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Christmas Tree Lighting Returns to Forum

Written by Thursday, December 08, 2016
It was a frosty night at the Forum on Dec. 1, but not nearly cold enough to keep the 5,000 or more visitors from coming out to officially welcome the Christmas season to Inglewood. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting drew the largest crowd ever to partake in the festivities. The original tree, which stood around 50 feet, had to be replaced when it was damaged by a storm. But folks didn’t seem to mind that…

Three Inglewood Families Become New Homeowners

Written by Thursday, December 08, 2016
On December 2, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) celebrated the completion of the Thriving Heights community and its three new homeowners in Inglewood. The “Home for the Holidays” dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting was held at 573 Hyde Park Place, where donors, volunteers and Habitat LA staff welcomed the families. Construction began on Veterans Day 2015, with more than 100 corporate, active military and veteran volunteers. Tamara Lindsay, one of the…
By Veronica Mackey The Inglewood City Council adopted a resolution ordering the vacation of street easement segments of Redondo Boulevard, Cable Place and a portion of Florence Avenue. The street closures are necessary to make way for the Metro trains, which will run from the Crenshaw District to LAX. There will be two train stations in Inglewood. There were some complaints about residents not having street access while others saw the closures as a necessary…

Rising Values Make Inglewood Homes More Attractive

Written by Thursday, December 01, 2016
By Veronica Mackey The Inglewood City Council held its first Tuesday meeting after the Thanksgiving break. An 18-month contract of up to $300,000 was approved between the City of Inglewood and the Robert Group to prepare Traffic and Neighborhood Management Plans and a Strategic Funding Plan. The council also approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority to lend the Inglewood Police Department 17 portable radios at no cost. A…

Snoop Returns for Annual Turkey Giveaway

Written by Thursday, November 24, 2016
It has become a Thanksgiving tradition in Inglewood. Rapper and actor Snoop Dogg made his annual appearance at the Forum on Monday to help Mayor James Butts, other city officials and volunteers hand out turkeys and other food items to families in need. Thousands received frozen turkeys and everything else needed to make their Thanksgiving dinners festive and joyous. This is Snoop’s third time participating at the Forum event. A native of Long Beach, Snoop…

Free Veterans Day Films at Inglewood Library

Written by Thursday, November 10, 2016
The Inglewood Public Library will present free screenings of two Veterans Day-themed films on Saturday, Nov. 12th in the Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall. The first film screens at noon. It exposes a year in Afghanistan embedded with the Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army in the Korangal Valley. The 2nd Platoon is depicted defending the outpost (OP) named after a platoon medic who…

My Day as a Poll Worker

Written by Thursday, November 10, 2016
By Veronica Mackey It’s 6am and a group of sleepy but cheerful folks are mulling around First Lutheran Church in Culver City. I am one of several there to help people cast their votes. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do—a thing to check off my bucket list. This year, though, I must admit I was more than a little concerned—not about Donald Trump’s assertion that the voting process was “rigged,” but about voter suppression.…
By Thomas Bunn Last week the conversation at City Council was over extending parking permits. This week, the Permits and Licenses Committee along with City staff held a public hearing to consider the P&L Committee’s denial of a business license renewal request from Los Dos Hermanos to operate music boxes, as well as their request for the operation of a billiard room. Deputy City Manager, Ms. Yakema Decatur provided a staff report on the matter,…

Self-Employment Mortgages Are Much Simpler

Written by Thursday, October 27, 2016
By Glenda Brass, MBA For the 14 million self-employed borrowers nationwide, it's getting easier to get approved for a mortgage. Recently, Fannie Mae issued new loan guidelines related to self-employment income. Some of the highlights include a documentation reduction from two years of federal income tax returns to one, in certain cases; and, a new income calculation for business owners with little or no history of distributions. The new loan guidelines are also friendlier toward…

Parking Permits Extended in Inglewood

Written by Thursday, October 27, 2016
Last week, traffic concerns dominated the Inglewood Council meeting. On Tuesday, attention was focused on parking. A public hearing was held to consider amending the Inglewood Municipal Code to provide permit parking on Glasgow Avenue (from 350 feet north of Hillcrest Blvd. to Spruce Avenue), Spruce Avenue (from Hindry Avenue to Glasgow Avenue) and on Hillcrest Blvd. (from Hindry Avenue to Glasgow Avenue). The council approved permits for businesses in these areas to allow employees…

Traffic: The Price of Progress

Written by Thursday, October 20, 2016
By Veronica Mackey It was a packed house at the council meeting on Tuesday. Residents and other stakeholders gave comments during a public hearing about the future of Downtown Inglewood and Fairview Heights, and the impact of traffic on the city. City staff and consultants presented plans and designs illustrating what the “new” Downtown Inglewood will look like. Taking into consideration the 2 train stations currently being constructed, an ordinance was introduced to amend the…

Inglewood Gets a Bond Rating Upgrade

Written by Thursday, October 13, 2016
Moody's Investors Service has upgraded the City of Inglewood’s Lease Revenue Bonds Series 2012 from Baa1 to A2. This is Inglewood’s second upgrade of lease revenue bonds. In February 2015, Moody’s upgraded both the City's lease revenue bonds and pension obligation bonds from Baa2 to Baa1. Moody’s noted, “The rating upgrade incorporates the city's ongoing steps toward fiscal balance, most significant of which has included expenditure cuts, staff downsizing, and controlling unfunded liabilities. The large…

Council Waits for No One

Written by Thursday, October 13, 2016
By Veronica Mackey Tuesday’s council meeting was so brief that several would-be attendees missed it. There was only one working elevator in the building, which made ascension to the 9th floor painfully slow. By the time the stranded ones arrived around 2:15, lights were out in the chamber and those in the meeting were leaving. Advice: arrive early! This is what the council approved: •Amendment to an agreement for legal advice, guidance and representation. The…

Public Hears Update on Inglewood Water System

Written by Thursday, October 06, 2016
By Veronica Mackey The Inglewood City Council welcomed the first meeting of the new fiscal year with a presentation on the status of Inglewood’s water supply and conservation efforts. An engineering consultant hired by the City described how Inglewood fares within the State of California. California just ended its fifth straight year of a severe drought and no one knows when it will end. The State has mandated that cities reduce water use by 20%…

The Real Estate Market IS Getting Stronger

Written by Thursday, October 06, 2016
By Glenda Brass, MBA Whenever there is talk about an improving housing market, some begin to show concern that we may be headed toward another housing bubble that will be followed by a crash similar to the one we saw last decade. I actually am not convinced that this is the case and here are some data points that I believe show the housing market will continue to recover, and that a new housing crisis…
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