The Inglewood City Council will have a light agenda which includes increasing legal fee costs, incresaing meter fees, and approve lighting work on a totally refurbished parking garage.
The city has spent millions to reopen the parking garage located at 115 S. Locust, however, they continue to pay contractors for work that should’ve already been performed before it reopened.
Juan Martin Correa dba M-Co Electric, will receive $55,200 to install colored LED lights. The staff report fails to include Correa’s license, business tax certificate, documents related to him submitting the lowest bid to perform the work and a signed contract. Correa will also receive a $20,000 ADVANCE to start the work.
Nossaman LP will have their legal services contract, Agreement 19-155, increased from $600,000 to $900,000 for matters related to transportation, specifically Senate Bill 1. The firms website detail they have extensive history in eminent domain proceedings. Will businesses along Prairie be taken to extend the Metro rail to the South Bay?
Someone alleging to be City Manager Artie Fields signed a staff report requesting to amend a portion of the Inglewood Municipal Code (IMC) to charge a pass through fee to residents who use debit/credit cards at city parking meters.
The cost will remain at a minimum of $1.00 to use a debit/credit card but the staff report fails to detail the cost of the pass through fee.
That could explain Field’s peculiar signature under city CFO/Assistant City Manager David Esparza who is authorizing the added fee, as opposed to the city’s parking manager Mario Inga.
It’s odd parking fees and water rates are scheduled to go up, all while Mayor Butts continues to publicly declare the city will reap millions of dollars, in NEW revenue, from the NFL stadium set to open next July. You would expect that revenue to absorb the parking pass through fees and water rate increases, to put less of a financial burden on the city’s residents.
The FY 2019-20 budget shows a paltry $90,000 surplus, expenditures will exceed GANN limits and the finance department continues to finagle more money out of residents, with a looming recession predicted by top financial analysts.
Exactly how bad are Inglewood’s finances?