With the holiday break behind us, the city of Inglewood resumes regular city council meetings this week with a full docket of closed session items consisting solely of lawsuits.
The city is currently involved in a civil rights lawsuit with Robert Catchings and multiple lawsuits from MSG and community groups IRATE and Uplift Inglewood. There is another “potential” case listed that could involve the former high paid assistant to Mayor James Butts.
The city is expected to approve a $252,000 agreement with Wildan Engineering to make improvements along Prairie Ave in time for the opening of SoFi Stadium in July. The project will be funded by SB 1 and Measure M and Measure R.
The city will expend $1.4 million of Residential Soundproofing funds, from the FAA, to insulate 49 single and multi-family homes, predominantly in District 1.
The city will finalize an amended legal services contract with Miller Barondess, LLP, which delineates rates of $650/hour for MSG related matters and a non MSG rate of $450/hour for other legal issues.
The city is also expected to permanently change the zoning along Prairie Ave stretching from Manchester to Hardy. The zone will allow for removing prohibited business types from the C-2/Medical Overlay Zone to accommodate the incoming NFL stadium.
During the January 14, 2020 Pubic Hearing not a single member of the public spoke on the matter, but District 4 Councilman Ralph Franklin had comments.
Franklin indicated the areas affected would go beyond the area listed in the documents provided for the Public Hearing.
Franklin stated his documents contained a map stating the zone in question is East Arbor Vitae to the North to alley South of Hardy, Prairie on the East and Larch to the West.
When staff was asked to clarify, Senior Planner Fred Jackson reiterated the area being from Manchester and Prairie (North/South) and zero mention of East/West boundaries.
When Mayor Butts asked “who wanted to go down in history as introducing the zone changes” Councilman Eloy Morales replied he would.
Unfortunately, in this week’s staff report for approval and most importantly clarity on the zone boundaries, no map is provided.
You can view the Public Hearing at the 3:04 mark of the video below.
Last week we failed to mention that District 1 Councilman George Dotson resident Lee Denmon, was removed from the Police Oversight Commission and added to the Parks & Recreation commission to replace Patricia Patrick, who has replaced Erick Holly on the city’s Planning Commission.