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The Inglewood Area-Airport Chamber of Commerce hosted its 20th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the California Country Club in the City of Industry. The golf tournament is one of the larger fundraising efforts by the chamber; all proceeds go toward the Inglewood Chamber Scholarship Fund for college-bound high school students from Inglewood. “One of the goals of the Chamber is to build the scholarship program to be able to give more students the opportunity to attend college” said Erick Holly, Inglewood Area-Airport Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director.

 

With twenty teams competing, Inglewood Today Publisher Willie Brown’s team not only won first place, but also won longest drive and the putting contest. Avid golfer, Councilman George Dotson participated in the tournament as well, giving strong competition to Willie Brown’s team. Other participating teams represented Madison Square Garden, Water and Power Credit Union, Republic Services, The Robert Group, WBSA Architects, Time Warner Cable Business and Centinela Hospital.

 

Gold Sponsors included Centinela Hospital, Time Warner Cable Business, Sodexo, Abbott Construction; Silver sponsors include Automac Parking Inc. and The Forum; Bronze Sponsors included WBSA Architects and Inglewood Today. Erick Holly, Inglewood Chamber Executive Director wanted to “Thank everyone that was able to participate and support the Chambers 20th Annual Golf Tournament. We look forward to seeing you next year!”

 

We Must Protect Our Voting Rights

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Voting rights has gone through a series of twists and turns—from no rights to conditional rights to full rights and now restricted rights.  Last year, Voting Rights took a severe step backward when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that certain states prone to discriminate no longer needed federal clearance before changing voting laws.

 

States have been slowly working to erode the law, introducing new Voter ID laws that make it hard for minorities, women, young and old voters.  Some of the new policies require a person to pay for a birth certificate.  Depending on the county, this requirement can be both expensive and inconvenient to voters. 

 

There are some things that should not be messed with, and voting rights is one of them.  Forty-nine years ago, on August 6, 1965.  President Lyndon Baines Johnson, signed the historic legislation giving Americans the right to vote without denial, harassment or threats of violence.  The law was clear—one person, one vote, one voice.  Period.

 

Although the language does not specifically apply to Black Americans, this population was being singled out as targets at the voting polls.  In order to vote like whites, black people had to pay poll tax, pass literacy tests, guess the number of bubbles in a bar of soap or the amount of jelly beans in a jar, or other ridiculous tricks. It was another version of the “separate-and-unequal” Jim Crow laws which made every exception under the sun when it came granting equal rights to people of color.

 

When poll workers weren’t keeping minority voters away with gimmicks, some physically prevented them from casting votes.  They used threats, intimidation and even physical violence to stop them.


For those who say votes don’t count, ask yourself why authorities put so much energy into stopping people from voting.  If votes don’t matter, why were people injured and even killed trying to obtain this very basic human right?  Election officials understood the power behind voting.  They understood what could be done in a democratic society and feared not getting their way.

 

With election season fast approaching, we must not act nonchalant about one of our most important rights.  There are some who would love nothing more than to reverse the clock back to the days of poll taxes.  However discouraged you may be about voting, at least you have the right.  This has to be better than not being allowed to come to the table. 

 

When you look around, you will see there are some people you wanted in office who were voted in.  There are some laws that you like and feel benefits your city or state.  Someone voted for the world in which you find yourself.  And if you don’t like it, you can help change it with your vote.

 

Voting rights is one of the fairest, most fundamental rights we have, and it is your right to protect it. 

 

 

 

 

 

I Am My Brother’s Keeper

Thursday, August 07, 2014

By Thomas Bunn

 

For the last 5 weeks at our beloved Roger’s Park, a powerful amalgamation of bright, effervescent youth, from at-risk communities throughout Los Angeles, received the chance of a lifetime. After demonstrating leadership qualities, and an interest in both health awareness, 15 young men were hand selected and provided an opportunity to become advocates of health in their communities. They were given the opportunity to be part of the 2014 SJLI Urban Health Fellowship.

 

The Urban Health Fellowship is a 5-week hands-on preventative health program and internship, focused on achieving optimal health, preventing chronic disease and exposing high school male students to careers in the health field.

 

How will your participation further your personal and professional goals? What makes you a leader? Why should we select you for this program? These are the types of questions asked to a host of high school males ages 14-19.

 

Health Equity Programs Director Derek Steele said, “We conducted community outreach about the 2014 Urban Health Fellowship this past spring and received applications from all over LA county. This program is for every young man, system involved or not, with GPA’s from 0.9 to 4.0. Everyone deserves an opportunity.”

 

Anyone in their right mind would ask, well, how in the world does anyone plan to control 15 boys with different personalities, and backgrounds in one space, for four hours everyday? Being part of the fellowship meant that the students had to be committed not only to the program, but to their fellow brothers. Tardiness was enforced with push-ups and sit-ups, emphasizing that lateness is not accepted in any of the respected fields the boys chose as a career path. However, push-ups and sit-ups were just a small portion of the exercise required for the young men to perform everyday.

 

The program worked in collaboration with local fitness studio Branded Body Fitness run by Brandy Randolph who had the boys perform fitness tests during Week 1 and tracked their improvements as the weeks progressed.

 

Everyday the Urban Health Fellows were privileged with an in-house chef who prepared simple, healthy, and delicious meals for them, using fresh ingredients, and providing an open discussion about the role each ingredient plays in the body.

 

Academic Support Coordinator, Molly Katz said, “They didn’t only learn how to become a doctor or nurse, they received hands on experience in EMT training, and in the blood transfusion, microbiology, and pathology labs at UCLA. These are opportunities that they can take advantage of out of high school…”

 

The fellows culminated the 5-week program at Roger’s Park August 1, 2014 with presentations on “Careers in the Medical Industry”, and “Chronic Diseases in Urban Communities” in front of family, friends, and community members. The students presented a PSA they wrote, produced, and directed, that gave the audience a few laughs while making the case for the importance of living healthy lifestyles.

 

Urban Health Fellow, Lee Greenwood said, “It was very insightful and a great investment to everyone who learned. I think one day when I’m older I can save someone’s life.”

 

“I’ve gotten to know and meet so many new people. I feel like I have gained independence in my own life. Even though I get tired of bussing here and home, I like coming to this and I know it will help me in my future to become a doctor,” Brandon Ball said.

 

“I thought about all the things we did in the past month. I think this program has given me positive things to do with my life and time and I really appreciate everyone that attended it,” said Bryant Glover.

 

As part of the support staff for the 5-week fellowship, I witnessed a change in the young men as they walked off the stage, as 2014 Urban Health Fellows. All the push-ups, sit ups, community assessments, Heimlich thrusts during CPR training, professional development courses, and conversations about solutions to problems in our community, coalesced into an experience that these young men will treasure for the rest of their lives.

 

At the end of each day, a fellow would volunteer to lead the group in closing out the session by chanting, “Brotherhood!” On the last day of the program, that volume increased, the passion spewed, family and friends drew their attention to the boys, and the fellows erupted into the loudest, proudest, and vehement response, of the 5 weeks, “We stand together.”

 

 

 

The Value of Security

Thursday, August 07, 2014

By Veronica Mackey

 

The City of Inglewood is getting ready for MTVs “Video Music Award” Show, at the Forum on August 24.  But everyone is not on board about hiring additional police.

 

A request was made by Inglewood Police for an additional $25,000 to supplement law enforcement officers with members of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept., which led to some discussion.

 

Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta explained:

 

“This proposal is to augment assets we would need to appropriately provide a safe environment

 

Inglewood personnel resources would be the primary resources on the ground,” he said.  Funds would come from savings of vacant police positions which are not expected to be filled by the end of this fiscal year.

 

“This is to bring in resources that we do not have at our disposal that the Sheriff’s Dept. does have. This is our choice to provide this additional layer of security,” said Mayor James Butts.

 

The council voted unanimously to approve:

 

  • An agreement for professional services and assistance with accounting processes, procedures, and accounting analysis work with SMF Consulting.
  • An amendment to the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 budget to transfer funds in the amount of $821,000 from the General Fund Reserve Account to the Worker’s Compensation Appropriation Account.
  • An agreement with Leverage Information Systems to install and maintain additional surveillance cameras in the Downtown area (near the MTA Bus Facility), Siminski Park, and the area surrounding the Forum.  It will be paid for by grant funds in the amount of $308,674.
  • A contract to HKA Elevator Consulting Inc., to provide professional elevator design services to the Public Works Department in the amount of $35,000, plus a 20% contingency fee in the amount of $7,000.
  • A three-year annual cooperative purchase agreement with HD Supply Waterworks, for the purchase of water system operation and maintenance supplies in the annual amount of $65,000.
  • An agreement for the purchase of LaserficheRio document management software license and support services from American MicroImaging, Inc.for a new records management systemin the amount of $149,796.
  • The council also approved an ordinance modifying regulations for live-work units.

 

Michael Benbow wants more programs to help homeless men.  “Many funds come up for homeless women, but what about the men?  The VA is ignoring them, the cities are ignoring them.  They are not getting the jobs…We need to look for solutions to qualifying men for (homeless) programs,” he said.

 

A retired L.A. Unified School District employee wants to know how to get more wheelchair ramps constructed for sidewalks.

 

Another man is trying to get contract work with the city.  “You need to have some of the people from Inglewood bidding on the jobs,” he said.   “I need some employment.”

 

Park and Recreation Commissioner Willie Agee said people need to be better informed about what is going on in Inglewood.  He recalled a conversation he had with a server at a Beverly Hills restaurant who knew more about the city’s progress than people who live in Inglewood.  “Inglewood, start reading! Start supporting your people!” Agee said.

 

Throughout the meeting, public comments were hurled against the leadership about the city’s financial shape, and how the city is being run.  One man has said Inglewood is as much as $1 billion in debt.  Another claimed the city paid a secretary $100,000.  A woman said the deal that the City made to bring the Forum to Inglewood is not benefitting residents.

 

Long time resident Stuart Bailey said some people are attached to elected leaders in the past and it clouds their vision.  “We still think that (former Inglewood Mayor) Dorn is here.  Let it go!  Dorn was a good man, but we have to move forward.  We have to respect the views of the future.”

 

The council fired back during closing remarks:

 

“This city is on the move whether you are with us or not.  I clearly want to stress that the Forum would not have been purchased had we not approved our mayor to be our spokesperson.  The Hollywood Park project would not happen.  MTV would not even have considered Inglewood  in the past,” said Councilman Ralph Franklin.

 

Councilman Alex Padilla was given extra time to address council critics:

 

If you wanna lead by example…be real about it.  Don’t just come here and talk nonsense.  Let’s set the record straight.  Don’t say we’re in a crisis and we’re about to fall apart like you’re the authority. You’re not, you’re not.

 

“We hired a new company for parking enforcement, and you talk about they’re writing tickets.  Well guess what?  That’s what they do.”

 

Councilman George Dotson gave a shout-out to Public Works Director Louis Atwell and “all the guys I see on the street.”  He praised their quick response time.

 

Councilman Eloy Morales discussed the new cameras and additional law enforcement for the MTV show: 

 

“You’ve been asking for cameras for many years.  We never had the resources to do it.  We’re about to put (them) up in 3 locations.  One of those areas is Siminsky Park, which has been a (challenge) to police.  The VMA (Video Music Awards) being here is amazing.  We want to put our best foot forward, we’re looking forward to having this type of event year after year.”

 

Mayor Butts addressed the myriad of complaints, answered questions and set the record straight about erroneous comments:

 

“The highest classification is executive secretary and that’s the top step of $61,000 and we have none currently funded in our budget. Curb cut projects will be going on for about 10 years. The VMA will be the largest bill anyone’s paid for a single event. We’re not going to take any chances (on security).  We will make much more than $25,000 for this event, so we are investing in our city as you would want us to.

 

“People look at this meeting and they need to know we’re not $1 billion in debt.  I feel foolish even addressing it.  We heard for years we need cameras in the parks.  Now we hear complaints when we are doing what people asked for.”

 

The meeting was closed in honor of community advocate Brenda Marsh-Mitchell who died of a heart attack over the weekend.  She was a close associate of Los Angeles Sentinel Publisher Danny Bakewell and credited with organizing the annual “Taste of Soul” event.

Hollywood Park Update

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Hollywood Park hosted its monthly meeting on July 31st to brief the community on the latest developments on the project. Representatives from Hollywood Park, Turner Construction and the City provided a presentation that outlined the current schedule, upcoming activities which include required environmental remediation, grading and other steps needed before the installation of infrastructure such as streets, utilities, landscaping and parks.

 

 

If you would like to sign-up for updates, please visit hollywoodparklife.com.

 

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