I love Inglewood. District 2 is my village and I’m grateful to be raising my children here. But in order for this community to thrive, we need new leadership committed to responsible growth that benefits the people who live here.
When I decided to run for Inglewood City Council D2 this summer, I knew I’d be going up against the incumbent, Alex Padilla. I knew he had run unopposed and had a career in law enforcement. What I didn’t know, but soon learned, is that he had already raised $240K for his campaign including donations from the gun industry, and has voted in near lockstep with Mayor Butts’ agenda to date.
I have some facts and some questions. The average amount raised for a city council seat campaign in a city the size of Inglewood is $8,000 to $12,000. So why did Padilla raise $240K from January to June 2022, before he even knew someone was running against him? What’s his plan for all that money? Because the truth is, anyone would be hard pressed to spend that much on a city council campaign. So unless he was planning on running for a different seat or passing the money on to a candidate in a different race, it really doesn’t make sense.
Which brings me to Padilla’s voting record as a council member. Rather than representing the people, thinking critically, and holding other politicians accountable, Padilla has faithfully supported Mayor Butts’ every move. All the while, Mayor Butts can’t seem to avoid scandal, lawsuits, and using the Inglewood Police Department as his personal enforcement team – all on taxpayers’ dime. At this point, I’m wondering how much longer Mayor Butts will be able to stay in office. And if or when the day comes when he resigns, guess who’ll be positioned to take his place? Is this really the team that’s going to make Inglewood a better place for all of us? Or is it a team that’s using their current positions to insulate themselves from accountability, and frankly, the foundations of the democratic process?
Mayor Butts and Padilla go back. They have both served in Los Angeles law enforcement for decades, and over the last 10 years have collaborated to hold power in Inglewood politics. And while law enforcement does a lot to protect our community, it is also undeniable that law enforcement, like so many institutions, is reckoning with issues of systemic prejudice, unfair allocation of resources, and downright corruption. Padilla and Butts may not be responsible for the whole system, but they’re a part of it.
Inglewood is facing systemic issues that have been ignored and exacerbated by the failure of this city’s leaders. Padilla may be ‘experienced,’ but is this the kind of experience we need? Inglewood needs folks in government who see the problems we all face, know them firsthand, and want to fix them as a result. Not folks who stand to profit off keeping the system broken. I’m running for Inglewood City Council because I’m raising children here. I care how they grow up. And I care about democracy, real democracy, because it’s the only way I know that things might actually change for the better.
Candidate | Inglewood City Council District 2