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Future of Inglewood Secured by Election

Written by Thursday, November 06, 2014
Four more years was the cry of Inglewood voters on Tuesday night. And once again, residents have decided Mayor James Butts is the leader that they want to remain in office. Residents also voted for West Basin Board Member Gloria Gray, Assemblymember-Elect Autumn Burke, Congresswoman. Maxine Waters, and BOE Chari Jerome Horton. All of the top-level state races went to incumbents, from Gov. Jerry Brown to Attorney General Kamala Harris. Congratulations to all, and thanks to everyone who voted. Now that the people have spoken, I would like to challenge you to keep the momentum going. I want to remind…

My Endorsements for November 4

Written by Thursday, October 30, 2014
On Tuesday, Nov. 4th, Inglewood voters will decide a number of important races at the local and state levels. Do you know who and what you will vote for? Here are my picks for candidates either seeking office or re-election: Mayor James Butts. There is so much to say about Mayor Butts. He has my endorsement because of his positive vision and ability to carry it out. In the three years that he has been Mayor of Inglewood, the city has seen an historic drop in crime, the highest increase in new development and planned projects, and a council that…

Save the Postal Service

Written by Thursday, October 23, 2014
As soon as Midterm Elections are over, America will shift its focus to the holidays. Lost in the hustle and bustle of the season, will be some important issues that most won’t think about. This is just the way many in the GOP want it, because on January 5, 2015, one of our most important services will be diminished-again. The U.S. Postal Service is under attack, and this time, there is a threat that 15,000 workers will lose their jobs. The USPS is slated to further lower service standards, Overnight mail could become a thing of the past. The sad…

My Friend Harold

Written by Thursday, October 16, 2014
On Friday, folks from L.A to Louisiana will say goodbye to Harold Hambrick, President of the Los Angeles Black Business Expo (LABBX). He is a hard act to follow. My “brother from another mother,” Harold and I were born on the same day, in the same hospital in New Orleans, but different years. We often celebrated our joint birthdays, played golf together, did business together and supported each other’s dreams. He was a real stand-up guy, who always wanted the best for everyone. A longtime friend and supporter of Inglewood Today, Harold was instrumental in driving new advertisers to our…

The Price of a New City

Written by Thursday, October 09, 2014
Hold on Inglewood, things are about to get a little crazy. With everything starting up, seemingly at the same time, nerves may become rattled. But it will all be fine in the end. With the re-opened Fabulous Forum past the six-month mark, earning revenue for the City, and fast becoming a mecca for world-class entertainment (again!), there are new developments to keep our eyes on. Century Blvd., long in need of repaving, is on its way to being fixed, although it may not look that way at first. Streets are being torn up at Century Blvd. and Prairie Ave,, eastward…

Listen to the Young Voices

Written by Thursday, October 02, 2014
Joshua Apparicio is an articulate and ambitious 9 year-old. He’s a boy on a mission. He works hard, plays by the rules, excels academically and even makes the rounds as a public speaker. Recognized as a rising leader, Joshua was recently invited to attend a youth leadership conference in Washington DC. There’s just one problem: He doesn’t have the money. Not content to rely solely on the usual methods like bake sales or car washes, Joshua took his fundraising campaign straight to the people. Dressed in his Sunday best, Joshua made a public plea for support to fund his trip…

Fighting the Good Fight

Written by Thursday, September 25, 2014
It’s serious now. The U.S. is officially at war and Islamic terror groups are beheading innocent civilians for sport. If there was ever a time to join the fight, the time is now. One thing the president has consistently repeated is that American allies must take their place and be prepared to defend their own people. The days are over when the U.S does all the heavy lifting while smaller countries stand by, watch and cheer from the sidelines. This war could take years to end. It may go on for decades. It will not only depend on the ability…

Have Voters Lost Their Passion?

Written by Thursday, September 18, 2014
Four million voters in Scotland are expected to go to the polls on September 18 to decide whether to forge independence from the rest of the United Kingdom. Scotland has been part of the UK for more than 300 years. It is the only ballot decision Scottish voters will have to make. Those on the “Yes” side want to be free of English—i.e. Tory Party—control. The Scottish have fared worse economically among UK citizens because they are more reliant on public assistance. London officials have made several public spending cuts to balance the Treasury’s finances. To summarize what is happening…

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…
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