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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…

Steve Bradford. Citizen Activist

Written by Thursday, May 19, 2016
If you have lived or worked in Inglewood for awhile, you have probably seen or met Steve Bradford, the former State Assemblymember who served the 51st District and later, the 62nd District. His is a familiar face around town, where he shows up at everything from Inglewood Council meetings to groundbreakings, despite being termed out office in 2014. Although Bradford has served under prominent locally elected officials, such as the late Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, he…

Council Meeting Broadcast Gets Overhauled

Written by Thursday, May 12, 2016
Tuesday’s council meeting began with requests for updates about the City’s status. A couple of residents wanted to know when the City would be making its quarterly report available to the public. Mayor James Butts said information will be ready next week. Quarterly reports are always available on the table outside council chambers on the ninth floor. During public comments, a local clergyman said he’s having a problem with folks illegally dumping items on his…
The Los Angeles Rams will host the team’s first PLAY 60 event in the Los Angeles area when they travel to Inglewood’s Coleman Field to engage 800 Inglewood Unified School District youth in a day of fun and fitness. PLAY 60 is the NFL’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity and promote active and healthy lifestyles among youth. Friday’s…
The external tank of the space shuttle is making its way up the west coast of Central America and on its way to dock in Marina del Rey. On Saturday, May 21 around midnight, the tank is scheduled to leave the port and cross into Inglewood at approximately 9:00 am. Tanks used in previous space launches disintegrated after the fuel was used, and burned up on re-entry. This particular tank was never used in a…

Keeping it Real Estate Q & A

Written by Thursday, May 12, 2016
Q: My building was bought by an out-of-town investor and they have raised my rent from $900 a month to $1500. I have lived in Inglewood most of my life and don't want to leave. What should I do? A: Unfortunately, Inglewood does not have rent control, so the new owner is within their rights to raise the rents. Inglewood's housing market has become a hot spot for investors. The best advice I would give…

Inglewood vs. Everybody

Written by Thursday, May 05, 2016
Rogers Park is weaved into the cultural fabric of Inglewood, as Rucker Park is to New York. Some of the most notable athletes in professional basketball can share stories of running up and down the gym floor during their formative years. Rogers has been a major inspiration for a lot of Inglewood alumni who never blessed the gym floor with their athleticism as well. One of whom is the founder of the highly popular Inglewood…
I sit down every week and try to come up with a topic on real estate and lending that can deliver a good amount of information without putting everyone to sleep. And, what I have learned from the last 5 months of writing is, that no matter how much knowledge you have, it doesn’t matter if you don’t share it with the people you care about. For me, those people would be my readers and…
On Tuesday, Councilman Eloy Morales filled in for the absent Mayor James Butts at what was one of the most spirited council meetings in recent weeks. LRS Plumbing was given a commendation by the Inglewood City Council for promoting civic empowerment and being a role model for the plumbing profession. After noting company’s “mentorship programs and volunteer activities” and a brief photo session, Morales and council members got down to business. A public hearing was…

State of the City Best Ever

Written by Thursday, April 28, 2016
At Tuesday’s council meeting, a public hearing was set for May 3, 2016 at 2pm. The public will have an opportunity to comment on priorities for community development and housing needs to be included in the FY 2016-2017 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan. The council agreed to reject all bids and authorize rebidding for the Vincent Park Swimming Pool Tank Replacement Project. The action will allow modifications to bid specifications. The Hollywood Park Casino…
Award-winning Centinela Hospital CEO and Chair of the Governing Board, Linda Bradley has built a solid reputation in the technology-driven hospital services industry and in the newly evolved city of Inglewood. Linda Bradley, RN/JD has proudly earned Centinela Hospital many accolades and awards over a number of recent years. Bradley’s history of success hails from an obvious right start beginning in her near perfect years of youth. “I could not have asked for a better…
One of the simple rules of business is, never talk about religion or politics at work. And generally I would agree. But when it comes to real estate and mortgages, a lot of what happens in the voting booth really affects what will happen to interest rates and home prices. Historically, during the last year of a sitting president’s second term in office, home prices rise much slower than any other year, due to uncertainty…

Inglewood: A Love Story

Written by Thursday, April 28, 2016
About 1,400 people turned out for the City of Inglewood’s annual State of the City Address, held at the Fabulous Forum on April 21. It was the largest SOTC in Inglewood history. The annual fundraiser for the Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce featured Mayor James Butts as the keynote speaker, joined onstage by emcee and KCBS sports director Jim Hill and KNBC sports anchor Fred Roggin. The lightning-fast speed in which the city has…
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