By: Emilie St. John
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta continues to recover after being hospitalized last month after suffering an “intracranial hemorrhage” around Jan, 13.
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. continued to provide periodic updates on the chief’s condition noting Fronterotta made it out of the ICU and into a recovery unit around Jan. 24.
What didn’t stop was Fronterotta’s signature appearing on council agenda items dated Jan. 24 and Jan. 31.
On Jan. 24 he signed documents related to a police substation at Hollywood Park and on Jan. 31 he signed three items related to a two-year agreement for department uniforms, an invoice for repairs to a SWAT vehicle, and an invoice for a tactical robot to enhance “situational awareness” for officers.
While Fronterotta recuperates and ponders whether to return to duties, Lt. Cardell Hurt was elevated to Acting Police Chief and has now begun signing staff reports on the department’s behalf.
On the Feb. 7 regular city council meeting the police department will receive nearly $246,000 in Tobacco Grant funds that the City draws down on after providing invoices for reimbursable expenditures.
Chief Fronterotta signed the grant Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Jan. 11, the day before he suffered the intracranial hemorrhage. The contact person listed on the taxpayer ID form is Mayor Butts, not a member of either the Finance or Police department.
Hurt also executed an agreement to receive Citizen Options for Public Safety (COPS) funds in the amount of $165,000. The funds are intended to be kept in an account separate from the General Fund, so they are not co-mingled and are intended to be used for front-line law enforcement efforts.
The department is suggesting the funds be spent on office furniture, public service announcements, computer software/hardware, and non-POST/non-reimbursable training.
The staff report also indicates the City will use the funds to pay outstanding invoices totaling $181,000; $24,000 for shooting accessories, $9,600 for uniforms, and $148,000 to Motorola Solutions.
Still no safety efforts for the Inglewood Schools. Exposed playgrounds of children are left highly visible from the streets. Is this not a safety concern for city of Inglewood? School District? We NEED A COLLABORATION FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR INGLEWOOD CHILDREN.