INGLEWOOD – Despite the Inglewood Transit Connector not being fully funded the City is pressing forward with lining up consultants to provide “relocation” services for properties slated for eminent domain.
The Aug. 9 regular city council agenda details a $700,000 contract to Del Richardson & Associates and six other firms for right of way and real property acquisition services totaling $2.2 million. Richardson is the wife of former Inglewood councilman Curren Price Jr.
The staff report details the contracts are for three years with a one year option to renew.
The Inglewood Transit Connector is projected to serve up 500 people weekdays and allegedly tens of thousands on weekends, particularly during special events at either the Form, SoFi Stadium, and possibly the Intuit Dome. The proposed route would wipe out businesses at the intersection of Florence & Market Street, the North end of Market Street and multiple buildings on Manchester Blvd. and Prairie Ave.
Consultant Lisa Trifiletti, with Trifiletti Consulting is also on the agenda for an additional $900,000 contract, bringing the total award to a little over $20 million for services related to the transit project too. Her firm is charged with collecting feedback from the community, however, multiple emails sent to her from this author have been repeatedly ignored.
The funding is available through Measure R. Both staff reports are signed off by Public Works Director Luis Atwell on behalf of City Manager Artie Fields.
Atwell recently came under scrutiny after a traffic signal operator was observed using the carpool freeway, while on his cellphone, by a citizen.delrichardsonassoc