By now you are aware that Mayor Butts has told employees to work from home from November 30 and not return to City Hall until January 11, 2021. We are mandated to get a COVID-19 test before returning. PLEASE keep a watchful eye out on the council agendas as you are well aware that is when Butts does his dirty work.
I am writing because many of us at City Hall are at our wits end with Butts’ mistreatment of long-time employees and being under surveillance by Office of Emergency Services employee Emory Ward and the security officers. If you notice, the security officers are supposed to be paid to watch city hall and the library but they are in photos with the mayor at events outside of the city. He’s the same officer in charge of monitoring residents who used to assemble in Community Room A for council meetings. Ward is always shadowing the mayor and lording over council meetings behind the city clerk. Our emails, voicemail and desks are regularly searched by Butts & Co. and we don’t know why. WHY ARE EMPLOYEES UNDER SURVEILLANCE?
City Hall has become a “hunger games” of sorts. Butts promotes women, specifically, because he either wants to sleep with them or control their behavior. It’s not cute how he flaunts these non-qualified women over those with education and background. Case in point.
Jackie Corby 1st & only Actg./Interim City Administrator, Anita Willis Esq., Actg. City Atty. Emmerline Foote Esq., Actg. City Atty., Jenny Hsiesh Esq, City Atty. (Currently on leave). Margarita Cruz (Redevelopment). Barbara Ohno (Finance), Angie Pacheco (Housing Mgr), Marlene, Sylvia Baker (Affordable Housing Specialist), Aldra Allison, (Comm. Development). Beverly Johnson (CDBG), Aja Brown (Planning), Laura Zingg (Planning Dir. of another City, Inglewood promoted an newly hired male planner over her & promoted Fred Jackson to Senior Planner), Mindy Wilcox (should be Planning Director), Pamela Thigpen, B.S. & M.P.A., fought for everything, Danita Meshack, B.S. & J.D. fought for everything, to get nothing. All of these women are GONE except Mindy who actually thinks she will get promoted someday by playing by Butts’ rules.
The degreed women do not get promoted, favored or elevated. They are hassled, stressed, fight years for scraps or a promotion or just leave the City. The City loses a lot of excellent talent.
The City elevates the non-degreed in order to control them: Teresa Sanford, ranked #2 in Housing Supervisor (AA degree) got it over 2 people w/ Master’s degrees. Years later, she complained to union about not getting Housing Mgr position, so City created a brand new, never before position, no open recruitment, and gave her the position of Assistant Housing Manager (no 4 yr degree required). In 2019, she messed up one of the programs so bad when told to write a report on her errors, she abruptly retired.
Peggy Valesquez & Maria Heaney, non-degreed Finance Supervisors who allowed $1.4 million to go uncollected on their watch. Peggy has favor becasue her husband is ex-IPD. Heaney paid herself overtime and only got a slap on the wrist. In other places its called embezzlement but Butts said nothing. Instead he allowed Maria to defraud the IRS on Melanies behalf and only Melanie got punished for alleged “fraud”. Maria is still at work everyday.
Lori Parcells, non-degreed, Planning Director. Marsha Turner, Code Enforcement Superintendent (non-degreed), Theresa Estrada, Parks & Recs Superintendent (non-degreed) (has two of her family members work for Parks & Recs). Dianna Autenhouer, non-degreed, RSI Program Mgr. They made Bettye Griffith, RSI Dir., because they made Matthew Chambers ITC Dir (Maurice Hernandez has been w/ City longer & more qualified should’ve got the job) Yakema Decatur (non-degreed) now DIRECTOR of Housing Protection Program (her son works in Parks and Recs) and City gave all Executives $18k & $ 20k bonuses which they can’t account for.
Also, they needed to promote another woman to Director to stop the grumbling from employees who were already upset, not attending holiday parties over recent bonuses and the nepotism, favoritism, cronyism & sexism going on in the City.
Per Dr. Wanda Brown, David Esparza doesn’t have a degree or one in Finance, he does what he’s told. Jose Cortes wasn’t qualified for HR Dir., Jack & Leonca taught him everything; Leonca still keeps him afloat. Jose doesn’t have a degree only certificates. He too does what he’s told.
You should also write an article on nepotism, Past & Present in the Inglewood; Ken Campos, City Attorney’s daughter works at the City now. He does as he’s told in order for his daughter to have a city job.
You see in Inglewood, everybody wants something in exchange for something and Butts is all but happy to oblige to keep the employees and residents in the dark about the true state of the city’s finances.
Fed up in City Hall