In a move that appears to be motivated by corporate cronyism and political patronage, the Inglewood City Council approved a hastily constructed plan to hand control of parking enforcement over to a private corporation.
The Council OK’d the plan on Tuesday night by a vote of 3-2. Mayor James
Butts and Councilmembers Eloy Morales and Judy Dunlap all voted for the
“I’m disappointed,” said Paul Hawkins, a traffic officer and Inglewood resident who’s worked
for the city for over 20 years. “We’ve served this
community and now the city is turning its back on us.”
came after dozens of Inglewood citizens voiced their opposition to
handing control of city streets to a private corporation. Several
speakers noted that Duncan Solutions, a potential bidder that could win
the multi-million dollar contract to take over parking enforcement in
Inglewood, moved into office space in City Hall a few months ago.
pretty sure Duncan had a hand in writing the legislation,” said
Hawkins, who lives in Inglewood. “We’re just the little guy fighting
against the conglomerate.”
The plan to give away traffic control has been shepherded by City Manager Artie Fields. He says it’s necessary
because the city faces a budget shortfall.
But Councilmember Ralph Franklin pointed out in a fiery speech that if
the budget were in such dire straits, then Fields had an obligation to
provide an accurate budget report to the Council, which he never did.
Councilmember Mike Stevens agreed and motioned for a one week extension
to examine other ways to address the budget shortfall–if one in fact
exists. His motion failed to pass.
Because of the Council’s hasty and reckless actions, about twenty Inglewood workers will lose their jobs.
SEIU 721 members who are targeted in the layoffs should contact David Sanders at (213) 738-8433.