The Inglewood city council will resume council meetings Sept. 6. Here is a snapshot of items of concern.
Records requests have been submitted to the city to determine when the approved Political Reporting Plus, a campaign consulting firm, to occupy space on the 7th Floor of Inglewood City Hall. They began operating in the building earlier this year despite a formal agreement not being in place.
The City is expected to have the firm, which provides campaign reporting services to Inglewood Mayor James Butts and other members of the city council Sept. 6.
The City continues to deny the public access to council chambers for meetings, and limit access beyond the 1st Floor without an appointment but are allowing an outside that is not a city vendor access to the building.
The Sept. 6 staff report states the matter came before council in “Jan 2022”, but was pulled from a “Jan agenda” without specifically stating the date of said agenda. A review of the four meetings (Jan. 4, Jan. 11, and two on Jan. 25) indicates it was not on any Jan. agenda which is why the current staff report just says “Jan. 2022”.
The lease calls for monthly payments of around $1,400 per month with the annual cost at $17,105.
The GROW Cycling Foundation raised $1.2 million to install a pump track at Edward Vincent Park but needs close to $200,000 from taxpayers to remove steep pipe from the ground. GROW has enlisted Turner Construction to assist with the removal.
Funds will be used from the Capital Improvements – Ballfield Improvement Project despite this project having nothing to do with a “ballfield” typically known for baseball.
The City’s Public Works department is asking for a multi-year contract with Braden & Associates LLC for project and program management services not to exceed $465,000.
The staff report indicates they will provide services for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) that Mayor Butts described as “overly ambitious” during the May 24 city council meeting when the mid-year budget presented showed the city’s deficit grew to $22 million as a direct result of CIP projects.
The Finance Department is requesting the city use $3.3 million of funds received under the American Rescue Plan Act to support residents behind on water bill payments. The city indicates they have received two payments under ARPA totaling $31 million.
The figure covers balances that are either 90 or 120 days past due.
The Public Works department is amending an agreement with Gannett Fleming Inc. for on-call engineering work related to the Inglewood Transit Connector Project in the amount of $11.8 million.
The City has not yet fully funded the project but is busy spending money received from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (LACMTA).
Embattled politician Mark Ridley-Thomas was on the Metro board when these funds were awarded to the city. His former right hand Karly Katona was recently hired by another city vendor attached to the ITC project who the City gave a $20 million contract to.
During the Aug. 23 city council meeting, Mayor Butts went out of his way to thank Ridley-Thomas for all of his support in Inglewood.
At this time it is unclear where and how the city will obtain nearly $1 billion to fully fund the project which had an initial $1.2 billion cost. The city has obtained nearly $400 million through a combination of state and federal grants, with $300 coming from Metro.
Finally, the City will meet in closed session to discuss a retired police lieutenants workers compensation claim, contract negotiations with clerical employees, and the ongoing lawsuit between the mayor and his ex-ade Melanie McDade.