2UrbanGirls has obtained a copy of Little v. Butts et. al which documents Inglewood Mayor James Butts long history of bullying and intimidating the community at-large. From suing residents over their right to free speech, firing city employees for refusing to engage in illegal and unethical behavior, to the threats made by Mayor Butts to members of the Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce (IAACC) employees over a city Planning Commissioners firing for stealing from the organization, 2UrbanGirls ponders how many more lawsuits are to come.
2UrbanGirls will share a video documenting the NFL’s return to Southern California where Marc T. Little was featured vehemently supporting the project yet now we wonder were he and Bishop Ulmer forced to support that project too. Bishop Ulmer has been on sabbatical from his church, where Little is Legal Counsel, since Easter Sunday.
The lawsuit details how Mayor Butts attempted to have Bishop Ulmer fire Little from his employment and his use of intermediary Melanie McDade-Dickens to force Little to resign as Vice-President of the IAACC. Little named “Employee A” as being loyal to both McDade and Butts who has now been identified as Erick Holly, Planning Commissioner appointed by Inglewood Councilman George Dotson (who still owes Mayor Butts in excess of $100k for financing his election campaign).
Erick Holly confirmed to 2UrbanGirls he was fired by Marc T. Little back in December.
Holly is also a member of the Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council where Mayor Butts is a member of the Metro Board of Directors. Prior to being named Executive Director of the Chamber, Holly worked for a well known Inglewood mechanics shop. In Mayor Butts’ normal capacity of a police officer, he would be charged with arresting individuals who have stolen from their employer. It is not clear why Holly wasn’t charged and why Butts continues to associate himself with Holly, unless Holly votes in favor of projects, as a Planning Commissioner, the Mayor and Dotson want passed.
At the crux of the lawsuit is the Mayor trying to coerce Chamber Board Members into signing pledges of support for Sen. Steve Bradford’s failed bill SB 789 and wouldn’t be surprised if the new leadership gets them to sign on to newly elected Asm. Sydney Kamlager’s bill to fast track the Clippers arena. The other issue was the firing of Erick Holly. Is the mayor benefitting from Holly’s blunders? It is well known that Holly was urging the Board to sell the Chambers property on Queen St. and instead “rent” a location around the corner on Market St.
2UrbanGirls readers note that the Clippers paid mouthpiece, Chris Roberts, is busying herself doing damage control in Mayor Butts’ Facebook group #EyeOnInglewood.
This article has been altered to remove language that the city of Inglewood gave a redevelopment loan of $18 million dollars to FCBC. The development agreement reads that the city awarded the funds to Madison Square Garden, DIRECTLY, after the sale was finalized and MSG reached benchmarks pertaining to renovation improvement goals.