The Inglewood City Council will approve invoices for the Taste of Inglewood Big Game Festival during the March 1 city council meeting. The four invoices will cost taxpayers $110,000.
The event was a huge success and drew crowds from all over on Friday and Saturday. The lightest day was Thursday evening.
The city supported local businesses The Flavor Table, and Martin’s Cocina y Cantina, who served the entertainers and VIP dignitaries a true “taste” of Inglewood, and It’s Your Party provided support with logistics and setup.
The peculiar invoice is the one from LAZ Parking, who provided shuttle services during the three-day event.
The event on Thursday was 6pm – 10pm, and Friday and Saturday the event ran from 12pm – 6pm.
The city promoted the “free shuttle” service which only ran from 2pm -8pm, and from the parking lot at Faithful Central Bible Church to Market and Regent.
According to their invoice dated Feb. 15, they billed the city $29,600 for shuttle services for the three days.
After reviewing the invoices, so many questions came up.
How did they perform 90 hours of labor each day? $200 an hour for a supervisor? Why the huge discrepancy between the labor hours and shuttle service hours? Management fee?
The staff report was signed by Public Works Director Luis Atwell and City Manager Artie Fields, despite the invoice not having backup documentation of how many riders were actually served, and actual hours worked. [view full invoice]
LACharterBusCompany.com is offering 56 passenger vans for far less than what we paid per day to LAZ parking.
LAZ Parking’s parent company purchased the City’s parking enforcement provider Serco, in 2021, assuming all duties and responsibilities under their existing agreement, including securing the employment of Bill Thompson, who previously worked for the Forum, after retiring from IPD.
The City awarded LAZ a two-year agreement, with six one-year options, during a special city council meeting held Dec. 17, 2019. The contract appears to be padded with “management” fees, that vary based on where the shuttle service is provided.
The City makes its money from the net operating income.
The 1st quarter budget numbers are out and the City is roughly $9.9 million in the red, despite an influx of money accepted from the Biden Administration during the Feb. 15 city council meeting.
Also despite the “alleged” windfall from Super Bowl 56.
According to the 1st quarter budget accompanying staff report, the budget deficit will be shored up by the city’s reserves.