Council Approves Rewards for Murder Suspects

Thursday, June 25, 2015 Written by 
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On Tuesday, the Inglewood City council approved the following actions:


  • Denial of several personal injury claims against the City from June 30, 2014 through January 21, 2015

  • Approval to add $250,000 in funding for subsidized employment and vocational services, (administered through South Bay Workforce Investment Board)

  • Purchase of periodical subscriptions and language learning software for the Inglewood Public Library, and increased funds to support the City’s Summer Food Service Program.

  • A 5-year contract for the purchase and maintenance of the Inglewood Police Department’s recording system; and an agreement between the Inglewood Police Department and El Camino Community College to establish protocols for service.

  • Submittal of plans to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board for watershed management of Ballona Creek and Dominguez Channel Watersheds; and payment for street improvement services.



The council approved 159 homes for sound insulation.


Two ordinances were approved:  one for a zoning code amendment to modify regulations for the sale of distilled spirits for off-site consumption, and another regarding storm water management and discharge control.


Mayor Butts introduced two initiatives.  The first is a resolution supporting Assembly Joint Resolution 11 by Assemblymember Autumn Burke.  The resolution calls for the Los Angeles Air Force Base and Space and Missile Systems Center to remain open and not be relocated.  The second initiative requests that a letter be submitted no later than June 30, 2015, asking for inclusion of the La Brea Station Bus Transit Center into the 2016 South Bay Measure R Highway Operational Improvement Program.


City Clerk Yvonne Horton shared a certificate she received over the weekend by the City of Carson for her successful “Connecting Women to Power” conference.  The annual event drew 3,500 attendees.


“Men showed up too, it wasn’t all women but we did rule!” she said, displaying the certificate. Butts teased her for holding the conference in Carson. “We know that must have been special,” he said.


Carson plans to build an NFL stadium that will attract a franchise team, and is considered a competitor with Inglewood in the so-called “stadium race” to bring professional football back to  L.A. .


City Treasurer Wanda Brown reported that real estate values are now “near 2006 levels.”  She informed homeowners facing foreclosure that there is a program available that may assist them.  Call (310) 412-5642 for more information.


A contractor complained that he was not allowed an opportunity to bid on a concrete pipe job with the City and did not think it was right that the City had a “single source” policy.


Councilmember Ralph Franklin said:  “The City sends out an RFP or an RFQ.  Plans and specifications (for contractors) are arranged by the city manager before it goes out. You made that comment about single sourcing—but no, it’s a bid process.” Franklin stressed the importance of complying with the bid process and making sure paper work is submitted on time.  It was not clear of the contractor followed all of the steps.


Ray Davis voiced concern about the death of Inglewood resident Robert Hollis.  Hollis, a blind, 75 year-old man was recently found dead by his son.  He had been decapitated.  “I know the chief of police is on this.  That’s creepy. I don’t know what’s going on, but I will be keeping my eyes open, and I hope all of our citizens will keep their eyes open,” Davis said.


Councilman George Dotson acknowledged Warren Lane Elementary School in his closing remarks for being recognized by the State of California as 1 of 28 schools for its behavior learning center. He also thanked the Grace Hopper STEM Academy for inviting him to speak at its graduation.    


“I was their first speaker, and it was my first time speaking at a gradation,” he said.  The Academy is for seventh and eighth grade girls with interest in science, technology, engineering and math.


Councilman Alex Padilla congratulated everyone who completed the Community Emergency Certification Training program and Margaret Evans on winning a seat on the Inglewood Unified School Board.


Franklin reminded the public that police will be cracking down on illegal fireworks during the July 4th holiday.  “Safe and Sane are the only fireworks allowed.  Fireworks cannot go more than 6 feet in the air.  Illegal fireworks are dangerous.  Particularly with the droughts that are going on, we don’t want to have to be dealing with fires.”


Resolutions were adopted to offer rewards to anyone that provides information leading to the identification and conviction of persons responsible for the deaths of Christopher Palmer and Crystal Crawford.


In his closing remarks, Butts responded to Diane Sombrano’s comment that he said at a recent vigil, he never voted in the past for police rewards leading to murder convictions.  He meant to say he had never initiated the rewards.


“It is extremely unfortunate that we have someone who would seize on every statement.” Butts said.  “I said I intend to initiate action for a reward.  This vigil was for the family.  We were there for the family, that’s what it was for.   I am very sorry that your life would be so empty that you would seize on that.”


The meeting was adjourned in memory of Robert Hollis.  “This (murder) was so unthinkable and discernment of a motive was so unclear,” Butts said.








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