The Inglewood City Council will convene on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, to reduce public participation, amend the Master Fee Schedule to include street parking permits, continue the silencing of the City Treasurer, and release the findings of the 2018-2019 single audit of the City of Inglewood and the City of Inglewood Housing Authority which shows the city is in dire financial straits.
The council meeting will commence with the rejection of claims filed by two residents related to alleged loss/use of sound insulation.
City Manager Artie Fields and Assistant City Manager David Esparza prepared a staff report to amend the Citizen Participation Plan from thirty days to FIVE and approve substantial amendments to the FY 2019-2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Recovery Act (CARE Act) where they will reallocate current unexpended program funds from projects/activities and allocate supplemental funding from HUD under the CARES Act to address impacts to the city. The city expects to receive $827,507.
The city will formally add permit street parking fees to the Master Fee Schedule for the citywide permit parking program.
Mayor James T. Butts has made good on his promise to remove the City Treasurer from making oral reports which she has used the past six months to discuss fiscal malfeasance occurring in the city’s Finance Department. In her latest report, dated June 23, 2020, she states Mayor Butts has had her access to City Hall restricted where she can only enter certain areas with the assistance of city employees. Her city issued badge only works on the 2nd Floor where her office is located. This is odd because outside members of the public, most notably a former member of the Compton City Council, at one time possessed an Inglewood City Hall access badge due to his work with City Clerk Yvonne Horton.
Finally, the city’s auditors have released the 2018-2019 Financial Statements and Single Audit for the City of Inglewood and the City of Inglewood Housing Authority. 2UrbanGirls enlisted the assistance of a local and respected CPA, who requested anonymity, to decipher the auditors findings.
“They [City of Inglewood] are in the hole and their revenue won’t cover the their liabilities. They would have to sell assets or increase tax revenue significantly. I would ask for the documentation the makes up the notes and loans, the receivables, land held for resale, community development projects, …Wait, WTF are compensated absences??”
Several residents submitted inquiries to the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association about a newly created “fee” associated with the creation of the Housing Protection Department (HPD). Residents likened the exorbitant fee to an undercover tax.
Property owners will have increased annual residential registrations fees from $20 per unit to $84 per unit for properties with 1 – 4 units and $168 per unit with properties having 5+ units in order to fund the new department tasked with regulating rent control.
“Why, for one, do some units pay double? How is rent control in buildings with 5 or more units twice as costly to administer?” said HJTA Staff Attorney Laura Dougherty. “If there is no basis for this doubling, that is a violation of the last paragraph of Proposition 26. And why is rent control administration that much more expensive than code enforcement?”
Is this why Mayor Butts embraced rent control? To use the associated fees/tax to address the deficiencies on the city’s balance sheet? We can also see