Is Inglewood Mayor James Butts afraid of community dissent at his annual State of the City address? The Inglewood Chamber is back hosting its annual State of the City after a two year lapse.
Residents are fuming that Mayor James Butts has soured the relationship with the owners of the Forum so badly that they are unable to attend the State of the City at the Forum, for FREE, as they have done since the mayor has taken office.
The chamber is asking for upwards of $10,000 for sponsorship and $100 for tickets, to the event, which will take place OUTSIDE of city limits.
Traditionally, residents were able to attend the event in close proximity to their home, and for FREE and only had to pay if they were served lunch.
With the new location being a hotel near the LAX airport, residents are disgruntled they won’t be able to attend either due to the cost or the location. It isn’t clear if the city’s shuttles will be provided to seniors, but how awkward to be sitting at tables watching everyone else eat.
Former Inglewood Chamber board members accused Erick Holly, the chambers Executive Director, of misappropriating a payment, in relation to the last state of the city, which is why the chamber hasn’t hosted one for the last two years. Although they expressed their concerns about Holly, in a meeting with Mayor Butts, they were forced to rehire Holly and the whistle blowers were replaced with new leaders.
Mayor Butts strongest voting base is senior citizens. Perhaps he can use his campaign funds to cover tickets AND transportation for community members to attend and have lunch with him. Contact Melanie McDade at 310-412-5301 to inquire and tell them 2UrbanGirls sent you!