By Veronica Mackey
Tuesday’s meeting began with 3 public hearings. The first was held to consider an ordinance amending the Inglewood Municipal Code to establish Permit Parking District No. 15, adding to the District: Ivy Avenue (between Beach Avenue and La Brea Avenue); Market Street (between Hazel Street and Beach Avenue); and Edgewood Street (between Beach Avenue and Warren Lane). There are currently 14 parking districts—13 residential and 1 commercial.
A woman who lives on Beach Avenue wants to be able to park in front of her building, but cannot. “People are parking in the red and blocking the driveway. When we come out of the driveway, it’s hard to see what’s coming. They are saving parking spaces for other people. They are eating lunch and throwing their trash around.”
The second hearing was held to amend an ordinance to create Permit Parking District No. 16 by adding to the District: Regent Street between west of Oak Street, and the street terminus to the west.
“A lack of adequate parking is attributed to a roadway culminating in a cul-de-sac. It has also increased vagrancy and loitering on the street,” said Pubic Works Director Louis Atwell.
A resident, Cindy Williams, who spearheaded the request for permitted parking, said “We have been having homeless people parking there with their mobile homes, doing things in their vehicles, and they need to find another place to do it. As a home owner, I feel if you park there, you should live there.”
The third hearing, for the Housing, Section 8, And CDBG Department Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act, was held to receive public comments on the issuance of tax-exempt revenue bonds by the California Public Finance Authority to finance the acquisition and rehabilitation of the Good Shepherd Homes Apartments.
A department staffer explained: “The public has the authority to be heard prior to public issues of tax exempt bonds. The bonds will be used for acquisition and rehabilitation of homes. Our staff recommends the bonds be issued because it’s in line with expanding affordable housing in the city.”
•The proposed social media policy to provide parameters for staff and the public who utilize various City social media sites
•An amendment to an agreement with Lance Soll & Lunghard LLP for professional auditing services
•A resolution effecting modification to the terms and conditions of employment for employees represented by the Inglewood Police Management Association
•A resolution approving the use of $375,000 in Asset Forfeiture funds for various Police Department expenditures, and amending the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget to include the funds
•A cooperative purchase agreement (piggy-back) with Pure Technologies US, Inc., dba Wachs Water Services
•Award of a professional services contract to Fuscoe Engineering, Inc., to design the Storm Drain Improvement Project Phase
•The amended Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Salary Ordinance to include the Inglewood Police Management Association negotiated salary increases
A resident with her arm in a sling claimed she was attacked recently by a man walking from the Forum. “The police didn’t do anything,” she said. “I had surgery and my family is going through a lot. I feel discriminated from the police,” she said sobbing.
After some discussion, it was revealed that Councilman Alex Padilla contacted the police department after last week’s meeting. “They have reached out to you, but unfortunately, they said they haven’t heard back from you,” Padilla said.
“You’re going to have to cooperate with them. They’re trying to reach you, so just call back,” Mayor James Butts said.
Inglewood business owner Julie Hatter complained about poor lighting in the Locust Street parking lot. “I have college interns, and they’re afraid. There are no lights in the parking lot, off Market Street.” She said there were “sketchy” looking people around Market Street, and she didn’t feel safe. Mayor Butts said the parking lot will soon be renovated and include updated lighting.
After being serenaded with a birthday song by Willie Agee, Councilman George Dotson thanked everyone who sent him well wishes by phone, email and social media. “I appreciate all of that. Thank you very much,” he said.
Padilla commented further about the importance of communication between residents and council members:
“Whenever someone does approach us about their concerns, we’re pretty good about getting back to folks. We also encourage you to reach out. You don’t have to wait until a council meeting.” The Second District Councilman thanked Atwell for working to resolve parking issues by creating Parking District 15.
Earlier in the meeting, a woman called for the Inglewood Council to provide a fund for surviving children of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin, who were killed by Inglewood police. Padilla said it’s not going to happen. “Like we can just give public funds to the family. As a council, we’re not in a position to do that.” Resident Ray Davis said the couple should have had life insurance to provide for their children.
Councilman Eloy Morales circled back to the mayor’s comments about an improved downtown Inglewood. “We’re going to see huge, positive change on Market Street. We go above and beyond to address issues from residents. When something happens, our concern is to make sure residents feel safe again,” he said.
Mayor Butts reiterated that “the most effective and efficient way to get service is to call the police department. We have an extraordinary, community sensitive police department.”