With crime down 39 percent, property values up 40 percent and the Forum re-opened, Inglewood voters are poised to re-elect their mayor James Butts to a second term in office come Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Citing his unparalleled record of public service and commitment to moving Inglewood forward, throughout this election season voters have shown strong support for Butts’ re-election.
“The Mayor has reduced the city’s deficit tremendously and renewed Inglewood’s reputation,” explained Maxine Toler, Chair of the city’s Human Affairs Commission. “Mayor Butts’ greatest accomplishments in my opinion are The Forum, Hollywood Park Tomorrow, sewer repair, and crime reduction.”
Hollywood Park Tomorrow is a new project for the city that is expected to include open space, mixed use, commercial and recreation, residential, and civic space. There are plans for a hotel and about 146 residential units. It’s a project that residents identify with the mayor’s results-driven leadership.
Residents also point to improvements being made to Centinela Hospital, the only hospital in the immediate area for Inglewood residents. Earlier this year the mayor announced that Thrifty Gas Station was building a new community center with public access at no cost to the city. More recently, the mayor announced five finalists have been shortlisted for the City of Inglewood’s Market Street development competition. The finalists will compete for the opportunity to develop five of the most desirable transit-oriented real estate parcels in Southern California. The five firms are City Ventures with LAB Holding, Itex Group, NAEROK Property Development with Highridge Costa Development Company, Neighborhood Housing Services with Sticks Holdings and Faithful Central Bible Church, and Thomas Safran and Associates.
Downtown Inglewood’s Market Street Development project includes a 2.5-acre city-owned site at the intersection of Florence and La Brea Avenues and several smaller parcels at the gateway of Inglewood’s historic Market Street shopping district. According to the mayor, Market Street is one of the best transit-oriented development sites in all of Los Angeles County.
Willie Agee, Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission for the City of Inglewood said, “Mayor Butts is an honest man of integrity and he can’t be bought.” Agee continued by saying that, “He works for the residents of Inglewood and not himself.”
Longtime Inglewood resident Mari Morales said that she knew only one word to describe his work, “Great!”
When Mayor Butts was elected in 2011, the City of Inglewood was spending $50,000 more than it was earning. Butts came in and made some tough decisions, and today the budget is balanced and Inglewood has nearly eliminated its structural deficit. By working with regional officials, Inglewood has restored over $50 million in lost funding for the Residential Sound Insulation program and the City has insulated over 1,000 homes in the past year.
Perhaps Butts’ greatest accomplishment is in the fact that after years and years of having a council who could not agree on anything, Inglewood has a united city council that is moving the city forward. For the first time in a longtime, all of the City’s councilmembers are united behind the re-election of their mayor.
Even though driving through Inglewood and seeing the hundreds of lawn signs in support of Butts’ re-election would give the impression that he is running unopposed, Butts faces three other candidates on Tuesday. Former Councilmember Mike Stevens, actress Sandie Crisp and businessman Gilbert Mathieu are all on the ballot running for mayor.
Voters will have the final say on Tue. Nov. 4 and if the comments and support that have been thrown behind James Butts is any indication as to the outcome of the election, Inglewood is positioned to re-elect their mayor to another 4-year term—a referendum that speaks volumes about the work that he’s accomplished in moving the “City of Champions” forward.