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Pay Raises a Moot Point for Council

Written by Thursday, September 21, 2017
By Veronica Mackey Should Mayor James Butts and members of the Inglewood City Council get pay raises all around? Inglewood realtor Larry Springs thinks so, and made his opinion known for the second consecutive week at Tuesday’s meeting. “We don’t want to lose our star players,” he said. Long time resident Willie Agee agreed: “We want to keep them happy,” he said, and added: “There are 275 people in Washington, D.C. (Members of Congress) who…

Repeal and Replace is Back…Please Die Already

Written by Thursday, September 21, 2017
If you were one of those people like me who thought the GOP’s failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare was dead in the water, think again. It wasn't that long ago that we thought the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act died once and for all in the Senate, but it’s not so. Like a bad penny, the fight to dismantle the legacy of former President Barack Obama just won’t go away. It continues to rise from the ashes with new names and subtle word changes, and hang around like a cold sore. We thought Republicans…

Inglewood 4th Best City to Buy A Car

Written by Thursday, September 21, 2017
In the market for a new car? If you’re in Inglewood, you’ll find the best deals right where you work or live. According to a new study released by Autolist.com, Inglewood ranks 4th among the best cities to purchase a car in California. California is ranked #23 out of 50 states according to the data. The study analyzed hundreds of thousands of California vehicles within the Autolist database that showed Inglewood consumers will save an…
By Steve Finley Two of the most storied professional football programs who have struggled the past decade will get together tonight (Thursday) in Santa Clara for a very important NFC Western Division game when the 1-1 Los Angeles Rams battle the 0-2 San Francisco 49ers. Kickoff is set for 5:25 p.m. Both teams will feature young rookie coaches hired to turn their franchises around. Sean McVay of the Rams and Kyle Shanahan of the 49ers…
PATH Villas Eucalyptus is an affordable housing community in Inglewood On Wednesday morning, PATH Ventures celebrated the groundbreaking of PATH Villas Eucalyptus, an affordable housing community in Inglewood. The development of PATH Villas Eucalyptus directly addresses Los Angeles’ countywide shortage in affordable housing. James T. Butts, Mayor of Inglewood, was on site to celebrate the groundbreaking. “Seniors are our most vulnerable residents and I am proud that the City of Inglewood is doing its part…

An Earthquake Here, A Hurricane There

Written by Thursday, September 21, 2017
With the occurrence of 4 hurricanes and 2 earthquakes within just 3 weeks, it appears that “Hell hath no fury like September!” Weather experts and disaster recovery teams have been working around the clock since Harvey touched down in Texas and Louisiana on August 25. Harvey let out its full fury for 4 days. The Category 5 hurricane claimed $160B in damages. Those affected in the region were still recovering from the massive damage when…
By Veronica Mackey On Tuesday, councilmen from all 4 Inglewood districts approved a number of items on the agenda. Mayor James Butts was away in Sacramento, and Councilman Eloy Morales served as Mayor Pro Tem. The meeting began with a public hearing to consider an ordinance that would amend the Inglewood Municipal Code, and establish permit parking. The council heard public comments in favor and against permit parking on 97th-99th streets, between La Brea Avenue…
By Veronica Mackey There is nothing like a shared crisis to bring people together, and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are living proof. Neighbors helped neighbors. State and federal officials worked tirelessly to rescue people and bring them to safety. Agencies brought in plane and truck loads of food and emergency supplies. These natural disasters brought out the best in people. But they also brought out the worst. You’d think with so many human lives at…

Top 5 Ways 9/11 has Changed America

Written by Thursday, September 14, 2017
By Veronica Mackey It’s been 16 years since the event occurred that would change the course of America and the world forever. The devastating terrorist attacks on America—which claimed over 3,000 lives, and caught us unaware—was so horrific that words used to describe the myriad of events on that fateful date remain inadequate. It is known simply by its date—9/11. Since radical Islamic terrorists waged war on America, steps toward heightening national security have taken…

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month!

Written by Thursday, September 14, 2017
For the next month, from September 15 through October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month will be celebrated across America. This national observance recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the group's heritage and culture. Like Black History Month, it began as a week and was later extended to a month. Hispanic Heritage Week was sponsored by Rep. Edward R. Roybal (D-Los Angeles), and first proclaimed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. Rep. Esteban E. Torres (D-Pico Rivera) wrote a bill expanding the observance to a full month, which was signed by President Ronald Reagan 20 years later in 1988.…

Mayor Butts Lobbies for Senate Bill 789

Written by Thursday, September 14, 2017
By Veronica Mackey Tuesday\s council meeting drew a packed house, filled with people opposed to Senate Bill 789. The bill, now being considered in the State Capitol, would limit the environmental review process by the California Environmental Quality Act (SEQA) on all transit projects for the proposed L.A. Clippers arena in Inglewood and the 2028 L.A. Olympics. Inglewood’s new NFL stadium (under construction) will host the opening and closing Olympic ceremonies. SB 789 was authored…

La Tuna Fire 30 Percent Contained

Written by Thursday, September 07, 2017
The massive hurricane in Texas, and another one about to touch down in Florida are said to be among the most devastating in U.S. history. Now, more than 1,000 firefighters are battling one of the largest brush fires ever in California. The La Tuna Canyon fire, which began last Friday, is currently burning in the Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga and Burbank areas, and is believed to be one of the largest blazes in terms of acreage…
On Tuesday, both houses of the California legislature passed a resolution that will immortalize former President Barack Obama. A portion of the Ventura Freeway (134), between the Glendale (2) and Foothill (210) freeways will be named the President Barack H. Obama Freeway. The dedicated portion of the highway is the same stretch Obama drove from his apartment in Pasadena when he attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock from 1979 to 1981. He would later move…

Growing a City

Written by Thursday, September 07, 2017
By Veronica Mackey The agenda was light at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, and was reflected in the low turnout. The council voted to adopt the Amended Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Salary Ordinance to include the Inglewood Police Officers Association negotiated salary increases. The ordinance was introduced August 22, 2017. During final public comments, long time resident Ray Davis noted how developers are now making good use of vacant properties. “I was on Hazel Street and I…
State lawmakers introduced a bill last week to limit the environmental review process by the California Environmental Quality Act on all rail, bus and related transit projects for the 2028 L.A. Olympics and the proposed L.A. Clippers arena in Inglewood. The bill would exempt CEQA, the state’s primary environmental law, governing development. The law, known as CEQA, requires developers to disclose and minimize a project’s impact on the environment, often a time-consuming and costly process…
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