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By Veronica Mackey A public hearing was held on Tuesday to receive input on the availability of non-profit agencies to provide paratransit service to elderly and disabled residents within certain areas of Inglewood. A grant by the City’s Federal Transit Administration gives priority consideration first to nonprofits, then to government agencies. But, according to Sabrina Barnes, Director of Parks, Recreation and Library Services, there were no takers. “A hearing was held to see if there…
LAPD Police Commissioners approved a new use of force guideline on Tuesday will change the way force is used by officers in Los Angeles. The emphasis on de-escalation, a tactic meant to reduce incidents of police-involved shootings by first employing non-lethal maneuvers whenever possible. The new policy is summarized in just one sentence. However it will have far reaching implications on police conduct and how officers engage with suspects. The one sentence which will be…
By Veronica Mackey The Inglewood City Council took action on Tuesday to approve the following items: •A one-year agreement with Ellison Wilson Advocacy, LLC to provide legislative advocacy services for the City •An updated cost allocation plan for federal programs for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year •A cooperative purchase agreement (piggyback) with the County of Riverside. The agreement will renew the purchase of Microsoft’s SoftwareOne for 4 years •Authorization of Mayor James Butts to sign a…
Monday’s tragedy in San Bernardino will live on in the minds of students at North Park Elementary School for a long time—especially those who personally witnessed the shootings of their teacher, her assailant husband and two classmates. Cedric Anderson, 53, was estranged from his newlywed wife, Karen Elaine Smith, also 53. Anderson came to her classroom, where she taught first to fourth graders, and without a word, shot her to death before turning the gun…
Rams to host Cowboys, Chargers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and face Raiders, Packers on the road The Los Angeles Rams announced on Wednesday their 2017 preseason schedule, which will kick off at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the Dallas Cowboys for the second-consecutive year. The team’s preseason slate also includes road contests in Oakland and Green Bay, and a nationally-televised home game against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Cowboys, Raiders and Packers games…
By Veronica Mackey It was a clear victory for Councilman George Dotson Tuesday night as he retained his seat in District 1 on the Inglewood City Council, capturing 65.7% of votes. Maxine Toler came in a distant second with 26.1%, followed by Leroy Fisher with 6.6% and Hugo Ramirez with 1.5%. District 2 Councilman Alex Padilla ran unopposed. “I am so grateful for a chance to have 4 more years in the city of Inglewood,”…
Asm. Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood) has recently introduced legislation which would boost the learning potential of California students and promote lifelong health by requiring comprehensive eye exams upon starting school. AB 1110, co-authored by Asm. Evan Low (D-Campbell) and Sens. Andy Vidak (R-Visalia) and Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove), is necessary at a time when one in four children and adolescents have a vision problem that can impede their learning, but current school-based vision tests fail to…
Dr. Vincent Matthews has announced he is stepping down from his post as state-appointed trustee of the Inglewood Unified School District to become superintendent of San Francisco's public schools. Matthews is the fourth person to lead the district since 2012, when the state stepped in to bail out Inglewood schools with a $55 million loan to avoid bankruptcy. He joined the district in September 2015. “This was an extremely difficult decision, but I needed to…

A Little About Reverse Mortgage

Written by Friday, March 31, 2017
By Glenda Brass, MBA Lately I’ve had quite a few questions surrounding reverse mortgages. Below, I’ve provided some general information. Though there’s a lot more analysis one should do prior to deciding whether a reverse mortgage is right for them, this will provide some basic understanding. When you have a regular mortgage, you pay the lender every month to buy your home over time. In a reverse mortgage, you get a loan in which the…
By Veronica Mackey According to the California Center for Disease Control, 18.5 percent of California high school students report bullying on school property. While educators work hard to combat the problem, author, martial arts and bullying expert James Gavsie says our schools are falling way short. “It’s not their fault. Schools are doing some amazing things with our kids, but they are not set up, nor do they have the personnel or expertise to effectively…

Short Sales Diminishing

Written by Thursday, March 16, 2017
By Glenda Brass, MBA A just-released report reveals underwater properties are steadily declining, with more than one million shifting status in 2016—a possible turning point in the ongoing inventory crisis. According to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Year-End 2016 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report, the amount of “seriously” underwater properties in the U.S. decreased by over one million last year, while the amount of “equity rich” properties increased by 1.3 million. Seriously underwater is defined as…

‘People, Not Police’

Written by Thursday, March 16, 2017
By Veronica Mackey A controversial decision to purchase an armored vehicle for the Inglewood Police Department and pressure to release information about a year-old police shooting, which ended in the deaths of a young couple, drew harsh reactions from residents at Tuesday’s council meeting. The public session ended with Mayor James Butts and council members walking out. People packed the council chamber to express their discontent over the armored car purchase. “We’re not one of…

Inglewood Police Receive Criticism and Praise

Written by Thursday, March 09, 2017
By Veronica Mackey Family and supporters of Kisha Michaels and Marquintan Sandlin, slain by Inglewood police a year ago, showed up again at the Inglewood Council meeting to keep the shooting incident in the public’s eye. A couple of residents called for an expedient end to the investigation, which has so far offered few answers about what actually happened to the couple in the early morning of February 21, 2016. A woman spoke on behalf…

To Sell or Not to Sell…That is the Question

Written by Thursday, March 02, 2017
By Glenda Brass, MBA There has been lots of speculation among homeowners in the Inglewood area about whether to sell or not. For some, the prospect of the impending stadium development has them paralyzed in anticipation of what they think might happen with values and the area. Many homeowners who need or want to move are torn and wondering if they can still move and simply maintain two residences. It’s a good question. Consider the…

Remembering Pioneer Journalist Gwen Ifill

Written by Thursday, February 23, 2017
By Angel Johnson, Contributing Writer Gwen Ifill was a decorated African American journalist. Her influence paved the way for other African Americans to work in the field. She was the host of “Washington Week” for almost 20 years and the co-host of “PBS Newshour.” In 2009 she released her first book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. In the last years of her life she battled with cancer and died in…
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