Last week, Inglewood Today presented the 2014 Inglewood Year in Review. The article and video on the City website (www.cityofinglewood.org) captured Inglewood’s amazing comeback as the “City of Champions” and the new title, “City of Entertainment.” With billions of dollars being invested here, rising home values, and thousands of jobs being created, Inglewood is living proof that real change is possible regardless of economic challenges.
It is also a reflection of the leadership. While the re-opened Forum stands as an icon for progress, it is behind-the-scenes decision-making that creates these milestones. It is the day in, day out coming together of city leaders with common visions that brought about the momentum we see today.
With the Inglewood Municipal Election taking place on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, I want to publicly endorse three officials whose tireless efforts have contributed much to the progress we are seeing—Councilman Eloy Morales, Councilman Ralph Franklin, City Clerk Yvonne Horton, and City Treasurer Wanda Brown.
I believe Inglewood is better because of their leadership, and that’s why I am standing solidly behind their re-elections.
As Inglewood’s longest standing council member, Eloy Morales knows and understands the concerns of Inglewood people. Elected to the council in 2003, his experience first as a community servant (which began as a young child), working with the State Assembly, and later being elected to represent Inglewood’s Council District 3 has kept him closely connected to the issues that matter—public safety, increased revenue, and quality of life. His commitment to the youth, sports and cultural programs in Inglewood is creating a safer, more prosperous life for all. On September 16, 2003, Ralph L. Franklin was first elected to the Inglewood City Council to represent the 4th Councilmanic District.
Councilman Ralph Franklin has also served on the Inglewood City Council since 2003. Prior to his election, he was Chairman of the Inglewood Parks and Recreation Commission for twelve years. Franklin’s thriving 4th District is home to both the successful Village at Century Shopping Center and the expanded Imperial/Crenshaw Shopping Center. Throughout his career, Franklin has formed strong bonds with civic, faith-based and nonprofit organizations, and provided hope and resources to those less fortunate. He is well known for looking after the needs of constituents, from Thanksgiving giveaways, to holiday toy and food drives to supporting the Boy Scouts, literacy and other youth programs.
Yvonne Horton has held office as the City Clerk since 2002. During her time in office, she has shown impeccable integrity in handling the elections process and votes at council meetings, and protecting the rights of Inglewood voters. In addition, Yvonne has handled several complex and complicated elections and initiatives, including the historical Wal-Mart initiative. A woman who truly loves the city she serves, Clerk Horton can frequently be seen around town attending various block club events, supporting health and business forums, and other community affairs.
Finally, there is City Treasurer Wanda Brown. With more than 35 years in Inglewood, and 28 years as Inglewood’s top financial officer, Brown brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and commitment toward improving this city’s bottom line. During her tenure as treasurer, Brown has earned the city tens of millions in gross investment interest income and managed more than $280 million in portfolios. Bottom line, she knows her stuff. Her passion for financial literacy has resulted in her passing on valuable knowledge through community workshops and internship programs.
There are other candidates running for the Inglewood School Board. I will comment on that race in another article.
Also, be on the lookout for the City of Champions Revitalization Initiative to appear on the ballot. A date has not yet been determined. I know you won’t want to miss deciding whether or not Inglewood gets a new sports stadium. By the way, no tax payer dollars would be used to build it.
For now, I want to encourage every registered voter to go to their nearest voting place on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 or vote by mail. March 23, 2015 is the last day to register to vote. For more information about the upcoming election, call the City Clerk’s Office at (310) 412-5280 or visit http://www.cityofinglewood.org/depts/cityclerks/elections.