The basketball court at Inglewood’s Rogers Park got a much needed upgrade courtesy of corporate sponsors to coincide with a new HBO Max series titled “Winning Time”.
CSM Sports and Entertainment received approval from the City’s Permits and Licenses Committee to host the event Mar. 4.
Mayor James Butts, and Councilmembers George Dotson and Dionne Faulk were on hand for the event, but were noticeably absent from a crucial community regarding the pending school closure in the district they represent.
Faulk served on the school board when the closure of Warren Lane was first brought to the public’s attention. After securing re-election to the school board, she jumped ship and landed on the Inglewood City Council.
George Dotson represents the taxpayers who have pledged $500 million towards fixing the same Inglewood schools that the district is now shutting down. The district claims to have “no plans” as for what will go at the school site, although residents are speculating it will end up in real estate developers hands.
A recent HUD report details the City claims to have allocated $900,000 towards upgrades to Rogers Park, during the last five years, however, residents will share the only park with visible upgrades are at Centinela and Darby Parks.
It is unclear if the tracts covering Centinela and Darby are sufficient considering those parks are concentrated in areas with single family homes selling upwards of $1 million.
How does the City justify using CDBG funds on new walking tracks, updated tennis courts, refurbished soccer field, Dodgers Dreamfield, in areas not considered “poverty stricken” as the area is around Rogers Park?
Are nonprofits being leveraged to make the City appear they’re using federal dollars as intended?
Or are federal dollars being leveraged for votes for this council to stay in office?