The City of Inglewood is hiring another consultant to create a parking and transportation plan for the incoming NFL stadium. As a consolation it appears the previous consultant hired will be made a sub contractor on the amended and restated agreement between the city of Inglewood and the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) of which Inglewood Mayor James Butts is a board member. The new contract’s funding terms also don’t appear to align with previous expenditures provided to 2UrbanGirls via a public records request.
Next at bat is Willadan Engineering and Pacifica Services. They have been selected by the city to create the parking and transportation plan that The Robert Group failed to provide. As the Robert Group has been instrumental in drumming up community support for Stan Kroenke and now Steve Ballmer, they have been retained to work alongside Willadan to try again.
According to the Staff Report expected to be approved at today’s City Council meeting, the new scope of work details a fund balance of nearly $250,000. This differs from the documentation provided for the 2UrbanGirls article titled “Metro Goal Line Task Force fails to deliver Inglewood parking & traffic plan and is dismantled” and payments made to Triffelletti Consulting made last month.
Mayor Butts has made numerous public comments stating that the city is capable of handling the parking due to how the city handled traffic back when the race track was open. The documents included in the new agreement directly contradicts that notion significantly and once again the city will push for another train to come down Prairie Ave.
The original transportation plan was set to cost $300,000 and the new project cost stands at $550,000.
Should the State legislators veto new legislation related to the train, what will be the city’s alternative?
The city has also stopped transmitting the live feed of the council meetings on Facebook despite hiring a Social Media Manager with a salary of nearly $5,000 per month.