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He’s been in office less than 6 months, but already steps are being taken to remove the 45th president from office.  The Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday that “Los Angeles-area Rep. Brad Sherman has introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump, making good on a promise to move the process forward.”

 

House Democratic leaders say Sherman's move will interfere with their ability to stay focused on  the economy, healthcare and the investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election.  Lawmakers on both sides are saying they may have to work through part of their August recess, drafting passable healthcare legislation.

 

Sherman’s measure, HR 438, was introduced on the House floor Wednesday afternoon.  An 11-term Democrat, Sherman represents part of the San Fernando Valley. He first began circulating articles of impeachment last month. 

 

HR 438 accuses Trump of obstruction of justice, using his authority to threaten and terminate former FBI Director James Comey, who was in charge of the investigation of former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn’s possible collusion with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

 

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) is supporting the impeachment effort and was the measure’s only co-sponsor.  Green previously held a joint news conference with Sherman.

 

Sherman knows impeachment is a long shot, and called his move "the first step on a very long road." However, he said he believed Republicans will eventually come around if Trump’s "incompetence" continues.  

 

Controversy has followed Trump even before he became the official U.S. president.  Infighting, shake-ups, botched legislation and the president’s own left field tweets have become daily fodder for mainstream and tabloid news alike.   Wednesday’s headlines, for example, referred to a meeting between Trump’s son and a Russian lawyer who supposedly had damaging information on then Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton; the subsequent decision to investigate Trump Jr’s emails; and a lawsuit accusing the president of violating First Amendment rights by blocking U.S. citizens on Twitter.

 

Sherman has promised top Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that he would not call for a floor vote before first consulting the Democratic caucus.  Pelosi wants an independent commission to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.  

 

The impeachment measure is a long way from a floor vote and Sherman said he and Green will push the Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on the matter.  Although both sides have questioned the president’s honesty, ethics and leadership at times, opposition to impeachment proceedings is strong.  The Republican president currently enjoys the backing of a GOP-led House and Senate.

 

Sherman says he is hopeful that introducing articles of impeachment would “inspire an 'intervention' in the White House." 

 

 

 

 

 

Tennis star Venus Williams has been vindicated in a case where she was initially thought to be at fault in a car accident on June 9 that ended in one death.  At a recent press conference two days before the Wimbleton opener, she broke down when asked about the incident and left the room. 

 

According to USA Today, police said new video footage showed Williams entered the intersection legally before the collision with a car in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  The accident left Linda Barson with multiple injuries and her husband, Jerome Barson later died. 

 

According to a statement by police, Williams entered the intersection and stopped because another vehicle made a left turn in front of her.  Williams was still in the intersection when the light turned green in the other direction.  At that point, the car driven by Barson collided with her SUV. 

 

Malcolm Cunningham, Williams’ lawyer, told USA TODAY that this update proves his client’s innocence.

 

“As the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department points out, once Ms. Williams entered the intersection lawfully, she had the right to proceed through the intersection and other vehicles including those with a red light changing to green, were obligated to yield the right-of-way to Ms. Williams.”

 

A lawsuit had been filed against Williams on behalf of Barson’s estate.

 

Meanwhile, Bill Cosby’s case is far from over. A retrial date has been set for November 6 on charges that he drugged and molested a Pennsylvania woman more than a decade ago.   

Judge Steven O’Neill declared a mistrial on June 17 when the jury failed to reach a verdict in more than 52 hours of deliberations over six days.  Accuser Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, met Cosby, who was on Temple’s Board of Trustees in 2004.  She said after they became friends, the actor-comedian sexually assaulted her. Cosby did not testify and is not expected to do so in November. He maintains that sex between them was consensual.

 

 

 

Two months after President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey, and admitted it was due to the handling of the investigation about possible collusion between the Trump election campaign and Russian officials, a new director has been appointed.

 

FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray was sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  

 

First, though, he had to be grilled by senators on both sides of the aisle.  Democrats and Republicans wanted assurances that Wray will remain independent from White House influence. 

 

A lawyer picked by Trump to lead the FBI, Wray says he disagrees with the president’s assessment that the special counsel investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump election campaign is a “witch hunt.”

 

The new director also said during his confirmation hearing that he would never let politics get in the way of doing his job. FBI directors are appointed to 10-year terms.

 

Wray, a former top official in the Bush administration’s Justice Department, enjoys bipartisan support.  

 

When asked by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham whether Donald Trump, Jr. should have met with a Russian lawyer during last year’s presidential campaign, Wray stopped short of answering, and then said he would probably want to consult with a legal adviser before doing so.   

 

He added, “Any threat or effort to interfere with our election by any nation, state or any non-state actor is the kind of thing the FBI would want to know.”

 

When pressed about his role in drafting the so-called “torture memos,” detailing the use of certain interrogation tactics against terror suspects during the Bush-era, Wray said he could not recall providing any input. An ACLU database maintains revised emails to and from him on the subject.  

 

Appearing last month before a Congressional hearing after his firing, Comey mentioned the president had asked for “loyalty,” which implied to him he was being pressured to have the investigation end in Trump’s favor. 

 

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy questioned Wray about any allegiance he might have to Trump.  

 

“No one asked me for any kind of loyalty oath at any point during this process, and I sure as heck didn’t offer one,” Wray said.

 

He later said, “Anybody who thinks that I would be pulling punches as FBI director sure doesn’t know me very well.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

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