Parks and Public Safety Top Council Discussion

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 Written by 
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By Veronica Mackey


A public hearing to consider an appeal of the Planning Commission's denial of a special use permit for Family Dollar Store, 1000 S. La Brea Ave., to sell liquor, will continue on June 10, 2014 at 7pm.


The council voted to deny claims by Myisha Gatewood for property damage; by Etta Lee for personal injury and Jonathan Samayoa for personal injury and property damage.


Long awaited improvements to Inglewood parks are coming to fruition.  Siminsky Park got the green light for chain link fencing.  The cost is $39,900.  Edward Vincent Park will have artificial turf installed.  That cost is $896,870.  The public embraced these improvements wholeheartedly.  Inglewood Parks and Recreation Commissioner Willie Agee said that now children won't have to play on a dirt field.  Bill Weidner wanted to know why the project took so long to be approved.


Stuart Bailey said the City of Inglewood had to go through a lengthy process to get the funds authorized.


Mayor James Butts added, “The Vincent Park project costs close to a million dollars…There have been a lot of hoops we’ve had to go through to get this on track.“


The City will purchase asphaltic cement from Sully-Miller Contracting Company (DBA Blue Diamond Materials) in the amount of $120,000.  An asphalt zipper machine will also be purchased from the Hunston-Galveston Area Council in the amount of $104,490 


A wheelchair bound woman showed up to advocate for more wheelchair accessible street corners in Inglewood.  She complained that there are not enough curb cuts in the city to accommodate the disabled, and said she had come close to being run over in the street.  The woman previously gave a list of corners that need to be reconstructed to the Public Works Dept. and wants to know what the City is going to do about it 


“For physical reasons, we have to coordinate it with (street) projects that are already being done.  If there is a particular danger, we’ll move that up the list,” Butts said.


The woman cited the intersection of La Brea near Hillcrest as one that is particularly dangerous and does not have a curb cut.  “I have to back up and drive into the street and I almost got run over by an oncoming car,” she said.


The Los Angeles County Fire Department will be giving CPR demonstrations to the public, Thursday, June 5 at Costco on Century and Yukon. Learn CPR and you can potentially save a life.  The demonstrations will take place from 10am to 2pm.


City Manager Artie Fields said the clock tower on Manchester Blvd. is working again.  The tower on Century Blvd. will be completed in conjunction with the Century Improvement Project.  A job fair will be held Thursday, June 5 from 8 to 5pm for outsourced parking enforcement employees.


City Clerk Yvonne Horton invited the community to her annual event, “Connecting Women to Power,” on June 20th at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, from 8am to 5pm.  The event is free.  To register, call 888-847-9652.  Men are encouraged to attend.


Stuart Bailey has an idea that might make revenue for the City:


“When Hollywood Park Tomorrow is demolished, all those trees will have to be moved.  Can we consider selling these trees to other cities, or other counties?  It could be a revenue stream for the City.  It’s not much, but every penny counts.  You could have people pick the trees up, keep the root from going in shock so the root doesn’t die. Keep the soil moist.  Ask Mr. Fields to have his staff research it.”  


The council and some in the audience were pleased with last week’s veteran’s memorial celebration on the South Lawn of City Hall. 


Damon Johnson announced that the June 16th meeting for the oversight committee of the Inglewood Senior Center has been cancelled.


Councilman George Dotson used his closing remarks to remind everyone to vote and deny that he had anything to do with changing polling places in District One.  “It was done by the county;  it is a county wide election,” he said.  Dotson will hold his monthly town hall meeting Saturday, June 14 from 10am to noon, at the Veteran’s Center, 330 Centinela Ave.   


Councilman Ralph Franklin is shopping for shopping center tenants.  His recent attendance at a shopping center convention indicates, retailers have a strong interest in opening stores in Inglewood.  “I didn’t hear, ‘Oh, it’s just Inglewood.’  (They said)  ‘I heard about Inglewood.  I want to talk to you more about coming to the west coast.’”  


It’s been a year since Dotson and Councilman Alex Padilla were elected to the Inglewood City Council. Padilla thanked voters for putting their confidence in him and Dotson.  He also made a couple of announcements:  


“The (Inglewood) Police Department is hiring more people.  If there’s anyone out there interested in a career in law enforcement, contact them and fill out an application.  Also, there will be the 39th annual Centinela Adobe Complex celebration on Sunday (June 8), at 7634 Midfield Avenue in Westchester.  It’s an historical site where Inglewood got its start.  There’ll be tours of the facility.  Come out and attend this event to raise funds,” Padilla said.  


Councilman Eloy Morales reminded residents to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event, this Friday to Saturday, June 7-8, from 9am to 9am.  The 24-hour marathon is held annually to raise money for cancer research.  It will take place on the field of Crozier Middle School, 120 W. Regent Street, right behind Inglewood City Hall. “The Relay for Life is this weekend.  Even if you just want to stop in and say hello, come on out.  It has grown to become quite a community event,” Morales said.   


Mayor Butts reiterated two points in his closing statement.  The first is in regard to Gil Matheiu, who frequently says Inglewood owes the state’s now-defund redevelopment agency hundreds of millions of dollars.  The mayor does not agree. “The obligations of the agency are the obligations of the agency.  You have told us this for years and there comes the time this is just exhaustive,” Butts said.


He also congratulated police officers who recently graduated from college and were recognized for their heroic acts last week by the South Bay Chamber of Commerce. “I want to congratulate the officers who received awards.  I am so proud of this police dept., and that we could give them a one-percent raise this year…because your safety is worth that.”


The meeting was closed in honor of Velma Lee Moore, 97, mother of Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who recently passed away.

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