The city of Inglewood received $31 million in federal funds under the American Rescue Plan Act and continues to appropriate funds totaling $10 million to the general fund.
The Sept. 13 city council agenda shows $10 million will go into the general fund to replenish public sector revenue losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week on the Sept. 6 council agenda, the city used $3.3 million towards paying off past due balances owed by residents to the water department.
The current fiscal year closes Sept. 30 which this influx of ARPA funds will most likely show the City with a surplus right before voters go to the polls Nov. 8.
The city will also continue to deny the public access to council chambers by extending teleconferencing under AB 361. Commission meetings for Police Oversight, Parks & Recreation, Parking and Traffic continue to be cancelled/postponed.
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. continues to deny the public full access to city hall citing COVID concerns despite the council regularly not wearing masks or implementing social distance measures during council meetings or city events.
Mayor Butts was seen wearing a mask during the community swearing in ceremony for Inglewood Asm. Tina McKinnor.
The city will award Doja Inc.a $693,000 contract to perform repairs to the bathroom at Darby Park and pay an invoice related to software for the Inglewood Transit Connector project in the amount of $173,000 for a one year subscription renewal and an invoice for nearly $32,000 for emergency repairs for a water well.
The Sept. 13 regular city council meeting will begin at 2pm and can be viewed at the Lecture Hall of the Main LIbrary, on Channel 35, or on Facebook. Residents can offer public comments by dialing in.
- Dial-in for Closed Session: 1-669-900-6833 Meeting ID: 825 5030 7638 Passcode: 024788
- Dial-in for Open Session: 1-888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694, using the specific access codes detailed below for the respective City Council Dates:
- September 13, 2022 – Access Code: 6111323# wait 3 seconds and press # again
For those under the impression they are being censored because their phone number is visible dial *69 then the call in number.
You can view the full council agenda here.
It is unsettling that we can all acknowledge the Covid 19 virus resulted in nearly a million Americans losing their lives, and an additional 93 million plus Americans suffering at least some of the symptoms with some survivors having long term health impacts for the rest of the their lives while at the same time very few see other non-health impacts Covid has made on our community!
Essentially in our 9 miles the very concept of the democratic process is barely surviving under the guise of a Covid protocol.
Yes, that right to meaningful public participation in meetings, including freedom of speech when bringing our thoughts on decisions to be made by our elected or confronting our elected for their failure to allow for public participation has been nearly eliminated by Inglewood Mayor Butts who routinely mutes the microphone or has council meeting videos and minutes edited. (Remember the the deleted comment “Go choke yourself Diane” ).
City Clerk Aisha Thompson has found countless excuses to not provide residents with complete, accurate, public documents and has chosen to add her own requirements for those seeking to become candidates of public office.
That elected Treasurer Wanda Brown has been locked out of her office and forced to function in a workplace that could be the poster example of Hostile is not acceptable!!
That residents are treated as criminals when they attend a public meeting has become the norm is a dreadful indication that a desire for dictatorial rule is the goal the the current Mayor.
Unfortunately the dollars which Inglewood will receive as part of the Federal Rescue Fund (Covid cash ) will give a false image that the decisions of the disrespectful elected have kept us from financial ruin. Nothing could be further from the truth !!
If exposure to thousands is encouraged for the sake of the billionaire making another few million dollars surely in a democratic setting residents should be encouraged to participate in determining how the much fewer tax dollars should be spent in person without having to provide proof of identification and metal detectors. After all there are considerably fewer than 100,000 seats in the council chambers…..
What a scam! The city of Inglewood never released full funds to individual’s living in Inglewood for Covid relief! there needs to be a full 3rd party audit to show all the fraud.