The Inglewood Teachers Association and League of Women Voters Beach Cities held the first candidates forum for candidates seeking office on the city council, school board and community college boards.
The meeting began with candidates for the Inglewood City Council and only two candidates were present.
Aisha Thompson, is running for city clerk and against Deandre Warren who was not present. Angelique Jackson, is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, an entrepreneur and on-air personality “Angelique on the Links”, is a write in candidate for District 4 to replace Ralph Franklin.
Thompson was asked to clarify her candidacy and ability to run for city council, after 2UrbanGirls reported the Inglewood Municipal Code mandates employees must first resign before pulling papers.
“I sought a legal opinion and the 1st Amendment guarantees me the right to pull nomination papers and run for city council,” said Thompson. She also asserted the code needs to be addressed.
2UrbanGirls believes City Attorney Ken Campos should immediately prepare a staff report, seeking to repeal sections 2-48, 2-49 and 2-50, as Thompson’s legal opinion clearly states it violates the Constitution of the United States.
Jackson said she isn’t fully aware of the city’s municipal code, but wrote down the question and would look into the issue.
Thompson eloquently discussed her plans to increase voter participation of Inglewood students and hoped to collaborate with Inglewood Unified School District to achieve more involvement in the electoral process.
“We are far behind in getting our youth to vote and that is my priority,” said Thompson.
The questions then turned to “corruption” and the candidates had conflicting perceptions of what is transpiring in Inglewood City Hall.
“Unfortunately I am not aware of any corruption in the city,” said Thompson. “I am a civil service employee that works alongside with the council and mayor and to my knowledge I am not aware of any corruption that the city of Inglewood has.”
“I am going to have some challenges going against the old guard in Inglewood,” said Jackson. “It is time for some change and in order to have a proud city we have to have a proud government. Our entire brand is at stake and if it’s not right its got to go.”
When the topic of eminent domain came up, as it relates to the city potentially acquiring properties for the proposed Clippers Arena, Thompson stated in the capacity of city clerk, she has no direct involvement in the process and Jackson reiterated people should have a right to retain their property and homes.
“To be honest I don’t play a part or role with any developments or decisions the council makes on development,” said Thompson. “I sign off on contracts and that would be my responsibility.”
“On the subject of eminent domain my goal is to have this be a community again,” said Jackson. “I want Inglewood to feel like home and have people feel safe and secure and not worry about being put out of their home.” She pledged to research more on the subject.
When asked their opinions of defunding the Inglewood Police Department both Jackson and Thompson don’t believe that will solve the city’s problems and said IPD needs all available resources to carry out their duties.