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By Steve Finley 

 

Two of the most storied professional football programs who have struggled the past decade will get together tonight (Thursday) in Santa Clara for a very important NFC Western Division game when the 1-1 Los Angeles Rams battle the 0-2 San Francisco 49ers.  Kickoff is set for 5:25 p.m.

 

Both teams will feature young rookie coaches hired to turn their franchises around. Sean McVay of the Rams and Kyle Shanahan of the 49ers come from football families and both coaches have excellent offensive minds.  

 

Last Sunday at the Los Angeles Coliseum the Rams continued to look like an improved team from last year, but they still lost against the Washington Redskins 27-20.  

 

The good news is the Rams have scored 66 points in their first two game of the season. The bad news is they gave up 229 yards on the ground. The Rams gained 92 yards on the ground with Todd Gurley leading the way with 88 yards on 16 carries.

 

“Give credit to Washington,” said Rams head coach McVay. “They made the plays they had to make to win the game. It starts with me but I give credit to our team because we fell behind early but we continued to fight back.”

 

The Rams scored 20 points in the last three quarters of the game to tie the score at 20. but it was Jared Goff’s untimely interception in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in the tight game. 

 

“It was a good play by their defense,” said Goff. “It was a tough way to end the game but we saw that we can fight back and we know we have enough weapons to fight back as long as we execute. We need to fight through adversity and play well against San Francisco.”

 

After the 49ers game the Rams go back on the road when they face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, October 1, at 10 a.m. on FOX (Channel 11). Their next home game is Sunday October 8 against the Seattle Seahawks at 1 p.m.  That game will be televised by CBS (Channel 2).    

 

 

 

PATH Villas Eucalyptus is an affordable housing community in Inglewood

 

On Wednesday morning, PATH Ventures celebrated the groundbreaking of PATH Villas Eucalyptus, an affordable housing community in Inglewood. The development of PATH Villas Eucalyptus directly addresses Los Angeles’ countywide shortage in affordable housing. James T. Butts, Mayor of Inglewood, was on site to celebrate the groundbreaking. 

 

“Seniors are our most vulnerable residents and I am proud that the City of Inglewood is doing its part to provide safe and quality housing to those who are often displaced in their later years,” said Mayor Butts. 

 

PATH Villas Eucalyptus will provide seniors 62 years and older with access to affordable homes. Construction is expected to be completed in September 2018 and will be comprised of 40 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

 

“PATH Villas Eucalyptus brings affordable housing to residents across Los Angeles County, creating stable homes for the community’s elderly residents,” said Amy Anderson, Executive Director at PATH Ventures. “The partnership between PATH Ventures and the City of Inglewood is an important step in our effort to bring affordable housing to residents across Los Angeles County.”

 

 On hand at the groundbreaking were James T. Butts, Mayor of Inglewood; George Dotson, Councilmember District 1; Alex Padilla, Councilmember District 2; Eloy Morales Jr., Councilmember District 3; Ralph Franklin, Councilmember District 4; Artie Fields, City Manager, Inglewood; and Amy Anderson, Executive Director, PATH Ventures.

 

About PATH Ventures

PATH Ventures is a leader in creating high-quality, affordable and stable homes for people struggling with the high-cost of housing, especially families and individuals experiencing homelessness. We advance our mission of ending homelessness for individuals, families and communities by building and operating affordable rental homes paired with on-site services that support residents in achieving long-term stability, independence, and health. Founded by PATH in 2007, PATH Ventures’ presence is now statewide, with over 1,100 affordable homes constructed or in the pipeline.  For more information, visit www.pathventures.org.  

 

 

An Earthquake Here, A Hurricane There

Thursday, September 21, 2017

With the occurrence of 4 hurricanes and 2 earthquakes within just 3 weeks, it appears that “Hell hath no fury like September!”

 

Weather experts and disaster recovery teams have been working around the clock since Harvey touched down in Texas and Louisiana on August 25. Harvey let out its full fury for 4 days.  The Category 5 hurricane claimed $160B in damages.  

 

Those affected in the region were still recovering from the massive damage when Irma tore through South Florida, making landfall on Sept. 10.  The Category 4 hurricane left a deadly path of destruction in the Caribbean Islands, the National Hurricane Center said.

 

Weather experts took notice of another hurricane, Jose, which grew in intensity on Sept. 6.  However, it remains offshore and was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sept. 14 as it headed toward New England.

 

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm. It is projected to swing just north of the Dominican Republic, and could be headed for the Eastern United States.  

 

Meanwhile, Mexico is dealing with the aftermath of a devastating magnitude-7.1 earthquake which struck 100 miles south of Mexico City around 1pm local time on Tuesday.  It is the second major quake to rock the area in as many weeks. 

 

Two weeks ago, a more powerful earthquake destroyed parts of Mexico’s Pacific Coast and led to the deaths of more than 90 people. At least 30 children are still being reported as missing after a school in Southern Mexico collapsed.

 

Shelters are packed, as are makeshift hospitals, and schools are closed indefinitely. Residents are being told to stay inside and away from windows.  But thousands have not heeded the order, rushing to the destruction, hoping to find missing loved ones among the rubble. 

 

More than 225 were dead as of 2pm Pacific time, CNN reported.  That figure has risen by at least 25 since Tuesday. 

 

 

 

By Veronica Mackey

 

On Tuesday, councilmen from all 4 Inglewood districts approved a number of items on the agenda.  Mayor James Butts was away in Sacramento, and Councilman Eloy Morales served as Mayor Pro Tem.

 

The meeting began with a public hearing to consider an ordinance that would amend the  Inglewood Municipal Code, and establish permit parking.  The council heard public comments in favor and against permit parking on 97th-99th streets, between La Brea Avenue and Myrtle Avenue.

 

A woman who lives on 98th Street wants permits because workers at the auto shop on La Brea and 98th have taken up spaces needed by residents for years.  She said they don’t honor the posted parking restriction signs.   

 

Another woman on 97th Street is against the permits.  “I don\t see the purpose of this permit,” she said.  “It’s not going to change anything.  All it’s going to do is—we’ll be paying out of our pockets.”

 

Morales addressed a question by a man who wanted to know how the 4-person-per-household limit will apply if a separate unit exists in the back of a house. The municipal code doesn’t specify whether 4 additional permits will be given if there is a front and rear house on the same property, he said.  The council will put this issue on the agenda and decide on the best course of action at a later date.  

 

Council members approved:

 

•Payment of invoices for environmental testing and related services at 101-105 S. La Brea Avenue (submitted by ECO & Associates) and general automotive repairs (submitted by The Bus Service Center)

 

•A purchase agreement for a Ford Passenger Wagon XLT; and cooperative purchase agreement (piggyback) to purchase a Toro Goundsmaster-4000-D Lawnmower

 

A resolution to establish an Inglewood Housing Trust Fund to receive and disburse donations to assist with affordable housing needs was also approved.  This item was a follow up from a previous meeting when Mayor Butts announced the fund.   

 

Long time resident Ray Davis commented that the fund should involve a citizen’s committee, and said Councilman Alex Padilla should oversee it.  Davis also said, “We don’t live in a Socialist state.  We have folks on fixed incomes, who are healthy as horses, who are gaming the system.  There should be a 5-year limit (for assistance).”

 

During closing comments council members thanked the public for supporting various community events.  George Dotson commented on his District 1 document shredding event;  Padilla mentioned his District 2 Picnic and Chili Cook Off, and Ralph Franklin acknowledged City officials who participated at his District 4 town hall meeting.

 

A special hearing was set for September 26 at 2pm to consider amending a zoning code to modify marijuana/cannabis regulations.

 

 

 

 

 

By Veronica Mackey

 

There is nothing like a shared crisis to bring people together, and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are living proof.  Neighbors helped neighbors.  State and federal officials worked tirelessly to rescue people and bring them to safety.  Agencies brought in plane and truck loads of food and emergency supplies.

 

These natural disasters brought out the best in people.  But they also brought out the worst.  You’d think with so many human lives at risk, everyone would be focused on personal safety and survival.  Sadly, there are some who see disasters as opportunities to rob and assault people and gouge prices.  Others are thrill seekers and deniers who don’t see hurricanes as something that will harm them personally.

 

Why people act inappropriately during natural disasters

 

What kind of person makes crime a top priority when they are in the midst of a Category 5 hurricane that could essentially wipe out their life, the lives of people they love and all their earthly possessions?  

 

Why do some people refuse to evacuate despite repeated warnings?  Why do others deliberately put themselves in harm’s way, and even treat a hurricane as a form of entertainment.

 

The Sun reported that gangs were taking advantage of evacuated properties across Florida during Irma.  One group allegedly looted an empty sports store in Orlando, sparking a stand off with SWAT team officers.

 

Other reports emerged of people who appeared to view the hurricane as a real life amusement park.  A video surfaced of a family running happily toward the ocean in Florida. In another video, children were seen jumping into waist-deep water, as if the flooded street was a public pool.

 

According to Vox.com, people usually don’t evacuate due to physical disabilities, they can’t stand to leave their pets behind, or they have a false belief that they won’t be affected that much because they came out okay in a previous storm.  Even people with the means to evacuate stay behind because they fear their homes will be looted or damaged more if they vacate.  More people will evacuate if officials say it is mandatory, according to one study in the Journal of Transportation Engineering.

 

Another hurricane in the making

 

In the aftermath of Irma, all eyes are now on Hurricane Jose as it meanders off the Atlantic coast through next week, AccuWeather reports.

 

Currently a Category 1 hurricane, Jose is churning about 500 miles to the east-northeast of the Bahamas.  Meterologists expect Jose to fluctuate between a minimal hurricane and tropical storm over the next several days.

 

At best, Jose will continue to move in a circular pattern to the south, then the northwest, then the north into this weekend. This pattern will keep Jose between Bermuda, the Bahamas and the southeastern coast of the U.S and keep it safely away from land.

 

At worst, Jose could move toward the west, close to the coast of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England.  Should this happen, there will be increased risk of beach erosion and coastal flooding next week. Hurricanes are no joke.  Learn from the devastation of Harvey, Irma and even Katrina.  

 

 

 

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