INGLEWOOD – Inglewood elections will take place in November with the nomination period scheduled to close Friday, Aug. 12, however, considering an incumbent didn’t file to return to their seat the nomination period is extended an additional five days.
City Clerk Aisha Thompson is facing controversy for demanding potential candidates submit to a live scan (background check) before being placed on the ballot.
She is following in the footsteps of her predecessor, Yvonne Horton, of not alerting the public that an incumbent didn’t file papers and that the nomination period is extended an additional five days for that seat only.
School board member Naomi Hammonds represents seat 1 which includes the Morningside Park area where residents demanded the school district not close the last elementary school in the area.
Thompson gave remarks during the Aug. 16 regular city council meeting while taking nomination papers for “Giselle Carol Brown” who is actually former Inglewood school board member Giselle Carol Raines-Brown, a close confidant of Inglewood Mayor James Butts.
Brown was a member of the board that led IUSD into state receivership.
Thompson’s office accepted her nomination forms Aug. 16 although it is uncertain if they were received before the council meeting took place at 2pm. Either way Thompson was obligated to inform the public the nomination period was extended.
The city clerk’s website gives no indication to the public the filing period for IUSD School Board Seat #1 is still available for residents to pull papers for.
Thompson and Dionne Faulk got into their elected seats the same way. The incumbents waited until the 11th hour to not return papers and Horton never alerted the public during the council meeting the following Tuesday that the filing period was extended.
Complaints to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office were rebuffed because “they don’t prosecute misdemeanors” and referred complainants to City Attorney Ken Campos who was also appointed to his position by Butts.
Does Thompson serve Inglewood residents or Mayor Butts and his cronies? Inglewood residents made a grave mistake in electing her.
Read the full list of potential candidates for Inglewood elections here.