By Veronica Mackey
On Tuesday, Mayor James Butts and Inglewood Council members appointed Kirk Rossberg and Glenn Grindstaff to the South Bay Workforce Investment Board to represent the Torrance Business Private Sector. A grant agreement was approved between the City of Inglewood and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority for creation of the Florence/Hindry and Crenshaw Station Transit Overlay Districts.
A resolution was adopted authorizing the Finance Department to reallocate three accountant positions and one accounts payable supervisor position to create three senior accountant positions for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 in an effort to improve efficiency of the City.
An invoice was approved for payment to the Artistic Resources Corporation for additional City Hall Improvements in the amount of $60,259.
An agreement with Ybanag Realty and Development Corporation (dba D’Ybanag Construction Company) was cancelled for the Center Park Improvement Project. The project will go out for a re-bid.
Public Works got approval to move ahead on several projects, including:
•A reimbursement agreement with Hollywood Park Land Company, LLC to cover the design modification associated with the Century Boulevard Mobility Improvement Project
•A three percent Local Match Financial Contribution Agreement with Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority for $12,000,000 for the LAX/Crenshaw Light Rail Project
•Approval of payments to Kim’s Auto Service and Repair for general automotive repair work on City vehicles, and to AECOM Technical Services, Inc. for professional design and engineering services in support of the Century Boulevard Corridor Boulevard Design-SAFETEA-LU Project
A bid was rejected for the SCADA system upgrade at the Inglewood Water Treatment Plant. Additional approvals were given to the Residential Sound Insulation Dept. for vendor agreements to provide acoustical testing services.
Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer David Esparza provided clarification on his department’s request to extend additional funding to SMF Consulting through the end of the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year. According to Esparza, the firm provides forensic accounting, which has helped multiple departments uncover important financial information and improve transparency.
The City Clerk’s Office reminded everyone that October 24 is the last date to register to vote in the General Election. Anyone wishing to become a poll worker on Election Day, November 8, is encouraged to call (800) 875-2666.
During public comments, a man said there have been 20 murders in Inglewood in the past 12 months. Mayor Butts acknowledged a total of 19, and added that the figure includes officer-involved shootings and cases of self-defense, which do not fall under strict homicide categories.
Long time resident Ray Davis noted that property values continue to rise in Inglewood. Based on the price of a home that recently sold within his complex, Davis said, “With a straight face, I could list my place for $325,000.”
Councilman George Dotson thanked the 83rd Street Block Club for inviting him to their recent block party. He also announced a free shredding event happening on Saturday, September 17, from 9am to 1pm, on Grevillea Avenue, off Manchester.
Councilman Alex Padilla thanked department heads and staff who put together presentations for needs assessment at a recent budget meeting. The new fiscal year begins on October 1.
Councilman Ralph Franklin talked about the City’s efforts to responsibly reduce waste. He thanked Consolidated Disposal, Betty Griffin, Angela Walker and other Environmental Services staff for organizing the recycling event at the Briarwood residence, featuring the latest bin technology.
Councilman Eloy Morales also commented on block clubs, adding that club parties are a long standing tradition in Inglewood.
Butts had more to say about homicides: “Inglewood is a town that averaged 30 murders. We had the lowest number ever in 2015—that was 10. One is one too many, but we continue to make strides. While homicides declined in Inglewood, in L.A., they continue to rise.”