Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. is continuing his silencing of the city treasurer by intentionally excluding her from attending city council meetings.
Treasurer Wanda Brown began to peel back the layers of the city’s finances after the annual two week holiday closure. During the last two weeks of December 2019, an article appeared in the Daily Breeze about a city hall employee landing the top spot on the city’s housing lottery list.
Brown was livid at the assertion that she committed some form of impropriety and forced City Manager Artie Field to set the record straight on how she became involved in the drawing.
Since then, she has used her weekly announcement time to call out Mayor Butts. First he took away her time to speak then he deactivated her badge.
City Hall insiders shared with 2UrbanGirls that staffers were giving Brown access to the council chambers, as she is STILL a member of the public who can speak during public comment period. Brown began to utilize public comment periods at the beginning and end of the meeting to continue exposing Butts’ behavior behind the scenes.
During today’s meeting, Brown was absent, and apparently shared with a meeting attendee that ALL city hall employees have had their access restricted to the 9th floor.
Every week members of the Facebook audience shares stories of being “left on hold” during public comment period, some waiting upwards of two hours, only for the “operator” to say there are no callers in queue. The most glaring evidence that City Clerk Yvonne Horton is suppressing public comments sent to her office as stated on the weekly city council agenda was an email 2UrbanGirls received 7/28/2020 at 10:53am.
A long term Inglewood resident submitted comment to the city clerk’s AND city attorney’s office and Deputy City Clerk Aisha Thompson failed to publicly announce as she is legally required to do during the council meetings. The email was in regard to claims filed against the city which were scheduled to be denied at the 2pm meeting.
The agenda item referenced in the email was a 2010-2019 personal injury and termination claim filed by Melanie McDade-Dickens.
Her claim was filed last month and City Attorney Ken Campos and his assistant Kenya Carey Crook have failed to follow the CA Public Records Act to furnish this author with the claim and its contents.
From what we gather, it was well known to the council members, their liaisons, City Hall employees, Human Resources, and the Inglewood Chamber that Butts and McDade were in a full blown relationship during every salary ordinance the council voted on to give her raises, promotions and bonuses at City Manager Artie Fields’ behest.
Councilmen George Dotson, Ralph Franklin, Eloy Morales and Alex Padilla will have a difficult time going before a jury to say they didn’t know about the relationship when staffers have already said otherwise under penalty of perjury.