By Veronica Mackey
Tuesday’s public council meeting focused primarily on the proposed L.A. Clippers Arena, and what it will mean for the future of residents. The council approved an amended Exclusive Negotiations Agreement with the Clippers, which will reduce the size of the area being considered for development. Inglewood Today’s cover story provides in depth coverage of that discussion.
Additionally, Mayor James Butts and members of the Inglewood City Council approved the following:
•A resolution to amend the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget to accept funds in the amount of $3,843,000 from Los Angeles World Airport
•Authorization of the mayor on behalf of the City, to enter into an Agreement with Becker Boards Small, LLC, to allow Super Graphic wall sign advertising on 4 exterior building walls at 2930 West Imperial Highway
•Authorization of the Mayor to sign permits for use of Inglewood Unified School District properties for the provision of the City’s After School Recreation Program
•A Hold Harmless Agreement with Green Dot Public Schools to allow the Police Department to use their facility located at 3425 West Manchester Boulevard to conduct personnel training at no-cost
•A three-year agreement with Community Veterinarian Hospital to provide medical examinations and treatment for police canines
•A resolution offering a reward up to $25,000 to any individual who provides information leading to the identification, apprehension, and conviction of the person responsible for the death of Christopher Palmer.
•Award of a contract for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Sidewalk Replacement Project
An agreement with Kane Ballmer & Berkman was approved for broad ranging legal advice, guidance, and representation to the City of Inglewood, Inglewood Successor, and the Inglewood Parking Authority.
Another agreement was approved with Men at Work LA Concrete, Inc. to provide various services in support of the modernization and security improvements at the Locust Street Parking Structure, located at 115 N. Locust Street.
The Buxton Group, a consulting firm hired by the City. presented an economic development report on Inglewood retailers. According to Buxton, about $169 million in revenue is leaving the area. The highest leakage was found in furniture, specialty food and sporting goods. On average,
consumers are willing to drive around 10 minutes to make purchases. The new stadium will enlarge Inglewood’s shopping area.
To reduce the amount of money leaving Inglewood, a representative said, retailers need to know who consumers are, where they are coming from, and identify the best way to reach them (direct mail, email, social media, etc). Butts said the report is “an effort by the City (for) retention of small local businesses.”
The City of Inglewood granted Councilman Alex Padilla’s request to sponsor the 4th Annual District 2 Picnic and Chili Cook-off Event, to be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at North Park.