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Hard to Say Goodbye to Obama

Written by Thursday, January 05, 2017
President Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address to the country on January 10 in his former hometown of Chicago, where he gave his victory speech 8 years ago. There will be many tears (maybe some will be his) as we say good-bye. Aside from the fact that Obama is the nation’s first African American president—an epic feat in itself—is the reality that his heart has always been with the people. And although he did not accomplish everything he set out to do, his achievements were extraordinary in light of what and who he had to work with. Actually, it’s…

2016 a Year of Building up Inglewood

Written by Thursday, December 29, 2016
As 2016 comes to a close, we find Inglewood developing into a destination city, which will include the new Rams stadium, a hotel, entertainment venue, housing, retail and office space. It may not be apparent now, amid all the construction going on. But before we know it, Inglewood will be welcoming thousands of visitors to football games at the new stadium. Thousands will be riding to and through Inglewood when the new Metro trains begin operating, with two stops in the city. Families will be moving into new homes in the Hollywood Park Tomorrow complex and at the old Daniel…

Have A Meaningful Christmas This Year

Written by Thursday, December 22, 2016
If I were to ask various people what Christmas means to them, I would most likely get several different answers. Some would say it is all about Jesus being born to become Savior of the world . Others would say it’s about giving gifts, helping the needy, getting together with loved ones and having a festive meal. All of these answers are right. As Christmas approaches, my wish is that you fully appreciate the significance of the holiday, whatever it means to you. We all have good intentions when the holidays come. We want to experience joy with our loved…

Inglewood Youth Score Big with Dodgers and Lakers

Written by Thursday, December 15, 2016
While billion-dollar business developments in Inglewood continue to grab the spotlight, other news that has been flying below the radar is the attention being given to our youth. It is time to shine a light on our youngest residents. Recently, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers blessed the City of Inglewood with grants to improve our city parks. The Lakers organization and Jerry Buss family awarded Inglewood an $80,000 grant to resurface basketball courts at both Darby and Rogers Parks. And the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation gave a grant to the City for close to $300,000 for a…

When Your Holiday Season Isn’t That Bright…

Written by Thursday, December 08, 2016
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas now that the City’s Christmas tree has been lit at the Forum. Local shopping centers are all decorated with lights and Christmas music can be heard everywhere you go. Signs of the holiday are not hard to find, but at this special time of year, there are those among us who are not feeling the Christmas spirit. For many, 2016 has been an especially hard year, and the pressure to be “merry” only serves to further aggravate their depression. While I always seek to inspire people, I won’t make light of anyone’s…

One More Reason I Am Thankful

Written by Thursday, December 01, 2016
Last week, I recalled my many blessings in my weekly message. Now, I’d like to add one more. I’m thankful to live in California—a progressive blue state which, though not perfect, remains one of the freest places in America. Besides the gorgeous weather in Southern California, it is a place where independence and innovation reign. I am particularly proud that I live in a state where diversity is the norm. It makes us more tolerant and loving and open-minded toward our neighbors. This frame of mind will become more necessary to endure a Trump administration. According to the L.A. Times,…

What I Am Thankful For

Written by Thursday, November 24, 2016
As I write this message on Thanksgiving Eve I feel the need to exhale, to come down from the intensity of the recent election and personal challenges of this year. Thanksgiving offers us all an opportunity to regroup and refocus our attention on the things in life that we hold most dear and which cannot be bought—our faith, our loved ones, good health, the ability to work and make a meaningful contribution to society. Saying what you are thankful for is a wonderful tradition that should never be underestimated. Giving a voice to your blessings is powerful and reminds you…

Trump Cabinet is Problematic

Written by Thursday, November 17, 2016
Uproar over Donald Trump winning the election continues more than a week later. But presidential elections are about much more than who becomes commander-in-chief. Cabinet appointments play a pivotal role in the future of our country, and already the president-elect’s shortlist of appointees is raising eyebrows among Republicans and Democrats. Trump is considering Steven Bannon, a nationalist media mogul, as his chief strategist and senior counselor in the White House. Civil rights groups, Democrats and some GOP leaders have criticized Trump, noting Bannon’s anti-Semitic and racist views. He is the former head of Breitbart News, an ultra conservative website dedicated…

Making Trump Accountable

Written by Thursday, November 10, 2016
It’s the day after the shock. The day after learning Donald Trump was elected the 45th U.S. president. Many feared this day and others felt it would never happen. Well, it happened, like it or not. So now, those of us crushed by Hillary Clinton’s stunning defeat are left with picking up the pieces of what has been a particularly hard, long and bitter campaign. We’ll all have to put on our big boy and girl pants to survive. Trump made a lot of promises when we ran for office. And although he was not the candidate that many of…

My Endorsements for November 8th

Written by Friday, November 04, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are my choices for president and vice president for obvious reasons. Clinton brings tons of experience to this office and Trump’s unsteady temperament, possible friendly relationship a Russian dictator, and horrific remarks about anyone non-male or non-white make him downright dangerous. In the race for U.S. Senate, current Attorney General Kamala Harris has my vote over Rep. Loretta Sanchez. She fought hard for Californians who lost their homes in the massive foreclosure scandal and I believe she’ll be just as tough in Washington. Speaking of fighting, anyone who knows Rep. Maxine Waters knows she doesn’t…
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