By Veronica Mackey
On Tuesday, councilmen from all 4 Inglewood districts approved a number of items on the agenda. Mayor James Butts was away in Sacramento, and Councilman Eloy Morales served as Mayor Pro Tem.
The meeting began with a public hearing to consider an ordinance that would amend the Inglewood Municipal Code, and establish permit parking. The council heard public comments in favor and against permit parking on 97th-99th streets, between La Brea Avenue and Myrtle Avenue.
A woman who lives on 98th Street wants permits because workers at the auto shop on La Brea and 98th have taken up spaces needed by residents for years. She said they don’t honor the posted parking restriction signs.
Another woman on 97th Street is against the permits. “I don\t see the purpose of this permit,” she said. “It’s not going to change anything. All it’s going to do is—we’ll be paying out of our pockets.”
Morales addressed a question by a man who wanted to know how the 4-person-per-household limit will apply if a separate unit exists in the back of a house. The municipal code doesn’t specify whether 4 additional permits will be given if there is a front and rear house on the same property, he said. The council will put this issue on the agenda and decide on the best course of action at a later date.
Council members approved:
•Payment of invoices for environmental testing and related services at 101-105 S. La Brea Avenue (submitted by ECO & Associates) and general automotive repairs (submitted by The Bus Service Center)
•A purchase agreement for a Ford Passenger Wagon XLT; and cooperative purchase agreement (piggyback) to purchase a Toro Goundsmaster-4000-D Lawnmower
A resolution to establish an Inglewood Housing Trust Fund to receive and disburse donations to assist with affordable housing needs was also approved. This item was a follow up from a previous meeting when Mayor Butts announced the fund.
Long time resident Ray Davis commented that the fund should involve a citizen’s committee, and said Councilman Alex Padilla should oversee it. Davis also said, “We don’t live in a Socialist state. We have folks on fixed incomes, who are healthy as horses, who are gaming the system. There should be a 5-year limit (for assistance).”
During closing comments council members thanked the public for supporting various community events. George Dotson commented on his District 1 document shredding event; Padilla mentioned his District 2 Picnic and Chili Cook Off, and Ralph Franklin acknowledged City officials who participated at his District 4 town hall meeting.
A special hearing was set for September 26 at 2pm to consider amending a zoning code to modify marijuana/cannabis regulations.