By Veronica Mackey
A major focus of Tuesday’s council meeting involved a change in the way school board elections are held in Inglewood.
The City Attorney’s Office asked the council to adopt a resolution placing a measure on the April 4, 2017 ballot which would amend Article XXVI of the Inglewood City Charter relating to the method of election for the Board of Education. The council agreed to the resolution, which will facilitate submission of a proposal to Electors of the Inglewood Unified School District Advisory Board of Education to have school board elections held by districts instead of citywide. The initial request was submitted by the school district.
Mayor James Butts said having elections run by the school district places less liability on the City.
Inglewood Parks and Recreation Commissioner Willie Agee told IUSD State Administrator Vincent Matthews, “I am unhappy about the way the school district is now. We’ve got to get right with the union…These kids in Inglewood could do a lot better.” Agee wants the district to re-open trade and vocational education programs.
Councilman Alex Padilla said he supports the school district one hundred percent.
Butts said Matthews has a lot of major challenges. He is the fourth state administrator in three years. “Right now, we’re a nationally recognized city,” he said, “and I believe now that you’re here, we’ll have a nationally recognized school district.”
The issue of medical marijuana shops in Inglewood came up again. Mayor Butts said the shop on Manchester was recently closed. He reminded the public that although there is an ordinance against medical marijuana being sold through private businesses, law enforcement has to follow a process. It does not happen overnight.
“This is a business matter, not a legal matter. We passed an ordinance that it cannot be sold other than in a medical community, but we have to prove that (ordinance was violated). It can take from 90 to 180 days,” the mayor said.
A senior who lives in Regency Towers complained about a recent wave of violence near his home. “There has been gang violence and gun shots near Lotus and Regent,” he said. “The first incident happened after the Kanye West concert. Seniors are becoming very uncomfortable with homeless people between Queen Street and CVS.”
Councilman Eloy Morales praised artists and organizers of the Open Studios event which took place last weekend. “It’s an amazing reminder of where we are as a city. We are a very proud city. We are a city full of resources,” he said.
Councilman Ralph Franklin reported on two successful business meetings that took place recently—one for the Imperial-Crenshaw Shopping Center and another for Century-Crenshaw retailers. The councilman and participants discussed traffic, safety, homelessness, prostitution, and quality of life. “The people who could make a difference were there at the table,” Franklin said.
The council approved a two-year multiple vendor agreement (with an option to extend one additional year) for vehicle maintenance and repairs in the annual amount of $300,000. An invoice was approved for payment for emergency replacement of the main circuit breaker at the water treatment plant.
An ordinance was adopted granting a franchise to Torrance Valley Pipeline Company LLC to operate and maintain a pipeline and appurtenances for the transmission of hydrocarbon substances in Inglewood. A new salary ordinance was introduced for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.
A public hearing was set for December 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm to consider vacating street easement segments of Redondo Boulevard, Cable Place, and a portion of Florence Avenue.