INGLEWOOD – The trash company contracted to service Inglewood residents was caught on camera throwing trash on a residents yard.
Republic Services, a division of Consolidated Waste, has a multi-year contract with the City that came under scrutiny for the high price to residents. Former councilwoman Judy Dunlap alerted the District Attorney’s office that Mayor James T. Butts voted twice to enter into exclusive negotiations with Republic after they hired his brother.
The FBI interviewed representatives from the three companies that submitted bids to the City, and an investigation by the District Attorney’s office, then under the leadership of Jackie Lacey, lost the investigation file. They mayor was never charged with any wrondoing.
The video shows a driver taking trash out of the truck and throwing it on the resident’s lawn. It is unclear why.
The City announced a couple of weeks ago they were going up on the trash rates in order to provide decreased restrictions of on-street parking during collection days.
Residents aren’t allowed to park on the street between 8am and 3pm for trash collection and street sweeping, however, during the July 19 regular city council meeting, the council unanimously approved reducing the timeframe to 7am – 1pm.
The action approved signage which the staff report details was “on order” and were due to be installed by the end of the last month, which did not happen.
During the Aug. 9 regular city council meeting a resident called in inquiring on when signage related to the permit parking program would be installed considering the NFL season kicks off in Inglewood Aug. 13. The mayor instructed him to contact Public Works.
City Hall insiders share the Public Works department is in disarray with reduced personnel, not meeting commitments to the public regarding signage, and a member of their staff was recorded driving in the carpool lane, solo, while holding a cellphone to his ear.
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