The Inglewood City Council held its weekly public meeting on Tuesday after a 4-week hiatus for the holidays. Council members welcomed 2016 with a light agenda and sad news.
Former District One Councilman Mike Stevens passed away during the Christmas break. According to a source, his funeral service was held on January 11.
“I am broken hearted because my present city councilman (George Dotson) called to inform me that Mike Stevens has passed. He did pass on December 19. I am brokenhearted because Mike was a beautiful, healthy brilliant man and a very good friend of mine” said Aldene Sligh.
“Mr. Stevens . . .went out of his way to help young people. I am stunned. It breaks my heart. I hope everyone will reach out to his family, with prayers at the very least,” Ray Davis said.
In other matters, employees at NS Corp. want the City to install a dedicated left- turn-only lane at the corner of Florence and Eucalyptus. A woman named Sandy Hill presented the council with a petition signed by businesses that support the lane installation. According to Hill, it is unsafe for pedestrians crossing the street at the intersection, due to motorists traveling east on Florence and making quick left turns north onto Eucalyptus. The intersection is adjacent to Failthful Central Bible Church.
“I went around to several businesses. They all signed the petition,” Hill said. A second employee from NS who crosses the street said, “I literally put my life in my hands.” Another employee who witnessed a man making a left turn said, “The person in the crosswalk had to literally jump back. It was a near hit. “
Agreements with the California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention (CalGRIP) Program were approved. Grant funds will provide administrative and direct services, including mental health, substance abuse counseling and home visits for one year.
A resolution was adopted to amend the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget to add a $29,000 reimbursement for the bus shelter relocation project.
Fourteen claims against the City of Inglewood, between September 9, 2014 and November 3, 2015, for property damage and personal injury were denied.
In closing remarks, council members acknowledged the passing of their former colleague. Dotson, who took over District One after his victory over Stevens, expressed condolences to the family. He also announced an upcoming document shredding at the ICOP Center, 2901 Manchester Blvd., on February 27.
Councilman Ralph Franklin was not present. Councilman Alex Padilla thanked the community on Franklin’s behalf for their generous support during the holiday season. The Inglewood community, he said, helped provide food and gifts to over 225 famlies and 1000 children at the St. Margaret’s holiday event. Padilla also expressed condolences to Stevens’ family, as did Councilman Eloy Morales.
“The council definitely mourns the passing of Mike Stevens.” Mayor James Butts said.
The council closed out its first meeting of the new year with a short flim highlighting events in 2015. The film looked back on milestones in the City of Inglewood, including:
•The 32nd Annual MLK Day
•Unanimous council approval for an NFL stadium
•Beautification of Inglewood High School
•Mayor Butts’ State of the City address, hosted by sports announcers Jim Hill and Fred Rogin
•American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraiser
•District 2 Picnic and Chili Cookoff
•Being a host city for the Jamaican delegation, 2015 Special Olympics
•Appointment of Vincent Matthews, the new Inglewood school trustee
•Hispanic Heritage Festival
•Ground breaking on the Century Blvd. project
•Inglewood Open Studios arts event
•Snoop Dogg’s turkey giveaway at the Fabulous Forum
•Second annual Christmas tree lighting at the Fabulous Forum
•The Residential Sound Insulation program insulates its 2000th home, making Inglewood the number one sound insulation program in the country