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As construction continues on the massive new football stadium and entertainment center, due to open in 2020, potential sponsors and suite owners got a preview of the finished product at the new stadium model center on Tuesday.

 

Located in Playa Vista, about 15 minutes from the site, the new model is a dramatic display of what is to come.  With a floor to ceiling video screen, it’s one spectacular way to advertise the new stadium.   

 

Visitors got a glimpse of the $2.6 billion, 70,000-seat venue, which will sit on 238 acres at the old Hollywood Park site, which will include a hotel, retail shops, an entertainment center and upscale housing.

 

The Playa Vista center offers more of an interactive 4D experience than a traditional model —with audio and visual technology that mimics Hollywood.  Like the vision of big thinking stadium owner Stan Kroenke, who also owns the Rams, it overshadows expectation.  

 

After showing high-tech videos of the project as well as the Rams and Chargers, two doors open to reveal the model of the stadium and adjacent areas.

 

Arranged in three pieces across a 1,200-square foot space, designers believe it’s the biggest such model ever constructed in North America; they needed a crane to hoist it.

 

The new stadium being built in Inglewood is about much more than football, as evidenced by the versatile design.  The video revealed how the football field can easily convert to accommodate a basketball or soccer game.  The venue has already been named as a Super Bowl site and will also host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

 

There’s a lot riding on this stadium in terms of dollars—most immediate for Kroenke is stadium naming rights and suites.  The first of 125 suites are on sale and the center will also serve as the hub for tickets beginning in the fall.

 

 

Inglewood’s Morningside High School was featured on ESPN Tuesday night as the place that fueled the dreams of 5 basketball superstars during the 1992-1993 season.  

 

“Morningside 5” chronicles the  lives of Stais Boseman, Dwight Curry, Corey Saffold, Donminic Ellison and Sean Harris 25 years later.  It’s the latest film in ESPN’s “30 for 30” series.

 

Narrated and directed by Mike Tollin, the film is a 90-minute presentation from the ESPN Films group, and was taken from his original 1993 documentary about the team, titled “Hardwood Dreams.”

 

Based on the lives of 5 high school basketball players from Inglewood, “Morningside 5” is a journey filled with hope and disappointment, anger and inspiration, Tollin says. The Morningside Monarchs were riding high in the early 1990’s with an esteemed reputation for basketball,   “plus their five pre-eminent players were all returning for their senior years,” Tollin told TheWrap.  

 

Morningside is the same high school that produced former WNBA superstar Lisa Leslie.  She dominated the court there as a student from the mid to late 1980s.

 

Tollin is a Philadelphia native who has become a successful TV/film producer and director in Los Angeles.  No matter where his career has taken him, Tollin said he keeps coming back to Morningside.  

 

"They had a 20th reunion in 2013, which was our first shoot," Tollin says.  "Didn't even make the (film festival) cut. We would just pick up the five guys based on certain events, like Stais was about to have a baby, so we went to Minnesota, Corey decided he wanted to try out to make a comeback in Toronto, so we went to Toronto. Dwight was out of jail and looking at job opportunities, so we followed his job quest. Sean's rap career -- he had a big concert in Vegas so we'd go to Vegas.  Donminic, out of the blue, got this incredible unlikely job. We were able to get clearance from his employers. It's pretty amazing when you see this arc of 25 years of these lives."

 

None of the men ever made the NBA, and “all but one of them has moved away from basketball and they’re all just finding their way in the world,” Tollin told TheWrap. “What I love about this film is it isn’t really a story of triumph or tragedy in any great measure — it is a film about real lives.”

 

If you missed it,  “Morningside 5” will air again on ABC Saturday, August 12, at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT

 

Get the Upper Hand on School Bullies

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hearing about the tragic fate of Gabriel Taye, an 8 year-old black boy who took his own life as a result of being bullied, broke my heart.  

 

Not only is Gabriel among the youngest suicide victims I have heard about, but it points to a serious social problem that has turned deadly over the years.

 

School bullies have been around forever, but what has changed is its reach and intensity.   There are now more ways for bad guys and girls to intimidate their victims thanks to the Internet, social media sites, cell phones and videos.  

 

Gabriel hung himself with a necktie after being knocked unconscious in a school bathroom in January, according to reports. Now his parents, who claim they were never notified by the school until receiving a call from the school nurse who advised them to take Gabriel to the hospital for evaluation after the incident two days before he died.

 

His mother said she knew nothing about previous incidences of her son being bullied until a lawsuit revealed surveillance footage. The school is accused of a massive cover-up. Other parents at Carson Elementary School, where the incident happened, say their children have also been bullied and that the school is not safe.  

 

The lawsuit further states that in a report on bullying released by the Cincinnati Public Schools district, which includes Carson, the assault on Gabriel and its aftermath were never mentioned.  The school district has previously said that school officials didn’t know Gabriel was attacked, that he initially told a nurse that he fell, and that there were no visible abrasions or reports of a fight.

 

With a new school year just around the corner, it’s time for parents to prepare their children for school, and that means emotionally as well as academically. Kids, especially younger ones, are often afraid bullies will beat them up if they tell adults what is going on.  

 

They need the help of adults who will have their backs and work with schools and police whenever bullying occurs.  Other than monitoring your child’s social media activity and paying attention to any changes in behavior (withdrawal, ditching school, physical bruises, etc.), parents need to take advantage of resources which may not have been around when they were in school. 

 

Websites like eyesonbullying.org and stopbullying.gov, and bullying expert James Gavsie’s book,The Renegade’s Guide to Stopping Bullies, offer safe ways to tackle this problem.  Keeping your child safe is the responsibility of parents and schools.  Get off to a good start this school year by helping your child feel safe and protected.

 

 

 

 

By Veronica Mackey

 

A group of proud City of Inglewood employees piled into Council Chambers on Tuesday to be recognized for their years of faithful service.  Names of City workers were announced, who are  celebrating milestone employment anniversaries.  

 

They include 30-year employees Carmen Hayes, Chandra Caldwell, Tonuia Alleyne, and Brenda Davis; 25-year employees Aleathia Mc Cann-Scott, Christopher Beckman, Paulita Richards, and Joseph Watson; and 20-year veterans Javier Alcala, Jack Aranda, Jose Fernandez, Sgt. Felipe Medina, and Jesus Perez. 

 

Special recognition went to Police Chief Mark Fronterotta and Library Support Supervisor Susan Cunningham, for 35 years of service.

 

Folks had nice things to say about last weekend’s Taste of Inglewood and the District 1 Family Day in the Park.  Resident Yolanda Davidson was there, and gave the event high marks.

 

“A taste of Inglewood was a great community effort in terms of the community coming together,” a man told City Council members.  “Thanks for bringing progress to the city.”  

 

A few residents are concerned about new developments throughout Inglewood, and rising home values.  They wanted to know if the council will do anything about rent control.

 

“Fifty-three percent of your neighbors are renters in the city. Many home owners cannot afford to make improvements due to high property taxes.  We want stronger rent control,” a man said. 

 

A woman is concerned that “crime is really going up.”  She said it’s not safe to walk the streets in Inglewood.

 

She was interrupted by Mayor James Butts, who said, “We have had 3 homicides in the past 3 weeks and we are concerned.”  However, he continued, violent crime is down in Inglewood.

 

A man complained that he received 14 letters from an organization warning him that his property might be taken away to make room for a proposed basketball arena for the Los Angeles Clippers.  

 

“Does anyone want some of this?” he joked, holding the letters.

 

 “I already got one of those, thank you,” another man said.

 

Butts said the letters are propaganda from an organization that wants to hurt the City.  

 

A man responded to the woman who complained about crime.   “I’m an active block club member, and I follow crime in Inglewood.  You’ll see where there are active block clubs, the crime is down.  All I can say is start stepping up and attend block club meetings.  Even if you live in an apartment, you can have a block club.”  The man said he’d be happy to help people form clubs in their neighborhoods.

 

Councilman George Dotson thanked everyone who came to his District 1 Family Day in the Park.  “It’s one of the best events I’ve ever been part of,” Dotson said.  

 

Councilman Alex Padilla took his wife to the Family Day picnic and Taste of Inglewood for her birthday.  “My hat’s off to Councilman Dotson and his staff for putting on such a wonderful community event,” Padilla said.  

 

The Second District councilman also reminded everyone about National Night Out, a nationwide celebration between residents and local police, which took place Tuesday night.  “They (police) put their lives on the line every single day.  Tonight the community has an opportunity to come out and say thank you.”

 

Councilman Eloy Morales thanked police for participating in the District 3 bicycle event on Saturday. Taste of Inglewood and Family Day at Edward Vincent Park, he said, was also a big hit on Saturday.  

 

Butts’ closing comments focused on recent attempts to “intimidate” residents with flyers saying the City plans to take away people’s homes away to build the Clippers arena.  He said there is a lot of money behind the propaganda.  

 

“There are people that think we are pretty stupid.  They think (they can intimidate by) manufacturing a grass roots opposition to an agreement (with the Clippers) that might not go anywhere.  I want to tell whoever is financing this, forget it.  This council is not going to be intimidated! 

 

“No one intends to take anyone’s home for a sporting arena.  Whoever thought you’re going to scare us, it’s not going to happen,” Butts said.

 

Two public hearings were held. The first discussed tax assessments on residences with delinquent refuse and sewer accounts.  The second was held to approve the Inglewood annual Local Development Report for 2017.  The report includes “54 new dwelling units, reduction of single family residents (some became multi-family residents) and over 100,000 square feet of commercial space, which is the new senior center,” Public Works Director Louis Atwell said.

 

The Inglewood City Council approved:

 

•The City’s inclusion in the California Statewide Communities Development Authority Open Property Assessed Clean Energy Program to finance renewable energy generation, energy and water efficiency improvements, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure

 

•A three-year agreement with Passport Parking for software and mobile printers to be used in City owned handheld devices utilized by Parking Enforcement Officers 

 

•An agreement with The Baseball Tomorrow Fund for a field maintenance grant for Darby Park

 

 

•Payment of an invoice submitted by Lawrence Doors for the replacement of the exit security roll-up door located at the City Hall management parking structure  

 

•Introduction of an ordinance to amend Inglewood Municipal Code, Chapter 3 (Motor Vehicles and Traffic), Article 2 (Parking Regulations), to increase certain Parking Penalties 

 

•Amending the Inglewood Municipal Code to establish Permit Parking District No. 15, adding to the District: Ivy Avenue (between Beach Avenue and La Brea Avenue); Market Street (between Hazel Street and Beach Avenue); and Edgewood Street (between Beach Avenue and Warren Lane)

 

•Ordinance No. 17-13, amending the Inglewood Municipal Code to create Permit Parking District No. 16, adding to the District: Regent Street between west of Oak Street and the street terminus to the west 

 

•Ordinance No. 17-14, amending the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Salary Ordinance to include the Inglewood Police Management Association negotiated salary increases

 

On Tuesday night, about 200 people gathered behind the Inglewood Police Station, on Grevillea, between Queen and Regent streets, for National Night Out.  The annual community-building campaign promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. 

 

National Night Out brings together civilians and law enforcement under positive circumstances. “It helps people put a name to a face so the community can know the officers better,” said Inglewood Police Sergeant Juan Ferreira.    

 

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.

 

The Inglewood event featured appearances by Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Inglewood Mayor James Butts and council members, and Police Chief Mark Fronterotta.  There were plenty of fun activities which allowed for positive police-civilian interaction, including police special weapons and canine displays. Kids enjoyed face painting, computer games, popcorn and glow sticks.   

 

“It was a great opportunity for the community and police to come together and make our streets safer, because we’re all in this together,” Ferreira said.  

 

National Night Out sponsors included: Target, Kinecta, Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, Power 106 FM, Los Angeles Chargers, Inglewood Rotary Club, Inglewood Today, Starbucks, and GNC.

 

 

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