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Early Sunday morning, a young woman and man were killed in an officer-involved shooting that occurred near the intersection of Inglewood Avenue and Manchester Blvd. 


The Inglewood Police Department received a call around 3 a.m. regarding an occupied car stopped facing a westbound lane of traffic at the intersection of Manchester Boulevard and Inglewood Avenue. Details on what exactly the victims were doing in the intersection are unknown at this point. 

 


When officers arrived, they found a woman in the car holding a gun, and according to police, an officer-involved shooting then took place.

Witnesses in the area said they heard gunshots around 4:15 a.m. in the 300 block of W. Manchester Boulevard, near the front of a 7-Eleven.

"I heard gunshots. They woke me up and it was pretty heavy duty. I looked out the window and hesitated to come out because I saw the helicopter flying - didn't know what was going on," resident Rowland Anderson said.

Anderson added that he eventually went outside and then saw the flashing lights of police cruisers.

Authorities said both people in the car were hit by gunfire and the woman was killed. The man inside the car was taken to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. A gun was recovered at the scene. Their identities and ages have not yet been released by officials. Relatives and friends of the woman said she was Kisha Michael, a mother of three boys. Michael's loved ones told KTLA that they were unaware of deceased male's identity.


Authorities closed off Manchester Boulevard between Cedar and Eucalyptus avenues during the investigation.

Anyone with information into the incident was asked to call the Inglewood Police Department at (310) 412-5246 or the 24-hour anonymous hotline at (888) 412-7463.

Discover District 2

Thursday, August 14, 2014

By Thomas Bunn

 

On the grounds of True Vine Baptist Church in the revitalized District 2, the sparkle of the afternoon sun reflected off the painted bodies of some of Southern California’s most beautiful classic automobiles and low-riders, as Councilman Alex Padilla invited residents to Discover District 2.

 

The ceremony opened with the presenting of colors from the Inglewood High School JROTC and an opening prayer from True Vine’s pastor Rev. Austin Williams. 

 

Councilman Padilla took the opportunity to acknowledge some distinguished guests:  District 1 Councilman George Dotson, District 4 Councilman Ralph Franklin, 62nd District Assemblyman Steve Bradford, IUSD State Trustee Dr. Don Brann, Congresswoman Diane Watson, City of Hawthorne Councilwoman Olivia Valentine, and candidate from the 67th District, Autumn Burke.

 

The highlight of the welcoming ceremony was the presentation of a $1000 check to the Inglewood High School JROTC. The $1000 check was donated to the IHS JROTC directly from Mayor James T. Butts Jr.’s personal finances. Councilman Padilla said, “A few months ago while I was putting this together, I went in and we were talking, and he said, ‘What you got going on?’ And I said, I’ve got the Discover District 2 event and I’m looking for some folks to donate and he said, ‘How much do you need?” I said, If I could get $1000 that would be a big relief. He didn’t bat an eye when he said, ‘You got it, here’s a thousand dollars, now go raise some more.’ He was the first one to step up and make us proud about what we’re doing here in the City of Inglewood.”

 

Councilman Padilla also added, “This whole concept of having a car show, of recognizing our relationship with our school district, and holding a community event to highlight the vendors, and all the good things going on in Inglewood, was something I talked about during my campaign. I told folks we need to do more things to bring the community together. So, by having the Discover District 2 event, it’s an opportunity for the people to see that Inglewood is not the place to drive through, but the place to drive to.”

 

Besides the immaculate display of classic Chevy Fleet Lines, Bel-Airs, and Impalas, there were probably the most delicious root beer floats known to man being pumped out by the Republic Waste vendor booth.

 

The atmosphere was family-friendly and festive as young people shot hoops, caroms, jumped Double Dutch, and got their faces painted, while poets wowed the crowd, a Karate school demonstrated its discipline and skillful technique, a Mariachi singer serenaded the audience, and performers entertained us with cultural dance routines.

 

Amongst the observers of the beautiful cars was our Mayor James T. Butts Jr. who admitted jokingly that his favorite car of the show was the 68’ Impala. “I used to have one, just not with the hydraulics.” In regards to the event, he added, “When you look at what we’re doing in Inglewood, we have multiple fronts we’re moving on, economic development , prosperity, jobs, and community involvement, and this is the community involvement leg. This is something you haven’t seen in a long time in the City of Inglewood. We’re celebrating our youth, we had some excellent violinists from our middle school students, and then you have entertainment, food, cars, and community businesses, so everybody can discover what’s available in District 2. This is the total integration of our community.”

 

District 2 has had its share of poor leadership, but today, under the leadership of Councilman Alex Padilla, it’s refreshing to know that you have a man of his word on your team, who’s following through on his promise to bring the community together. Salute. 

 

By Brooke Stanley

 

Little is known about the background and work experience of Randall Fleming, the Inglewood newcomer and outsider who claims he is the editor of the infrequently printed Morningside Park Chronicle. What is known is that his frequent lies, accusations and innuendos, directed against James Butts, the Mayor of the City of Inglewood, and Willie Brown, Publisher of Inglewood Today (who has been reporting the news in the city for over 20 years), city council members, and even private citizens, suggest he is interested in destroying the very fabric of Inglewood.  He wants to stop the positive momentum that has been underway since Mayor Butts was elected.

 

Fleming’s publication, which reportedly has no Inglewood business license and no physical address, does not publish on a regular basis. Possibly to avoid the standard business cost of preparing a regular news publication and paying for it to be printed and distributed, Fleming has taken to email and Internet messages to spew his lies throughout the community.

 

His most frequent target is Mayor Butts, where quite recently, he has accused the mayor of using city resources to support the Forum Development and the MTV Awards, paying private Inglewood residents to distribute news on behalf of the mayor and paying Brown as a political operative.

 

 

Mayor Butts and other productive members of the city council, have made numerous positive strides.  Their accomplishments are making the City of Inglewood a more desirable residential destination and center for economic development. From the Forum renovation to the continued development along Crenshaw Boulevard and the Hollywood Park mixed-use development which is now underway, to cite only a few examples, Inglewood is on the move!

 

Yet, Fleming continues to bash the mayor, members of the city council, and even private citizens who are not connected to any elected officials, except for their shared interest and desire for the success of Inglewood and its citizens.

 

 

An example of this is Randall’s assertions that Robert Cantin, who is a private Inglewood resident with over 20 years of community involvement in the city, and one who continues to serve as the block captain in one of many Inglewood’s block clubs, is a lackey who is paid by Mayor Butts to distribute emails to Inglewood residents that are favorable to the mayor’s initiatives and agenda.

 

“I have local emails from 20 years of personally asking locals for their addresses,” said Cantin. “The Morningside Chronicle wrote that I was being paid to forward the mayor’s emails to the community,” he continued. “If this is the case, I am owed 20 years of back pay.”

 

Fleming’s publication has also cast similar aspersions against Brown, falsely alleging that Brown is a paid political consultant for the mayor and that Inglewood Today is owned and controlled by Mayor Butts.

 

 

“I take great pride in the fact that Inglewood Today has been reporting the news in the City of Inglewood for over 20 years, long before Mayor Butts was elected,” said Brown. “Fleming’s utterly false accusations against me and others seem to fit a pattern he has launched since he mysteriously arrived in Inglewood a few years ago.”

 

Inglewood citizens have been asking who Randall Fleming really is. He arrived in the City of Inglewood, reportedly from either the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles or somewhere in Orange County. In the predominantly minority community of Inglewood, he has found some comfort in belittling the Inglewood mayor and other elected officials, religious leaders, community leaders and even private citizens. He has criticized the renovation of the Forum, the Hollywood Park redevelopment, Faithful Central Bible Church, the sound insulation program, Broadway Federal Savings and Loan and virtually every other effort the City has made to make Inglewood a safer community that allows all citizens to have their voices heard and one that is responsive to the needs of the constituents. One must begin to question Fleming’s judgment when you look at the losing track record of his recent meal tickets, Simona Farrise, Mike Stevens, and Judy Dunlap to name a few.

 

 

Fleming must think it is acceptable to assert himself in an effort to re-define himself, and perhaps overcome the missteps he may have made in his past, whatever those missteps may have been or whatever his motives are. What he will eventually discover is that the citizens of Inglewood will not tolerate his continued lies and aspersions against the functional group of individuals who are leading Inglewood to a more productive future.

 

 

It would be advisable for Fleming to direct his extreme aversion and hostility to his former friends and associates who reportedly stated that Fleming, is a “drunken bastard and crackhead.”

 

 

 

WPA & Inglewood

Thursday, August 14, 2014

 

By Anne Cheek La Rose

 
 
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a New Deal federal program that kept mostly unskilled workers employed during the Great Depression.  The program was in effect from April 1935 to June 1943, and overall employed almost 8 million men, women, and children.  At its peak in 1938, 3.3 million were employed.
 
  

All across America, public works projects such as the construction of bridges, roads, and structures were carried out.  In a much smaller project called Federal Project Number One, musicians, artists, writers, actors, and directors were employed in large scale projects.  Like all cities large and small, Inglewood benefitted from the WPA.  From 1937 to 1940, Inglewood had four WPA projects created.
  
 
 
1935 saw the construction of our main Post office on Hillcrest.  As with many cities, the structure itself was a New Deal project.  In addition to providing construction jobs, there were two artworks incorporated into the Post office that provided jobs for three Los Angeles area artists.
 
  

Gordon Newell and Sherry Peticolas partnered to sculpt California wildlife of lion, buffalo, ram, and bear seen in a horizontal band above the entrance.  The pair also has work in three more post offices around Los Angeles.  Newell was chosen to sculpt one of the six great astronomers seen in the obelisk outside the Griffith Observatory.  Archibald Garner designed the obelisk.
 


Inside the Post office one can find the carved mahogany panels of “The Centinela Springs”, a scene of early California residents.  This is the creation of Archibald Garner.  In E-mail exchanges with his son, I’ve learned that Garner’s original design was larger than the WPA commission was awarding for the work.  Rather than compromise his vision, Garner purchased the additional material cost out of his own pocket.    Additionally, his studio was not large enough to house the panels as he worked, so the carving was done in his friend, Gordon Newell’s studio.
 


To further document the Centinela Springs as an integral part of our history, Archibald Garner was also  commissioned to create the water fountain monument at the outcropping of the springs in then Centinela Park, now Vincent Park.  The fountain was originally designed to provide water for adults, children, and dogs.  A second monument was created for the re-dedication of the Centinela Springs in 1970.  It is in a classic style that belies its tender age. 
 
 

Garner chose granite for his sculpture.  It is made of chunks of stone of various sizes, placed irregularly to form a low column with a polished end showing here and there to add interest.  There are three granite plaques in the fountain.  They speak to the water of the springs, the dedication of the fountain to the people, and dedication.  The Centinela Springs monument was dedicated on October 9, 1939, and is California State Landmark #363.  The fountain has not worked for years and the apparatus has been removed.  Inglewood Historic Preservation Alliance (IHPA) is working to have both monuments cleaned, conserved, and the fountain restored.
 


The fourth of our WPA projects is the 1940 “History of Transportation” mural by another well-known Southern California artist, Helen Lundeberg.  Lundeberg’s works can be seen across metro Los Angeles, including the murals in Patriot Hall in Downtown LA.  
 


Originally installed on the edge of Vincent Park facing Florence, it suffered years of weathering, neglect, and damage from auto accidents and graffiti.  Our mural was one of the largest, if not the largest, work commissioned by the WPA.  It is 240 ft long with 60 panels.  Because of the labor-intensive process used – petrachrome, stone of various colors was crushed and set in mortar of the same color to mimic textures – many found work on the mural.
  
 

A grassroots organization of citizens worked with the city to rescue, restore, and re-site the mural.  The rededication took place August 11, 2007 at the new location in the heart of Inglewood.  The restoration was recognized with a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in 2009.  The mural is listed on the California Register of Historical Resources.
 
 

 

 

Billionaire Family Feud

Thursday, August 14, 2014


By Veronica Mackey

 

 

A top news story in Massachusetts, has all the elements of a political drama. 

 

It’s messy, full of twists and turns, with two sides of a multibillion dollar family empire pulling in opposite directions. There are casualties and strange bedfellows.  No one knows how it will end, but everyone has an opinion.

 

It’s about greed, power, loyalty, division and solidarity.  It is set in the backdrop of a family feud that has being brewing for decades.

 

Here’s the back story:

 

Billionaire Arthur T. Demoulas was ousted from his position as president of Demoulas Market Basket Inc., by his cousin Arthur S. Demoulas in June. The supermarket chain is barely surviving now because of the warring cousins. 

 

Adrian Walker, columnist for the Boston Globe, reports: “By now the narrative is familiar to much of Massachusetts. Arthur S. Demoulas’s side of the family controls 50.5 percent of the stock. Arthur T. Demoulas, whose side controls the other 49.5 percent, has long run the business. The employees want Arthur T. to return, while many besieged customers would just be happy to see somebody, anybody, stock the shelves.”

 

Since the firing, there have been three major protests in support of Arthtur T. getting his job back.  The most recent attracted between 5,000 and 6,000 protestors armed with a petition bearing 100,000 signatures. Talk about brand ambassadors!  Employees from at least three states have been showing undying solidarity. 

 

Employees from all pay grades have sacrificed their jobs of this uber rich guy. Why?

 

Besides decent wages, good benefits and Christmas bonuses (even for part timers), workers say the fired CEO is not typical of the wealthiest 1 percent, aloof and uncaring about the “common  man.”  He treats working class people like family.  They have to stand by him.

 

“He’s one of us,” said a protesting employee. “He comes here and he knows everyone by name and treats us fairly.”  That alone, he says, is enough for them to fight for “Artie T.,” as he is affectionately called.  The supermarket mogul has become somewhat of a saintly figure, with his balding head and unshaven face appearing on hand made posters everywhere.

 

Employees interviewed by Bloomberg reported several encounters that have bonded them to  their former boss.Two employees reported getting a personal phone call from him, offering condolences when a parent died. A woman recalled him personally coming to the store opening and congratulating her on “our” new store.  A man said Artie called him to come across the parking lot and meet his wife.

 

Started by Greek immigrants in 1917, Market Basket has lost tens of millions of dollars since the firing.

 

“However his cousins feel about him, his return is the only way to save Market Basket in any recognizable form,” Walker writes.  “And it would be a shame — unfathomable, really — for a company that was perfectly healthy to fall apart over sheer greed and bickering.

 

The Market Basket board is considering selling the chain to an unspecified number of bidders, including Arthur T.

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