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Best of Inglewood 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017


The City of Inglewood honored Hispanic Heritage Month with a huge cultural festival, on September 16, 2017 at Crozier Middle School.  The festival celebrated and recognized the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latino Americans. 


Over 2,500 came out to the fun-filled event, which featured live performances by Ballet Folklorico Flor de Mayo, Pedrito Fregoso, Grupo Folklorico Macias, Bob Desena Latin Jazz Band, La Sonora Dinamita and two-time GRAMMY Award winner, Mariachi Divas.  This concert was sponsored by the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.


A classic car show, featuring pre-1970 vehicles, was a big draw.  Over 60 vehicles were on display. Interactive carnival-style games, face painting, arts and crafts, and artisan booths rounded out the day’s activities.  Attendees were kept in-the-know through information resources relative to employment, health, finances and voter registration.


Delicious food was served by Fiesta Martin Mexican Grill, Pupusas Rita, Del’s Fish Tacos, La Michoacana Ricas Nieves, Woods Coffee Company and Tamale Fiesta.


Radio personality Josefa Salinas served as the Mistress of Ceremonies and CeeCee the Mamacita, Radio Personality on 93.5 KDay served as Co-Host for the event.  A great time was had by all! 


Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hispanic or Latino Heritage Month engages, inspires and highlights contributions made by the Latino community to our country, while connecting the multicultural communities of Los Angeles, one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Read on for highlights of events taking place during Latino Heritage Month 2017.


September 16, 2017–January 7, 2018


Metropolis in Latin America at the Getty Center


Over the course of a century of rapid urban growth, sociopolitical upheavals and cultural transitions reshaped the architectural landscapes of major cities in Latin America. Focusing on six capitals—Buenos Aires, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago de Chile—The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930, presents the colonial city as a terrain shaped by Iberian urban regulations, and the republican city as an arena of negotiation of previously imposed and newly imported models, which were later challenged by waves of indigenous revivals. 


Located at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles 90049 (Intersection of Getty Center Drive and Sepulveda Boulevard).  Open Tuesday–Friday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Closed Mondays. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Phone (310) 440-7300. 


September 29


Slila Downs at Dolby Theatre 



A native of Oaxaca, Lila Downs has become one of the most innovative exponents of Mesoamerican music on both sides of the border. By drawing on a pan-Latin palette of music as well as American folk, jazz, blues and rock, Downs and her band of kindred spirits, La Misteriosa, have won accolades and a devoted following of world music fans. Known for her smoky voice and magnetic performances, Downs has created a unique body of work that defies categorization in any single genre.  Dolby Theatre is located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard,


Hollywood 90028 (Level One of the Hollywood & Highland Center), Phone: 323-308-6300. Tickets: 


October 4


Lotería Night at the Central Library 


This is not your grandma’s bingo! Latino Heritage L.A. hosts a lively game of Lotería at the Central Library. Winners will be allowed entrance to a VIP lounge area, where they can enjoy food and complimentary beverages. Lotería Night at the Library is taking place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Located at 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles 90071.  Phone: (213) 228-7000.


Year ‘Round


Museum of Latin American Art


The only museum in the United States to exclusively feature modern and contemporary Latin American art. In addition to a growing permanent collection of over 1,000 works, the Museum also hosts important traveling exhibitions. Educational programs and events provide a context for the art. Located at 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles 90012. Phone: (213) 485-6855. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm.   


El Pueblo de Los Angeles


The oldest section of Los Angeles, and the site where the city was founded in 1781. Beautiful outdoor plaza with museums, historic buildings and a traditional Mexican marketplace for shopping and dining.  Located at 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles 90012. Phone: (213) 4855.  Visit the website at







Trump: The Unmaking of America

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A year ago, Colin Kaepernick got down on one knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.  The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback wanted to draw attention to the proliferation of police shootings of black men.  Now, kneeling has become an emblem of solidarity for athletes and non-athletes alike.


It has reawakened the debate over free speech, who should be allowed to publicly engage in it, and where.  Donald Trump has likened the act to flag burning, called players who don’t stand during the anthem unpatriotic.  He even tweeted his criticism of the players—and Kaepernick in particular—over 2 dozen times—all the while ignoring hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


This man, the leader of the free world, uses his right to free speech almost hourly on Twitter.  But I guess free speech only applies if it’s something Trump wants to hear. His mode of operation has always been to silence the voices of anyone who would dare to have an opinion that differs from him.  Lest we forget, he is a former reality TV star whose popular tagline was “You’re fired!”  


Just fire people and they will go away.  But this is not television.


Now, as president, he’s on a mission to get rid of everything and everyone who doesn’t fit into his idea of making “America Great Again.”  Black football players, politically active entertainers, Democrats, Mexicans must go! So instead of leading this country, he chooses instead to pick fights, using Twitter as his bully pulpit.


But it’s much too late for Trump to take this country back to 1950.  People are speaking out now more than ever—young people, black people, gay people, liberals and even some people whom you’d think would never oppose his.


Scrolling down the list of articles on, I found an impressive number of people—some unlikely folks—who support what Kaepernick did.  While his protest was against abusive police, it has morphed into a national discussion on the First Amendment.


Some of the headlines included:


“97-Year Old Vet (who is white) Takes a Knee in Solidarity With Protests”


“Chicago Cops (who are black) Reprimanded for Kneeling With Activists”


“Jesse Williams Says National Anthem is a Scam”


“Fox News Calls NFL Anthem Kneelers ‘Disgusting’”


In an act of defiance, much like Congressman Emanuel Cleaver putting on a hoodie to protest the killing of unarmed black teen Trevon Martin by a white man, Congresswoman Sheila Lee Jackson kneeled on the Congressional floor.  


Football players aren’t the only ones to speak out against Trump’s recent derogatory comments aimed at black athletes. Trump’s reference to black athletes as “sons of b****es” and subsequent withdrawing of a White House invitation to the Golden State Warrior’s Stephen Curry reignited the verbal flames.  


Truth be told, Curry was only uninvited after he himself turned town Trump’s invitation.  Pro basketball players, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lebron James, retired Lakers star Kobe Bryant and retired Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan all expressed their opposition to Trump’s remarks via Twitter.


Bryant tweeted: “A #POTUS whose name alone creates division and anger. Whose words inspire dissension and hatred can’t possibly “Make America Great Again.” 


As the FBI collects more evidence of possible collusion between Trump and Russia to undermine the 2016 election, it’s clear that Trump is the most unpatriotic one of all. For the love of money, he’d commit treason; he’d sell out America in a heartbeat.  How un-American is that?


New Marijuana Rules Coming in 2018

Thursday, September 28, 2017

By Veronica Mackey


At Tuesday’s council meeting, a public hearing was held to consider a zoning code amendment to the Inglewood Municipal Code modifying marijuana/cannabis regulations. 


Beginning in 2018, a framework must be established for licensing and taxation of medical marijuana, in accordance with new state laws. Local authorities will maintain the right to prohibit commercial marijuana activity.  In Inglewood, marijuana is only allowed to be sold and dispensed at hospitals, hospices or other inpatient medical facilities.


Council members approved several agenda action items, including:

•A staff report outlining the City’s response to the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury Report titled, Impound Practices in Twelve Cities:  The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


•A one-year agreement (with the option to extend for two additional years in one-year increments) with Chung & Associates for marketing, advertising & graphic design services 


•A staff report detailing the Fourth of July strategies employed by the City’s Code Enforcement Division

•An agreement with MGT of America Consulting LLC to review cost allocation of the Information Technology and Communications Department, and update citywide allocation 


•A contract for painting the interior and exterior of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center project 


•The purchase of carpet for the Main Library from Tandus Centiva, Inc. 


•A lease agreement with the Senate Rules Committee, California Legislature, to occupy Suite 600 in Inglewood City Hall


•A second amendment to Agreement No. 15-286 with LA Taxi Cooperative, Inc. (Yellow Cab), United Independent Taxi Drivers Incorporated (United Independent Taxi), and All Yellow Taxi Cabs to provide subsidized taxicab services for elderly and disabled persons through September 30, 2019  



•Amendment to an agreement with Susan Narduli Studio to extend the term until November 30, 2017, to allow time for completion of work related to Phase II Design Build Artist Services, including final design, technical drawings, and oversight of artwork fabrication and installation for the Inglewood Senior Center Project


•An agreement with the City of Glendale to provide forensic services through the Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory

•Payment of an invoice from Josephson for providing organizational and performance development


•Payment of an invoice from Bearcom Wireless Worldwide/Advanced Electronics to provide preventive maintenance and on-call emergency repair service for the Police Department’s radio equipment


•Approval of a three-year agreement (with an option to extend one additional year) with Country Hills Animal Clinic to provide veterinary services for the Police Department’s Canine Unit


•A professional services contract with DKS Associates to provide design and engineering services for the ITS Phase IV-B Improvements Project  


•A cooperative service agreement with ACCO Engineered Systems to replace the City’s existing natural gas boilers in accordance with the National Joint Power Alliance cooperative service agreement


•A resolution amending the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Annual Capital Improvements Program Budget for Centinela Avenue Improvements Project  


•An amendment to an agreement with Santa Monica Electric to provide electrical capital improvements for the modernization of the Parking Garage No. 2 located at 115 N. Locust Street


•An agreement with Medina Masonry to provide masonry services in support of the modernization of Parking Garage No. 2 located at 115 N. Locust Street  



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