I submitted this email today to the city of Inglewood Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) Manger Damian Pipkins regarding new funding the city has received for rent relief. According to the department they are using the new funds to expand a previous program approved with the first round of CARES Act funding towards housing the city’s most vulnerable. The city has already received $827,000 in housing funds, for Rent Relief, from the CARES Act. If the city has received an additional $1 million to “expand” the existing program, why are they scheduling a Public Hearing October 13th?
Dear Mr. Pipkins,
Hello this is Marvin McCoy
I’m writing you to express my concerns about the additional funds identified by the City of Inglewood as it relates to the Care Act.
It appears that this Mayor and Council have decided that following procedure is subject to their discretion in spite of the greater good of the Inglewood residents they are elected to serve.
With that being said it is for the greater good that the elected officials act in the best interest of Inglewood @ large, according to a recent public notice published in Inglewood Today.
According to the public notice there is a 7 day window beginning October 13th – October 20th that allows a 7 day window for public comments and questions regarding distribution and use of funds to provide insight and input of how these funds should be used and it appears that the Council has intentions of circumventing this process by allocating these funds without consideration of public comments and or public hearing as required by law.
Mr Pipkins to allocate these funds and to publish a public notice , soliciting public comments and questions, regarding distribution of these funds after the Mayor and Council have decided how these funds should be used is disingenuous and infringes on the rights of Inglewood residents.
In closing distribution of said funds without honoring the comment and question and consideration of any questions and or comments during the period specified by the public notice would make the comment and question period, including the Public hearing a simple formality with no true consideration of the greater Inglewood community as a whole.
Thank you in advance for your consideration of my concerns.