Politics (62)

Hilary Clinton: She's Running, She's Running Not

Written by Thursday, September 25, 2014
Hilary Clinton wants to be president. That’s obvious. So, why doesn’t she say so? She and husband Bill Clinton were in Iowa Sept. 14 for a steak fry hosted by retiring Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. But anyone who follows politics knows that’s where folks go when they’re seriously considering the presidency. But okay, we’ll let her have her fun. “Well, it is true, I am thinking about it,” she told a crowd in Des Moines.…
Via: Los Angeles Times Democratic state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, convicted earlier this year on felony perjury and voting fraud charges, was sentenced Friday to 90 days in county jail and banned for life from holding public office according to the Los Angeles Times.. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy, turned down Wright's request for a new trial, sentenced the senator to three years' probation and 1,500 hours of community service, ordered that…
By Veronica Mackey What began as uproar over the murder of a Missouri teen has become a breeding ground for civil rights violations as well. The use of rubber bullets and tear gas, forcibly removing protestors and taking away personal property has led to the first two federal lawsuits being filed in connection with the Michael Brown killing. The August 9 shooting death of the black unarmed teenager by white police officer Darren Wilson has…

Billionaire Family Feud

Written by Thursday, August 14, 2014
By Veronica Mackey A top news story in Massachusetts, has all the elements of a political drama. It’s messy, full of twists and turns, with two sides of a multibillion dollar family empire pulling in opposite directions. There are casualties and strange bedfellows. No one knows how it will end, but everyone has an opinion. It’s about greed, power, loyalty, division and solidarity. It is set in the backdrop of a family feud that has…

Smith Arrested on Corruption Charges

Written by Thursday, August 07, 2014
West Basin Municipal Water District Board Member Ronald Smith pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Torrance Superior Court to charges of misusing public funds. His bail has been set to $125,000 and he was ordered to return Aug. 12 for a preliminary hearing. He was arrested on Saturday by Long Beach police. Elected to the West Basin Board of Directors eight years ago, Smith represents Carson, the Palos Verdes Peninsula and parts of San Pedro. Smith…

Do Nothing’ Congress Takes A Recess

Written by Thursday, August 07, 2014
By Veronica Mackey Members of Congress have called it quits for the next 5 weeks, taking their annual summer vacation. Meanwhile pressing issues like immigration reform, unemployment extension, and the minimum wage go unresolved. The mad dash out of Washington in the midst of pressing unfinished business only adds to the growing dysfunction in Congress. The picture of a divided House and Senate, failing to do their jobs was evidenced recently on “Meet the Press.…

Centinela Valley Votes to Fire Fernandez

Written by Friday, July 25, 2014
By Veronica Mackey When Jose Fernandez signed on as Superintendent of the embattled Centinela Valley Union High School District, his contract stipulated that he could not be fired with less than four out of five votes. The board went one better on Tuesday, voting unanimously to fire him during the closed session. A former Inglewood council member, Fernandez became the subject of public outcry and public embarrassment by the school district, after the Daily Breeze…

First Lady Keynotes Veterans Summit

Written by Thursday, July 17, 2014
First Lady Michelle Obama paid a visit to Los Angeles Wednesday to join Mayor Eric Garcetti, other government officials and business leaders to discuss ways to help local veterans. The United for Veterans Summit was organized by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and partners, which include USC Price School, the Federal Reserve Bank and the City of Los Angeles. About 20 percent of California’s veteran population lives in Los Angeles, and one in…

Fernandez Owes $256,000 According to Report

Written by Thursday, July 17, 2014
New information about why former Centinela Valley Union High School Superintendent Jose Fernandez was so highly overpaid has begun to surface. Fernandez is said to owe up to $256,000 to the school district for overpayment, according to the Daily Breeze. In addition, Fernandez will also see a big reduction in the amount of money he can draw from his pension. A new report compiled by the Los Angeles County Office of Education and California Public…

Wright Sentencing Delayed Again

Written by Thursday, July 10, 2014
State Senator Roderick Wright has been granted a third extension for sentencing after being convicted in March on 8 felony counts of perjury, false declaration of candidacy and fraudulent voting. Sentencing, which was supposed to take place later this month, has now been moved to September 3. After his conviction, Wright took a voluntary leave of absence, then was suspended from the Senate, along with two other Democratic senators who are facing federal charges. Wright…

The People Speak

Written by Wednesday, July 02, 2014
By Veronica Mackey Tuesday’s council meeting was a breath of fresh air for the small crowd of people in attendance. No shouting, name calling or personal attacks—just the people bringing their grievances to local leaders After awarding certificates to participants of the recent American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life walk/run event, Mayor James Butts and council members got an earful from their constituents. Inglewood is too dirty and more needs be done about hate crime,…

Cleaning up Unfunded Liability

Written by Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The council adopted a resolution, giving Mayor James Butts the authority to sign all subsequent documents independent of the City Council in regard to grant applications for the 2014 Competitive Excess Funds Grant Program. The grants will help fund various Parks, Recreation and Library Services programs. “If the council authorizes me to sign, it doesn’t have to come back signed by me, and then back to the council (to approve) something they (already) authorized me…

Brann Extends IUSD Contract

Written by Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Don Brann has signed on for at least another three years as state administrator with the Inglewood Unified School District. The deal was signed last month between Brann and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Taking over within a year of the district going into state receivership, and after a scandal involving the former administrator allegedly making deals with the teacher’s union without authorization, Brann has his hands full of challenges.He does, however, have…

Burke Among Top Choices for Inglewood Voters

Written by Wednesday, June 04, 2014
By Veronica Mackey Autumn Burke moved one giant step closer to a seat in the 62nd State Assembly District Tuesday night, beating her closest Democratic challenger, Gloria Gray. She will now face off with Republican Ted Grose in November. The political newbie said she is still coming down from it all, but remains focused. “I am taken aback. I’m not shocked, because we tracked the numbers pretty well, but it is still humbling,” she said…

Brann Rebutta of Huff Audit Letter

Written by Wednesday, May 28, 2014
BY OLU ALEMORU and IWT Staff Writer Inglewood Schools permanent state trustee Don Brann – who was appointed last July and recently extended his contract for another three years – has hit out at what he called “an unnecessary” audit request by California Senate leader Bob Huff into the overtaken district. Huff’s request came in a May 20 three-page letter to The Honorable Adam Gray, Chair, Joint Legislative Audit Committee. “I respectfully request the Joint…
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