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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…

Lee Baca Found Guilty of Corruption Charges

Written by Thursday, March 16, 2017
On Wednesday, jurors convicted fallen Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca of obstructing a federal investigation into abuses in county jails and lying to cover it up. According to prosecutors, Baca became furious after learning about the FBIs covert scheme to investigate allegations of inmate and visitor abuse. Jurors convicted Baca of three felonies: obstruction of justice, conspiracy and making false statements to federal investigators. A national law enforcement figure, Baca led the sheriff’s department…

‘No Evidence’ Found of Obama Wiretapping

Written by Thursday, March 16, 2017
President Donald Trump’s allegations that he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama during the 2016 presidential campaign has, so far, proven false. Since Trump tweeted this as a fact on March 4, the FBI and top Congressional officials have been scrambling to uncover evidence. Whether real or imagined, Trump’s accusation has alarmed intelligence leaders on both sides. However, the bipartisan consensus is that “there is no basis for that claim whatsoever.” “We don’t have any…

‘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…
It’s no secret that black men are skilled athletes. While some may call it a stereotype, it is no less true. Significant achievements of black men in sports conform to the notion that they are naturally bigger, tougher and stronger. But the same thing that may give black men respect on the football field is met with fear on the street. Unfortunately, according to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the world views black men as physically taller, heavier and stronger (and therefore more threatening) than white men even when the facts prove otherwise. These…

Persevere

Written by Thursday, March 09, 2017
On Wednesday, I was invited to tour the new and improved Centinela Hospital. A lot of positive changes have occurred since the hospital changed ownership, and this expansion is just one of them. Today, Centinela Hospital has a reputation for being one of the highest-rated health facilities in the area. Residents can be proud to claim the hospital as belonging to our city. In the 90s, residents had three nearby hospitals to go to: Centinela and Daniel Freeman in Inglewood, and Robert F. Kennedy in Hawthorne. The latter two were closed years ago, much to everyone’s disappointment. And while another…
Part of $100 Million Renovation Effort Hospital executives, elected officials and other community stakeholders attended a private ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday at Centinela Hospital, 555 E. Hardy Street. The event was held to showcase its newly expanded Emergency Room (ER), as part of a larger effort underway. Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. City discussed the hospital against the backdrop of Inglewood’s current revitalization efforts. Centinela Hospital Chief Executive Officer Linda Bradley discussed the hospital’s…
While GOP leaders are pushing to roll out the new alternative to the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare by Easter, Democrats and some Republicans are saying “not so fast.” Critics say the Republican-sponsored healthcare bill, known as the American Health Care Act, would leave millions of lower income individuals without coverage. Currently, 20 million people have health coverage under Obamacare. About 1.2 million are enrolled in California. Subsidies from the federal government are used to…

Dr. Ben Carson, Brilliant Idiot

Written by Thursday, March 09, 2017
By Veronica Mackey “He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. As a pioneer in neurosurgery, Carson's achievements include performing the only successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head, pioneering the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, performing the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins…”--Wikipedia This abbreviated biography of Dr. Ben…

LA Charter High School #1 Opening This Year

Written by Thursday, March 09, 2017
By Angel Johnson The Los Angeles Promise Fund announced it will open a new film and television academy. LA Charter High School #1 is set to open in South Los Angeles for the 2017-2018 school year. “The LA Promise Charter High School hopes to become a place of high quality education with strong community partnerships,” Qiana O’Leary, principal of the school said. Founders were inspired to create a film based school to help get Millennials…

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…

Johnson Wins Gardena Mayor’s Race

Written by Thursday, March 09, 2017
Replaces Former Mayor Paul Tanaka, Now in Prison Municipal Elections were held on Tuesday in Los Angeles and in a few South Bay cities. Here is how our neighbors voted on some of the races and measures: City of Los Angeles: It was an easy night for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, winning 80 percent of the votes over his nearest rival Mitchell Schwartz, a distant second with 8.22 percent. Garcetti raked in more than $3.8…
On April 4, 2017, Inglewood voters will elect or re-elect council representatives for the 1st and 2nd Districts. Seats 1, 2, and 3 also need to be filled in the school advisory board race. Here’s a sneak peek at the ballot: In Council District 1, incumbent George W. Dotson is running against retired graphic artist Leroy N. Fisher and community advocate Maxine Toler. Information could not be found on Hugo Ramirez, also in the District…

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…
By Veronica Mackey Mayor James Butts and members of the Inglewood City Council heard loudly and clearly from fellow residents demanding answers in the shooting deaths of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin. The packed council chambers were filled with friends, relatives and activists who say the Inglewood Police Department has been mum about details of the shootings which occurred Feb. 21, 2016, on Manchester Blvd. and Inglewood Ave. According to sources, 20 shots were fired…
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