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The Power of a Good Idea

Friday, October 13, 2017

Printing a weekly newspaper in this digital age can be challenging sometimes.  But believe it or not, there are still many who like reading something tangible, which you can fold and read without the help of Wi-Fi.   


Realizing the rising cost of printing, I had to get creative.  I decided Inglewood businesses were more than deserving of a contest that would inspire consumers and encourage local buying.  And, given the record-breaking development in Inglewood now, I could think of nothing more timely.  If we do not honor our own, who will?


Thus, the “Best of Inglewood” contest—in which consumers voted for the best in a number of business categories—was born.  It has exceeded my wildest dreams.  Before I knew it, my idea had turned into a contest, and now it’s an event, with huge potential for the future.


The “Best of Inglewood” has stirred such interest that folks are already talking about next year.  The first event won’t even happen until next week on Oct. 18th.


Just when you think things have come to a standstill, you get a new idea or an inspiring phone call and suddenly, you’re off to the races again.  That’s how it goes in business.  And, it’s why entrepreneurs should never give up.


I’d like to take this time to thank everyone who voted for the best businesses in Inglewood, and the businesses themselves for being so awesome.  I want to thank our faithful sponsors who played such a vital role in supporting Inglewood’s small business community.


If you haven’t already done so, make your plans to join us to celebrate the best of the best in Inglewood next Wednesday.  Details are in the cover story.  I hope to see you there!



Who will be crowned the “Best of Inglewood?”  That’s the question business owners and shoppers in Inglewood want to know.


On Wednesday, October 18, Inglewood Today will host its first ever “Best of Inglewood” Awards Ceremony at the Miracle Theatre, 226 W. Market Street.  It begins at 6pm. The ceremony will celebrate the successful “Best of Inglewood” contest, which took place in August and September.  It’s a free community event, and everyone is invited.   


Mayor James Butts, Inglewood Councilmembers and other invited officials will be present to show their support of the hard working businesses in our community.  Sponsors include MTA, Papa John’s Pizza, Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, Centinela Hospital and Hollywood Park Casino.


Businesses were nominated by Inglewood Today readers online in more than 15 different categories during the contest.  Categories include best soul food restaurant, best Mexican food restaurant; best barbershop, dental clinic, car dealership and much more. During the contest, weekly prizes were given away to people voting online.  Prizes included one year of pizza, MTA TAP cards, and $100 cash prizes.


On Wednesday, winners will be announced, and awards and prizes will go to the top vote getters in each category, as well as the top winner overall.  


“Best of Inglewood” began as a way for Inglewood Today publisher Willie Brown to mobilize local business owners around a positive cause.  With the city progressing so quickly, Brown wanted to inspire more appreciation and recognition within the business community.  At the same time, he wanted to encourage people to buy locally from Inglewood-based businesses.  This contest has achieved both ends.


The celebration will include live entertainment, food, prizes, awards and lots of networking.  The celebration is free, but you must RSVP to guarantee a seat.  Coverage of the event will be published in the special edition on October 26.  To save your spot email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .





Nationwide — The NBA pre-season has already started, and the league office has issued a memo to all 30 teams about the country’s national anthem. The memo included the restatement of an existing rule requiring all personnel (including players) to stand for the national anthem.


NBA commissioner Adam Silver comments, “We have a rule that requires our players to stand for the anthem. It’s been a rule as long as I’ve been involved with the league, and my expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem.”


Here are some quotes from the memo he released:


* “The NBA has a rule that players, coaches and trainers stand respectfully for the anthem. The league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach or trainer does not stand for the anthem. (Teams do not have the discretion to waive this rule).”


* “Our teams’ focus remains on unity and collective action that leads to meaningful change in society. The players have embraced their roles in those efforts and we are proud of the work they do in our communities.”


* “We believe sports are a unifier and this is an opportunity for the NBA to once again lead by its core values of equality, inclusion and unity and to bridge divides and bring people together.”


The memo also offered alternatives for players to express their political and social views.


So, the question remains: Will Black NBA players follow in suit with this requirement or will they #TakeaKneel?


President Trump’s recent remarks on Twitter prompted widespread protests when he uninvited champion player Stephen Curry to the White House, and referred to Black athletes who don’t stand for the anthem as “sons of b****es”.


Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant spoke out about the derogatory comments, and LeBron James called the president a “bum” and even suggested people who voted for him were “uneducated.”


Affordable Living, Public Benefit

Friday, October 13, 2017

By Veronica Mackey


Affordable housing was the main focus of Tuesday’s Inglewood Council Meeting.  Mayor James Butts announced several weeks ago that a housing trust fund was being started to help residents meet housing costs, in addition to programs already in place.


A staffer from the Inglewood Housing Authority gave a report on affordable housing in the city—its history, current status and future.


Affordable housing programs in Inglewood began in 1976, and serve both renters and home buyers.  Rental developments include Good Shepherd, Grace Manor, Osage Senior Villas, Grace Manor, Aerick Apartments, PATH Villas Osage Apartments and Regency Towers.  The city broke ground 2 weeks ago on the new PATH Eucalyptus senior development, which will be completed next year.    Since 2011, the City has begun and/or completed 9 affordable housing projects.


There are currently 22,942 renter-occupied and 13,447 owner-occupied residents in the city.   The percentage of total affordable units is 12.4% of all rental properties assisted by the City.  A total of 1,340 Section 8 vouchers have been issued. Councilman Ralph Franklin said residents were “concerned about the demise of the Section 8 program, and we now have something in place.”


The City of Inglewood has earmarked $2 million for first-time home buyers.  The maximum loan will be $200,000.  An additional $4 million will assist qualified non-profit entities in acquiring and rehabbing multi-unit apartment buildings.  Another $2 million in bond funds will be used to purchase vacant residential land.  The City now has 19 vacant lots that can be used.  


A chart showed the average rent in Inglewood, compared to Gardena, Carson, Hawthorne, Los Angeles and California as a whole.  Inglewood has the lowest rent, averaging $1,930 to $2,250 from 2012 to 2017.  Los Angeles increased rent by 27%, while Inglewood increased rents by 24%. 


A woman said the comparisons with the state and surrounding cities were not accurate because Inglewood has an overall lower income that other cities.


Erick Holly, Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce President, reiterated that Inglewood is still the lowest city out of the entire South Bay. 


Councilman Eloy Morales noted.  “Rent has always been more reasonable here for what you get.”


Some of the factors affecting rent increases are:  lack of development, more people living in urban areas, and an improved economy.


With confirmation from Royce Jones, counsel for redevelopment, Mayor James Butts explained why the push by some residents for Inglewood to build affordable housing on the site of the proposed Clippers arena is unfeasible.  Besides the fact that the City has an agreement with the FAA not to build new homes because the lot is underneath a flight path, Jones concurred that if the city were to break the agreement and buy back the parcel, it would cost roughly 10 times (around $1 million) more than it did 20-25 years ago. 


Second, the City would have to discount the land for developers to build.  “If the developer pays $30-$40 million, it would go toward reimbursing the FAA for the money it loaned us.  We would lose tens of millions of dollars out of the General Fund,” Butts said.  


Royce mentioned the employment benefit of building the arena vs. affordable housing.  Butts added, “That goes along with $15 million in property taxes, ticket taxes, parking taxes, sales taxes.  It gets to be stupid...”


During closing remarks Councilman George Dotson thanked workers at Ed Vincent Park for re-hanging the flag, for the opportunity to walk to school with Inglewood students and the 6th Avenue Block Club for an informative meeting.


 Councilman Alex Padilla recalled last week’s Fedex job fair.  The new facility is opening right across the street from Rogers Park. “It was standing room  only,” he said.  Padilla also announced the annual October Carnival this weekend (Friday through Sunday night) at St. John’s Chrysostom Church.  


Mayor Butts used his time to emphasize that a lot of the rhetoric heard about the City’s intention to use the parcel for the proposed Clippers’ arena is not true.  “We have some enemies in our community that are actively trying to sabotage some of the greatest development to happen in the city.  We have people going door-to-door in Councilman Padilla’s district, knocking on doors and passing out literature (that the City is taking their homes).”  He reiterated that the City is not going to take anyone’s home to build the arena, and added, “There is no other city that can say within 3 years’ time they are on the verge of acquiring 3 professional sports teams.”


By Jason Pohl,


The red dots represent heat detected on the Canyon 2 Fire by a satellite at 2:54 a.m. October 10. The yellow dots were detected at 12:54 p.m. October 9. The Canyon Fire started September 25, and the spread was stopped a few days later. 


With attention — and resources — focused on the explosive growth and sheer scale of wildfires burning through Northern California’s wine country this week, crews to the south on Monday were busy battling an erratic, destructive and wind-whipped fire of their own.


The Canyon 2 Fire started Monday morning in the Anaheim Hills area.


By Tuesday morning, Anaheim Fire & Rescue reported the blaze to be at 7,500 acres. About 1,100 firefighters were assigned to the incident, with 14 helicopters and six planes assisting from the air.


It was just 5 percent contained.


The evacuation zone was primarily for residences in the wildland-urban interface south of the 91 Freeway and east of the 241.


Mandatory evacuations remained in place Tuesday. Some 24 structures are believed to have been destroyed, but exact details remain somewhat unclear.


Shifting winds were top of mind for crews on Tuesday.


Of note, the coastal marine layer that typically brings with it low-lying clouds and higher humidities was apparent Tuesday morning. However, the boundary line was pronounced,


and the area of the Canyon 2 Fire was still experiencing single-digit relative humidity levels, courtesy of the Santa Ana Winds.


The Canyon 2 Fire was among several wildfires that blew up Monday in California, fed by high winds, low humidity and an abundance of fuels. Resources across the state were taxed as some fires went from ignition to tens of thousands of acres in just a few hours.


By Tuesday, “we’re gonna be as stretched as we can be,” said Steven Beech, an incident commander with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, according to the LA Times. 


The area is only a few miles from Disneyland. Suffice to say photos from the so-called “Happiest Place on Earth” were a little more striking on Monday.


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