The Inglewood City Council approved a multi-year, million dollar contract, for youth tennis services in October 2020, despite the shutdown of the city’s parks due to the raging global pandemic. 40 Love Foundation Inc. is alleged to be a 501(c)(3), however, according to state records, the organization is suspended by the Franchise Tax Board.
The three year contract calls for 40 Love Foundation to perform “tennis management services” for a total contract value of $1,122,170.
This week’s warrant register, scheduled for approval at the March 9 regular city council meeting, lists check # 687586 for $16,513.56 payable to the organization.
The staff report, dated October 27, 2020, calls for the organization to operate, manage and maintain the Donald Bly tennis complex. A current flyer lists tennis lessons are offered Monday and Wednesday from 5pm-6pm at a cost of $34 for residents and $39 for non-residents.
During the March 2, regular city council meeting, items on the warrant register were questioned by residents, with Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. stating he wasn’t aware of the checks in question, yet, voted in favor of approving payment.
It is unclear why the city awarded over $1 million, in taxpayer funds, to an organization not in good standing with the state.
Would the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Office consider this an intentional act of misappropriating taxpayer funds?40 love