Politics (71)

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…
With less than one week to go, the 62nd Assembly District race is definitely on! Front runners Gloria Gray and Autumn Burke are leading the pack, and one of them is likely to become the new Assemblymember in the 62nd District, replacing Steve Bradford who is termed out. Simona Farisse is also in the race. The District includes the cities of Inglewood, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Lennox and Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles…

The $18 Million Inaccuracy

Written by Thursday, April 24, 2014
By Veronica Mackey Mayor James Butts and the Inglewood City Council voted unanimously in favor of several items on the consent calendar Tuesday night. With the exception of an amendment increasing costs to run the Summer Food Service Program (which was pulled), the council took the following actions: •Various agreements to retain legal counsel on behalf of the City •Fencing material and installation services for various City-owned properties •A three-year blanket purchase order for printed…
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