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You Haven’t Won Until It’s Done

Thursday, March 02, 2017

On November 8th, millions of people were shocked beyond belief when Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election.  All the polls indicated that she was sure to win. And even when she did win the popular vote over Donald Trump, she still lost the electoral vote, and therefore lost it all.


On February 5th, the Atlanta Falcons surprised everybody, getting out way ahead of the favored New England Patriots, with an impressive halftime score of 28-3.  At the end of the game, the Patriots came back to win it 34-28.


On February 26th, “La La Land” was announced as the Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards.  But not so fast.  In a crazy last minute envelope mix up, it was discovered that “Moonlight” actually won for Best Picture.


What do these three scenarios have in common?  Anything is possible, so never say never.


My point?  Just because it looks like you are winning doesn’t mean that you actually are.  Even if you are 99 percent sure your candidate will get elected or re-elected in the April 4 Municipal Election, you still need to vote.


Inglewood is on a fast track to becoming a serious destination city.  It continues to attract attention from major media, investors and Corporate America.  Its reputation as a sleepy community that people just drive through is quickly changing as folks realize it is the place to be.  


Multi-billion dollar investments and changing demographics are clear signs that people are seeing true value in this city.  Whatever you may have thought of Inglewood in the past, its rising valuation cannot be denied.  This is best evidenced by huge increases in property values.


With so much at stake and new people moving in every day, the stakes are higher now than ever.  The typically low voter turnout in Inglewood needs to be corrected.


There are council races going on in 2 districts and 3 seats need to be filled in school board advisory races. People say we need to do something to fix our schools.  Well, it starts with your vote.  


Incumbents in 3 of the races are running unopposed, but don’t let that be an excuse for not voting.  What if your candidate lost because people wrote in someone else’s name?  


Don’t take chances with your future.  Claim your stake in your community.


Get informed about the candidates and issues.  Be part of the process.  Check out our cover and find out who is running, and attend forums whenever you can.  If you are not registered, then get registered.  You have until March 20.  


By Veronica Mackey


L.A. basketball insiders are buzzing about the possibility of yet another professional ball team playing in Inglewood.  Word is NBA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is talking to NFL Rams owner Stan Kroenke about his state-of-the-art, $2.6-billion football stadium currently being built on the old Hollywood Park site.  It is scheduled to open in 2019.  


Last month, the NFL Chargers reached an agreement with Kroenke to share the new stadium with the Rams. The Clippers currently share L.A.’s Staples Center with the Lakers.


According to reports, Ballmer is a little tired of bowing down to the Lakers legacy.  Despite having a better record and better team, it is hard to live down the glory days of Shaq, Kobe and the “three-peat” championships at Staples from 2000-2002


Ballmer is reportedly unhappy with being treated like a stepchild at the Staple Center.  According to the Los Angeles Times, being the venue’s third tenant, behind the Lakers and NHL Kings, has put the team in an unfair position.  The Clippers have had to practice in their locker room while the ice rink from a previous Kings hockey game was being dismantled.


Sources are speculating that the basketball billionaire may want to build a new arena on the 298-acre site in Inglewood, which will include the stadium, an entertainment venue, retail and office space, restaurants, a hotel, parks and new homes.  Some say Ballmer would rather buy the land from Kroenke than be a tenant.  


Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts said adding a basketball arena to the development could delay opening the stadium by “18 months to two years.”  The City of Inglewood would have to go through a rezoning process and likely require an environmental impact report.  “It seems unlikely that the NFL and Rams would do something that would delay the opening date of the stadium,” Butts said.  


If the team moves to a new venue, Ballmer would want enough space to also house a training facility, according to ESPN.  The Clippers currently lease space at a facility in Playa del Rey.


The Clippers' lease with Staples runs through 2024.


The Lakers played at the Forum, just down the street from where the new NFL stadium is being built, before moving to Staples in 1999.  They won five NBA championships there.  What about moving to the Forum instead?


Someone with the user name of cygp2 posted this response on

“There is already a basketball arena on site: The Forum. If we are talking about refurbing The Forum again and the Clippers playing there instead of the Lakers, we really are in the weirdest timeline.”  Madison Square Garden spent $100 million to renovate the Forum and reopened the venue in 2014.


Another LAist reader named The Sports Dude said this:  “If the Clippers move to Inglewood, they could join the Rams and Chargers as teams LA doesn't want. Ballmer should move his team to Seattle.”


 “I believe it is unlikely that a basketball arena would be developed on the Hollywood Park site,” Butts said.


Is Inglewood a good move for the Clippers and their fans? Should the Forum become the Clippers’ new home?   Send me your thoughts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .





While schools, banks and government offices observe the holiday honoring our nation’s commanders-in-chief, President’s Day is, for most, lackluster.  All that changed on Monday when thousands took to the streets in observance of “Not My President’s Day.”  


The national protest against Donald Trump’s policies and the man himself was a cry for help. They want elected leaders to stop the president from enacting new laws which they say are unconstitutional, such as repealing Obamacare, travel bans against Muslims and mass deportation of illegal immigrants. 


While the Trump Administration has promised to end the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and replace health care with something better, so far no specifics have been announced. Within days of Trump signing an executive order to ban entry into the U.S. by people in 7 Muslim countries, a federal judge in Seattle stopped it and issued a temporary restraining order.  


The loudest protest has come from those opposing arrests and deportation of undocumented individuals, and California is one of the most affected states.   


Last week, the Dept. of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released details about raids of individuals in the U.S. illegally, which resulted in detainment of 161 people in Southern California.  According to ICE, 95 people were arrested in Los Angeles County, 35 in Orange County, 13 in San Bernardino County, seven in Riverside County, six in Ventura County and five in Santa Barbara County.


Similar operations were conducted across the country, with more than 680 people arrested, according to federal authorities. The Department of Homeland Security followed Trump’s directive to remove immigrants who are here illegally and who pose a threat to public safety. 


Mass deportation efforts have sparked fears among illegal immigrants.  Although the raids by federal authorities are said to be aimed at criminals and those who violated immigration laws, not everyone detained fits those categories, some say.


“I am working with my constituents and the immigrant community to ensure they know their rights,” Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Commerce, said.  “As this process moves forward, I will also ensure my constituents know what the next steps are, where applicable.”


American employers and landlords are feeling the effects of the raids.  A local contractor who used to hire day laborers looking for work in front of Home Depot said men, fearing deportation, no longer congregate there.  An apartment manager said two of his tenants moved suddenly, and their cell phones have been disconnected. 


The bulk of those arrested were from Mexico. Others come from countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, China, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Honduras, Belize, Philippines, Australia, Brazil, Israel and South Korea. 


Affected immigrants are encouraged to call the toll-free hotline of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles at (888) 624-4752 for assistance and access to attorneys. 




On Tuesday a group of family members, activists and clergy stood outside Inglewood City Hall to draw attention to an officer-involved shooting that so far has not been explained.  On Feb. 21, 2016, Kisha Michael and her boyfriend Marquintan Sandlin were shot to death by Inglewood police around 3 a.m., in a car on Manchester Blvd. and Inglewood Ave.  


Two investigations are currently being conducted.  According to sources, 20 shots were fired and police say the couple was initially believed to be unconscious. When police approached, they saw a gun on Michael’s lap.  She was sitting in the passenger’s seat.  An “exchange” occurred between the officers, Michael and Sandlin, but it is unclear what happened.  Five officers were involved.  It is not known whether Michael or Sandlin threatened the officers. 


The group had planned to address the shooting at Tuesday’s council meeting, but it was cancelled due to President’s Day.  Since the shooting one year ago, several residents have inquired about the case during council meetings. 


In a statement on Tuesday, Mayor James Butts said:


“There are currently two parallel investigations into the Inglewood Police Department officer-involved-shootings of one-year ago today that killed Kisha Michael, 31, and Marquintan Sandlin, 32.  One is a confidential internal investigation conducted by the Inglewood Police Department and a second is by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.  The Inglewood Police Department's investigation and process should be concluded within 30 days.  Any personnel action taken as a result of an internal investigation would be a personnel record, which by California law AB 301 must remain held confidential by the City.”


Butts added that he has “confidence in the Chief of Police to take whatever actions are warranted by the department's investigation in accordance with due process. I continue to send my prayers and heartfelt condolences to the family members of Ms. Michael and Mr. Sandlin.” 


Butts was at an off-site meeting at the time.  However, Kema Decatur, deputy to the city manager, said she would forward a letter to the mayor which called for a status report and firing of the officers, among other demands.  


Priest Francisco Garcia of Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Inglewood told Decatur, “They really just need closure. They need healing and they need justice, and they need answers.”



By Angel Johnson, Contributing Writer


Gwen Ifill was a decorated African American journalist. Her influence paved the way for other African Americans to work in the field. She was the host of “Washington Week” for almost 20 years and the co-host of “PBS Newshour.”  In 2009 she released her first book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. In the last years of her life she battled with cancer and died in Nov. 2016. But her legacy continues.


As an up and coming journalist in the late 1970’s she faced a lot of racism and sexism. It was rare for an African American woman to be in this field.


Kevin Merida, a journalist for ESPN and longtime friend of Ifill, said he met her while she was in college. He told USA Today he was impressed that she was able to keep a level head throughout her career. She was also able to adapt with ease. It didn’t matter if she was doing print journalism for a Boston paper or co-hosting” PBS Newshour.”


Ifill inspired women like Candice Smith, a reporter for ABC. Smith is one of the only African American reporters who followed Trump for most his presidential race. Smith compares Ifill to Mae Jemison, the first woman to go to space. In high school, Ifill was the reporter people talked about, Smith said.


Ifill also inspired Sonya Ross, the race and ethnicity editor at the Associated Press. Ross said she felt confident as a House Reporter because she’d seen Ifill do it in the past.


The Associated Press Club honored Ifill with the Fourth Estate Award in Oct. 2015 for upholding the values of journalism.


Merida said Ifill did her job well and her passing left many people looking up to her.



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