The city of Inglewood adopted ordinance 21-09 to establish rental protections for residents to preserve housing. Although the ordinance went through several modifications, the one constant was the establishment of a Rent Control Board as outlined in Section 2-152.88 of the Inglewood Municipal Code.
The code denotes that all appointees are controlled by Mayor James Butts. Property owners are complaining that because the rent board has yet to be established, they have no recourse when they want to terminate residency of their tenants.
Treasurer Wanda Brown has publicly challenged the mayor for commandeering control of the entire city, which prevents city staff from performing their duties, and also creates chaos when the programs are either not implemented correctly, or cause mass confusion amongst the residents.
“Mayor Butts having total control of the council, means he has the City by the throat with two hands,” said Brown.
The city has yet to start collection of “registration fees”, earmarked to fund the administration of the program, however, it appears the City has consolidated the Housing Protection Program, with the Inglewood Housing Authority. This move, would then shift costs of running the Housing Protection Program to the IHA, which should alleviate the need to collect fees from property owners.
An Inglewood property owner attended the September 21 city council meeting to challenge information provided to him from the Housing Protection Program, but also to inquire as to when the Rent Board would be established. Once the resident began to question the City’s finances, Mayor Butts abruptly cut him off.