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Council Chambers Get an Upgrade

Thursday, September 11, 2014

City Council Chambers welcomed the public back after a 2-week recess, with 3 new video screens and district maps adorning the wood grain walls.  The monitors will enhance the viewing of televised council meetings and make it easier for the public to see live presentations.


“I like the new system here,” said City Treasurer Wanda Brown.  “This is fantastic.” 


“When they (public) watch the meetings at home, they will see an amplified view,” Councilman Eloy Morales said


City Manager Artie Fields congratulated those who worked on the “Relay for Life” event to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.  “Our city was chosen because of its continuous growth in fundraising and networking.  Parks, Recreation and Library Services Director, Sabrina Barnes, will represent Inglewood at a leadership summit in Dallas on Sept 19 and 20.


Treasurer Brown has spent time shopping for new investments to increase Inglewood’s revenue.  She recently bought $1 million worth of certificates of deposit on the City’s behalf.  “The CDs all have a rate of 2 percent, which is better than the current bond rate,” she said.


A long time Inglewood resident came to thank Mayor Butts’ office of helping her mother get her water turned back on.  “I am here because they turned off my mom’s water.  She is on oxygen, her last wish is to stay in her home.  They turned off the water the same day they started giving out vouchers.  No one ever once told us that we have money coming in every year.  In 15 minutes our water was turned on.  The Mayor’s Office did everything.”   


“We need to take advantage that we can call the mayor and you may get him on the phone,” said long time resident Ray Davis.  “Try that in L.A.  You’ll go through half a dozen people and you won’t get anything.  This town is small enough to have a voice.”


An Inglewood woman wanted to know what is being done to bring about fresher food options.

“I shouldn’t have to drive to Mar Vista or some other city to get organic food.  I have to drive 5 miles to Trader Joe’s.”  She suggested that a market could be built on the vacant lot at Crenshaw and 85th Street.  She also wants the City to do something about the high grass and unkempt area around the old Warren Lane School site. 


“The city doesn’t own the school building. You would have to go to the school board meeting,” Mayor Butts said.


A man who does not live within the noise contour area—and was hoping he could get help to insulate his home through the City’s program-- got news from Mayor Butts that he did not want to hear. 


“Cities signed on that if they ever challenged the contours, they would not get the funding from the FAA.  The FAA is not  going to change the contours.  They (residents) will have to pay for it  themselves.  They (FAA) are shrinking (the number of home insulations) come 2015.  That’s why  we are really working hard.  There is not going to be any going back to LAWA (Los Angeles World Airports).  They don’t have the power.”


The agenda was light, but councilmembers were in a talking mood. Everybody wanted another minute.


Councilman George Dotson congratulated Ability First on its recent ribbon-cutting and grand re-opening in the First District.  The center that offers services to those with special needs has been a mainstay in Inglewood since 1976.  He also addressed the pothole problem on Century Blvd:


“There were not potholes there, there were pot ditches.  I made a call to public works, and that same day they went out and fixed those ditches.  Please don’t think we don’t understand your problem because we go through the same problem.  If you have a problem, call me.”


“We all drive down Century Blvd., and all of our cars juggle like that and it’s time to get it fixed,” Morales said.  


Councilman Alex Padilla thanked Centinela Hospital CEO Linda Bradley and her staff for continuing to be on the cutting edge of healthcare. “It’s one of the best hospitals around,” Padilla said.    He also reminded residents that they are welcome to attend any event in Inglewood, regardless of the district in which it is held.


City Clerk Yvonne Horton announced there will be a voter registration drive on September 28 at the District Two Picnic.  It will be held at North Park


Councilman Ralph Franklin congratulated Board of Equalization Member Jerome Horton on a successful small business seminar.  “I’m still getting feedback. I want to thank you for making that available here in Inglewood,” he told Horton, in the audience. 


Mayor Butts announced that the Inglewood Teen Center will have its one-year anniversary on September 25 from 3:30 to 5:00pm.  He also commented on the new monitors:


“This should be something we celebrate.  We have a monitor for everyone in this council chamber to be able to see. When we pull up something on the Internet we can see something live.”


The council unanimously approved a number of requests recommended by staff in various departments, including:


Denial of personal injury claims; purchase of office supplies; contracts with third parties for the provision of nonemergency medical treatment of prisoners; swimming pool and water fountain maintenance; emergency generator replacement and HVAC installation.  The council also approved the provision of free supper through the Child and Adult Care Food Program from September 15, 2014 through June 19, 2015.






Joan’s Star-Studded Send-Off!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Star-studded and all the paparazzi a girl could want.  That’s what Joan Rivers got for her Sept. 7 funeral at the Temple Emanu-El in New York.


The beloved comedian and host of E’s “Fashion Police,” who died Sept. 4 after complications developed  from throat surgery, often joked about her death and planned her own funeral in great detail:

"When I die, I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action...I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don't want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents.


“I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don't want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing "Mr. Lonely." I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyoncé's."


It is not clear whether there was a wind machine or toe tag, but there was no shortage of star power.  Hollywood A-listers filled the temple to honor the life of the pioneering woman who paved the way for female comics in the 60s.  Outside, bagpipe players paid homage to the star as fans lined the street.


Radio “shock jock” Howard Stern, who delivered the eulogy, noted:  “She fought the stereotype that women couldn't be funny.  She was responsible for putting the red carpet into primetime.”


Daughter Melissa Rivers had the audience howling as she recalled a letter she’d written to her mother while she was still alive, according to People.


Other celebrities included Whoopi Goldberg, Roseanne Barr, Andy Cohen, Sarah Jessica Parker, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Joy Behar, Paul Shaffer, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Giuliana Rancic, Bernadette Peters, Clive Davis, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Deborah Norville, and Hugh Jackman.



In a press release issued today, City of Inglewood Mayor James Butts will hold a Town Hall meeting on September 13th to discuss the possibility of the NFL coming to Inglewood, public safety and the budget.  The meeting will be held from 11 – 1PM on Saturday, September 13th at 400 West Florence Ave at the intersection of Inglewood Blvd.  


In his semiannual address to the public, Mayor Butts will review this year’s accomplishments and share upcoming milestones in 2015. Agenda items include the city budget, major development projects, the possibility of bringing a national football team to the city of Inglewood, the Hollywood Park Project and jobs for local residents, the reconstruction of Centinela Hospital, and the redevelopment of Market Street in downtown Inglewood.


Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) will make a presentation on federal legislation issues relative to Inglewood residents and the Inglewood Chief of Police Mark Fronterotta will discuss public safety as well as crime statistics to date.  Members of the Inglewood City Council as well as the City Manager will also be present at the event.


Mayor Butts was first elected as the 12th Mayor of the City of Inglewood in 2011.  He has a combined 39 years of public service including two decades as an Inglewood police officer before ultimately rising to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. He served as the Chief of Police in the City of Santa Monica and retired as one of the longest serving police chiefs in the County of Los Angeles from the Los Angeles World Airports system where he was responsible for Public Safety and Counter-Terrorism.


Lcated in Los Angeles County, the City of Inglewood has a population of approximately 110,000 residents as of the 2010 U.S. Census.


For more information on this meeting call (310) 412-5300 or visit



On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the City of Inglewood will host a Hispanic Heritage Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Crozier Middle School, located at120 West Regent Street. The event recognizes and celebrates Hispanic and Latino Americanheritage, culture and contributions.


The festival will include performances by Grupo Folklorico Macias, Sonsoles and The Reel Band.HOT 92.3 radio personality Josefa Salinas will serve as the mistress of ceremonies for the event.


“Inglewood is proud to acknowledge National Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. “We recognize the contributions made by and the important presence of Hispanic andLatino Americans to the United States and we celebrate their rich heritage and culture.”


Family activities taking place throughout the day include carnival and interactive games, face painting, vendor and information booths, health screenings, authentic Mexican food and much, much more. The public is invited to come and enjoy this free, fun-filled event.


For more information about Inglewood’s Hispanic Heritage Festival, contact the Parks, Recreation and Library Services Department at (310) 412-8750 or

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture.


National Hispanic Heritage Month had its origins in 1968 when Congress authorized and requested President Lyndon Johnson to issue an annual proclamation designating the week including September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week.  By directing that this week should include September 15 and 16, this law celebrated Hispanic Americans and the anniversaries of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua as well as Mexico’s independence on September 16.  


President Lyndon Johnson approved Hispanic Heritage Week, and Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan issued a series of annual proclamations between 1969 and 1988. Reagan expanded its length to cover a 30-day period, and Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. Mexico celebrated the bicentennial of its independence in 2010.



Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.


Contributions by Hispanic Americans are evident in every sector of society, as noted this month on; through a series of exhibits and events at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC; and a month of television documentaries and specials on PBS, including the Hispanic Heritage Awards, Sept., 29, 2014 at 10pm.  Local celebrations include the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Festival in the City of Inglewood, September 20, from 11am to 4pm.There is much to learn and appreciate about Hispanic heritage and no better time to learn than during Hispanic History Month.


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