By Veronica Mackey
A public hearing was held to consider adoption of a resolution, finding the City of Inglewood to be in conformance with the Los Angeles County Congestion Management Program (CMP). Inglewood’s annual Local Development Report (LDR) for 2016 was approved.
The City of Inglewood made room in its budget to hire a contract Assistant Planner in the Economic and Community Development Department for about 2 months. Council members voted to adopt a resolution to transfer $15,000 from Planning-Salaries to Planning- Contract Service, amending the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget.
The City approved an agreement with Helen Lessick for public art consulting services in the amount of $65,000.
Authority was given to Mayor James Butts to sign and execute permits for the use of Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) properties for provision of the City’s After School Recreation Program.
A subcontract extension with the South Bay Center for Counseling (SBCC) was given in order to receive grant funds in the amount of $16,666 from July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016, to provide services to the Partnership For Families (PFF) for at-risk pregnant women and families with children age five and under who are at risk for child maltreatment.
An ordinance was introduced, authorizing an amendment to the contract with the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).
During public comments, a man wanted to know what the City is going to do about a medical marijuana shop at 420 Manchester. Mayor Butts said Inglewood has an ordinance in place to prevent the sale of marijuana outside of a medical facility, but that some illegal shops “pop up from time to time.” When the City learns about these businesses, an investigation begins and it can take 3-4 months to shut them down.
Councilman George Dotson invited the public to call his office if they have any proof of medical marijuana being sold through dispensaries. The number is (310) 412-8602.
Ray Davis complimented Butts and the Inglewood Police Dept. on taking a “hands-off approach”| to policing last month. Black Lives Matters protestors marched peacefully down Manchester to protest killings of unarmed black men by police around the country.
Councilman Alex Padilla announced two events planned next month. On September 10, he will host the Fourth Annual Family Picnic and Chili Cook-Off at North Park. The following weekend on September 17, the Hispanic Heritage Festival takes place at Crozier Middle School. The Festival will feature an antique car show. To enter the cook-off or car show, call his office at (310) 412-8601.
District 4 Councilman Ralph Franklin held his last town hall meeting at the Hollywood Park Casino on July 30. The building is being replaced by a new one as part of the new Hollywood Park Tomorrow Project. The informative meeting updated the community on important issues like business development street construction projects.
Mayor Butts said the new casino will be opened in November—another milestone for the city that keeps expanding. As evidence, Davis noted that homes in his area have recently sold from between $360 and $400 thousand.