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What You Can and Cannot Do in California in 2017

Written by Thursday, December 29, 2016
It’s a new year, so take the time to learn about the new laws that help protect and expand rights of Californians. RIDESHARING SERVICES Background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers: Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft will have to conduct more expansive background checks. Companies are now prohibited from hiring drivers with convictions for violent crimes, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, domestic violence, or sex offenses. Companies found to violate…

10 Financial Resolutions for 2017

Written by Thursday, December 29, 2016
Are you among the millions who resolve to earn, save, or invest more money in 2017? If so, here are some strategies from WalletHub.com to help you get there. Learn how you can raise your credit score, stick to your budget, increase your earnings and more. 1.Thoroughly Review Your Credit Report Thanks to the increased availability of free credit scores, most people have a good sense of their credit standing these days. Too few of…

2016 a Year of Building up Inglewood

Written by Thursday, December 29, 2016
As 2016 comes to a close, we find Inglewood developing into a destination city, which will include the new Rams stadium, a hotel, entertainment venue, housing, retail and office space. It may not be apparent now, amid all the construction going on. But before we know it, Inglewood will be welcoming thousands of visitors to football games at the new stadium. Thousands will be riding to and through Inglewood when the new Metro trains begin operating, with two stops in the city. Families will be moving into new homes in the Hollywood Park Tomorrow complex and at the old Daniel…

2016: The Year That Was. . .

Written by Thursday, December 29, 2016
By Veronica Mackey Shocking and unbelievably long. From exploding cell phones to the reality that there will be a President Trump, 2016 has been everything except boring. We thought the presidential election would never end. Billed as one of the nastiest campaigns in recent history, the Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton contest concluded on Nov. 8. And despite proof that the Russians hacked into the Democrat’s data base to help Trump win, Trump’s own emotional…

Have A Meaningful Christmas This Year

Written by Thursday, December 22, 2016
If I were to ask various people what Christmas means to them, I would most likely get several different answers. Some would say it is all about Jesus being born to become Savior of the world . Others would say it’s about giving gifts, helping the needy, getting together with loved ones and having a festive meal. All of these answers are right. As Christmas approaches, my wish is that you fully appreciate the significance of the holiday, whatever it means to you. We all have good intentions when the holidays come. We want to experience joy with our loved…
Thousands of homeless men, women and children will be welcomed for a hearty Christmas brunch on Christmas morning. Concurrently, The Midnight Mission will host Santa’s Village where thousands of homeless and near-homeless children will be able to select toys of their choice and meet Santa Claus. The brunch will take place on Christmas Day, December 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or until everyone is served, at The Midnight Mission, 601 South San Pedro…

Inglewood a ‘Must-See’ for Holiday Lights

Written by Thursday, December 22, 2016
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the lights, nativity scenes, and Santa and his crew. And Christmas in L.A. wouldn’t be the same without seeing a stunning display of homes all decked out for the holidays. The annual tradition of “light seeing” is back, and there is no shortage of places to go. And even with fake snow (i.e., sheets of cotton) covering the dry lawns, there’s a hint of winter wonderland in the air.…
She didn’t want the ticket. And she bought it at a store where she normally doesn’t shop. But Compton resident Jacqueline Brady wound up with a big prize from a $5 Power 5’s Scratcher ticket she bought at an Inglewood 7-Eleven on Nov. 20, Lottery officials. Brady, 59, won $555,555, though she came close to telling the clerk she didn’t want the ticket. “I almost didn’t buy it,” Brady told Lottery officials in a news…

Lee Daniels Gets His Star

Written by Thursday, December 22, 2016
Acclaimed filmmaker and television producer Lee Daniels has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As co-creator of Fox’s hit drama, “Empire,” Daniels’ work has won Oscar nominations and awards. He received a best director Oscar nomination in 2010 for “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.” Mo’Nique Hicks won an Oscar for best supporting actress in “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire,” and Gabourey Sidibe, who starred in the…
By Veronica Mackey About 35 people from various building trades showed up at City Hall on Dec. 9 to secure employment for the new Inglewood Senior Center Project. The hiring workshop and information event, hosted by lead contractor, Pinner Construction, welcomed potential workers and vendors to learn about the project and current hiring needs. According to Jeff Hauk, project manager, there are openings for skilled workers with experience in concrete, framing, drywall, acoustical ceiling, flooring,…

Inglewood Youth Score Big with Dodgers and Lakers

Written by Thursday, December 15, 2016
While billion-dollar business developments in Inglewood continue to grab the spotlight, other news that has been flying below the radar is the attention being given to our youth. It is time to shine a light on our youngest residents. Recently, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers blessed the City of Inglewood with grants to improve our city parks. The Lakers organization and Jerry Buss family awarded Inglewood an $80,000 grant to resurface basketball courts at both Darby and Rogers Parks. And the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation gave a grant to the City for close to $300,000 for a…

District 2 Toy Drive

Written by Thursday, December 15, 2016
By Anne Cheek La Rose Christmas is such a happy time for families, but there are those who are unable to do all they would like for their children. Many families are struggling and this year is no exception. Councilman Alex Padilla has sponsored an annual District 2 Toy Drive for each of the years he has been in office. The joy he takes in this annual project is evident on his face. He expends…
On Wednesday, the NFL approved a lease deal that could bring the San Diego Chargers to play in Inglewood. Terms of the lease would allow the Chargers to share a yet-to-be-built stadium with the Los Angeles Rams, who recently relocated back to the L.A. area from St. Louis after a 22-year absence. This is a major step toward securing a home stadium for the Chargers in the L.A. market, should they decide to move. The…

When Your Holiday Season Isn’t That Bright…

Written by Thursday, December 08, 2016
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas now that the City’s Christmas tree has been lit at the Forum. Local shopping centers are all decorated with lights and Christmas music can be heard everywhere you go. Signs of the holiday are not hard to find, but at this special time of year, there are those among us who are not feeling the Christmas spirit. For many, 2016 has been an especially hard year, and the pressure to be “merry” only serves to further aggravate their depression. While I always seek to inspire people, I won’t make light of anyone’s…

Sen. Bradford Thanks Supporters After Swearing In

Written by Thursday, December 08, 2016
SACRAMENTO, CA -- After being officially sworn in as the new State Senator for California's 35th District, on Dec. 5, State Senator Steven Bradford released the following statement: "I'd like to express my deepest gratitude to the people of the 35th Senate District who have placed their faith in my efforts to be their voice, their advocate and their champion in Sacramento. Additionally, I am extraordinarily honored by the presence of so many of my…
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