LOS ANGELES – Congresswoman Maxine Waters will coast to an easy win and won’t face grueling questions on issues within her district.
This author received a glossy mailer from the Congresswoman highlighting “positive” news throughout Congressional District 43, but folks like myself have more pressing concerns that it would be nice to hear her position on.
She’s against the expansion of LAX citing “noise and pollution” but what about the noise and pollution generated from the construction of the Intuit Dome?
“An increase in LAX capacity of this magnitude would facilitate a significant increase in the number of planes being accommodated by LAX and a corresponding increase in landings and departures, harmful emissions, traffic congestion, and noise for my constituents and all who live and work in the surrounding communities,” Waters said. “While I support efforts to enhance airfield and terminal safety and improve the passenger experience at LAX, I continue to oppose any attempt to expand the capacity of the airport.”
Issues continue to plague Inglewood area post offices that she stated she would “visit” to learn about the persistent inconsistencies with opening, staffing, and constant threat of defunding.
What’s her position on the Inglewood mayor and his bullying of our city treasurer?
Waters would make the nightly news rounds in her crusade against former President Donald Trump at one point calling him “indecent” and “deplorable”.
“This is a man with no good values, no good intentions and no good respect,” Waters told a crowd of over 4,000 attendees. “We cannot afford to be shut down or shut up by any man, particularly not one as indecent and deplorable as Donald Trump.”
And James Butts isn’t?
Most importantly is the city of Inglewood’s consistent resistance to properly report how they are spending federal dollars earmarked for low-income to moderate income people, including the homeless.
Residents continue to wait patiently for the City to award its rent relief dollars, and there is some hanky panky going on at the Senior Center where the City received funds to build housing on the project, but didn’t.
Waters recently found herself in a pickle related to an alleged housing voucher giveaway through a nonprofit located at Imperial and Vermont. A flyer, which this author hasn’t seen, detailed a joint event with Waters office. When the Times contacted her about it, she tried to get them to kill the story.
Waters and Mayor Butts haven’t been publicly seen together since he became entangled in a battle over the treasurer about allegations of misspending City funds, including federal dollars to payback the Department of Finance.
The treasurer alleges the city overpaid a construction vendor, out of bond proceeds, with the City responding the vendor was paid from Section 108 funds, which are for housing. The City received the funds back in 1994 to build senior housing at the senior center. The senior center was built, minus the housing, which the City had to explain in 2010. And again in 2012 after Artie Fields was hired.
“I got elected in 2011 and [the Senior Center] is all I’ve heard about since 2011. Well, today, this promise is fulfilled and kept for you,” he said.Mayor Butts, at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Senior Center
The Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General recommended revoking Inglewood’s federal HOME funds for non-compliance in 2011, and the issues identified have yet to be resolved based on communications received under a recent records request.
HUD is once again requesting Inglewood repay federal dollars.
“How can the City repay federal funds with non federal dollars,” asked Lori Jones.
Does Maxine Waters know about this?