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Mayor James T. Butts was elected unanimously as the 2nd Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors on June 22, 2017.  He was nominated by Robert Garcia, (MTA Board member and Mayor of Long Beach) and seconded by Kathryn Barger (Board member and Los Angeles County Supervisor) during Metro’s regular board meeting. The mayor will assume his new chairmanship position beginning in June of 2019.

 

Metro’s Board of Directors guides the agency’s priorities, projects and activities, and includes 13 members who represent various areas throughout Los Angeles County. The Chairman runs the board meetings and provides leadership and direction in the execution of MTA's 14 billion dollar construction and maintenance programs.  

 

Mayor Butts is the first Inglewood official to ever be elected to the board.  He represents the Southwest Corridor cities which stretch from Torrance on the south, and encompass the entire South Bay region, including Inglewood, Culver City, and north to Santa Monica.  As a director, he represents 1.1 million people.  As the chair, he will represent the 10 million residents of Los Angeles County.

 

The L.A. Clippers announced Wednesday the team has acquired guard Patrick Beverley, forward Sam Dekker, center Montrez/ Harrell, guard Darrun Hilliard, guard DeAndre Liggins, guard Lou Williams, forward Kyle Wiltjer and a 2018 First Round Pick from the Houston Rockets in exchange for star guard Chris Paul. 

 

There was speculation about Paul being unhappy, so the trade was not surprising, insiders say.  According to sources, Paul was not pleased with the Clippers’ refusal to acquire Carmelo Anthony and it seems his relationship with fellow player Blake Griffin had run its course.  Paul’s relationship with coach Doc Rivers has also suffered.

 

Money was another point of contention, according to a team executive.  The Clippers refused to sign Paul for more than five years—capped at $205 million—because they didn’t want to pay $46 million for his final year, when he will be 38. 

 

With Paul now headed for Houston, the Clippers are free to offer Griffin more money—possibly a  five-year, $175-million extension when the free-agent signing period begins Friday night.

 

Paul started with the Clippers in 2011, after a proposed trade from the Hornets to the Lakers fell apart.  

 

On social media, Paul thanked the Clippers organization and the team’s fans:  “Unbelievable amount of emotions right now — I don’t even know what to say. Lots of love and tears. I’m so blessed and thankful for the ability to play this game, this is the part that no one can prepare you for.”

 

During his six seasons with the organization, Paul averaged 18.8 points, 9.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals while committing only 2.3 turnovers per game. He was named to three All-NBA first teams, two All-NBA second teams and six All-Defensive first teams. He’s the franchise’s all-time leader in assists, second in steals, fourth in free-throw percentage and sixth in points

 

Beverley, 28, was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2017, the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2014 and recently received the 2017 NBA Hustle Award. Dekker, 23, appeared in 80 games over his first two NBA seasons with the Rockets, averaging 6.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists, while shooting 47.3% from the field. 

 

Harrell, 23, holds career averages of 6.9 points and 2.9 rebounds, while shooting 65.1% from the field in 97 appearances over two seasons with the Rockets.  

 

The 2015 KIA NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Williams, 30, averaged a career-high 17.5 points in only 24.6 minutes per game last season with Houston and Los Angeles.Originally, the 45th overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2005 NBA Draft out of South Gwinnett High School near Atlanta, Williams was a 2005 McDonald’s All-American and was named the 2005 Naismith Prep Player of the Year.

 

Hilliard, 24, holds career averages of 3.6 points and 1.0 rebounds in 77 appearances over two seasons with the Detroit Pistons. The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania native was selected with the 38th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by Detroit.

 

Liggins, 29, holds career averages of 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 119 appearances over four seasons with Orlando, Oklahoma City, Miami, Cleveland and Dallas.

 

Wiltjer, 24, averaged 0.9 points and 0.7 rebounds in 14 games last season as a rookie in Houston.

 

 

Inglewood residents have voiced their concerns regarding the nuisance created by illegal fireworks and the disruption they cause to people and their pets.  Councilman Alex Padilla would like to thank our District 2 Community members who took the time to call or email his office regarding their concerns.  On May 30, 2017 Councilman Padilla along with the mayor and other council members approved a new ordinance to address fireworks in our City.  

 

The amendments, along with the current ordinance within the Inglewood Municipal Code, will regulate the use and discharge of fireworks. The new ordinance will go into effect city-wide on June 30, 2017.  Here is what the new ordinance mandates:

 

•The only fireworks permitted within the City of Inglewood are “Safe and Sane.” These fireworks are approved by the state fire marshall, and must bear the fire marshall’s seal.  All other fireworks are illegal.

 

•The discharge of Safe and Sane fireworks can now only take place on July 4th between 5pm-10pm.  No other days are allowed.

 

•Safe and Sane fireworks can only be sold between June 24th and July 4th.  Only authorized Inglewood nonprofits can sell fireworks.

 

•Anyone who violates the ordinance is subject to a maximum fine of up to $500.

 

•To report violators and remain anonymous, call the Fireworks Anonymous Hotline at 310-412-4353.  To report fireworks violations that are in progress, call the Inglewood Police Dept. Dispatch at 310-412-8771.

 

The epic fail, known as the American Care Act, which the GOP drafted in secret, then tried to rush past lawmakers before the July 4th break, is the latest in a series of Trump mishaps since he took office in January.  The badly written bill, which would devastate poor, elderly and low income Americans, failed to get enough Senate support, even from Republicans.   Conservatives say the attempt at replacing Obamacare didn’t go far enough.

 

Meanwhile, the president threw himself a fundraiser for re-election.  Really?  Five months on the job, and no major legislation to show for (with the exception of one Supreme Court confirmation).  CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said it was “smart” for  Trump to show confidence in this way.  I say it was even smarter for him to find a way to enrich himself before he gets run out of office.  The fundraiser was held at a Trump Hotel in D.C.  But the building that he is leasing actually belongs to the government.  

 

I don’t know if there’s a law against holding a fundraiser at your own for-profit hotel while being president, but pundits are already questioning it.  At press time, there was no way to find out because the White House shut the media out completely. This was after first inviting them, then limiting coverage to one camera, and finally banning reporters altogether.

 

But I digress…Back to health care.

 

In L.A. County, officials have warned of the dire impact the Senate healthcare bill could have.  The county is home to one out of every 20 of the nation’s Medicaid recipients.

 

The plan would cut hundreds of billions of dollars in funding over the next decade from the Medicaid program—known as Medi-Cal in California.  Medicaid coverage is currently used by 75 million low-income Americans. Experts say states would likely be forced to reduce the number of people in their Medicaid programs or offer fewer benefits.  In California, about 13.5 people—or every one out of three people—get their healthcare through Medicaid.  In L.A. County, that number is closer to 40%.

 

The Senate’s proposal to drastically reduce Medicaid expansion would affect those who have had coverage for decades as well as those new to the program. The Affordable Care Act had a huge impact in California. The percentage of uninsured people in the state dropped from 17% before the law went into effect to 7% last year, the lowest rate ever, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

 

The upside is that a handful of Republican senators are refusing to back the bill as is.  They know if they sign on, it’s only a matter of time when their constituents will be unable to afford coverage.  When it starts to hit home, Trump supporters who voted against their own interests, will have to choose their personal health over party loyalty.  That’s when “the chickens will come home to roost,” so to speak, and Republicans seeking re-election in 2018 will be in danger of losing their seats.

 

Even conservative Sen. Rand Paul said he wants to work with Democrats and try to come up with legislation that works better.  Republican Sen. Susan Collins echoed Paul’s sentiments and added that Democrats should have been allowed to give their input at the very beginning.  The Senate bill was authored by an all-white, all-male team of Republicans.

 

With an unsteady man in power, it’s encouraging to know that not everybody is blindly following party lines.  There has to be someone who is reasonable enough to say, “Wait a minute. This is a terrible bill and the people of America deserve better.”

 

As we celebrate America’s independence in light of the health care debate, we are reminded that good health is among our most basic human rights—inherent in our right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  It’s worth fighting for.

 

The Los Angeles International Airport and the Inglewood Public Library will present a free community meeting on Monday, July 10, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall at the Main Library, 101 West Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood, CA, 90301.

 

This meeting will introduce the people of Inglewood to a pair of major construction projects approved for our neighbors at LAX.  The meeting topics include:

 

•Landside Access Modernization Project (LAMP) - This program includes the LAX Train, Intermodal Transportation Facilities, a Consolidated Rent-a-Car Center, improvements to the Central Terminal Area and a connection to Metro Crenshaw Line.  Together, these projects will transform LAX into a world-class airport, relieve traffic congestion and improve our travel experiences.

•Northside Plan –This is an opportunity to transform approximately 340 acres of under-utilized land north of the airport to better serve the people of Los Angeles County and LAX.  Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is preparing for current and future demand for use of the property.  The updated LAX Northside Plan would complement community efforts to revitalize and support local businesses, provide more jobs, meet the needs of the airport and of local groups, and address the growing demand for open space for our communities.

•Bring your questions!

 

This free program is open to all.  Parking is free after 4 p.m., or take Metro bus lines 40, 111, 115, 212, 312, 442, 607 and 740.

 

For more information about this program call (310) 412-5380 or visit http://library.cityofinglewood.org/ .

 

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