Inglewood City Treasurer Wanda Brown has thrust herself into the spotlight with heavy criticism of members of the City Council during the last month. The latest outburst entailed her revealing she has been possibly illegally recording conversations between her and Councilman Ralph Franklin.
During an interview with 2UrbanGirls Brown complained of not receiving lifetime medical benefits and was concerned City Clerk Yvonne Horton is.
“I have asked Yvonne on several occasions if she receives lifetime medical and she has refused to answer me. All of the former members of council receive those benefits and I do not.”City Treasurer Wanda Brown
Lifetime medical benefits became a thorn in the city’s side and resulted in many employees taking an early retirement to preserve their lifetime medical. Another former Inglewood councilmembers spouse made a claim against the city for her medical benefits.
City of Culver City residents passed a measure that makes the Clerk and Treasurer positions appointed, rather than elected, in order to save money.
City of Torrance voters will go to the ballot next week to also decide whether these positions are discontinued as being elected.
According to the latest Inglewood Salary Ordinance from November 5, 2019, our clerk earns a monthly salary of $8,694.54, while paying her deputy city clerk a monthly salary of $7,173.50 per month. Both positions receive benefits under the city’s Inglewood Executive Organization (IEO) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Horton is to serve as secretary and member of various committees, and when she is absent, her deputy takes her place. The deputy city clerk is a full-time city employee.
Brown receives a monthly salary of $8,355.27 which calls for her to serve on the Permits & Licenses committee, Investment Committee and Claims Review committee.
A review of three years of these meeting agendas/minutes, shows Brown shows up about 10% of the time. On yesterday’s council agenda, City Manager Artie Fields publicly declared the Investment Committee hasn’t met in “some time” and abolished the current committee and reestablished it. The move was made out of concern of non-compliance of the city’s Investment Policy.
In short, the Clerk and Treasurer show up when they want and continue to receive a full salary for meetings that at times last a few minutes.
The last incident of elected officials illegally inflating their salaries, for meetings that lasted for mere minutes, was the city of Compton.
The biggest difference between the two cities is Inglewood residents voted in November 1996 to pass Proposition Y which quadrupled the pay of Inglewood elected officials.
At the time, the city’s budget was cited the budget as being $156,000,000. According to yesterday’s budget presentation, the FY 2019-2020 budget has been reduced to $125, 511,425.
How can the city afford to keep up these exorbitant salaries when we are bringing in $25 million less in revenue than when voters approved their raises?