The Inglewood City Council will convene on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, to amend the city’s parking enforcement agreement, approve a pilot shuttle program, adopt, apply and accept and implement the State of California Housing and Community Development (HCD) Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA), request a Public Hearing on the 2020-2021 Annual Action Plan and have a closed session item on anticipated litigation believed to be related to a wrongful termination claim filed by Mayor James T. Butts former executive assistant/girlfriend Melanie McDade-Dickens.
City Manager Artie Fields continues to allow his signature to be forged on city documents and at this point whoever is signing Fields’ name doesn’t care that the public is aware. Fields recently became a father, to a healthy son born via surrogate, that he and his partner raise, however, is he thinking of his child when he allows what the public perceives as fraud to take place under his nose?
The city will amend agreement number 14-142 with Serco, Inc., to increase the contract value, which includes bringing employees salaries up to market rate. Compensation will increase in FY 2020-2021 from $2.8 million to $4.1 million and will be reduced in FY 2021-2020 from $4.1 million to $3.9 million.
During the July 7, 2020, regular city council meeting, Mayor Butts pulled the item related to Rideco, Inc., to operate a pilot shuttle program designed to ensure Inglewood residents can get to work at LAX Airport at the cost of $1.2 million. According to the staff report, on June 25, 2019, the city entered an agreement with UrbanTrans Consultants, Inc., to develop the program with the city issuing an RFP on December 19, 2019. The city received two responses. The agreement with Rideco will run for one year.
The city will adopt, apply, accept and implement the State of California Housing and Community Development (HCD) Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) which was created in 2017 under SB 2. The city would be eligible to receive $735,776 in CDBG funds which will be used towards first-time homebuyer, home rehabilitation and rental assistance programs administered by the city’s housing authority. The deadline to apply for the funding is July 27, 2020.
The city will set a Public Hearing for July 21, 2020, to receive public comments and take final action on the Draft FY 2020-2021 Annual Action Plan .
The city will entertain extending the moratorium on new self-storage facilities citing “additional pressure” from developers to build due to the activity and interest in the city of Inglewood. The staff report is requesting an additional 180 days for ordinance 19-15. Economic and Community Development Director Chris Jackson’s signature has returned to normal.
The deadline was reached on June 30, 2020, for Melanie McDade-Dickens to submit her wrongful termination claim to the city. 2UrbanGirls initiated a public request for the document to which the city responded Pursuant to Government Code 6253(c) that they needed an additional 14 days based on the existence of unusual circumstances which include the need to search, collect and review potentially voluminous amount of information related to our request. City Attorney Ken Campos also cited the COVID-19 public health crisis as another potential delay in responding to requests.
This wouldn’t be troublesome if wasn’t already well-known that the majority of staff have been back to work since last month and the City Clerk’s office was continuing to receive documents related to the Clippers arena and that city council meeting were still taking place on schedule.
It makes you wonder how “voluminous” was McDade’s claim?
Finally, Inglewood residents have now taken their concerns public over the mishandling of taxpayer funds by City Manager Artie Fields. Treasurer Wanda Brown continues to be punished for revealing the ineptitude of Fields and how he allows Mayor Butts to “punk” him around.
Even if Fields was allowing someone to sign documents on his behalf, wouldn’t they be legally required to sign their OWN name “for” Fields as this document shows someone signed on behalf of PW Director Louis Atwell?
How many people are eating off the backs of Inglewood taxpayers for Mayor Butts to avoid scrutiny and a visit from either local or federal authorities?
You can view the full council agenda here and the meeting will be shown live on the city’s Facebook page at 2pm on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.