INGLEWOOD – The city of Inglewood has provided a partial agreement between the Hollywood Park Management Company and Inglewood Police Department that was only valid between August 13, 2021 and January 10, 2022. The agreement was released under a public records request.
The agreement signed by representatives of both entities expressly conveys that all costs associated and expenses with police staffing and equipment to be paid by the City.
The agreement designated a specific area that the City could park six UTV’s for use at the SoFi Stadium. UTV’s are a golf cart like vehicle that can more easily manipulate driving around the stadium.
The contract expired Monday, January 10, 2022 at 10 pm with the City incurring “overtime fees” of $2,500 per day that the UTV’s remained on the property.
A NFL fan was brutally beaten in the stadium parking lot nearly three weeks later with many wondering why police didn’t find the unconscious man sooner.
The Inglewood Police Department continues to be in internal strife with its leadership over a multitude of things. Mandated overtime, decreasing staff numbers, offensive license plates on the police chief’s car, and the rank and file police union endorsing the District 2 councilman without a full vote from its membership.
The mayor continues to be questioned about the exorbitant law enforcement costs related to securing the stadium on event days saying we will “eventually” be reimbursed. According to the released agreement and stadium initiative the City will barely break even.
In FY 2020-2021 the City entered into multiple contracts with CHP, Los Angeles County Sheriff, and Hawthorne Police to provide support on event days with a cumulative cost of $15 million. This amount doesn’t include costs for IPD.
The stadium initiative details some costs the City can expect to receive on admissions tax.
The rate for the YouTube venue is $0.56 per ticket. For events at SoFi Stadium that exceeds 22,000 people, the per ticket admission tax is 10% of the ticket price with the admission tax capped at $15 million each year.