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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/ .

 

(Kaiser Health News) –Editorial pages are filled with tough warnings for Republican lawmakers as they proceed with their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

 

The New York Times: The Health Care Of Millions Depends On A Few Senators 

We do not know a lot about what is in the health care bill that Republicans are trying to rush through the Senate, but what we do know suggests it will be as bad or worse than the dreadful legislation that the House passed in May. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, is doing everything he can to keep the public in the dark about his plan to undo major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. But Washington being Washington, a few details have become public. All are alarming and depressing. And as they emerge, and the public unveiling of the bill grows closer — it could come on Thursday — the need for a few wise Republicans to stand with Senate Democrats to say “no” becomes ever more urgent. (6/21)

 

Bloomberg: The Republican Health-Care Trap 

Are congressional Republicans about to walk into a trap of their own making? With a vote coming (perhaps) next week, the strategy they've followed all year is about to drop them unceremoniously on a path to being stuck with an unpopular law few of them appear to even want in the first place. (Jonathan Bernstein, 6/20)

 

The New York Times: G.O.P. Health Plan Is Really A Rollback Of Medicaid 

Tucked inside the Republican bill to replace Obamacare is a plan to impose a radical diet on a 52-year-old program that insures nearly one in five Americans. The bill, of course, would modify changes to the health system brought by the Affordable Care Act. But it would also permanently restructure Medicaid, which covers tens of millions of poor or disabled Americans, including millions who are living in nursing homes with conditions like Alzheimer’s or the aftereffects of a stroke. (Margot Sanger-Katz, 6/20)

 

Los Angeles Times: GOP's Secret Trumpcare Bill Will Impact A Sixth Of The U.S. Economy. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 

Seenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pushing for a vote next week on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare despite having held no public hearings, obtained no feedback from budget analysts and taken no testimony from doctors, patients or hospitals. That’s a recipe for disaster. (6/21)

 

RealClear Health: Senate Dems: GOP Health Bill Secretive, In Contrast To Obamacare 

The secretive way in which Republicans are drafting the current health care bill bears no resemblance to how Democrats put together Obamacare seven years ago, Senate Democrats argue. With only a few weeks remaining before the make-or-break August recess deadline, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have bemoaned the back-room crafting of Senate Republicans’ American Health Care Act, a draft of which could come as early as Thursday. (Ford Carson, 6/21)

 

USA Today: Women Aren't The Most Glaring Omission In GOP Health Bill Talks 

There has been much attention to the gender composition of the working group creating the Senate plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. All 13 of them are men. That's even though women make up slightly more than 50% of the population, and they might have had a thing or two to say on such things as whether maternity care and gynecological services should be covered. Surely, the Republican leaders could have picked at least one of the five female Republican senators. But don't overlook an even more jarring omission: Democrats. (Dan Carney, 6/21)

 

The Washington Post: John Kasich And John Hickenlooper: Another One-Party Health-Care Plan Will Be Doomed To Failure 

The fate of America’s health-care system, the focus of our nation’s most important — and most heavily politicized — public-policy debate, is in the hands of the Senate, where senators get their turn to find a balanced and sustainable approach to health-care reform. It is clear that the bill passed by the House in May will not meet the challenges of our health-care system. This bill calls into question coverage for the vulnerable, fails to provide the necessary resources to ensure that no one is left out and puts the health and well-being of millions of hard-working people in our states at risk, while shifting significant costs to the states. Medicaid provisions included in this bill are particularly problematic. (Govs. John Kasich and John Hickenlooper, 6/20)

 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: On Health Care, Republicans Have Some Explaining To Do 

The problem with writing the bill in secret is that it allows Democrats to vilify it in public without knowing what's in it. In the past, voters were skeptical of government involvement in private-market health care, but Obamacare has changed that; Democrats can now argue Republicans are taking something away. (Christian Schneider, 6/20)

 

The Kansas City Star: What’s In The Senate’s Secret Health Care Bill? 

This week, Republicans in the U.S. Senate have worked in darkness, crafting a bill designed to remake the nation’s health care industry. There have been no hearings. No publicly available copies of the bill. No Democratic involvement. Not a single attempt to include the public in the legislative process. A vote is set for next week. (6/20)

 

USA Today: Face Facts, GOP: Obamacare Is A Lifeline That's Doing Enormous Good 

My colleagues and I have been studying the effects of Medicaid and Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, for several years. Two of our studies have been published in the past few weeks, just in time to offer some hard evidence that Congress should consider as it races toward votes that would make dramatic changes in health care. (Benjamin Sommers, 6/20)

 

Axios: Republicans See Medicaid As Welfare. Most Americans Don't 

Republicans want to roll back the Medicaid expansion, cap federal Medicaid spending increases, and add work requirements, drug testing, time limits, copays and premiums to some state Medicaid programs. But almost no one else wants to do these things. One poll finding goes a long way toward explaining why: Republicans view Medicaid as a form of welfare, and pretty much everyone else views it as a government insurance program. (Drew Altman, 6/21)

 

CNN: Medicaid Works -- Let's Keep It That Way 

Medicaid works. It provides life-sustaining health coverage to low-income Americans and life-enabling support to both children and adults with disabilities, giving them the tools they need to live independently within communities, to go to school and to seek work in their chosen fields. Few programs in history have done more good. Few dollars are spent with greater benefit. There are many ways in which we could strengthen the safety net that Medicaid provides, but right now, it basically works. If the current version of the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act secretly slouching its way through the Senate mirrors the House bill, it will cut Medicaid by well over $800 billion. (David Perry, 6/20)

 

 

 

Cosby Mistrial: What Went Wrong?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

By Veronica Mackey

 

When Judge Steven O’Neill declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby case on June 17, it was a crushing blow for the prosecution, but not surprising in hindsight.  Bottom line is prosecutors failed to convince at least one juror that Cosby was guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Philadelphia home in 2004.

 

The jury, which consisted of seven men and five women, was deadlocked, and the 79 year-old comedian walked out of court, a free man.  He could have faced up to 10 years behind bars.

 

But it’s far from over, say prosecuting attorneys, who’ve vowed to retry the case, which had jurors deliberating for more than 50 hours.  What exactly happened when the jury was sequestered is unknown. However, there were a few things that most likely caused the case to end with a hung jury. 

 

Constand did not come across as credible enough.  Questions arose about Constand being able to recall what happened while being drugged.  Also under scrutiny was the fact that she took drugs offered by Cosby voluntarily.  Accepting the drugs implied a level of trust and helped support Cosby’s assertion that sex between them was consensual.  

 

Also, the fact that Constand called Cosby more than 50 times after the assault probably hurt her case.   Constand said the calls were part of her work for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, where Cosby was on the board of trustees.

 

Cosby did not testify.  It is common for defendants not to take the stand, especially if the defense believes their client may be a loose cannon or say something incriminating.  It is also a sign that the defense didn’t feel Constand’s testimony was strong enough to sway jurors against them.

 

Only one other woman was allowed to testify.  Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents 33 women accusing Cosby of drugging and/or molesting or raping them, tried to get the judge to hear testimony from at least 13 of them, but was unsuccessful.

 

Too much time had passed. Constand reported the alleged rape a year later.  However, 12 years passed before charges were filed against Cosby because the district attorney declined to take the case due to lack of evidence.  The statue of limitations ran out on most of Cosby’s accusers.  They failed to file charges for various reasons, although they were allegedly attacked decades ago—some as far back as the 70s.

 

Montgomery County D.A. Kevin R. Steele said Constand is onboard and willing to testify again. Round two could render a different outcome if more women are allowed to testify and most jurors believes Constand’s story beyond a reasonable doubt.  

 

Allred plans to bring a civil case against Cosby in California as early as this month. Her client was a minor at the time she was allegedly raped by Cosby.  

 

Judge O’Neill, who pressed jurors to try for a verdict, before they returned hopelessly deadlocked, is likely to want to get a retrial started sooner rather than later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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