The Executive Assistant to the Inglewood Mayor and City Manager wasn’t the only city employee reaping the benefits of a sleepy Inglewood city council. Inglewood Mayor James Butts, Councilmembers George Dotson, Ralph Franklin, Eloy Morales and Alex Padilla have a LOT of explaining to do where it concerns raises given to certain Employees and one of their fellow elected officials. 2UrbanGirls wants to believe that of this bunch, Alex Padilla is the most legit member of council, however, his willingness to vote affirmatively on certain items gives this blog great pause.
On February 6, 2018, Salary Ordinance 18-04 was passed unanimously. City employees were furious that somehow the “assistant” to Mayor Butts and City Manager Artie Fields, Melanie McDade-Dickens, was made the Director of the Parking and Enterprise Divison over the more qualified current Parking Manager Mario Inga.
During the May 15, 2018, council agenda, the Parking and Enterprise Division made a presentation to charge $5/hour to park at the new Senior Center. McDade didn’t deliver the presentation, Inga did.
For the regular city council meeting held today, May 29th, there was an item to extend to Exclusive Negotiation agreement between the LA Philharmonic and the city of Inglewood to purchase the former AMAN Inc. building. McDade was due to deliver the presentaiton, in the capacity of “Executive Assistant to the Mayor/City Manager” but due to the news of her salary circulating through Inglewood, council voted on 17 items at once and she didn’t get a chance to come to the podium.
According to the ordinance the move was a “cost savings” measure that would yield $200k in annual savings. Apparently those savings includes her not having to perform the duties of Parking Director either.
McDade-Dickens previously worked for 100 Black Men of Los Angeles as secretary to the organizations Executive Director.
Court records show she successfully sued then Executive Director Anthony Samad, for sexual harassment.
The blog Mayor Sam reported back in 2013:
By 2008, Melanie McDade, a secretary employed by 100BMLA, brought claims against100BMLA and Samad alleging sexual harassment by Samad. It was during this case that Rillera was questioned on what she observed between Samad and McDade, and Rillera corroborated McDade’s story. As a result, Rillera alleges she was also retaliated against by 100BMLA for cooperating in the McDade investigation.
Employees and residents are opining as to whether she performs “other” services for the Mayor to justify her salary and benefits package exceeding $300,000 annually as detailed in Transparent California. In essence, she makes the equivalent of the mayor and four councilmembers combined.
When McDade started with the city in 2013, her salary was approx. $73k and as of 2017 rose to $170k.
Related: Melanie McDade-Dickens salary
City Clerk Yvonne Horton has also received generous increases to her salary, the most recent was a mere months prior to her opening her office, despite it being closed to the public during the annual Christmas Break, to accept a petition to circulate the Hollywood Park initiative for Stan Kroenke.
According to Transparent California, Horton’s salary was $85k in 2013. The following salary ordinances, which are not listed on the city’s website for public viewing, have raised her salary by nearly $40k since this current council was elected:
- Salary Ordinance 07-02 dated March 12, 2007 increased her salary to $7,398/month;
- Salary Ordinance 15-03 dated October 29, 2014 increased her salary to $8,694.54/month
On January 2, 2015, the Inglewood City Clerk’s office accepted a “Proposed City of Champions Revitalization Initiative”.
On February 28, 2017, the City Clerk received authorization from City Council to destroy all records related to the City of Champions Revitalization Initiative.
According to the City Clerk’s office, Horton is entitled to receive raises because she also doubles as the Director of the City Clerk’s office.
The Inglewood Municipal Code addresses how elected members salaries are to be determined and it would appear they are up to the same shady business that saw a letter from the LA County District Attorney’s office being delivered to 205 S. Willowbrook Ave aka Compton City Hall back in August 2015.
ARTICLE IV OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES