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Last week’s big announcement that the Los Angeles Clippers are considering a move to Inglewood created a firestorm of media attention. If successful, the Clippers would be the third professional sports franchise to call Inglewood home within 10 years. Speculation is spreading like wild fire, and already has residents and business owners thinking how the move would impact their future. What exactly will a move by the Clippers mean for those who live and work…

Freedom of Speech

Written by Thursday, June 01, 2017
By Veronica Mackey Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Black Lives Matter were subjects of criticism by a few residents at Tuesday’s council meeting. Long time resident Ray Davis who attended the City’s Memorial Day ceremony honoring veterans, said Waters “desecrated” the memory of his father, a military man. When pressed for details, Davis said Black Lives Matter members disrupted the ceremony, and Waters invited one of the leaders to sit up front with her. “They (Black…
A recent study reported in the May issue of JAMA Internal Medicine offered proof that segregated neighborhoods can affect health. The study focused on blood pressure among African-Americans, who suffer the highest rates of hypertension of any group in the United States. The results explained that living in a racially segregated neighborhood can actually increase blood pressure. How it can happen One reason is given by David Goff, M.D., director of the Division of Cardiovascular…

A Friend, A Home, A Mortgage

Written by Thursday, May 25, 2017
By Glenda Brass, MBA There comes a time over the course of any renter's time in a particular piece of real estate where it seems that the payments are providing a great stream of income for a landlord but little for you. Indeed, as incomes begin to creep up and the ability to handle at least a portion of a mortgage becomes a possibility, more and more renters are beginning to feel that way and…

NFL Good with Stadium Delay

Written by Thursday, May 25, 2017
NFL team owners and officials, and developers of the NFL stadium in Inglewood are looking up, despite an announcement last week that the planned $2.6 billion stadium would be delayed by one year. In a statement, the Rams said, “This new target gives us flexibility to accommodate any additional delays that may arise while still delivering an unparalleled experience upon opening.” According to the developer, LA Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park, “Southern California…
Harridge Development Group intends to build 228 townhomes on an 18-acre site a mile from the Los Angeles Rams’ planned stadium. Harridge Development Group plans to build 228 townhomes on the 18-acre site which formerly housed Daniel Freeman Hospital, at 333 S. Prairie Ave. The Miracle Mile-based company purchased the property for $38 million from Shopoff Realty Investments of Irvine, which bought the site in 2013. Shopoff originally entitled the property for 310 units. Harridge…

Council Meeting Cut Short on Tuesday

Written by Thursday, May 11, 2017
By Veronica Mackey The Inglewood council meeting on Tuesday was adjourned early after a young man at the podium refused to leave when his time was up. The man was one of several activists who have been showing up regularly since the one year anniversary of the shooting deaths of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin by Inglewood police. The group is demanding answers that Mayor James Butts said he cannot give, as his office has…

March for Moms to be Held Mother’s Day

Written by Thursday, May 11, 2017
On Sunday, thousands of advocates for women’s health will converge in Washington, D.C. to draw attention to the growing need for women’s health care, and the GOP-authored American Health Care Act (AHCA), recently passed by the House, which would put maternal health services in jeopardy. March on Moms will bring together a multi-diverse group of health professionals and consumer groups to draw national attention to maternal health. It will be held from Friday, May 12…
On Tuesday, the U.S. Justice Department decided not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the shooting death Alton Sterling. That same day, former North Charleston police officer, Michael Slager, also white, plead guilty to violating the civil rights of Walter Scott, the unarmed motorist he fatally shot. It was justice for one family, injustice for another. The men, both black, were black were killed within 15 months of each other by police.…

The First 100 Days of the Presidency

Written by Thursday, April 27, 2017
Prologue to an 'unpredictable' presidency By Robert Shrum This has been the most unconventional first 100 days of any presidency in modern history. His shortfalls have actually been politically fortunate. For example, President Trump apparently doesn't know how blessed he was by his most conspicuous failure to date: health care. The Trump-Ryan proposal encountered fierce opposition, would have hurt many who voted for him, and increased public approval of Obamacare. The president also signed a…
Saturday, April 29 marks the 25th anniversary of the day L.A. went up in flames, after 4 LAPD officers were acquitted of severely beating unarmed black motorist Rodney King. The videotape of King lying on the ground, as officers took turns kicking, stomping and beating him sent shockwaves around the world. President George H.W. Bush said that watching it, made him “sick.” The following year, all 4 officers were found not guilty of excessive force.…
By Veronica Mackey A public hearing was held on Tuesday to receive input on the availability of non-profit agencies to provide paratransit service to elderly and disabled residents within certain areas of Inglewood. A grant by the City’s Federal Transit Administration gives priority consideration first to nonprofits, then to government agencies. But, according to Sabrina Barnes, Director of Parks, Recreation and Library Services, there were no takers. “A hearing was held to see if there…
LAPD Police Commissioners approved a new use of force guideline on Tuesday will change the way force is used by officers in Los Angeles. The emphasis on de-escalation, a tactic meant to reduce incidents of police-involved shootings by first employing non-lethal maneuvers whenever possible. The new policy is summarized in just one sentence. However it will have far reaching implications on police conduct and how officers engage with suspects. The one sentence which will be…
By Veronica Mackey The Inglewood City Council took action on Tuesday to approve the following items: •A one-year agreement with Ellison Wilson Advocacy, LLC to provide legislative advocacy services for the City •An updated cost allocation plan for federal programs for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year •A cooperative purchase agreement (piggyback) with the County of Riverside. The agreement will renew the purchase of Microsoft’s SoftwareOne for 4 years •Authorization of Mayor James Butts to sign a…
Monday’s tragedy in San Bernardino will live on in the minds of students at North Park Elementary School for a long time—especially those who personally witnessed the shootings of their teacher, her assailant husband and two classmates. Cedric Anderson, 53, was estranged from his newlywed wife, Karen Elaine Smith, also 53. Anderson came to her classroom, where she taught first to fourth graders, and without a word, shot her to death before turning the gun…
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