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It’s no secret that in communities of color, payday loan companies are everywhere. Easy money lenders know Black and Hispanic Americans are paid the least, making it harder for them to make ends meet between paydays. They see us coming. Advocates of this type of predatory lending argue that they are providing a valuable service by offering help to those who could not get access to money in other ways, due to poor credit. But if their intentions are so good, why did Republicans try so hard to protect them from reasonable government regulations. The L.A. Times did an excellent…
By Veronica Mackey The long-awaited response to the officer-involved shootings of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin came on Friday when the Inglewood Police Department completed its internal review. Inglewood Mayor James Butts announced Tuesday that five officers are no longer employed by the Inglewood Police Department. There are still, however, a lot of unanswered questions about what really happened to the couple in February 2016. What happened between the time the couple were allegedly found…
A recent study reported in the May issue of JAMA Internal Medicine offered proof that segregated neighborhoods can affect health. The study focused on blood pressure among African-Americans, who suffer the highest rates of hypertension of any group in the United States. The results explained that living in a racially segregated neighborhood can actually increase blood pressure. How it can happen One reason is given by David Goff, M.D., director of the Division of Cardiovascular…
First of Its Kind Set to Become a National Model Los Angeles County, CA- Lennox: May 26, 2017: The Lennox School District has announced an innovative new dentistry program that will infuse hands-on science lessons with real-world career applications. The Lennox School of Dentistry will debut next year at three elementary schools, which will be outfitted with specialized labs. The first of its kind program for K-12 school districts in California features a curriculum that…

My Message to Graduates

Written by Thursday, May 25, 2017
As this school year comes to a close, graduates will, no doubt, think about the things they can finally leave behind like books, getting up early and going to classes they don’t like. They’ll be glad to ditch the studying—even if only for a summer. If you are a graduate, there will be a lot of emphasis on what you’re graduating from, but there may not be much thought on what you will be graduating to. You may or may not know what’s next. High school, college, graduate school, a job or a year off to figure it out. There…
Introduced by Sen. Steven Bradford Sacramento – The California Senate approved SB 620 (Bradford) on a vote of 22-14 to allow a court, in the interest of justice, to use judicial discretion when applying a sentence enhancement for using or discharging a firearm, consistent with other enhancements. Senator Steven Bradford (D-Inglewood) spoke about a case where a 17-year old was given a 30-year to life sentence when it was not clear if he or another…
Local police departments have prepared for extra security, particularly around areas and events which draw large crowds. On Tuesday night at the Forum in Inglewood—one day after 22 concertgoers were killed in a suicide attack in Manchester, UK—security was heightened at the Chris Brown concert. Inglewood, like Los Angeles and many other cities across the nation, is beefing up security with increased police presence, and also asking the public to be vigilant about suspicious looking…

A Friend, A Home, A Mortgage

Written by Thursday, May 25, 2017
By Glenda Brass, MBA There comes a time over the course of any renter's time in a particular piece of real estate where it seems that the payments are providing a great stream of income for a landlord but little for you. Indeed, as incomes begin to creep up and the ability to handle at least a portion of a mortgage becomes a possibility, more and more renters are beginning to feel that way and…

City On Track Financially This Year

Written by Thursday, May 25, 2017
By Veronica Mackey Tuesday’s council meeting began with two public hearings. The first hearing outlined new penalties and administrative fines for fireworks violations in the City of Inglewood. The Inglewood Municipal Code has been amended to provide stricter guidelines (including the criminal penalty and fines) for dealing with unlawful use or possession of illegal fireworks. Basically, the City only allows the use of Safe and Sane Fireworks, which are the only fireworks sold legally in…

NFL Good with Stadium Delay

Written by Thursday, May 25, 2017
NFL team owners and officials, and developers of the NFL stadium in Inglewood are looking up, despite an announcement last week that the planned $2.6 billion stadium would be delayed by one year. In a statement, the Rams said, “This new target gives us flexibility to accommodate any additional delays that may arise while still delivering an unparalleled experience upon opening.” According to the developer, LA Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park, “Southern California…

The Case for Due Process

Written by Thursday, May 18, 2017
By Veronica Mackey At Tuesday’s council meeting, activists who expressed frustration over the pace of investigations into the shooting deaths of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin by police were given advice by others in the audience. The couple was killed 15 months ago. Investigations by the police department and L.A. County District Attorney’s Office are currently being conducted. A woman brought a bouquet of pink flowers to illustrate that Michael’s children couldn’t give flowers to…
Sexual assault trial begins next month. Jury selection will begin next week in Philadelphia in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial. The defamed comedian and actor said he won’t testify, but had plenty to say to Michael Smerconish on Sirius XM. Commenting on the more than 50 women who have come forth, charging him with drugging, sexual assault and rape as far back as the 1970s, Cosby suggested that many of the allegations are based…
The killer of slain Inglewood policeman, Sgt. George Aguilar, is set to be released from prison, despite efforts from family members to keep him behind bars. Aguilar was gunned down while chasing several robbery suspects in March 1988. Joevone Elster, the mastermind behind the crime, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Four suspects were arrested and charged with murder. Aguilar was immortalized when he became the first Inglewood police officer to die in…
By Veronica Mackey A small group of Trump supporters tested the mettle of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Inglewood) last Saturday and got run out of the building. The fiery, 78 year-old Congresswoman, whom Millennials refer to as “Auntie Maxine, ” shut down the hecklers while simultaneously informing constituents about serious issues facing lawmakers in Washington. Foes and supporters piled into the Inglewood High School auditorium for a town hall meeting held at Inglewood High School, 231…
Harridge Development Group intends to build 228 townhomes on an 18-acre site a mile from the Los Angeles Rams’ planned stadium. Harridge Development Group plans to build 228 townhomes on the 18-acre site which formerly housed Daniel Freeman Hospital, at 333 S. Prairie Ave. The Miracle Mile-based company purchased the property for $38 million from Shopoff Realty Investments of Irvine, which bought the site in 2013. Shopoff originally entitled the property for 310 units. Harridge…
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