Tuesday’s council meeting agenda was light. Except for comments about the City’s engagement in a copyright lawsuit, matters remained largely on track.
The council approved:
· Denial of a claim for property damage on May 27, 2015;
· A one-year agreement with Ellison Wilson Advocacy, LLC to provide legislative advocacy services for the City in the amount of $27,200;
· An amendment to an agreement with Atkins Global North America, Inc., to provide on-call consultant services for the Hollywood Park Project;
· Bi-Party agreements to provide plan check on-call consultant services for a potential stadium and performance venue at Hollywood Park. Consulting firms in the agreement are: Nabih Youssef Associates; Thornton Tomasetti; Glumac; Amec Foster Wheeler; and Shannon & Wilson, Inc.;
· A cooperative purchase agreement and five-year Microsoft licensing agreement renewal with CompuCom in the annual amount of $98,473.09 (total of $492,365.45).
· Two public hearings, which were set for August 4, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. The first will consider adoption of a zoning code amendment to billboards and off-site sign regulations. The second will consider adoption of an amendment to modify planning and zoning regulations for land use definitions and signage.
· A salary ordinance was passed, which reflects an update to the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget.
· A transfer in the amount of $964,971, which will be made from the General Fund to the Liability/Worker’s Compensation Claim for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.
Resident Nia Taylor said she was “very encouraged” about the Market Street development and future Metro Rail station, but wants assurance that the community will remain a top priority. After attending a recent community meeting with developers, Taylor commented. “I didn’t feel we had a lot of information. Most of the focus was about people coming off the train. The community did not have a major focus. I’m concerned about the development company not having a focus on the community.” Taylor offered her help in getting more residents involved and improving communication about the project on social media. “I am here and I’m ready to be used,” she said.
Mina Torres, principal investigator for an eye study offered by the Dept. of Ophthalmology at USC, shared important health information. The African American Eye Study is currently offering free, comprehensive eye exams to all Inglewood residents who are African American, age 40 and older. The study is part of a research project to determine the prevalence and causes of eye conditions affecting African Americans. It is funded by the National Eye Institute.
“Close to 2,000 Inglewood residents have participated,” Torres said. “We will be here for another two-and-a-half years and we need your help to spread the news. . . At the end of the study, we will provide a summary report and we will also provide a gift certificate for Target for their time. We urge residents to talk to their field representatives when they come to their door.” The African American Eye Study is being conducted at 110 S. La Brea Ave. in Inglewood. To make an appointment, call (323) 865-6912.
Closing remarks were brief and general:
Councilman George Dotson recently met with members of the Queen St. Block Club. “They are very satisfied with the streets (improvements),” he reported. “But everyone wanted to know when their street will be done. I explained everyone’s street will be done, but it has to be done in an orderly manner.”
Councilman Ralph Franklin recognized the Vega family for their hard work and contributions to Inglewood. The family, who owns La Sinaloense Market at 10500 S. Prairie Ave., has operated the market for 31 years. “The parents are transferring title of ownership to their children. Hats off to them. They are valued in the City of Inglewood, and they are long time investors,” Franklin said.
Concilman Eloy Morales congratulated Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta for an award he received. “We are grateful to have him,” Morales said.
Mayor James Butts responded to criticisms that the city’s lawsuit involving possible video copyright infringement and the reduction of time for public comments to one-minute isa violation of free speech
“They are hyperbolizing because the city is engaged in a lawsuit, and so now I’m a ‘dictator.’ It tells me people need something to cling to. . .We spent some $60,000 to stand up (lawsuit), and every decision won’t pan out, but we’re running around 99 percent right now and I’m proud of that,” Mayor Butts said.
He added that “We (City) have money in the bank, crime is down, economic activity is up, and our fiscal situation is unprecedented. So if you need (to say) that we are somehow against the flag and free speech, we’ll take your arguments. But we’re not dictators and we’re not trying to stop anybody from speaking.”