INGLEWOOD – Inglewood City Clerk will call for elections to be held Nov. 8 during the May 10 regular city council meeting. As the City continues to deny the public entry into council chambers, they are ramping up community events which appear to be thinly veiled campaign events.
Padilla kicked off with a pancake breakfast with the local firefighters. Contract costs are up. A proposed measure to increase taxes for public safety failed, and the mayor and council need their support in a major way. The event was held at Fire Station 172 which was previously closed due to the fiscal emergency declared back in 2010.
The City is currently in another fiscal emergency declared August 3, 2021. The City continues to scramble to increase fees to pay for vital city services, including public safety.
Padilla’s Planning Commissioner is busy planning for a Jazz Festival in Centinela Park, that will cost taxpayers in excess of $100,000 in additional law enforcement personnel to secure the sprawling event site. Law enforcement costs for the Taste of Inglewood Big Game super bowl festival cost were similar.
Dionne Faulk is hosting line dancing at Crenshaw/Imperial shopping center, and a women’s empowerment summit with guest speakers, including the mayor and council. The mayor is facing lawsuits from two women for harassment, stalking and retaliation, but he’s invited to speak at a women’s empowerment event? Are Aisha and Dionne reading the room?
The event will be held in the federally funded Senior Center, which is becoming a party house of sorts. The council has yet to offer a concise explanation as to why housing funds were used to build the center, when there is no on-site housing.
These folks are blatantly campaigning with taxpayers money, without any disclosure on the council agendas as to how much these events cost us in law enforcement fees. Are we fed up yet?