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Trump Vs. Media—How We Can Win

Written by Thursday, January 26, 2017
The time has arrived when those of us in the news business find ourselves subjects of the very news we report. Donald Trump is at war with the media, but that’s hardly surprising, as he is always at war with something or someone. We cannot allow him to win. America and the world in general is counting on dedicated journalists—from small independents to large mainstream outlets—to make sure the integrity of the free press is protected. Trump would like nothing more than to shut down the real media in favor fake news outlets such as Fox News or Breitbart. This…

Chargers Move Stirs Passion for Football

Written by Monday, January 23, 2017
Today, I witnessed passion that I hope will continue for many years to come. I attended the private kickoff of the Los Angeles Chargers. Yes, L.A. now has two NFL teams who will play at the new Inglewood stadium when it opens for the 2019 season. If you thought it was exciting to have one NFL team back in L.A., imagine what it will feel like when both the Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams are playing in Inglewood. The passion I saw and heard from Chargers fans, much like that of Rams fans, was very encouraging. Whether it came…

We Have a Dream

Written by Thursday, January 12, 2017
Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech is one of the most celebrated in American history. In fact, the speech is considered the oratory centerpiece of King’s career as a civil rights leader. While the speech actually contains 1,667 words, most only remember small segments. There is the part when Dr. King shares his vision for the kind of America that includes everyone: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. I…

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…
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