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New Name, Same Soul

Written by Thursday, November 26, 2015
On Saturday November 14th, I made my way up Manchester Blvd., thinking about how I wanted to approach the Inglewood Open Studios tour to create the narrative for our short documentary on the event. Before arriving at our 11am call time, I stopped by a half-century old A-Framed building from the early 1960’s, which used to be an IHOP, but had recently, flipped its identity around. Flip It Café, was celebrating its re-grand opening with…
It’s a good time to live in Inglewood! And one of the best reasons for home owners is that property values in Inglewood have increased over 50 percent since 2012. Odest Riley Jr., President of WLM Financial in Inglewood is working hard to help stakeholders make the most of this upward trend. “When people in Inglewood tell me they want to sell, I say no, you want to refinance and stay. When you see the…

Can Gentrification Be A Good Thing For Inglewood?

Written by Thursday, November 19, 2015
By: Thomas Bunn We’ve all heard the whispers, and on occasions, the loud arguments. Spike Lee has gone on long rants, PBS has produced hour-long specials, Jimmy Fallon has made light hearted jokes about it, and recently, a Los Angeles Times writer attempted to dispel the racial theory associated with the big “G” word, by pointing out that Blacks and any middle class, college educated person for that matter, gentrify communities as well. Does that…

1000 Families to Receive Turkeys on Thursday

Written by Thursday, November 19, 2015
For the second year running, Snoop Dogg will join Mayor James T. Butts, Inglewood Council members and community stakeholders to brighten Thanksgiving Day for needy residents. Inglewood’s annual turkey giveaway will take place on Thursday, November 19 from 9am to noon at the Fabulous Forum. Last year, hundreds of families turned out for 2014’s turkey giveaway, and now Snoop, the City of Inglewood and the Forum will pitch in and help distribute Thanksgiving turkeys and…

Inglewood’s Growing Artist Community

Written by Thursday, November 12, 2015
In the past few years, the City if Inglewood has been on a tear when it comes to its celebration of, support of, proliferation of arts in the city. From Inglewood Art Day, to the IGAP celebrations earlier in the year, to the Inglewood Open Studio’s 9th Annual art exhibition, Inglewood is becoming more and more an artist-friendly community. It makes sense in the larger scheme of things, most progressive and rapidly developing cities around…

Afternoon Council Meetings May Become the Norm

Written by Thursday, November 05, 2015
Commentators at the Inglewood City Council meeting spoke out against a proposed workforce reduction plan and changes to council meeting hours. A woman in jeopardy of losing her job and a union representative commented on proposed layoffs . The union rep complained that there was no opportunity to meet and confer on the matter before it was presented to City Council. He added that future meetings are planned with the City’s Human Resources staff. There…

The Avenues Shine For Halloween

Written by Thursday, November 05, 2015
During the little bit of TV my family and I watch at home, you can’t help but be amazed by the commercials that promote events months in advance. I remember I was watching Disney Channel with Isis and mind you, it’s mid-July, and they are already getting the kids ready for their “Boo For You” Halloween series. I had to laugh, but not before the thousands of questions came rolling in, “Daddy, can I be…

Inglewood’s Newest Ambassador

Written by Thursday, October 29, 2015
Who doesn’t love a good surprise? A room full of people, all eager to see your face as you open the door to a celebration in your honor is one of the most heart-warming experiences in the world. And if you’re caught too off guard, it can bring you to tears. In the community room of City Hall, balloons inflated and tables were dressed as City staff filed in one by one in anticipation of…

Council Okays Bond for Housing Improvements

Written by Thursday, October 29, 2015
At Tuesday’s council meeting, Mayor James Butts re-enforced the rules for speaking about financial matters. Public comments at the beginning are limited to the warrant registry or checks issued or received by the City. General finances may be discussed at the end of the meeting. A public hearing was held to receive public comments on the issuance of tax-exempt revenue bonds by the California Public Finance Authority. The bonds will finance the acquisition and rehabilitation…

Road To The Future

Written by Friday, October 23, 2015
In 1989, Marty McFly and his mad scientist companion Doc Brown travelled into the future to what has recently become the past, October 21st, 2015 in their DeLorean Motor Company time machine. Just thinking of those matte grey DeLoreans takes me back to living in West Los Angeles and always wanting to sit inside my neighbor’s DeLorean thinking that there would be a clock on the dash that would project me from the present into…

Inglewood Welcomes New Trustee

Written by Thursday, October 22, 2015
Mayor James Butts, Inglewood Council members and residents rolled out the red carpet for incoming school administrator Dr. Vincent Matthews on Tuesday. The welcome reception was held at La Tijera School, 1415 N. La Tijera. Matthews will replace Dr. Don Brann, who held the position from July 2013 until recently. Calling Matthews “the greatest addition to our Inglewood Unified School District,” Mayor Butts pledged his confidence in the new trustee. Matthews will have his hands…

Speaking of Finances. . .

Written by Thursday, October 22, 2015
Tuesday’s council meeting began with Mayor James Butts re-enforcing the rules of public comments. Anyone who speaks during the “Public Comments Regarding Agenda Items” portion of the meeting must limit discussion to the warrant registry, which has to do with bills and payments from the City of Inglewood. General financial matters can be discussed at the end of the meeting during the “Public Comments Regarding Other Matters” portion. “The subject of ‘finances’ has morphed into…

What is Oxygen Hydration?

Written by Thursday, October 22, 2015
By: Thomas Bunn If you’re like me, then you’re probably wondering the same thing I was wondering when I first asked the question myself that question. And according to salon professional and healthy experts Courtney Roberts over at JCOE, oxygen hydration is a pressurized oxygen based facial treatment that delivers nutrients directly to the skin, literally rejuvenating the skin, without the need for knives and Novocain. Speaking of JCOE. I’ve come to the conclusion long…
The Inglewood Teen Center 2nd Anniversary celebration, held at the Center, was recently hosted by the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) and drew more than 100 people, including students, community civic leaders and staff. City of Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr.; Inglewood Council members George Dotson and Ralph Franklin; representatives from the Inglewood Police Department; and SBWIB CEO Jan Vogel, were all on hand to celebrate the Inglewood Teen Center’s second successful year…

More Done in Less Time

Written by Friday, October 16, 2015
Tuesday’s council meeting began with two proclamations—one for “Red Ribbon Week” and one for the Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee. The City of Inglewood proclaimed the week of October 23 to October 31, 2015 as “Red Ribbon Week,” a national initiative to reduce the use of alcohol and drug use among teens. A representative came with youth advocates from Inglewood High School to accept the commendation. “We help prevent underage drinking and drug abuse,” said a…
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