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The Price of a New City

Written by Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hold on Inglewood, things are about to get a little crazy. With everything starting up, seemingly at the same time, nerves may become rattled. But it will all be fine in the end. With the re-opened Fabulous Forum past the six-month mark, earning revenue for the City, and fast becoming a mecca for world-class entertainment (again!), there are new developments to keep our eyes on. Century Blvd., long in need of repaving, is on its way to being fixed, although it may not look that way at first. Streets are being torn up at Century Blvd. and Prairie Ave,, eastward…

Listen to the Young Voices

Written by Thursday, October 02, 2014
Joshua Apparicio is an articulate and ambitious 9 year-old. He’s a boy on a mission. He works hard, plays by the rules, excels academically and even makes the rounds as a public speaker. Recognized as a rising leader, Joshua was recently invited to attend a youth leadership conference in Washington DC. There’s just one problem: He doesn’t have the money. Not content to rely solely on the usual methods like bake sales or car washes, Joshua took his fundraising campaign straight to the people. Dressed in his Sunday best, Joshua made a public plea for support to fund his trip…

Fighting the Good Fight

Written by Thursday, September 25, 2014
It’s serious now. The U.S. is officially at war and Islamic terror groups are beheading innocent civilians for sport. If there was ever a time to join the fight, the time is now. One thing the president has consistently repeated is that American allies must take their place and be prepared to defend their own people. The days are over when the U.S does all the heavy lifting while smaller countries stand by, watch and cheer from the sidelines. This war could take years to end. It may go on for decades. It will not only depend on the ability…

Have Voters Lost Their Passion?

Written by Thursday, September 18, 2014
Four million voters in Scotland are expected to go to the polls on September 18 to decide whether to forge independence from the rest of the United Kingdom. Scotland has been part of the UK for more than 300 years. It is the only ballot decision Scottish voters will have to make. Those on the “Yes” side want to be free of English—i.e. Tory Party—control. The Scottish have fared worse economically among UK citizens because they are more reliant on public assistance. London officials have made several public spending cuts to balance the Treasury’s finances. To summarize what is happening…

Ask and Receive

Written by Thursday, September 11, 2014
It’s a new school year and teachers are welcoming students with eager young minds, excited to learn. Whether you are in school now or your school days were over eons ago, one thing has not changed. The student who raises his or her hand, is the one who finds the answer. Those who do not ask are often relieved when someone else has the boldness to ask the question they want answered. In life we often miss out on opportunities simply because we don’t know and therefore do not ask. Other times, we might think we know but won’t find…

Inglewood Fosters Success for Hispanics

Written by Thursday, September 04, 2014
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and honor their heritage and culture. Nowhere does the light of Hispanic pride shine brighter than in Inglewood. Unlike many other cities, the observation in Inglewood is more than symbolic. It is deeply meaningful and personal. With a population that represents nearly 50% of the city, Inglewood’s Hispanic population reaches into every sector of our community, including schools, businesses, churches, and government. Last year, history was made when Alex Padilla was elected to the city…
The road to recovery and rebuilding has begun after the 6.0 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks shook Napa, California last weekend. At least 240 patients have been treated for injuries, and 100 structures were red-tagged, which means they are uninhabitable. Six homes were destroyed by fire. Living here in California, we are well aware of the reality of earthquakes. We know they can happen at any moment. Their unpredictability can be unnerving, and there is not much we can do to prevent it. We can only be prepared, and the importance of having a survival plan and emergency supplies ready cannot…

We've Seen Ferguson Too Many Times Before

Written by Thursday, August 21, 2014
By now, the brutal acts by police in Ferguson, Missouri in response to protests over an unarmed black teen being shot 6 times by a white officer are well known. The city has turned into a police state, with many citizens forced off the streets and threatened with arrests if they try and record what is occurring. Civil rights are being violated left and right, while Michael Brown’s family seeks justice. It was reported that a video was released of a young man (alleged to be Michael) robbing a store. The family wasn’t even given the chance to see the…

Make the Most of Inglewood Summer

Written by Thursday, August 14, 2014
Back by popular demand, the City of Inglewood, in conjunction with KJLH is sponsoring 4th Friday Food Trucks. On the fourth Friday of every month, from 4-9pm, through October, Market Street (between Manchester and Florence) will be transformed into a food court. You won’t want to miss these dates: August 22, September 26 and October 24. There’ll be plenty of good food to choose from curbside restauranteurs –from fresh fish, Mexican food, healthy salads, sandwiches, soul food and a whole lot more. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. Folks can also enjoy live music from local talent, patronize stores…

We Must Protect Our Voting Rights

Written by Thursday, August 07, 2014
Voting rights has gone through a series of twists and turns—from no rights to conditional rights to full rights and now restricted rights. Last year, Voting Rights took a severe step backward when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that certain states prone to discriminate no longer needed federal clearance before changing voting laws. States have been slowly working to erode the law, introducing new Voter ID laws that make it hard for minorities, women, young and old voters. Some of the new policies require a person to pay for a birth certificate. Depending on the county, this requirement can be…
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