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Traffic: The Price of Progress

Written by Thursday, October 20, 2016
By Veronica Mackey It was a packed house at the council meeting on Tuesday. Residents and other stakeholders gave comments during a public hearing about the future of Downtown Inglewood and Fairview Heights, and the impact of traffic on the city. City staff and consultants presented plans and designs illustrating what the “new” Downtown Inglewood will look like. Taking into consideration the 2 train stations currently being constructed, an ordinance was introduced to amend the…

Inglewood Gets a Bond Rating Upgrade

Written by Thursday, October 13, 2016
Moody's Investors Service has upgraded the City of Inglewood’s Lease Revenue Bonds Series 2012 from Baa1 to A2. This is Inglewood’s second upgrade of lease revenue bonds. In February 2015, Moody’s upgraded both the City's lease revenue bonds and pension obligation bonds from Baa2 to Baa1. Moody’s noted, “The rating upgrade incorporates the city's ongoing steps toward fiscal balance, most significant of which has included expenditure cuts, staff downsizing, and controlling unfunded liabilities. The large…

Council Waits for No One

Written by Thursday, October 13, 2016
By Veronica Mackey Tuesday’s council meeting was so brief that several would-be attendees missed it. There was only one working elevator in the building, which made ascension to the 9th floor painfully slow. By the time the stranded ones arrived around 2:15, lights were out in the chamber and those in the meeting were leaving. Advice: arrive early! This is what the council approved: •Amendment to an agreement for legal advice, guidance and representation. The…

Public Hears Update on Inglewood Water System

Written by Thursday, October 06, 2016
By Veronica Mackey The Inglewood City Council welcomed the first meeting of the new fiscal year with a presentation on the status of Inglewood’s water supply and conservation efforts. An engineering consultant hired by the City described how Inglewood fares within the State of California. California just ended its fifth straight year of a severe drought and no one knows when it will end. The State has mandated that cities reduce water use by 20%…

The Real Estate Market IS Getting Stronger

Written by Thursday, October 06, 2016
By Glenda Brass, MBA Whenever there is talk about an improving housing market, some begin to show concern that we may be headed toward another housing bubble that will be followed by a crash similar to the one we saw last decade. I actually am not convinced that this is the case and here are some data points that I believe show the housing market will continue to recover, and that a new housing crisis…

Meeting Time Not Likely to Change

Written by Thursday, September 29, 2016
Meeting Time Not Likely to Change By Veronica Mackey Tuesday’s council agenda was light, and with the exception of comments regarding day vs. night meetings, there was not a lot of input from residents. The council voted in favor of the following: •Adoption of a resolution establishing the process for issuing per diem and auto mileage allowance for City employees •Amending the Conflict of Interest Code for the City of Inglewood in accordance with Government…

Hispanic Heritage Month

Written by Thursday, September 22, 2016
Latinos Want State Lawmakers to Tackle Pollution, Climate Change in Latino Communities Immigration reform is largely seen as a “Latino or Hispanic issue” due to the large number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. However, research shows that environmental issues are high on their list of priorities as well. While whites are at the forefront of causes related to global warming and clean energy, Latino communities are focused on environmental justice. Recent studies reveal Latinos…

Inglewood to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Written by Thursday, September 15, 2016
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum are paying tribute to generations of Hispanic Americans. During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) the U.S. will recognize contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans and celebrate their heritage and culture. As one of most highly populated regions for Hispanics, Southern California…

New Budget Approved for FY 2016-17

Written by Thursday, September 15, 2016
By Veronica Mackey October 1 will begin the new fiscal year for the City of Inglewood. Finance Department staff presented the 2016-17 budget to Mayor James Butts and council members for approval on Tuesday. City Manager Artie Fields began by saying two prior budget meetings were held on August 17 and 18 to receive public input. Projected revenues for the new year total $103,192,627 (a 5 percent increase over last year), which includes about $14.5…
By Veronica Mackey Inglewood residents and nearby friends had a tasty good time on September 10 at the 4th Annual District 2 Picnic and Chili Cook-Off. This year’s event included chili submissions from 10 contestants, including District 2 resident and Inglewood Today contributing writer Anne Cheek LaRose. “We had a great deal of fun. The chili was sampled by 3 judges from two Inglewood restaurants: Fiesta Martin and The Serving Spoon, and 7-Eleven at Centinela…
By Glenda Brass, MBA I am distressed! This is the third time that I’ve written on the topic of foreclosures because it’s an area that gives me considerable heartburn. Listen, this is a SELLERS market. As such, most properties that go on the market sell in record time. That means that there is no way that anyone should end up going through forced sale of their home. Yet in spite of the above, since June…

What is a Good Credit Score?

Written by Thursday, September 08, 2016
By Glenda Brass, MBA A good credit score is what each of us aspires to. After all, a credit score is one of the important determining factors when it comes to borrowing money – and getting a low rate when you do. But trying to pin down a specific number that means your credit score is “good” can be tricky. When it comes to figuring out what makes a good credit score, there are a…

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…
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