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Ask and Receive

Written by Thursday, September 11, 2014
It’s a new school year and teachers are welcoming students with eager young minds, excited to learn. Whether you are in school now or your school days were over eons ago, one thing has not changed. The student who raises his or her hand, is the one who finds the answer. Those who do not ask are often relieved when someone else has the boldness to ask the question they want answered. In life we often miss out on opportunities simply because we don’t know and therefore do not ask. Other times, we might think we know but won’t find…

Inglewood Fosters Success for Hispanics

Written by Thursday, September 04, 2014
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and honor their heritage and culture. Nowhere does the light of Hispanic pride shine brighter than in Inglewood. Unlike many other cities, the observation in Inglewood is more than symbolic. It is deeply meaningful and personal. With a population that represents nearly 50% of the city, Inglewood’s Hispanic population reaches into every sector of our community, including schools, businesses, churches, and government. Last year, history was made when Alex Padilla was elected to the city…
The road to recovery and rebuilding has begun after the 6.0 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks shook Napa, California last weekend. At least 240 patients have been treated for injuries, and 100 structures were red-tagged, which means they are uninhabitable. Six homes were destroyed by fire. Living here in California, we are well aware of the reality of earthquakes. We know they can happen at any moment. Their unpredictability can be unnerving, and there is not much we can do to prevent it. We can only be prepared, and the importance of having a survival plan and emergency supplies ready cannot…

We've Seen Ferguson Too Many Times Before

Written by Thursday, August 21, 2014
By now, the brutal acts by police in Ferguson, Missouri in response to protests over an unarmed black teen being shot 6 times by a white officer are well known. The city has turned into a police state, with many citizens forced off the streets and threatened with arrests if they try and record what is occurring. Civil rights are being violated left and right, while Michael Brown’s family seeks justice. It was reported that a video was released of a young man (alleged to be Michael) robbing a store. The family wasn’t even given the chance to see the…

Make the Most of Inglewood Summer

Written by Thursday, August 14, 2014
Back by popular demand, the City of Inglewood, in conjunction with KJLH is sponsoring 4th Friday Food Trucks. On the fourth Friday of every month, from 4-9pm, through October, Market Street (between Manchester and Florence) will be transformed into a food court. You won’t want to miss these dates: August 22, September 26 and October 24. There’ll be plenty of good food to choose from curbside restauranteurs –from fresh fish, Mexican food, healthy salads, sandwiches, soul food and a whole lot more. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. Folks can also enjoy live music from local talent, patronize stores…

We Must Protect Our Voting Rights

Written by Thursday, August 07, 2014
Voting rights has gone through a series of twists and turns—from no rights to conditional rights to full rights and now restricted rights. Last year, Voting Rights took a severe step backward when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that certain states prone to discriminate no longer needed federal clearance before changing voting laws. States have been slowly working to erode the law, introducing new Voter ID laws that make it hard for minorities, women, young and old voters. Some of the new policies require a person to pay for a birth certificate. Depending on the county, this requirement can be…

America Sues the House

Written by Thursday, July 31, 2014
A news headline on Wednesday read, “House votes to sue Obama in unprecedented legal challenge.” I guess we should have seen this one coming. This congress has done virtually everything under the sun, it seems, to come against the president. They challenged the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act or Obamacare in court and lost. So now they are zeroing in on a provision of bill that they say Obama has failed to enforce. Specifically they point to the provision that would penalize businesses that do not offer basic health insurance to their employees. This lawsuit is frivolous and…

How to Raise Your Voice

Written by Thursday, July 17, 2014
By now, you have probably heard about Terry Bartley, a North Carolina father that made a video demonstrating what happens when young kids are left alone inside a hot car. He was motivated by the death of a 22 month-old toddler named Cooper Harris, whose father left him in a car for nine hours. The story appears in this week’s edition of Inglewood Today. There was also another story about a young mother who left her baby strapped in the car seat while she ran into a convenience store. It only took 10 seconds to have a carjacker drive away…

Our Time in the Sun

Written by Thursday, July 10, 2014
As Inglewood Today celebrates its 20th anniversary, our efforts have come full circle, evidenced by the prestigious coverage of the city in the Los Angeles Business Journal (July 2014). There are rare moments when all the positive intentions, hopes and wishes---things you want to believe but lack the evidence of—actually become reality. There are times when you realize that life really is good, dreams really do come true, and that nothing is too good to happen or last. The article (which I encourage everyone to read) is another testament to what many stakeholders have been saying recently and what Corporate…

Two Victories Won

Written by Wednesday, June 04, 2014
By Willie Brown Congratulations to Autumn Burke for winning Tuesday’s primary election. It certainly was a breath of fresh air to see a young person so focused and dedicated to her run for the State Assembly (62nd District), and such a nice person too. Autumn ran a highly professional, intelligent campaign, and brought fresh new energy and ideas to the table. Although it is far from over, she is getting a lot of buzz and most feel she will take it all in November. There can only be one winner, of course. But I would be remiss if I did…
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