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Public Art at Hollywood Park

Written by Thursday, July 28, 2016
By Thomas Bunn This week, Gerard McCallum, project manager with Wilson Meany, invited Inglewood Parks and Recreation Director Sabrina Barnes and Inglewood’s Public Art Consultant Helen Lessick to participate in the installation of Matt Wedel’s 6-foot sculpture at the front entrance of the brand new Hollywood Park Casino. Wilson-Meany is the development company responsible for the fantastic renovations happening at the Hollywood Park Tomorrow site, which houses the casino. “The ceramic artwork at the entrance…
By Veronica Mackey On Day Two of the Democratic National Convention, the email scandal involving DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and protests by angry Bernie Sanders supporters were temporarily eclipsed by African American mothers who lost sons and daughters due to racially-charged violence. Nine black mothers who call themselves “Mothers of the Movement” took the stage to share their personal tragedies and hope for change. The proliferation of African Americans killed in recent years—mostly men shot…

Pros and Cons of Purchasing a Condo

Written by Thursday, July 28, 2016
by Glenda Brass, MBA In a previous issue, I discussed H.R.3700—Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016—and how it will impact condominium purchases. (Update: It was presented to the President as of July 19. It’s now just a matter of time). Now, I’d like to give a little attention to some of the pros and cons of living in a condo. This will give you a slightly better understanding as to whether condos are a…
By Veronica Mackey The proliferation of mass shootings that have occurred this year is making America almost unrecognizable. Barely a day goes by when there is not yet another headline story of an unarmed black man being killed by police for some type of innocuous activity. Or because they’re gay or happen to be a cop. We keep saying the violence must stop. Yet, it keeps happening. Within a mere 5 weeks, we’ve seen 50…

Inglewood Noted for Fundraising Efforts

Written by Thursday, July 21, 2016
By Veronica Mackey Congratulations to the City of Inglewood for raising $58,351 for the American Cancer Society (ACS). Kimberly Smith of ACS came to Tuesday’s meeting to present a plaque to the City for participating in the recent Relay for Life event. The annual walkathon raises funds to assist cancer patients “with free services, wigs, make-up and transportation to doctor appointments,” Smith said. Relay teams were formed by districts, and this year, Councilman Alex Padilla’s…

Revival and Racial Reconciliation

Written by Thursday, July 21, 2016
By Angel Johnson On Saturday, more than 300 thousand Christians gathered at the Washington Mall for a revival called Together 2016. The organizer of the event, Nick Hall, said he has been planning Together 2016 for many years. His goal was to get Christians to come together for unity. He wanted them to pray for God to break the chains of racism and to bring healing to this country. According to the Washington Times, the…

Life Matters

Written by Thursday, July 14, 2016
This week, I didn’t know what to write about. With all the tragic losses we’ve been dealt in the nation, all the contrasting narratives and conversations around age-old issues, I’ve found it hard to hear myself think. Mostly because July is a month where I mourn the loss of someone who wasn’t killed by police. Instead, what took his life, was a disease that’s taken the lives of more Americans than police brutality will ever…
It was a packed house on Tuesday as Inglewood residents and business owners came to voice their opinions during two public hearings. The first hearing was held to consider an appeal of the Planning Commission’s denial of a special use permit to allow a beauty salon within 300 feet of another. In June 2002, the Inglewood City Council approved an ordinance requiring new beauty salons and similar businesses, such as barber shops, to maintain a…

Willie Agee Takes the Spotlight

Written by Thursday, June 23, 2016
If you’ve seen any televised meetings of the Inglewood City Council, you have, no doubt, seen Willie Agee, a spry 80-something resident who begins his weekly public comments by saying, “My name is Willie Agee, and I live in the beautiful city of Inglewood.” This month, Agee, who chairs the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission, was honored by having the Inglewood Playhouse at Edward Vincent Jr. Park renamed in his honor. On Tuesday, the council…

An Eye Sore No More

Written by Thursday, June 23, 2016
When you think of abandoned buildings, riddled with graffiti and overgrown weeds, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not a prosperous, nationally acclaimed city. That’s what laid fallow on the corner of La Tijera and La Cienega at the former Thrifty Oil gas station, until the work of a visionary team, repurposed the space for a community benefit. What was once “the old gas station on La Cienega” is now the District…

Keeping It Real Estate Hero Program Reloaded

Written by Thursday, June 16, 2016
In a recent article, I outlined some of the possible hindrances of the HERO Program for certain clientele. I am happy to report some updates that the HERO program has sent me. After the article was published, Senior Manager Chris Peterson contacted me to inform me of the changes the program had undergone. In addition to a new disclosure statement that is modeled after “know before you owe,” they have been working closely with C.A.R…
Students of Woodworth Elementary School in Inglewood on Wednesday were gifted with a new playground, courtesy of the Los Angeles Rams. The playground was funded and built by the Rams as part of the team’s annual community improvement project and the team’s Staff Day of Service. The Los Angeles Rams front office staff, which includes COO Kevin Demoff and General Manager Les Snead, along with players, cheerleaders and members of the Rams Legends community, partnered…

Inglewood Relays For Life!

Written by Thursday, June 16, 2016
On an overcast morning on the athletic field of Crozier Middle School, teams of residents, City employees, families and friends, set up tents, tables chairs, banners, and laced up comfortable pairs of walking shoes for the City of Inglewood’s 2015 Relay For Life, a fundraising campaign designed to help raise awareness and eradicate cancer. Inglewood Mayor James Butts opened the program expressing that, "It's important that we continue to staff these events, that we raise…

Construction Focus of Council Meeting

Written by Thursday, June 09, 2016
The Inglewood City Council, on Tuesday, approved several agreements and budget amendments related to construction projects, including: •a three-year agreement with Thomson-Reuters for Internet legal database services •an amendment to the Welfare-to-Work Vocational and Direct Services Contract, by and between the County of Los Angeles and the City of Inglewood •a resolution to amend the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget to reflect additional Proposition 84 grant funds. The resolution will allow the transfer of funds for…

The Rebirth Of The Inglewood Playhouse

Written by Thursday, June 09, 2016
Ed Vincent Park is lush with green spaces for picnics, an afternoon read, soccer, football, a fresh basketball court, skate park, swimming pool, and a beautiful amphitheater that has hosted some amazing concerts. We walk the park, run the park, and even entertain games of chicken with the local family of squirrels who make their way onto the walkways and our picnic blankets. It’s a hardly hidden gem in the community that echoes the song…
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