or enter your car into the car show at the festival, contact his office at (310) 412-8601.
Councilman Ralph Franklin thanked all those involved in the recent Century Heights business meeting and various Inglewood block clubs. “There were a number of utility companies there at the meeting giving information out on what is going on in the area. Also, I went to the 64th Street Block Party and one in the 11000 block of Truro in District 3. They had face painting there and activities for the children, and I had trouble getting my granddaughter away.”
City Treasurer Wanda Brown gave a brief report on city finances and praised the leadership for the progress Inglewood has made. “Inglewood has the most progress of any city in the United States. We’re talking about nearly 5 billion dollars invested in a city that’s less than 9 square miles. I’m so proud of this council and so proud of our staff. These last 6 years have been the best of my 29 years that I have served. I have sat under several mayors and 5 police chiefs, and I am particularly proud of this particular council.”
The mayor thanked Brown for her “perspective.”
“I just want to add to that I know you are sincere when you say that,” Councilman Eloy Morales told Brown. “For such a small city, we have a lot going on, on the weekends for the residents. There are plenty of block clubs. One is the Truro Block Club with Cathy Douglas, the daughter of the late Roosevelt Douglas.”
Mayor Butts acknowledged the passing of Inglewood Today’s Cynthia Manker: “She was a little bitty woman with so much spunk, so much spirit. She suffered a lot. But she was heroic. I never heard her complain one day. She was an example to people when it comes to perseverance.”