The Inglewood City Council meeting began with a public hearing, led by Public Works director Louis Atwell, to consider an ordinance authorizing Mobil Oil Corporation to operate and maintain an underground pipeline for 20 years. The pipeline will transmit hydrocarbon substance (crude oil) and extend from La Cienega Blvd. and Industrial Ave., ending at Inglewood Ave. and Century Blvd.
The ordinance was approved, in addition to the following items:
· Payment to State Arbitrator, Jill Klein for arbitration services rendered without an executed agreement between the City and the vendor
· In-kind sponsorship for the Inglewood Cultural Arts Inc., Afro-Latin Music and Dance Festival by providing use of the Amphitheater at Edward Vincent Park.
· Contract award to Carolino Construction Corporation for emergency repairs to the Vincent Park Swimming Pool.
· Resolution amending the FY 2014-2015 budget to upgrade the position of Police Records Manager (Salary 291.0 – 326.0) to Police Records Administrator (Salary Range 306.0-341.0).R
· Amendment to an agreement with Accountemps Salaried Professional Services of Robert Half International, Inc. to extend the contract for an additional year.
· Approval of 2 three-year agreements (with renewal options) to provide unarmed security guard services at the Main Library, Crenshaw-Imperial Branch Library, and the 115 South Locust Street Parking Structure.
Payment of personal injury claims filed from June to September 2014 were denied.
City Manager Artie Fields announced that street cleaning has begun. “We have six trucks so they should see a big difference in the cleanliness of our streets. Also, on La Brea and Florence, they are starting to build a bridge. Please be careful. You can only walk on the west side of the street.”
It has been two weeks since Inglewood voters re-elected officials, Councilman Eloy Morales (3rd District), Councilman Ralph Franklin (4th District), City Clerk Yvonne Horton, and City Treasurer Wanda Brown.
“I am grateful I am able to serve the City of Inglewood for another 4 years. I always said the people of Inglewood are our greatest assets,” Clerk Horton said.
Treasurer Wanda Brown thanked voters as well as those who came to her office for free help with filing income taxes. Brown will provide free tax assistance again next year to seniors who file with W-2 or 1099 forms. The City’s financial report ending on Feb. 28, 2015 is complete and available to view at http://tinyurl.com/nulctm5.
Councilman Morales thanked his District 3 voters and added, “Any success I have is directly tied to staff and the members of this Diocese.”
After congratulating officials, Councilman George Dotson announced that Inglewood would host its annual Earth Day celebration this Saturday, April 18 on the South Lawn of City Hall. He also invites all First District residents and businesses to participate in the Relay for life event in Inglewood on June 6. You can register for the American Cancer Society’s fundraising event online at Relayforlife.com under “Team Dotson.”
Councilman Alex Padilla reminded the public that his District 2 shredding event will also take place on April 18 from 10am to 12pm at the ICOP Center on La Brea and Centinela. Padilla recently represented the City of Inglewood at the fire Station 58 Pancake Breakfast, and events for South Bay Alcohol Awareness and AIDS awareness. “We continue to be engaged with the community,” he said. His next District 2 Townhall Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 7 at 6:30pm in Community Room A, City Hall
Councilman Ralph Franklin recognized Kaitlin Brown, an outstanding City honors student who recently received a $40,000, 4-year scholarship from Southern California Edison. Franklin , Inglewood educators and a team of volunteers put in sweat equity at Kew-Bennett to beautify the school.
Mayor James Butts used his closing remarks to address a rumor that the Forum would be demolished, among other things:
“The Forum will not be demolished, destroyed, what have you. The rumor was seized upon due to an interview with USA Today.” The tape was cut wrong, he said, and made to appear that Butts was talking about the Forum when he was actually talking about the old Hollywood Park racetrack. “We’ve got some silly people who got a hold of it, and put it on the Internet. You can tell your neighbors that’s just one of those urban rumors.”
He also addressed criticism about Inglewood residents paying to attend the upcoming State of the City Address on April 23. The State of the City is the biggest fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce, but any resident can come for free. The only seats where it cost money are those where the lunch is served. That cost money, so you have to charge.”
He ended by congratulating the 4 elected officials on their wins. “I thought I did a pretty good job with my election, but Councilman Morales and City Clerk Horton pulled in 88 and 90 percent. I feel like I squeaked by now.”
Dotson appointed, and Butts approved, Jacequeline Cochran to serve on the Library Commission
And Maxine Toler to serve on the Senior Center Advisory Committee
The City of Inglewood gave proclamations declaring the Week of April 11-17, 2015 as National Telecommunications Week and April 24, 2015 as Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.