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Wednesday, Oct. 18 was a night the Inglewood business community will not forget.  It was the Best of Inglewood Awards Ceremony, the first of many to come. I must say, I could not be happier to see so many business owners come out.  They are the life blood of this community.


With all the progress that we’re seeing in Inglewood on a daily basis, it is only fitting that we have a celebration.  And what a celebration it was!   We were treated to delicious food by Dulan’s Soul Food (who was one of two overall highest vote-getters) and Lavender Blue provided cocktails.  The band was awesome and kept the ceremony going with everything from soul and blues to jazz and pop. 


There is nothing like a little friendly competition to inspire people to step up, and we saw this very clearly last Wednesday night.   The Best of Inglewood brought out the best in local businesses.  It challenged them to want to do an even better job for their customers.  Because consumers voted for the best businesses in a variety of categories, the feedback to business owners was pure—it was genuine feedback that could not be bought.  


The Best of Inglewood inspired everyone who participated: nominees, final winners, sponsors, city officials, and guests.  It isn’t everyday that hard work is noticed, let alone rewarded, by a ceremony in your honor.  It isn’t everyday that appreciation is given in such a wonderful way.  


Nominees and final winners alike came onstage to accept their certificates and prizes, while family and friends applauded and took pictures.  The attention was contagious and encouraged others in the audience to be the best at whatever it is that they do.


The Best of Inglewood 2017 is over.  But Inglewood Today is already hard at work planning for next year.  I am asking everyone to spread the word and share a copy of our newspaper or website ( Business owners, if you did not participate, come out and support us and consider being a sponsor in 2018. 


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.  Names of the final winners are in the cover story.  I also want to thank our very supportive elected officials and sponsors, and the Miracle Theatre for such a beautiful evening.  


The Best of Inglewood brought unity and pride to the city and reminded us of how special Inglewood really is.  Inglewood is a city that understands what community is all about, and for that, we are all grateful. 


City Terminates Farmers’ Market

Thursday, October 19, 2017

By Veronica Mackey


A project that many residents fought so hard for is being discontinued.  The Inglewood City Council voted to terminate the Farmer’s Market on Market Street, which was operated by the Social Justice Learning Center.  


According to the City Manager’s Office, there were numerous complaints from nearby businesses.  Of the 13 businesses interviewed, 10 said they were negatively affected.  The City also considered the decline in foot traffic and revenue loss.  Some consumers, including long time resident Willie Agee, said the quality of produce is inferior.


State Sen. Steve Bradford gave an update from the State Capitol.  California lawmakers are currently in recess, since the last session ended on September 15. Bradford, who introduced SB 789—a bill that would expedite the environmental review process related to building the proposed Clipper’s arena in Inglewood—explained what the bill would and would not do.


 Bradford denied that the bill would allow anyone’s homes to be taken or override environmental considerations.  It would place a deadline on the time the environmental agency could challenge the project in court.   


“I’ve been attacked for the CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) bill because it benefits a community of color.  They failed to mention there were three other CEQA bills going through at the same time.”  Bradford explained that “This is how we do business now if you want a major project built in a short period of time.” It keeps developers from abandoning projects for fear they will be tied up for years in court.   It is the same legislation used to build professional sports arenas in the Bay Area.  SB 789 will be resubmitted for a vote when the new session convenes.


Councilman George Dotson said, in reference to rumors that people’s homes would be taken to build the arena, “Remember you didn’t hear it from me, you heard it from your state senator.”


Councilman Alex Padilla thanked the block club in the 500 block of E. Ellis for inviting him to the meeting and for support of the City.


Mayor Butts ended the meeting the same way he ended it last week—explaining why the City could not build affordable housing on the arena site.  The City has an agreement with the FBA not to build housing underneath a flight path. It would cost at least 10 times as much money as before to buy the property back, plus the city would have to discount the land before the developer would build.  The City would lose tens of millions of dollars on this type of deal.


The American Cancer Society presented an award to the City of Inglewood for another banner year supporting Relay for Life.  Inglewood teams raised $57,311.54 for cancer victims—an increase of 8 percent over last year.


The City of Inglewood gave a commendation to the Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc. and Youth United in Creative Action for their efforts in youth drug education and prevention.  Red ribbons were tied around trees outside City Hall to honor an advocate who died trying to stop drug use.

Red ribbon pins were given to Mayor James Butts and members of the Inglewood City Council in honor of Red Ribbon Week.


Another commendation was given to proclaim Oct. 18 as Skedans Day in the City of Inglewood.


The event marked the renovation of the monumental sculpture outside City Hall, created by Tony DeLap


Retraction:  Inglewood Today apologizes for referring to Mr. Harjinder Singh, Acting HUD Manager as a “staffer” in last week’s edition (October  12, 2017).







By McKenzie Jackson | California Black Media


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Business that the Golden State's largest utility enterprises did with African-American-owned firms last year fell behind when compared to most other diverse or minority-owned businesses, according to a report by The Greenlining Institute. 


The Oakland-based racial and economic justice organization's 2017 Supplier Diversity Report Card revealed that of the $6.2 billion, 19 of California's biggest energy, water, wireless and cable and telephone firms spent with minority-owned businesses in 2016, only 16.67 percent of the contracting dollars went to Black companies. African-American businesses received just over three percent of the $32.24 billion the utility corporations contracted overall to vendors in 2016. 


Greenlining's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Danielle Beavers, said in an Oct. 5 interview, the day the report was released on Greenlining's website to the public, the answer to the question as to why large organizations don't do more contracting with Black companies is due to finances. 


"Businesses of color have a harder time accessing and maintaining capital, compared to their counterparts," she said. "I don't think it's a lack of talent; I don't think it's a lack of opportunity because these utilities are spending billions of dollars a year. It's about the lack of support as a nation we have provided to diverse businesses." 


California Black Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors member Sharon Evans said big businesses must look beyond just recruiting potential Black vendors from minority business groups.  She suggested targeted outreach to identify suppliers and "investment in developing solutions to strengthen their African-American enterprises into areas of opportunity where utilization is low."  


In June, California Black Media suggested targeted outreach to Black businesses through the California's various news publications, for the state's "Do Your Thing" campaign, an initiative spearheaded by the California Public Utilities Commission that encourages businesses and citizens to make smart energy choices.


The Black media group was rebuffed by CPUC Commissioner Carla Peterman, who said in an email to CBM executive Regina Wilson that an analysis by DDB Worldwide, an advertising group, showed that the best way to reach Black Californians is through television marketing.


 "As such, the campaign is reaching African Americans within the existing buy, as well as some targeted programming for the African American audience," she wrote.


 Peterman noted that some Black community groups – CBCC, California Black Health Network, United Negro College Fund and others – had signed on to work with the campaign.


 Harking back to Evans’ suggestion though, Wilson said more must be done to reach African-American businesses and communities.


 "Television marketing may incidentally reach some African Americans, but that isn't reason enough to skip over Black newspapers and media organizations," said California Black Media Chairwoman Regina Wilson.


"Our media owners have developed a deep relationship with the Black community that's quite different than the one with broadcast. If you want to run a successful communications campaign, it doesn't make much sense to exclude Black print, digital and radio. This just sounds like a reason not to invest in our community." 


Wilson also suggested the lack of a specific Black-focused outreach for the campaign could be why the utility companies analyzed for Greenling's study struggle to find Black businesses to contract with. 


The utility giants evaluated for the study included AT&T Wireless, Sprint Wireless, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Edison, SoCal Gas, PG&E, SDG&E, AT&T CA, Comcast, Cox, Frontier, CalAmWater, Cal Water, Golden State Water, Park/Apple Valley, San Gabriel Valley Water, San Jose Water and Suburban Water Systems.


The 19, the 53-page report outlined, spent 80.27 percent of their contracting dollars with non-minority businesses. The titans spent $9.5 billion on contracts with 978 diverse suppliers including $6.38 billion with minority outfits, $2.84 billion with women firms and $431 million with service-disabled veteran businesses. 


The lion's share of the contracting monies – over 70 percent – the enterprises spent with minority suppliers went to Hispanic and Asian-American companies. 


Greenlining's report evaluated and graded the firms on the amount of money spent on diverse and minority suppliers, the number of staff members dedicated to improving supplier diversity and how much money the corporations invested in supplier diversity programs.


Some companies – PG&E ($229.94 million), Cox ($252.08 million) and Sprint ($225.47 million) – spent several multi-millions on contracts with Black businesses. Others spent finite amounts – Comcast ($2.50 million), T-Mobile ($5.05 million), Frontier ($570,941) and Park/Apple Valley ($0).


Beavers commended PG&E, officially known as Pacific Gas & Energy, for the amount of money it spent on supplier diversity and the number of people working on supplier diversity. 


In a press release announcing the study, Greenlining denigrated Comcast due in part to the cable provider awarding Black establishments a smidge above one half of one percent of its contracting funds.


 "We can't help but be disappointed that a huge and influential company like Comcast shows so little regard for California businesses owned by minorities, women, disabled veterans and LGBT Californians," Beavers said.


Comcast acknowledged its diversity spending was challenged in its diversity report. The corporation blamed the dire straits of its diversity program on a supplier diversity coordinator leaving the company and the loss of its biggest "diverse prime construction contractor in 2014." Comcast said it hired a nationally-known diverse prime contractor last year, but the vendor, certified as a minority-business nationally, was ineligible to be recognized as a minority firm in California.


Beavers said some establishments might lack a strong commitment from their CEOs or the resources and personnel numbers to excel in supplier diversity. She said corporations look for the same things in minority suppliers as they do in businesses led by white males; a firm that will help them move towards their goals and address problems.


Beavers conceded there must be a concerted initiative to increase the number of Black businesses that get contracts with utility giants though.


"We see that in every industry when looking at supplier diversity, African-Americans are struggling to secure these opportunities," she said. "That's dangerous."


(Tracy, California)—Inglewood Unified School District has received $10,000 in funding to expand student health and wellness with a partnership between the Los Angeles Rams and California dairy families through the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) program. 


The $10,000 ‘Hometown Grant’ was awarded during a special school assembly at Highland Elementary School on Oct. 10, where students learned about the importance of fueling up with healthy foods and getting 60 minutes of physical activity a day from Rams player Cornelius Lucas, members of the cheerleading team and Rams mascot, Rampage. 


“To have this partnership means much to our District. This event underscores our efforts to provide a sound educational program that includes sports, fitness, exercise and good nutrition,” said Dr. Jacqueline Landrum Sanderlin, Executive Director, School and Community Relations for Inglewood Unified School District.  “We realize the importance of the whole child and having California dairy families and the Los Angeles Rams assist us with showcasing the importance of this makes our work matter.” 


The ‘Hometown Grant’ award means students in the Inglewood Unified School District will join the 13 million students who are eating healthier, 16 million students who are being more active and 130,000 adults who are enrolled and empowering youth in the United States through the national FUTP 60 Program.


 “We know kids who are well nourished and physically active do better in school. Our dairy farm families have long committed resources to educating kids about healthy eating and increasing student access to healthy foods, including milk and dairy. This partnership with the Los Angeles Rams helps get them excited about both eating well and getting the 60 minutes a day of physical activity that will help them perform better in school and life,” said Jennifer Giambroni, Director of Communications for the California Milk Advisory Board/Real California Milk. 


Developed by FUTP 60 and the National Football League (NFL), the ‘Hometown Grant’ program provides teams and farmer funded dairy organizations like Real California Milk with the opportunity to identify deserving schools and school districts and provide them with funding to help meet their health and wellness goals. Each of the 32 NFL Clubs are partnering with FUTP 60 and local dairy representatives to provide $10,000 grants in communities throughout the country totaling a $320,000 investment in youth health and wellness. 


“Assisting Inglewood Unified School District and the students they serve is a priority for the Los Angeles Rams,” said Molly Higgins, Vice President of Community Affairs and Engagement, Los Angeles Rams. “Through our partnership with the California dairy farm families and Fuel Up to Play 60, we are thrilled to be able to deliver this financial support to Inglewood Unified, but just as importantly, we are excited about the long-term effects of empowering these students to live healthier and more active lives.” 


“This grant is highly appreciated and very much needed to support our ongoing efforts to provide a strong physical fitness program for our scholars and assist us with the proper equipment for each of them. Being awarded this grant is proof that anything is possible when we work together for the benefit of our students,” said Dr. Sanderlin. 


Created in partnership by the NFL and National Dairy Council, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation’s leading in-school wellness program creating real transformational change in more than 73,000 schools nationwide since its launch in 2009. The national in-school nutrition and physical-activity program is activated in California by the state’s more than 1,300 dairy farm families. Since fall 2014, FUTP 60 has helped to award more than $465,000 in grants and resources to schools throughout California in support of their wellness goals. 



Domestic violence affects more than 12 million people in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.


This issue cannot be ignored. To create change, we have to talk openly and acknowledge how domestic violence affects our communities, our families and our lives. We can’t just turn away. 


Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an opportunity to shed more light on an issue that has claimed too many lives.


For the last 30 years, our nation has honored the people who have lost their lives due to domestic violence during October, the Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The National Domestic Violence Awareness Hotline is calling for a unified effort in helping survivors and honoring those who have lost their lives.


Wear Purple on Oct. 19 


Show your support for domestic violence survivors and raise awareness by wearing purple on Oct. 19! Organizations and individuals around the country will be participating, including The Hotline. Go purple for DVAM and share your pictures on #PurpleThursday!


Open Discussion on Oct. 26


Let’s talk about it until we don’t have anything else to talk about: domestic violence. It can happen to anyone regardless of race, age or social status. It can happen to you or someone you love. Please share your story and join The Hotline as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Hear and #SeeDV stories about people like you from all walks of life and their experiences surviving domestic violence and dating abuse. When: Oct. 26, 2017 (Thursday) at 10 a.m. CT.


For more information, call 800-799-7233 or visit


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