The Inglewood City Council convened yesterday to hold a public hearing for the city’s towing contract, approve miscellaneous items and Mayor James Butts got an earful for his negligence while driving a city owned vehicle.
“I’ve been driving a city owned vehicle for 46 years. I got this.”Mayor James Butts
Butts critic Joseph Texeira chided the mayor for the accident and blatantly running a red light. Texeira also stated the mayor should be driving his own personal vehicle, instead of the city’s.
Texeira is the same critic the mayor unsuccessfully sued costing taxpayers over $100k in attorney fees.
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Butts supporter, Stuart Bailey implored the mayor to get a personal driver so he can stop embarrassing the city. Mayor Butts laughed at the assertion.
B&H Towing was up for a public hearing to receive a three year contract to tow city vehicles. Local business owner, Richard Diaz, who occasionally receives campaign payments from Mayor Butts, spoke during the public hearing.
Diaz sounded against B&H Towing getting a contract due to them illegally towing his cars on two separate occasions. He provided legal documents to support him winning multiple court cases against the company but the council moved forward.
Diaz then chided Inglewood residents saying they need to “get off their butt” and get a job then they wouldn’t be complaining about not affording their rent.
Other agenda items related to residential sound insulation were mysteriously pulled from the agenda. This is the second week in a row council has done this.
A major cornerstone of Mayor Butts 2018 re-election campaign was parading city employees from the sound insulation program to District 1 homeowners to get their hope up about getting new windows.
Sound tests were conducted, and even large apartment complexes were viewed with sound testing equipment on various properties preparing for the work.
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The city was awarded $20 million towards this work, back in 2017. It takes more than a notion to get the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to respond to public records request to identify how often the city is receiving reimbursement for the work they are allegedly doing.
2UrbanGirls confirmed with the city’s RSI department that homeowners in Carlton Square got their windows done, even though the city was forbidden from doing so due to the complex being built after the settlement was awarded.
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What is the point of putting the items on the agenda, if they are just going to pull them?
No one expected Councilman George Dotson to be at today’s meeting considering last week the LA Times reported he didn’t know there were limits on gifts he could take from businesses he voted in favor of. Dotson isn’t the brightest member of the council.
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