Generosity Rewarded

Thursday, February 25, 2016 Written by 
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Inglewood business owner Arash Danialifar received a special commendation from the Inglewood City Council on Tuesday.  The owner of General Discount Store in Inglewood since 2010, Danialifar recently donated $10,000 worth of retail goods to 148 families, including toys, outdoor gear, automotive supplies and more. 


Danialifar is a sponsor of the Annual District 4 Christmas Toy & Food Drive and also contributes to the Inglewood Community Services Corporation, the City’s nonprofit.  


 “It’s wonderful to have businesses like General Discount in our city,” said Parks, Recreation and Library Services Director, Sabrina Barnes.  “On behalf of all the families that benefited from your generosity, we want to say thank you.”



General Discount Store is located in Councilman Ralph Franklin’s District 4.  Franklin praised Danialifar’s efforts and generosity.


Mayor James Butts appeared on ABCs “Newsmakers” show last weekend.


Leroy Fisher said claims made on the show by Butts regarding property values in Inglewood were not true.  “You told Adrienne Alpert (host) that property went up 51%.


“It didn’t go up 51%?” Butts asked.


Fisher then recanted and said values did go up, but they would have gone up anyway because the economy is improving.


According to independent sources, in addition to the 51% rise in value since 2012, properties have also increased by 86% since 2013.  


Claims for personal injury and property damage between September 15 and November 15, 2015 were denied.  All bids submitted for the Center Park Improvement Project were rejected.  Staff was authorized to rebid the project.  


The council approved payment for several invoices on behalf of the Public Works Dept., including:  vehicle detailing services in the amount of $14,605; auto body repairs services in the annual amount of $15,178.32; emergency repairs to the Lecture Hall climate control system in the amount of $13,508; and general automotive repair services in the amounts of $12,152.03 and $12,623.74.  


Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. was awarded a contract for the City Hall Elevator Modernization Project in the amount of $1,568,850.  Funds will cover construction, maintenance, and a two-year warranty.  


Inglewood’s Park Projects Priority List was approved as part of the Los Angeles County Countywide Parks Needs Assessment. 


Treasurer Wanda Brown reported the Central State Pension Fund recently cut benefit payments by as much as 61%.  Regarding the banking industry, “About half of banks reported an increase in profits. Ninety-one percent were profitable over the previous year.”


Stuart Bailey wanted to know when the City will start work on the parking structure on Locust.  “Have we found an actual contractor?” he asked.  Mayor Butts confirmed that an operator has been selected.


Councilman George Dotson, who held a town hall meeting last weekend, described it as “the best I’ve ever had.”  Even the L.A. Rams mascot showed up.  “You missed a great meeting,” he said.  Dotson will host his District 1 Shred Day this Saturday, February 27, from 9am to noon, at 2901 Manchester Blvd.  Bring your old documents for free shredding.


Butts reiterated statistics confirming Inglewood’s rising property values at the close of the meeting.  


The council gave a big shout-out to the Inglewood High basketball team. “Inglewood High is playing at Chino Hills, which is the number one team in the country, so it would be nice to go out there and cheer for our boys,” Councilman Eloy Morales said.


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