The Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony for Inglewood City Clerk Yvonne Horton, conducted May 16 at La Tijera Academy of Excellence Charter School in Inglewood, was a prestigious combination of entertainment, community engagement, and ceremonial celebration, with a focus on the residents of Inglewood.
It was historic in that it was the first time that an Inglewood elected official was sworn in by their spouse, Board of Equalization Chair Jerome E. Horton who also represents the City of Inglewood. Yvonne reminded the residents that "power is measured by one’s ability to empower others, and that collective power trumps individual power.”
With over 565 Inglewood residents, community leaders, and elected officials in the audience, Inglewood Mayor James Butts reminded everyone that Inglewood is on the move, as he provided a hearty welcome and extended his congratulations to Clerk Horton.
“We are glad you were re-elected,” he said, “and I hope that you will remain in office until after I am gone.”
The pledge of allegiance was led by five year old Sahara Kendal Damiana Horton while the national anthem was sung by musical prodigy Tara Hudson. The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, conducted by Charles Dickerson and recognized most recently for performing for First Lady Michelle Obama, presented several classical music selections while Gospel Recording Artist Gina Taylor, delivered a moving performance from her most recent album entitled “Hallelujah Anyhow.”
City Council member Curren Price said. “Yvonne Horton is a dedicated public servant who cares about the people she serves and their appreciation for her service is reflected in today’s large turnout. WOW!” Inglewood School District Administrator Dr. Don Brann, offered his congratulatory remarks and took the opportunity to introduce the newly elected members of the school board; Margaret Richards-Bowers, Melody O. Ngaue-Tuuholoaki, Margaret Evans, and D’Artignan Scorza. The Invocation was offered by Pastor Ronald Taylor and the Blessing of the Clerk was prayerfully offered by Sister Judith Trimble.
Danny Tabor, former mayor and city council member said, “Yvonne exemplifies what community service is all about, she is a family-oriented public servant who delivers her civil responsibility with a prayer.”
Willie Hilton said. “The exciting Hollywood Park real estate development and the pending stadium are nice attractions but I strongly believe that the Inglewood residents and our schools are the foundation of our community and what makes us great. It is fitting that Clerk Horton made that the focus of today’s event."
The event also featured a special message of congratulations from Governor Brown and Lt. Governor Newsome while other members of the Inaugural Committee, including Senator Isadore Hall, Assembly Members Autumn Burke, Mike Gipson and Steven Bradford, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Inglewood Council Members Eloy Morales, Ralph Franklin, George Dotson and Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Council Member Curren Price, and Inglewood City Treasurer Wanda Brown, attended or were represented by a staff member.