INGLEWOOD, CA – Some Inglewood residents have shared an image of a newly created newspaper that has begun to spring up in their mailboxes. A 2UrbanGirls investigation reveals the newspaper has received funding from the mayor and is possibly being used as a campaign mailer without the required campaign disclosures.
“Do you know who is behind this newspaper, it was in my mailbox,” inquired a resident who lives in Council District 1.
The newspaper received funds from Mayor James Butts’ 2018 campaign with a $3,000 payment for consulting and banner removal services.
Inglewood TImes Inc. is connected to DICF Consulting through its owner. Butts has paid DICF for consulting work dating back to his 2014 re-election. State records show the company was registered as a newspaper since 2016.
The owner of the newspaper also runs DICF Consulting, who according to its social media, produces the Inglewood Times newspaper. DICF has been paid for consulting services by the mayor’s previous re-election campaign funds.
Two years ago, the owner spoke out against the City’s towing contract during a public hearing to no avail. The City features a video on its website of the mayor’s consultant at a document shredding event held last September.
Butts’ campaign has also paid an indicted member of the Inglewood Police department, which he blamed on “not knowing all of the payments made on his campaign’s behalf” or “if they did the work at all”.
Mayor Butts is up for re-election in Nov. Have you received his newspaper?
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What? delivered into mailing boxes?
How is it this 6 year publication does not know that is a Federal Crime to put anything in a mailbox unless you are a post office employee.
Oh wait connected to James Butts probably think laws do not apply to him….that explains it.
Isn’t it interesting that journalists who ask questions or provide unbiased reports are threatened with lawsuits or met with suggestions they are misrepresenting (ie. Morningside Chronicle, Daily Breeze, and 2urbangirls) by James Butts . While those that make it a point print the joys of James Butts receive campaign dollars or city contracts paid with tax dollars – Inglewood Today, Not to mention the assorted public relations pieces by Chris Roberts we funded. It will be interesting to see if/when/how staff and “the team” will justify throwing tax dollars at this new “publication”.
Will the Mayor do his Sargent Schultz “I know nothing” imitation about this also ?