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Stevie Wonder in the House

Written by Thursday, December 18, 2014
Stevie Wonder will be in the House (of Toys) this Saturday, Dec. 20 for his 19th annual holiday benefit concert at the Fabulous Forum. This year, he’s bringing an extra special treat to fans—a performance of songs from his double album, Songs in the Key of Life. Wonder’s signature album topped the charts in 1976, hitting #1 on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.…

Butts Nominated to MTA Board

Written by Thursday, December 18, 2014
South Bay officials want a larger share of federal money and influence for transportation projects, and they believe Inglewood Mayor James Butts can deliver. In fact, they voted last week for him to replace Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor as the regional representative on the Metro board. Torrance Mayor Pat Furey nominated Butts for the post. The Southwest Corridor Cities subcommittee voted in his favor. The City Selection Committee is expected to ratify the appointment…

Unfinished Business and Holiday Cheer

Written by Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Inglewood council wrapped up 2014 by approving a number of agenda items and recapping important achievements of the year. A public hearing was held to consider approval of a draft of the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. Grants Coordinator Damian Pipkins reported on Inglewood’s outreach to low-income seniors, veterans, the homeless and those with disabilities, through federally-funded programs. From Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014, “Three summer camps…

Diversity of Inglewood Makes Holidays Bright

Written by Thursday, December 18, 2014
There’s nothing like the holidays to stir up loving memories and best wishes. And what better way to end the year than the Christmas tree lighting that drew thousands to the Forum last week? It was, for Councilman Eloy Morales, the epitome of what he holds dear—family, cultural diversity, and holiday tradition. The District 3 councilman was elected to office in 2003. He has attended tree lightings every year, but 2014 was different, he said.…

Holiday Season in Upward Swing

Written by Thursday, December 11, 2014
Despite the backdrop of racial, social and political unrest defying Christmas spirit, there is positive news in America. The jobless rate is steady at 5.8 percent, the housing market and the stock market are showing nice gains. In some places, according to the American Automobile Assn., you can even buy a gallon of gas for $2.70. Holiday sales are up online as well. According to TechCrunch.com, “Based on early numbers from comScore, it looks like…

Just Say No to Solicitors

Written by Thursday, December 11, 2014
One thing you learn in business pretty fast is “there is a scam artist born every minute.” While there are legitimate charities and programs that offer financial help to the needy, there are also unscrupulous individuals who are more than happy to separate you from your money. Unfortunately, during the holidays, thieves and crooks play upon the emotions and needs of people who need help the most. Just minutes ago, I received a phone call from a scammer claiming to represent a legitimate government grant organization in Washington, DC. The caller ID display on my phone showed a DC area…

Hall Takes the Senate

Written by Thursday, December 11, 2014
Inglewood now has a state senator. Former Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall III of Compton won a special election for the 35th District state Senate seat on Tuesday, left vacant by former Sen. Roderick Wright, who resigned in October. Hall captured 54.98% of the vote—enough to avoid a Feb. 10 runoff—against opponents Louis L. Dominguez of San Pedro and Hector Serrano of Wilmington (both Democrats) and Republican James Spencer of Inglewood. All precincts reported. Name recognition…
In true community fashion, close to 4,000 residents showed up to bring in the city’s very first Holiday Lighting Ceremony at the Forum. Lines of overly anxious youngsters stretched across the parking lot, waiting their turn to give Santa Claus their holiday wish list. The holiday program opened with a presentation of the colors from the Inglewood Boy Scouts Troop 636, Inglewood Girl Scout Troops 5915, 10195, and 9715, followed by a hip mix of…

‘Tis The Season for Toy and Food Drives

Written by Thursday, December 11, 2014
Mayor James Butts began Tuesday’s meeting with a proclamation, declaring December 9th as Electrical Safety Day in Inglewood. The City recognized Southern California Edison’s commitment to safety, and in particular, the safe use of holiday lighting. Marvin Jackmon accepted the proclamation on Edison’s behalf. “Thirty-two percent of (Christmas) tree fires come from electrical safety (violations),” Butts said. The council approved various expenditures for the Inglewood Police Dept., including: ammunition ($166,344), veterinary services for the Police…

Couple Cleared of Murder

Written by Thursday, December 11, 2014
A near two-year legal battle is finally over for a Los Angeles couple, imprisoned in Qatari. Matthew and Grace Huang were falsely charged in the killing of their eight year-old adopted daughter. Matthew and Grace attended Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena on Dec. 7. "We're so excited to be home," Matthew said. The Asian American couple was welcomed back to church with a standing ovation, and reunited with their two African-born adopted sons, Emanuel and…

Youth Will Lead the Way

Written by Thursday, December 04, 2014
There is a saying that youth is wasted on the young. But that depends on how one’s youth is used. In recent years, the global community of young people have demonstrated they are willing to use their time, effort, energy and youthful zeal to do some pretty amazing things. We saw it in 2011 with the rise of the Arab Spring—that revolutionary wave of demonstrations, protests and civil wars in the Arab world. As the Arab Spring began to wind down, a new cause surfaced in the U.S. with the Occupy Movement. Young people woke up the nation with the…

Class For Credit?

Written by Thursday, December 04, 2014
I came across some shocking data that stated, according to the California Department of Education, last year less than 29% of our district’s seniors graduated eligible for entrance into a UC or CSU school although 97% of our students graduated. Not only does this speak to UC and CSU enrollment policies, it also shows these students regardless of those policies have a choice to make. So, the question became, how can we incentivize more students…
President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $263 million to change the way community policing is done, in the wake of recent widespread racial tension and violence in Ferguson, MO. The shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer, and the officer’s acquittal by a grand jury last week, is indicative of what goes on in communities of color nationwide, Obama said. The president wants funding to buy 50,000 body cameras…

Black Friday Interrupted

Written by Thursday, December 04, 2014
Black Friday backlash, combined with civil unrest in Ferguson, MO and other cities nationwide, created a firestorm of protests during Thanksgiving week. In a nod to the Occupy Movement, thousands of workers showed up at retailers hoping to give Black Friday a black eye. Growing resentment over the economic gap, and disapproval of retailers turning the family-oriented Thanksgiving Day into a cash cow prompted economic boycotts nationwide. And with the ready-made audience of Black Friday…

Holiday Safety

Written by Thursday, December 04, 2014
Black Friday has come and gone. Small Business Saturday is behind us and Cyber Monday is yesterday’s memory. While all of these events jump start the holiday shopping season, many of us prefer to shop at a leisurely pace over many days and weeks. Of course, the bad guys know this and this is their season for serious work. Following are reminders to keep you, your home, and your purchases safe. Out and About Always…

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