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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…
Rams to host Cowboys, Chargers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and face Raiders, Packers on the road The Los Angeles Rams announced on Wednesday their 2017 preseason schedule, which will kick off at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the Dallas Cowboys for the second-consecutive year. The team’s preseason slate also includes road contests in Oakland and Green Bay, and a nationally-televised home game against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Cowboys, Raiders and Packers games…
By Veronica Mackey It was a clear victory for Councilman George Dotson Tuesday night as he retained his seat in District 1 on the Inglewood City Council, capturing 65.7% of votes. Maxine Toler came in a distant second with 26.1%, followed by Leroy Fisher with 6.6% and Hugo Ramirez with 1.5%. District 2 Councilman Alex Padilla ran unopposed. “I am so grateful for a chance to have 4 more years in the city of Inglewood,”…
Asm. Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood) has recently introduced legislation which would boost the learning potential of California students and promote lifelong health by requiring comprehensive eye exams upon starting school. AB 1110, co-authored by Asm. Evan Low (D-Campbell) and Sens. Andy Vidak (R-Visalia) and Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove), is necessary at a time when one in four children and adolescents have a vision problem that can impede their learning, but current school-based vision tests fail to…
Dr. Vincent Matthews has announced he is stepping down from his post as state-appointed trustee of the Inglewood Unified School District to become superintendent of San Francisco's public schools. Matthews is the fourth person to lead the district since 2012, when the state stepped in to bail out Inglewood schools with a $55 million loan to avoid bankruptcy. He joined the district in September 2015. “This was an extremely difficult decision, but I needed to…

A Little About Reverse Mortgage

Written by Friday, March 31, 2017
By Glenda Brass, MBA Lately I’ve had quite a few questions surrounding reverse mortgages. Below, I’ve provided some general information. Though there’s a lot more analysis one should do prior to deciding whether a reverse mortgage is right for them, this will provide some basic understanding. When you have a regular mortgage, you pay the lender every month to buy your home over time. In a reverse mortgage, you get a loan in which the…
By Veronica Mackey According to the California Center for Disease Control, 18.5 percent of California high school students report bullying on school property. While educators work hard to combat the problem, author, martial arts and bullying expert James Gavsie says our schools are falling way short. “It’s not their fault. Schools are doing some amazing things with our kids, but they are not set up, nor do they have the personnel or expertise to effectively…

Short Sales Diminishing

Written by Thursday, March 16, 2017
By Glenda Brass, MBA A just-released report reveals underwater properties are steadily declining, with more than one million shifting status in 2016—a possible turning point in the ongoing inventory crisis. According to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Year-End 2016 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report, the amount of “seriously” underwater properties in the U.S. decreased by over one million last year, while the amount of “equity rich” properties increased by 1.3 million. Seriously underwater is defined as…
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