On Tuesday, Inglewood Council members voted to ratify the appointment of Anthony Taranto and Marc T. Little to the South Bay Workforce Investment Board; and to approve a subcontractor for prevention and aftercare program activities with the South Bay Center for Counseling.
Claims for property damages and a billing dispute, filed between June 14, 2015 and October 15, 2015, were denied.
Diane Sombrano slammed the city for spending $400,000 to add 4 new positions to the Administration Dept. She was misinformed. Assistant City Manager Mike Falkow explained the City will add 10 hours to each of the 4 positions, changing the amount from 30 to 40 hours per week. The difference will be $84,000, not $400,000.
The City voted to amend the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget in the amount of $659,730 to reimburse the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development for ineligible allocated costs.
A man wants the City to do something to slow down traffic at 84th St. and 8th Ave. “When drivers are coming around the curve, they don’t realize it’s a curve and they crash into my building. I proposed that Parks and Traffic put dots in the (street) so that people coming around the curve will (slow down),” he said.
Leroy Fisher read a portion of an article in the Daily Breeze about South Bay cities that are opposed to marijuana dispensaries. He supports that view.
Curtis Mitchell of District 1 complimented Mayor Butts on the Inglewood Police force. “This is Black History Month, and I don’t have to worry about being safe. I would like to give you a raise. I think you guys deserve more money.”
Ray Davis shared a copy of a news bulletin about the school district, found in the lobby of Inglewood City Hall. “My dream is that the school district will become the envy of the world. We have a new administrator and there is nowhere to go but up. And the people who caused this mess are still here, they are waiting for a shot. Let’s make sure we don’t give it to them.”
Councilman George Dotson announced that Inglewood City Council members were honored by members of the Los Angeles City Council: “We were invited to the L.A. Council meeting to receive an award. So, to me that’s a pat on all our backs for doing something right. You’ve got to know that.”
Inglewood was the “talk of the room” at the Veterans Administration center in Westwood, Councilman Alex Padilla said. “We had people coming over talking about what’s happening in Inglewood. It was very complimentary about the NFL, and that we were able to do what Big Brother, the City of L.A. was not able to do, which was to bring not just one, but possibly two teams here.”
Councilman Ralph Franklin addressed “those who are trying to justify that development in the city is an automatic thing.”
“It takes direction from the council to work with staff, to work with developers,” he said.
“It takes the unison of this council and the city being pro business. I went to a seminar this weekend which represents 44 cities in the county, and Inglewood was the premier city in terms of what’s going on.”
Early release of convicts and body cameras were also topics discussed at the seminar in Santa Barbara.
“We have issues of Prop. 47 and Prop. 109 about overcrowding in jails, and non-violent criminals are being released early,” Franklin continued. He compared the use of police body cameras to cameras used in a football game. “Think of having police with cameras and seeing (the incident) from one angle. When you have an NFL football team, think how many cameras it takes to determine whether a person has gone an extra yard, and even then there is a question of accuracy.”
Councilman Eloy Morales commented on the award given to Inglewood by L.A. City Council members: “It’s amazing how much this has taken flight. There was a lot of negative talk about Inglewood (by L.A. council members). Now, all they can talk about is that the stadium succeeded. There were at least 6 or 7 members who got up to speak…We are showing progress every day.”
Mayor Butts added to Councilman Franklin’s comments about nonviolent criminals being released early in California, and made a comparison to crime in Inglewood. “In Inglewood, in 2015, crime dropped 1 percent. For 5 consecutive years, homicide dropped and between 2014 and 2015, it dropped 50 percent. That’s the lowest in the history of the city.
“In regard to Moody’s,” he said, “our unobligated reserves so far surpasses any city rated nationwide by Moody’s. I find it amazing that 1 or 2 people can’t find anything positive. That’s too bad because you’re representative of this city.”
The new senior center is finally underway! Join the Inglewood Council members and other elected officials on Monday, Feb. 29th at 10am, for the ground breaking in downtown Inglewood, at Queen and Locust Street. The first town hall meeting of 2016 in the First District will take place on Feb. 20, from10am-noon at the Center of Hope, 9550 W. Crenshaw Blvd. The next District 1 free document shredding event is on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 9am to noon at the ICOP Center, 2901 W. Manchester Blvd.