By Veronica Mackey
Lisa Trifiletti, principal, and Sangeev Sahn, strategic advisor of Trifiletti Consulting, presented the Inglewood City Council and public with options for alleviating traffic when the NFL stadium and proposed NBA arena open.
The informative presentation covered options and challenges for a transit project designed to connect passengers to key hubs, including the Green Line, Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail (under construction) and as a bridge between the sports and entertainment venues. Factors to consider include the impact on residents, utilities, infrastructure, cost, funding options, and whether vehicles would operate at or above street level. Options included people movers, light rail vehicles, and an elevated monorail system.
During public comments, Councilman George Dotson called the presentation “enlightening” and thanked the Public Works Department. “Inglewood is trying to get ahead of these (traffic) problems before they even come,” he said.
Councilman Alex Padilla commented on a recent event he attended at La Tijera Charter School called “Read Across America,” and where he had the honor of reading to young students.
Councilman Ralph Franklin thanked Tripeletti and her team for the extensive research that went into the presentation.
“We’re very fortunate to have the ability to have that type of study. Not every city can spend that kind of money,” Councilman Eloy Morales noted. “Of course it helps that the mayor is on the MTA board. Those are the kinds of benefits that we’re seeing.”
According to Mayor James Butts, the study presented by Trifiletti’s firm cost around $300,000 but the funds were provided by L.A. Metro. Butts went on to comment about how much respect Inglewood is getting these days. He is a sought-after speaker who gets invited by groups who previously did not ask.
Most recently, he spoke to a 6-county consortium of 80 members. “They said they have a ‘celebrity’ here (referring to the mayor). We (City of Inglewood) are now a celebrity.”
The mayor spoke briefly about a lawsuit filed by the Forum against the City of Inglewood on Monday. “Money and power is something men seldom give up without a fight,” he said. “You’re going to hear about lawsuits. But no one’s been under oath. No facts have been presented. We’re not going to stay in our place. We have a seat at the table and we have a right to self determination.”