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The days of zero-down-payment loans and no-income-verification loans are long gone -- people applying for a conventional mortgage now need three basic elements to qualify: cash, good credit and income. Conventional mortgages are "plain vanilla" home loans. They follow fairly conservative guidelines for: ●Borrower credit scores ●Minimum down payments ●Debt-to-income ratios (Percentage of monthly income that is spent on debt payments, including mortgages, student loans, auto loans, minimum credit card payments and child support) Conventional…
At Tuesday’s council meeting, Mayor James Butts and council members approved payment for videography services covering various city events, custom painting services, and emergency water main repairs. The City also approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the MTA for paratransit services in the annual amount of $200,000 between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2021. Vendor agreements were approved to provide acoustical testing services for residential sound insulation. Three public hearings were set to…

Meet The New City Administrators

Written by Friday, April 08, 2016
How does a city become smarter? How does a city become the largest airport sound-insulation program in the country? After talking with two newly appointed department directors in the City of Inglewood, who are on a path to improve the quality of life for the community, we think we may have just found the answers. Ask anyone who lives or has lived in the community and they’ll tell you about those notorious airplanes. Flying over…

Location, Location, Location

Written by Thursday, March 24, 2016
Real Estate is all about where you live and how that neighborhood is perceived. Does it have a good school system? Does it have nice areas to shop? How safe is the community? Is there a central area where the community and visitors can get together and hang out? All these factors play a big part in the value of your home and the overall strength of your community. This is great news for property…
Tuesday’s meeting began with two proclamations by the Inglewood City Council. April 2016 was declared Donate Life Month in the City of Inglewood, and April 16, 2016 is designated Sally Hemings Day. Donate Life is an organ donor registry that recruits participants through the Dept. of Motor Vehicles. Individuals can request to have their organs donated upon death when applying to renew drivers’ licenses or identification cards. Mayor James Butts read statistics about the shortage…
For close to 6 years, Inglewood Fire Station 172 has had a “Station Closed” sign hanging on its doors, due to budget cuts. On February 25, 2016 the Inglewood mayor and council members approved an amendment to the Fire Services Agreement that made Station 172 operational. On March 1, firefighters removed the “Station Closed” sign to the delight of honking horns, as residents drove by, showing their support of the reopening. Among the team of…
The Inglewood City Council approved the following payments and agreements on Tuesday: •Payment to Buchalter Nemer for legal services in the amount of $15,936.18 •A one-year blanket purchase order with KMK Supply Company for the purchase of various janitorial supplies in the amount of $64,397 •Authorization to pay Western Specialty Contractors for emergency roof and caulking services rendered on the City Hall roof in the amount of $53,659.99 •A lease agreement with the Assembly Committee…
With the economy picking up and the real estate market starting to boom, many of us are caught in a tough spot. Wanting to reach our goal of becoming home owners, only to realize that the price on housing is high and the inventory on affordable housing is low. This is generally referred to as a sellers’ market, which means exactly what it sounds like. All the negotiating power is in the sellers’ hands. This…
The Fabulous Forum has hosted some of the most exciting concerts and awards ceremonies in the country over the last 2 years since its re-opening. This past Saturday night, it hosted one of the slimiest awards shows of all time, the 2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. From the first orange blimp awarded to the final sliming, the fun didn't stop! Some of the highlights from the show included the host of the evening, Blake Shelton's…

Progress Springs Up in Inglewood

Written by Thursday, March 10, 2016
Tuesday’s meeting covered all aspects of a city in the midst of various stages of development: construction projects, grand openings, rising rents and home values. An agreement was amended and another one was newly approved between the City and Pinner Construction Co. The first will amend a prior agreement to allow additional early work construction services in conjunction with the new senior center, to be located at 111 North Locust Street. The second agreement will…
Newly appointed state administrator, Dr. Vincent Matthews, received an overwhelming show of approval at a recent public oversight hearing amid complaints over state control. Matthews is considered highly qualified because he is one of only a few administrators whose work has resulted in a district successfully regaining control after state receivership has taken place. “For local control to happen, we have to have great academics inside of the classrooms, (there) has to be rigorous instruction…

Oh Happy Day!

Written by Thursday, March 03, 2016
Shovels held by members of City staff, developers and advisors of the soon to be state-of- the-art Inglewood Senior Center, broke the ground to commence construction on an empty lot that has laid dormant for far too long. “I’m going to say early, welcome home, because you’re standing on the ground of what will be your new home in a couple of years!” Inglewood Director of Parks, Recreation and Library Services, Sabrina Barnes said.. She…
Tuesday’s council meeting began with a public hearing on the vacation of a portion of Grosvenor Street. There are four properties fronting Grosvenor Street between La Brea Avenue and Beach Avenue. Properties include the California National Guard Armory, Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Undercar Plus (automobile repair shop), and Marvin Engineering. Marvin applied for vacation of public right-of-way because it wants to lease approximately 23,512 square feet to facilitate construction of security enhancements near its industrial…
With the values of homes climbing in the City of Inglewood, many people are excited about having access to equity that we never imagined possible. This new found access to equity is great for residents, especially those who hung in there through the tough times and now get to benefit from the good times ahead. So now that we have this new found wealth, we need to make sure we are protecting it. Many people…

20 Years Of Bright Smiles

Written by Thursday, March 03, 2016
More than half of small businesses, according to the Small Business Administration, survive for five or more years, and about a third of them survive for more than 10 years. As you climb higher and higher, the data showcases that fewer and fewer businesses survive past a decade. However, here in our own backyard, off the corner of Regent and Prairie Avenue, Doris A. Guevara D.D.S Inc. known by patients as "Guevara Family Dentistry," has…
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