This week’s regular city council agenda is rather light.
Council is expected to approve payment of bills, accept grant funds to enforce illegal tobacco sales, and amend Resolution No. 19-08 for Special Use Permit No. 2018-007 for a 12 bed residential health facility located at 814 Market Street.
In the meantime, residents continue to be vocal about moving city council meetings from 2pm to 7pm.
After Mayor James Butts initial election, back in 2011, one of the first items on his agenda were to remove night evenings. The reasoning cited was payment of overtime to city employees and a phantom petition was circulated, using senior citizens, for further justification.
An ordinance was unanimously adopted on January 22, 2013, that amended Chapter 2, Article 8, Section 2-55, by removing the start time of the council meetings from 6pm to 1pm.
If you are a regular viewer of the weekly meetings, they are scarcely attended and senior citizens are no longer bused in from their respective retirement homes, as they were to remove the evening meetings. In addition, rarely, if at all, do city department heads give presentation at council meetings as the council will lump all items together and approve them.
Last week, residents showed the council that when items are of concern, they will show up in huge numbers, to have their voices heard.
At last week’s Planning Commission meeting, residents from District 2 turned out in record numbers, which forced attendees to sit in both the Council Chambers AND Community Room A.
Attendees shared with 2UrbanGirls that Mayor Butts, and who appeared to be HR Director Jose Cortes, in attendance and documenting who was in the audience, by taking their photos. Residents liken it to a police officer cataloging attendees of a protest.
Residents were victorious in having the time they turned out for, denied by the Planning Commission, by a vote of 3-2. Imagine which development projects residents could have stopped if evening meetings were never removed?
Just what Mayor Butts wanted. Lack of opposition to his gentrifying the city of Inglewood.