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ITT Shuts Door on 35,000 Students

Written by Thursday, September 08, 2016
Thousands of cheering spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, NY witnessed history being made on Monday when tennis star, Serena Williams won her 308th career match at the U.S. Open. She became the winningest player in Grand Slam history. USA Today reports that Williams first matched the records of Martina Navratilova, who has 306 career match wins, and of Roger Federer, who has 307, before making her way to the head of the pack…

Investing In Commercial Real Estate, Part 4

Written by Friday, September 02, 2016
By Glenda Brass, MBA I’ve spent the last few weeks explaining how relatively easy it is to get a commercial loan utilizing private or hard financing because most of that money is equity based. However, when it comes to traditional lending, an individual or business will be judged on how well they measure up to “The 4 C’s.” (Because of space limitations, this is simplified.) Character – Character is mainly how the individual has performed…

Inglewood’s Future Olympian?

Written by Friday, August 26, 2016
By Thomas Bunn As the 2016 Rio Olympics concluded with the US racking up a dominating 121 medals with 46 of them gold, both Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt concluded their Olympic careers as undisputed champions in their respected fields, offering vacancies for new talent to make their impression on the global athletic stage. This brings into focus an athlete in our very own backyard who recently competed in the Junior Track Cycling National competition…

Homicides Still at Lowest Rates in Inglewood

Written by Friday, August 26, 2016
By Veronica Mackey On Tuesday, Mayor James Butts and Inglewood Council members appointed Kirk Rossberg and Glenn Grindstaff to the South Bay Workforce Investment Board to represent the Torrance Business Private Sector. A grant agreement was approved between the City of Inglewood and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority for creation of the Florence/Hindry and Crenshaw Station Transit Overlay Districts. A resolution was adopted authorizing the Finance Department to reallocate three accountant positions and one…

Investing In Commercial Real Estate, Part 3

Written by Friday, August 26, 2016
By Glenda Brass, MBA Financing for commercial real estate is a completely different game when compared to residential mortgage loans. It can move much faster in some cases and is much more flexible. For purposes of this discussion, we are talking about commercial purchases that are non-owner occupied (for investment purposes only). For owner occupied commercial purchases there are other options like SBA and traditional banks for qualified individuals. We’ll cover this financing another time.…
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…

Welcome Back Students!

Written by Thursday, August 18, 2016
By: Thomas Bunn The first day of a new school year is always an exhilarating experience. I remember the Sunday night before, laying out my new outfit, packing my backpack with fresh pens and pencils, and looking forward to reconnecting with friends to share stories about the summer we had. For some of us, we spent the summer together, and looked forward to sharing some of our highlights like swimming, hitting the arcades, going to…
Celebrate Official Return of the Legendary NFL Team On Monday, State Senator Isadore Hall and Assembly Speaker Pro-Tem Autumn Burke coordinated a reception for Inglewood Mayor James Butts and the Rams organization, celebrating their return to California. The Rams were represented by Executive Vice President Kevin Demoff and Hall of Fame greats Eric Dickerson, Jim Everett, Jackie Slater, and Vince Feragamo. After a luncheon, the delegation was received at the Capitol by the body of…

Inglewood Drinking Water Passes the Test

Written by Thursday, August 11, 2016
By Veronica Mackey On Tuesday, a public hearing was held at the Inglewood City Council meeting to receive input on the Triennial Report on Water Quality, relative to public health goals. Louis Atwell, public works director, said cities are required to report information to the public regarding levels of contaminates in drinking water. “The City did not exceed levels of contaminates,” Atwell said. In addition to reports by the City of Inglewood, local water agencies…

The DAD Project

Written by Thursday, August 11, 2016
Growing up in a household with a father and strong male figures around me, to becoming a father to two beautiful girls of my own, has made it difficult to imagine the reality that there are children that aren’t awarded that same experience. In fact, 24 million children in America -- one out of every three -- live in biological father-absent homes, according to the US Census Bureau. Personally, the statistics don’t add up when…

Who Will #Protect Us?

Written by Thursday, August 04, 2016
By Thomas Bunn Jill Scott once asked artists if they had the capacity to speak the words of the time? I often ponder if that’s still a universal requirement of artists and musicians today, and although I already know the answer, I still like to believe so. However, we live in a time, where if you turn on the radio station, especially the so-called “urban radio” stations, and listen to the lyrics of the artists,…
By Veronica Mackey The epidemic of gun violence became more real last week when nine black mothers—most whose children were killed by police—addressed the Democratic National Convention. Awareness of the problem surfaced again last weekend when families of those killed in Orlando joined Ne-Yo and Jessica Alba onstage at the Teen Choice Awards at the Forum in Inglewood. This issue isn’t likely to go away—nor should it. Whether it’s a mass shooting committed by a…

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…
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