March 21, 2013
LAWT Staff Report
On December 4, 2011, the Inglewood City Council approved the Office of the City Clerk to place Measure P & W on the ballot.
Proposition P would require the Office of the City Clerk to publish a summary of the ordinance in the local newspaper while continuing to post the entire ordinance on the city website and making a copy available for review in the clerk’s office.
According to city of Inglewood records, city ordinances can range from one to 30 pages and cost the city up to $6,000 to publish in their entirety.
“With the advent of social media, cable television, and the internet, we can be more effective and efficient in informing the public of our ordinances for far less,” said Yvonne Horton, Inglewood city clerk. “It is wiser and more prudent for the city of Inglewood to use technology to communicate the content of ordinances, while continuing to publish a summary in the local newspaper.”
The City Council also voted to place Measure W on the ballot. If adopted, this measure would change the city charter to require that the majority of the City Council must decide if the entire ordinance should be read into the record.
“The city of Inglewood functions as a democracy where the majority rules and no-one should have absolute power,” said Inglewood Mayor James Butts. “Measure W enhances transparency, efficiency and democracy and gives voice to fairness.”
Measure W ensures that every voice is heard, while fairness rules the day and the City Council functions as a democracy,” concluded Horton.
The Inglewood City Clerk also announced that early voting is available in the City Clerk’s office on the first floor of the City Hall Building and encourages voters to vote, either by mail or at their designated polling place.