By Veronica Mackey
A public hearing was held on Tuesday to receive input on the availability of non-profit agencies to provide paratransit service to elderly and disabled residents within certain areas of Inglewood.
A grant by the City’s Federal Transit Administration gives priority consideration first to nonprofits, then to government agencies. But, according to Sabrina Barnes, Director of Parks, Recreation and Library Services, there were no takers.
“A hearing was held to see if there are any nonprofits to provide the service. The city did mailings and made phone calls, and was not able to find anyone. We also reached out to nonprofits we worked with before and invited them to this meeting,” Barnes said.
The City will now move forward and apply for the grant directly. Inglewood estimates $843,000 is needed to replace paratransit busses. The City will match the funds by $84,300 or 10 percent. “The City has about 8 vehicles they want to replace. They are at least 10 years old with an average of 97,000 miles,” Barnes said.
Council members approved:
•A resolution declaring the result of the General Municipal Election held on April 4, 2017
•Adoption of a resolution approving Final Tract Map No. 65357 to allow the subdivision of 12 condominium units on an approximately 18,979 square-foot property at 417 N.
•Approval to pay a $12,000 invoice submitted by the Los Angeles Dodger Foundation for fencing related improvements to the baseball field at Darby Park. The Dodgers originally donated $300,000 to Inglewood to build the field
•An agreement for the Darby Park Surface Improvement Project
•Approval to pay an invoice to Century 1st Auto Body & Paint, Inc., for auto body repair services provided to City vehicles
City Clerk Yvonne Horton thanked her staff for their hard work and dedication during the April 4 election. Treasurer Wanda Brown announced the U.S. debt is $19.6 trillion, compared to China that has $1.2 trillion.
Supporters of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin, the couple shot and killed over a year ago by Inglewood police, showed up again, demanding release of the police investigation report and all video footage, firing of police officers and a retribution fund to compensate their 7 children
“The information out there doesn’t make any sense, it just doesn’t add up,” a man said. Another man thanked everyone for “continuing to be civically engaged.” He added that Michael and Sandlin’s children have waited long enough for justice. “That’s seven birthdays, two Easters and a Christmas.”
There were praises all around for last weekend’s Earth Day celebration. “It was a job well done,” one man said. He also thanked the city council and told members to “Keep up the good work.”
Newly re-elected Councilman George Dotson thanked West Basin Municipal Water District Director Gloria Gray for adding an ocean-friendly garden to the Civic Plaza’s landscape. The garden is planted right behind City Hall. He also thanked Clerk Horton and staff for their excellent work during the election.
Councilman Alex Padilla added his praise and thanks for the new garden and also noted rising property values in the city. “Councilman (Ralph) Franklin and I attended a meeting with Inglewood renters and homeowners. Property values have gone up by 85 percent. It’s good to know that Inglewood is moving in the right direction.” Kudos went to Angela Williams, Environmental Services Manager, who organized Earth Day, with help from staff and volunteers.
Mayor James Butts used his closing comments to congratulate Councilmen Padilla and Dotson on their “overwhelming victories, which is evidence of the overwhelming public support.” He also added to his comments made last week about the Michael-Sandlin case: “When the police investigation is over, all you will hear from us is the employment status of the officers. The officers’ personal records, by California law, are confidential.”