The city of Inglewood delayed increasing trash rates until after the runoff election for District 1.
On Tuesday, March 21, the Inglewood city council is expected to approve a temporary special rate increase of 3.12% starting April 1 through November 30.
On November 22, 2022, the council approved Agreement No. 22-087, a four-year agreement between the City and Consolidated Disposal Service dba Republic Services, which includes an additional extension of a four-year term. The City delayed assessing the “special rate” until now.
“The company will be allowed a one-time Residential Rate adjustment for rates implemented April 1, 2023, including the adjustment that was delayed from December 1, 2022, and a temporary increase to be billed from April 1, 2023 to November 30, 2023. The temporary increase will be removed prior to calculating the December 1, 2023 rate adjustment.”
It’s a damn shame how @RepublicService disrespects @CityofInglewood customers since they contract is on auto-renewal. pic.twitter.com/RWCibv9vZM— 2UrbanGirls (@2UrbanGirls) January 17, 2023
The resolution attached to the staff report indicates the rates will increase from 3.12% to 6.24% on December 1, 2023, and 6.24% on December 1, 2024.
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It was alleged Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. entered into the agreement, which was not to the benefit of Inglewood residents but to his brother who is currently employed by the city’s trash hauler.
Former Inglewood Councilwoman Judy Dunlap submittted a complaint to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office who famously told the Los Angeles Times they lost the file related to the investigation.
The mayor voted twice to enter into exclusive negotiations with Consolidated but recused himself from the final vote.
Emilie St. John is a freelance journalist for 2UrbanGirls.com, the South Bay Examiner, and contributing writer for the Los Angeles Wave newspaper.