In this “gotcha” political environment it’s very easy to point out the failures and/or bad deeds of politicians, but when they do good, it’s equally as important to point out and set an example for others to follow.
With that being said I wholeheartedly express my deep appreciation and gratitude to Compton Mayor Aja Brown for bringing a Universal Basic Income Pilot program to the City of Compton, and although I’m not a resident of Compton, her initiative in itself should spark a conversation about the realities and dire effects of income inequality across the Country and more specifically, my home City, Inglewood Ca.
Why Inglewood? Why not Inglewood? If you compare the two Cities one could reasonably argue that Inglewood has more resources than Compton, including two multi-billionaires who decided to bring their “talents” and deep pockets to Inglewood with no tangible returns and or benefits for the residents who were here before the self proclaimed ” Lord and Savior” Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. arrived.
Sure ,nobody, including myself can question the Mayor’s drive and ambition but one has to question does that drive and ambition serve the greater Inglewood community as a whole or just his donors who lavishly adorn him with praises despite his moral ineptitude and questionable backroom dealings?
In fact to answer this question no one has to look any further than your series detailing former employee Barbara Ohno’s lawsuit vs. the City of Inglewood. In this account, assuming it’s true, the Mayor has quietly and with force and intimidation has built a criminal enterprise in collusion with these multibillion dollar developers at the expense of Inglewood residents.
In fact it appears not only has he done this with their approval but has lavishly awarded houses and unmerited promotions and bonuses to employees who knowingly have participated in his scheme while punishing those whom refuse to be his puppet.
Case in point – his treatment of elected City Treasurer Wanda Brown. He has cowardly, and with malicious intent, stripped her of her duties for exposing corruption as Barbara Ohno’s lawsuit and allegations corroborates much, if not all, what the City Treasurer has been ringing the alarm about. THE CITY IS IN DIRE FINANCIAL STRAITS. Look at how contract negotiations with the employee represented unions continue to drag on despite the city recording deficits the last three budget cycles.
In closing, it’s high time that these developers and investor’s, with purposeful and good intentions, become REAL “Community Partners” and stop lining the Mayor’s and his associates pockets to do their bidding as promises of a better tomorrow is no longer sufficient.
Inglewood residents must demand UBI