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The Perfect Pitch Competition is on for enterprising entrepreneurs and gung ho job seekers!  The event will match entrepreneurs to sources of funding and job seekers to hiring executives.  Contestants will compete by directly pitching their merits to a panel of judges.


“It has long been a dream of mine to create win-win situations for entrepreneurs by providing a way to meet their ideal prospects face to face,” said Konnectory founder Veronica Mackey.


“I’m a big fan of ‘Shark Tank,’ and one day as I was watching, I thought it would be really cool to turn that reality TV show into a live event.”  


Perfect Pitch is the first business matchmaking event organized by Konnectory.  Featured judges include Jonathan Kohanoff, President of Diamond Business Loans and Constance Anderson, Director of Pacific Coast Regional Corporation Small Business Development Center. There are currently a few openings left for guest judges (investors, lenders, human resource directors or employment agencies) and contestants (entrepreneurs or job seekers).  


The competition takes place July 29 at the Yvonne Burke Senior and Community Center, 4750 W. 62nd Street, Los Angeles 90056 from 9:30 to noon.  A light breakfast will be served. The event is free, but you must register by July 25.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 310-237-8703.


By Veronica Mackey


On Tuesday, the Inglewood City Council held hearings by the Public Works Department to initiate proceedings for the annual levy and collection of assessments for the Morningside Park Maintenance Assessment District No. 1974-2; In-Town Maintenance Assessment District No. 1975-1; Inglewood Street Lighting Assessment District No. 1980-1; and Darby-Dixon Maintenance Assessment District No. 1987-1 for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.  


A staffer from the Section 8 Housing and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Dept. presented a draft of the Five Year Consolidated Plan, which includes the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Annual Action Plan.   


Prior to completing the draft, the department held 6 community meetings to receive public comments on how federal dollars should be used in CDBG-eligible areas.  These areas are deemed as low-income by the government, with incomes ranging from $18,500 to less than $51,000 annually.


Top priorities for residents include senior meals, youth services (including summer camps) and counseling for housing.  These services amount to $208,000, with $120,000 earmarked for seniors.  


Residents also decided that $500,000 allotted for infrastructure projects should go toward street improvement, sidewalk improvement and street lighting. 


“If we subsidize ongoing programs, we can help more people at lower costs,” he said.  The government’s HOME Funds Program will go toward tenant-based rental assistance for seniors, low-income and disabled individuals.  


The City’s homeless population can get temporary assistance with subsidized hotel vouchers for 30 days. “Hopefully, they can find a landlord who will rent to them with a one-year lease, then get permanent housing,” he said.


A woman wanted to know how much public input was considered when the department made its final recommendations to the council.   “With such low figures going to youth, it doesn’t sound like a sound investment into the future,” she said.   


The draft was approved for submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Los Angeles Field Office. 




The Council also approved:

•The purchase and installation of 7 new sewer monitoring systems with Hadronex DBA SMartCover® Systems in the amount of $34,994.03


•Award of bid contracts for Groundwater Well Site Improvements and Pipeline Construction and for Well Drilling and Equipping to Layne Christensen Company in the respective

amounts of $982,043.91 and $1,915,546.26


•A resolution to amend the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget to allocate additional funding in the amount of $1,559,540.50 for construction and job costing for the ITS Phase IV-A Project P605


•An agreement with the County of Los Angeles to fund the Imperial Highway Improvement Project (P610)


•A resolution amending the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget, transferring funds in the amount of $4,837 to replenish the allotment for housing counseling, fair housing education, advocacy, and litigation for tenants and landlords during Fiscal Year 2015-2016.  


•A recommendation to execute an agreement with Eco and Associates to provide lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards testing services in support of the modernization and capital improvement of the Locust Street Parking Structure 


Two public hearings were set.  The first, set for July 25, 2017 at 2pm, will consider an ordinance amending the Inglewood Municipal Code to establish Permit Parking District No. 15.  The new district will include:  Ivy Avenue (between Beach Avenue and La Brea Avenue); Market Street (between Hazel Street and Beach Avenue) and Edgewood Street (between Beach Avenue and Warren Lane). At the second hearing, set for August 1, 2017 at 2pm, council members will hear public comments on the City of Inglewood 2017 Local Development Report and approve the City’s conformance with the Los Angeles County Congestion Management Program. 


An ordinance was introduced to approve the secured property tax rates for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2017. A second ordinance was adopted, to modify Permit Parking District No. 4, adding 83rd Street from Victoria Street to Crenshaw Drive to the District. 


Every year, an average of 37 children die from being locked inside a hot car in the U.S.  Since 1994, 804 children have died from heat-related illnesses in cars, according to Kids and Cars, an advocacy center that conducts research on car-related dangers surrounding children.


It’s heartbreaking—an unspeakable tragedy that could be avoided.  When we hear stories of infants and toddlers dying in their car seats, while parents leave them unattended for hours, we think, “How could anyone possibly forget their child?”


Well, as crazy as it sounds, it happens.  In approximately 55 percent of cases, the parent was unaware the child was in the vehicle.  So maybe the question should be, “How can I prevent this from happening?”


According to Kids and Cars, forgetting there is a child in the back seat is more common that many realize.   When you’re stressed or lost in thought, you tend to function in “automatic pilot.”  If dropping a child off to daycare is out of your norm, and the child is quiet, you may forget.


Kids and Cars is hoping Congress will soon implement mandatory regulations in all America passenger cars. The Hot Cars Act of 2017 seeks to install visual and auditory cues in cars to signal to a parent when a child is in the backseat before the driver exits the vehicle.


Until that happens, there is plenty we can do to insure that our children remain safe.  Regardless of the weather, there is so much that can go wrong that leaving a child alone in a car is never a good idea.  They could accidentally put the car in drive, escape and get lost, hit or abducted, or get their fingers caught in the automatic window.


Here are safety tips for parents to consider:


•Don't leave your child in a car, which can quickly heat up, especially on a hot, sunny day.


•Always lock your car and secure the keys so that your kids can't get to them at home.


•Warn your kids about playing in the car by themselves without adult supervision.


•Install a trunk release mechanism, so that they can't get trapped in the trunk.


•Make sure that child care providers and day care workers have a plan to ensure kids aren't left in their cars or vans.


•Put a purse or briefcase in the back seat with your child so you’ll have to look behind you.

•Use reminder apps and sensor devices in addition to safety tips and common sense—not to replace them.


Having a child die in a car due to heat exhaustion is something that should never happen.  And with a little preparation to keep you aware of your precious loved one’s whereabouts, it won’t.



Fred Price Jr. Steps Down

Friday, July 07, 2017

On June 25, 2017, Fred K.C. Price Jr., senior pastor of the 28,000-member Crenshaw Christian Center megachurch in Los Angeles, announced he was stepping down.


Members still don’t have a clue as to what led to this decision, other than Price saying it was due to "personal misjudgments." 


CCC official Tamara Taylor told the Christian Post last week, “Well, we know what you know. That's what he said to us. As long as he told us it was personal misjudgment we really shouldn't speculate." 


Price Jr. took over the helms of the church 8 years with the blessing of his father, Apostle Frederick K.C. Price III. who founded it in 1973.


Standing with his wife Angel in front of his shocked congregation, Price was highly emotional, as he said:


"I have struggled with and am correcting and making amends for serious personal misjudgments which have affected my life and my family and which I deeply regret. I have betrayed the trust of God, my family and you my church and for that I am so sorry. Therefore, I'm gonna step down as pastor at this time."  He was unspecific about the admitted betrayal and asked for privacy.


Located at 7901 S. Vermont Ave., Crenshaw Christian Center was previously located at 9550 S. Crenshaw Blvd. in Inglewood, currently home of lllll.  The church moved to its sprawling campus on the old Pepperdine College site in the 1980s.


The church is bi-coastal with campuses in Los Angeles and New York.


Officials at both campuses of the megachurch insisted they were completely in the dark until Price made his statement.  Price had announced a month ago that he was going on a 3-month sabbatical. He will continue to attend church until he is “restored.” Apostle Price will take over until his son returns.


"It's news that no one predicted and it's up to each individual as to how they receive it," Crenshaw Christian Center New York hostess Karen Taylor said. "We have no idea what it is (the betrayal). What you heard him announce on Sunday is what we heard so we have no speculation and we don't speculate. We deal with truth," the Christian Post reported.


Aww, the beautiful days of summer.  So much to do, yet so little time. Before you know it, the kids will be back in school, vacation time will be over and you’ll be hard at work.  So, get your summer on while it’s here.   Here are a few ideas:



Rogers Park, 400 W. Beach Ave., Inglewood, CA  90305

North Park, 625 Hargrave St, Inglewood, CA 90302

Edward Vincent Park, 700 Warren Lane, Inglewood  90301

Darby Park, 3400 W Arbor Vitae St, Inglewood, CA 90305

Centinela Adobe Park, 7634 Midfield Avenue, Los Angeles  90045

Center Park, 3660 W. 111th Street, Inglewood  90301



Cabrillo Beach, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro  90730

Venice Beach, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice  90291

Dockweiler State Beach, 12001 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey 90293


For music lovers:

Summertime is jazz festival time, and Southern California has plenty to offer.  Here are some jazz festival favorites:

July 13-August 17:  Twilight Concerts at Santa Monica Pier,


July 15-August 26:  Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series, Burton Chace Park, Marina del Rey,


August 27:  Annual Gardena Jazz Festival, Rowley Memorial Park, 13220 S Van Ness Ave Gardena, CA


August 11-13:  30th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach, 90802, or 562042400013


Two weekends:  October 12-15, October 19-22.  31st Catalina Island Jazztrax Festival, Catalina Island,


Sip and laugh:

July 13:  Wine tasting and comedy at the Wiltern Theatre, 3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010


For more summer fun ideas, visit and


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