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50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Written by Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Fifty years ago, on July 2, President Lyndon Johnson signed the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. Our government has been enforcing the law ever since. It contains sweeping legislation that demands compliance from every sector of American life—from schools, to housing, employment, transportation and public facilities. But we all know that one stroke of a pen from a president is just the beginning. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was framed primarily…

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,…

On To The Next

Written by Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Every June, we celebrate the culmination of our young people making the transition from one phase of their education into the next. This year, I’m proud to have a niece and a couple of nephews who’ve gone from elementary to middle school, and from middle school to high school.Yesterday, I found myself in the crowded hallways of El Camino College where eager Monroe Middle School parents awaited the opening of the auditorium doors that would…

Graduating Without the Debt

Written by Wednesday, June 18, 2014
For the past couple of months, families everywhere have been celebrating their graduates, buying gifts, throwing parties, and surrounding them with good wishes. It is a very joyful time, and one that should be remembered for years to come. Commencement speakers do their best to instill words of wisdom about the future. They inspire students to go for their dream, never give up and reach beyond their perceived limits. They tell them everything, except how…

Iconic Donut Brought Luck to the Kings

Written by Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The championship L.A. Kings did not stop in Inglewood during their victory parade through the South Bay on Wednesday. But, an iconic Inglewood fixture threw its full support behind the team nonetheless. Anyone traveling south on La Cienega at Manchester, or exiting the 405 Freeway south, can’t help but notice how the huge donut on top of Randy’s Donuts was recently transformed into a gigantic hockey puck. The impressive sign, bearing the hockey team’s logo,…

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…

Teacher Tenure in CA Ruled ‘Unconstitutional’

Written by Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Los Angeles -- A California judge ruled as unconstitutional Tuesday the state's teacher tenure, dismissal and layoff laws, saying they keep bad teachers in the classroom and force out promising good ones. Poor and minority students are especially hurt by the laws because "grossly ineffective teachers" more often work in their schools, Los Angeles County Judge Rolf M. Treu said. The ruling was hailed by the nation's top education chief as bringing to California --…
The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners authorized a $10-million grant last week to the Lennox School District for construction of sound-mitigation elements in its Classroom Sound Insulation Program. This is the second installment for the district’s $35.3-million overall program. In this second work program, the Board authorized immediate payment of $4,079,000 to reimburse for expenses already accrued. The remaining $5,921,000 will be released to the district once additional reports are submitted showing need for…

MPC: Fundraiser Or Fraud?

Written by Wednesday, June 11, 2014
In what appears to be another attempt to lie and deceive the community, owners of the Morningside Park Chronicle, a so-called newspaper were caught, once again, lying to the public. A recording revealed Teka lying to residents of Inglewood, in an effort to raise money. In her own words, the Morningside Park Chronicle publisher said she and her husband Randall have been publishing their newspaper for 3 years. Don't believe it. She is lying to…

Parks and Public Safety Top Council Discussion

Written by Wednesday, June 04, 2014
By Veronica Mackey A public hearing to consider an appeal of the Planning Commission's denial of a special use permit for Family Dollar Store, 1000 S. La Brea Ave., to sell liquor, will continue on June 10, 2014 at 7pm. The council voted to deny claims by Myisha Gatewood for property damage; by Etta Lee for personal injury and Jonathan Samayoa for personal injury and property damage. Long awaited improvements to Inglewood parks are coming…

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…

Two Victories Won

Written by Wednesday, June 04, 2014
By Willie Brown Congratulations to Autumn Burke for winning Tuesday’s primary election. It certainly was a breath of fresh air to see a young person so focused and dedicated to her run for the State Assembly (62nd District), and such a nice person too. Autumn ran a highly professional, intelligent campaign, and brought fresh new energy and ideas to the table. Although it is far from over, she is getting a lot of buzz and most feel she will take it all in November. There can only be one winner, of course. But I would be remiss if I did…

School Employees Union Files Charge

Written by Wednesday, May 28, 2014
School employees Union at troubled Inglewood Unified School District files Unfair Labor Practice Charge against District for Failure to negotiate lay-offs of Security and Custodial Staff The California Professional Employees has filed an Unfair Labor Practice Charge with the Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) against the Inglewood Unified School District. The union contends that the district failed to negotiate on the implementation and effects of a massive lay-off of security and custodial staff. Earlier this…

Inglewood Police Honored for Bravery

Written by Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Inglewood police officers are being honored for their bravery and exceptional work on May 28 at a luncheon at the Torrance Marriott. The annual event recognizes officers who go beyond the call of duty to risk their lives protecting South Bay residents. Hundreds of police officers, family members and community members are expected to attend the luncheon sponsored annually for 40 years by the South Bay Chambers of Commerce. Among the five officers awarded the…

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