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Republicans upset the balance of power in Congress Tuesday night, taking over the Senate. The GOP now controls both the Senate and the House. 


California, however, has remained “true blue,” with Democrats winning impressive margins in Congressional races.  In Inglewood, Los Angeles, and surrounding areas, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Inglewood) won 70.4% of the vote against opponent John Wood, Jr. with 29.6%.  Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) easily won, with 83.8% against Adam King’s 16.2%.


Republicans enjoyed takeovers of seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Montana, West Virginia, South Dakota, Iowa and North Carolina. With 36 Senate seats up for grabs—most in red states—Democrats could not overcome the challenges.  Compounding the problem was lower voter turnout (caused in part by voter suppression laws in red states), and declining approval numbers for President Obama.


The win will put Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) in charge of the Senate, replacing Harry Reid (D-Nevada).  McConnell vowed from Day One to make Obama a “one-term president.”  He did not succeed, but staunchly votes against bills proposed by the president.  With the GOP set to dominate Congress in January, there appears to be an even rougher road ahead for Democrats.


Emphasizing the failure of Republicans to vote against anything Obama supports, Secretary of State John Kerry took a swipe at the GOP:


“I hope that the 60 outstanding nominees who have been the ‘prisoners of the political process’  for over a year now will be able to be passed very, very quickly.  Thirty-nine of them are already on the Senate calendar.”  He read the number of days some Obama nominees have been waiting for Republican votes in Congress:  “One of them has been waiting 477 days, and one 473 days, to be passed.  Another 466 days…” Kerry said.


Republicans also took control of governorships in Maryland, Arkansas, Illinois and Massachusetts.  But again, California remained blue.  Gov. Jerry Brown defeated Republican Neil Kashkari with 58.7%.  He promised voters a “progressive,” but “fiscally responsible” California, and added, “I’m going to do my utmost to live up to the promise of California that brought my great-grandfather … here to Sacramento in 1852.”


ABC News reported that in Pennsylvania, Democrat Tom Wolf was projected to beat incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett—the first time a sitting governor has been defeated since the state approved two gubernatorial terms.  Other states in which Democrats won gubernatorial races include:  Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  There will be a likely runoff in Maine.


Beginning Friday, November 7, 2014 at 9pm, Crenshaw Blvd. will be closed to all traffic to prepare for construction of a new subway station. Buses will be on detour via Arling­ton Ave., between Martin Luther King, Jr and Jefferson boulevards. There will be a special shuttle bus to serve the Expo/Crenshaw Metro Rail Station connecting passengers between bus and rail.


Line 210, 710, and 740 passengers who wish to reach the Expo/Crenshaw Station should transfer to the shuttle at Arlington Ave. and Exposition Blvd. as shown on the attached map. The shuttle will also stop at the Expo/Cren­shaw Metro Rail Station, on Jefferson Blvd. at Crenshaw Blvd., and on Jefferson Blvd. at 10th Ave. Passengers may also walk between the Expo/Crenshaw Station and Jefferson/Cren­shaw, where they can board Lines 210 and 710.


The clockwise shuttle will operate free of charge approximately every 15 minutes from November 7 to November 24 and from December 1 to December 14 during the hours that Metro Rail Expo Line is in service.


For additional information, visit www. or contact Metro Customer Relations at 323.GO.METRO


Inglewood Open Studios to Host Art Tour

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Inglewood Open Studios, the 7th annual weekend tour of over 50 art studios, will display the work of local Inglewood artists Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9th and 10th, from noon to 5pm.


Scores of participants from Inglewood’s thriving arts community are preparing for exhibits, which will be scattered around the city at 8 locations:  1019 W. Manchester Blvd., 808 N. La Brea Ave., 1129 N. La Brea Ave., 500 E. Hargrove St., 713-715 E. Hyde Park Blvd., 1159-11611/2 E. Hyde Park Blvd., 1158 E. 65th St., and 1166 E. 66th St.


Art lovers can view a wide range of art from various media and enjoy performing artists as well.  This is a free community event sponsored by the City of Inglewood, Inglewood Cultural Arts, Centinela Hospital Medical Center, and Hollywood Park.  Free shuttle services will be available. 


For more information, visit the website at







October is Anti-Bullying Month

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Note:  In honor of Anti-Bullying Month, one of Inglewood’s finest young citizens shares his poem about bullying. Join the movement to stop bullying at

 Why Bully Me? 

By Joshua A. Apparicio

4th Grade

 Why Bully Me?

Bully Me, Bully Me...

Why is this happening to me?

Bully Me, Bully Me...

I thought you saw a friend in me!

Why do you Bully Me?

Am I your enemy?

Like a tortoise in a shell…

I am too afraid to tell.

Why Me? Why Me?

Sometimes I don’t want to be me.

Bully Me, Bully Me!

How about being Kind to me?

Bullying me is not the key...

Friendship seems more kind to me.

What should memories of school be for me?

Would it be of the ones who bullied me?

…Or should it be of the, wonderful, incredible, intelligent me?



Joshua Apparicio is a student at Cowan Avenue Elementary Magnet School in Westchester.  The “Young Obama” has spoken at Inglewood Council meetings and is an inspiration to all.  At press time, Joshua was preparing to deliver his Student Council President Speech.


My Endorsements for November 4

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On Tuesday, Nov. 4th, Inglewood voters will decide a number of important races at the local and state levels.  Do you know who and what you will vote for?


Here are my picks for candidates either seeking office or re-election:


Mayor James Butts.  There is so much to say about Mayor Butts.  He has my endorsement because of his positive vision and ability to carry it out.  In the three years that he has been Mayor of Inglewood, the city has seen an historic drop in crime, the highest increase in new development and planned projects, and a council that is actually united.


The reopening of the “Fabulous” Forum, multi-billion dollar Hollywood Park Tomorrow, the proposed Crenshaw/LAX light rail, hundreds of new jobs and the proposed Market Street Revitalization are just a few of the sweeping changes that have come or begun on Mayor Butts’ watch.


Congresswoman Maxine Waters has been a fighter from Day One—championing such causes as fair wages, equal access to credit, healthcare, women’s rights and much more.  Whenever there is a cry for justice, she is the “go-to” leader representing Inglewood in Washington.  Waters helped Mayor Butts secure millions of dollars to sound-insulate homes for residents of Inglewood.


Sixty-Second Assembly Candidate Autumn Burke is a rising star.  If you talk to Autumn, it is evident that she really cares about this community and wants to make life better for everyone.  She wants to bring more jobs, business opportunities and better schools to the area.  She is a smart visionary who runs a clean, respectful campaign.


West Basin Metropolitan Water District Board Member Gloria Gray is a long-time friend of Inglewood and Inglewood Today.  A local leader who has served on the Inglewood School Board, Gray is seeking re-election on the WBMWD Board of Directors.  Gloria is one of the hardest working, civic minded leaders in our community, and a woman of integrity.


Board of Equalization Chair Jerome Horton has served as a state-elected official since leaving the Inglewood City Council.  But he has always remained close to the pulse of our city.  His commitment to help more people of color succeed in their own businesses is evident by the many job and business fairs that he has brought to Inglewood.


Of course, there are many other choices on the ballot, including races for governor, attorney general, and county sheriff, as well as state propositions.  If you have not studied your voter pamphlet, please take the time to understand what you are voting for, and please take the time to vote.


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