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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…
With the economy picking up and the real estate market booming again, a lot of scams and fraudsters are out here hustling people with dreams of home ownership and vacation get-aways. And the number one culprit is usually timeshares. With the invention of the Internet and travel sites like Kayak.com and Hotel.com, a lot of what made timeshares so amazing in the 80s and 90s no longer exist. You can essentially travel the world with…

Inglewood Students Play With The Pros

Written by Thursday, May 19, 2016
As Inglewood anxiously awaits the Rams’ arrival at the soon to be state-of-the-art stadium in 2019, the team has already started to reach out to youth in the community. About 800 Inglewood students participated in the Rams Play 60 event and were actively engaged with players from the Los Angeles Rams football team on May13. The event was part of an NFL campaign to encourage children to get at least 60 minutes of exercise a…
There was standing room only at Tuesday’s meeting, as folks came out to talk about the future of Century Boulevard. It has been a rough ride along the City’s thoroughfare to LAX, due to potholes that have gone unfixed for years. Now that funding is available, and improvements are being made to street and sidewalks, a new issue has surfaced. The City has to acquire portions of properties owned by some residents in order to…
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