Is Inglewood Mayor James Butts following the shaky steps of LA Councilman Jose Huizar as it relates to having an intimate relationship with his staffer? While under oath, during a recent deposition, Mayor Butts was asked if he was involved with his assistant and instead of denying it, he refused to answer.
It was alleged by numerous LA City Hall staffers that the CD14 Coucncilman Jose Huizar was sleeping with his assistant Francine Godoy, as a married man. When the shit hit the fan, Godoy was rerouted to a six figure job at the city’s sanitation office with no job duties. Employees shared with 2UrbanGirls she never had so much as a pencil on her desk and after having a baby, she left working for the city.
As the lawsuit between the city of Inglewood and MSG ramps up, newly disclosed filings show the Mayor was deposed and was asked questions related to his relationship with his executive assistant Melanie McDade.
McDade began her career with Mayor Butts serving on his 2011 campaign then pivoted to a part-time job with the city of Inglewood that became permanent months later. In her own words, she said she was a bank teller and stay at home mom. What she failed to disclose was her work as secretary of 100 Black Men of Los Angeles and how she sued her former boss, Anthony Samad, for sexual harassment. Inglewood residents fear Mayor Butts is paying McDade over $300k annually to not be the subject of a similar claim.
In a Facebook group called Eyewitness News in Inglewood, many commenters don’t care about the reported relationship between the Mayor and Ms. McDade. Others believe he is using taxpayers money to entice McDade to lie under oath. The Los Angeles Times reported that the Mayor had McDade sit in on his deposition, which is odd he was allowed to do so.
The city refuses to release documents related to McDade’s resume and/or education and it also begs to question if Mayor Butts possesses the degrees he claims to have received.
The Mayor, along with City Manager Artie Fields continue to tout McDade’s work supervising several key departments, however, it is rumored she is a mere conduit of Mayor Butts and he runs those various departments through her. It is also believed she is the one who alerted the trash companies that the Mayor’s brother needed a job. McDade and the mayor’s brother shared the same bankruptcy attorney.
Is Mayor Butts using taxpayer money to silence his alleged girlfriend and other department managers? Stay tuned.