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By Veronica Mackey

 

A small group of Trump supporters tested the mettle of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Inglewood) last Saturday and got run out of the building.  The fiery, 78 year-old Congresswoman, whom Millennials refer to as “Auntie Maxine, ” shut down the hecklers while simultaneously informing constituents about serious issues facing lawmakers in Washington.

 

Foes and supporters piled into the Inglewood High School auditorium for a town hall meeting held at Inglewood High School, 231 S. Grevillea Avenue.  Among them were folks carrying racist posters and signs that read “Impeach Maxine Waters.”  Beloved by most in her 43rd  District, Waters supporters cheered loudly every time she was interrupted by a Trump supporter.  She had plenty of back up, but did fine by herself shutting down disrupters who apparently did not know where they were.

 

"For those who thought they could come here and interrupt, they're in Inglewood.  They can't do that in Inglewood,” Waters said as police rushed in to escort a Trump supporter out of the building. 

 

Not one to mince words, Waters has been quite vocal about her dislike and lack of respect for the 45th president.  When asked if she was going to attend his inauguration in January, she said, “I wouldn’t waste my time.”  During the Tax March in Washington, Waters vowed to “fight every day until Trump is impeached.”

 

Conversely, Trump supporters called for Waters’ impeachment, with signs posted around the high school, which were quickly taken down.  Police removed several Trump supporters from the auditorium both before and during the meeting.

 

The budding love affair between Waters and her Millennial fans developed recently, beginning with her protest of Trump’s inauguration.  Young folks respect her toughness and willingness to stand up to those in power.  Water’s quotes are often re-tweeted, and she has been the subject of recent interviews that target younger audiences like Teen Vogue, Jet, Elle, and millennial-focused news sites like Mic and BuzzFeed.

 

She said in an interview:  “It’s unusual for elected officials to step outside of the box  … “The Millennials keep telling me for the most part they’ve never heard someone talk like that before.” 

 

As the longest-serving black woman in the House, Waters has achieved icon-level status as the “go-to” person whenever injustice—particularly racial injustice—occurs.  Her advocacy work continues to inspire a whole new generation today.“

 

“Donald Trump, I’m coming for you!” Waters shouted. “In this business you expect there are people who disagree with you or even hate you. I put everything on the line, I’m going for it [because] I cannot suffer him. I’m so offended by him and the way he’s conducted himself, the way he disrespects people and to add insult to injury, he doesn’t respect the government, he doesn’t know anything about it.” 

 

Harridge Development Group intends to build 228 townhomes on an 18-acre site a mile from the Los Angeles Rams’ planned stadium.

 

Harridge Development Group plans to build 228 townhomes on the 18-acre site which formerly housed Daniel Freeman Hospital, at 333 S. Prairie Ave.  The Miracle Mile-based company purchased the property for $38 million from Shopoff Realty Investments of Irvine, which bought the site in 2013.  Shopoff originally entitled the property for 310 units.  

 

Harridge is on the fast track to build the new homes, located just a mile from the planned NFL stadium, under construction in Inglewood, by the time the stadium opens in 2019.

 

David Schwartzman, Harridge’s chief executive, said the company plans to begin demolition in the next few weeks on the pricey homes that will sell from the mid-$800,000s to low $900,000s.  The deal was announced last week by broker, The Hoffman Company, which said the new tract of homes will be called Grace Park.  

 

Hoffman also said the new homes would appeal to “Los Angeles County’s highly educated tech workers,” as “Google, Facebook, Snapchat and Uber are among the many tech-oriented companies nearby.”

 

“It could be the next Playa Vista, with everything going on there. We like to be in front of the trend,” Schwartzman said.

 

Can We Say the I-Word Yet?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ever since Trump was inaugurated as president in January, political foes have been waiting for his demise. Resistance rose to a new high, stirred in part by disgruntled Hillary Clinton voters.  The most immediate proof was the thousands of women’s and anti-Trump rallies that took place the day after President No. 45 was sworn in.  Some occurred the day after the election.

 

It didn’t take long, though, for Trump to become his own worst enemy. First there was the failed travel ban on Muslim countries, and hiccups in the healthcare plan.  Now, in office barely 4 months, Trump is at the center of what could be his ultimate undoing—allegations that he asked former FBI Director James Comey to stop the investigation of Michael Flynn.  

 

The former national security advisor misled the public and top White House officials about his communications with a Russian ambassador regarding sanctions

 

Lawmakers—and not just the Democrats—are starting to say the I-Word (impeachment) around Washington.  So far, only one Republican has been bold enough to publicly suggest that impeachment might be in order.  

 

According to The Hill, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said on Wednesday if the reports about Trump's pressure on Comey are true, it would merit impeachment.

 

Amash spoke a day after The New York Times reported that Trump tried to pressure Comey.  According to a memo written by Comey after the February meeting, the president said, "I hope you can let this go.”

 

When you put this information together with the fact that last week Trump fired Comey, who was investigating whether Russians interfered with the outcome of the presidential election—the president’s intent raises more than a few eyebrows.  What exactly is the Trump administration up to? 

 

Amash also said he trusts Comey’s word more than Trump’s.  "I think it's pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey," he told a reporter.

 

In a CNN interview with Don Lemon, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) compared Trump allegedly pressuring Comey to drop the Flynn investigation to the obstruction of justice cases that led to impeachment proceedings for former presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. 

 

With Comey out of the way, most Republicans want the hearings on Russia and the Trump campaign to be conducted by members of Congress. But Dems are calling for an independent commission.

 

Both sides say they want Comey to testify about any private conversations he had with the president.  

 

Seeing how the Trump administration is already unraveling, it’s not hard to predict his future.  All the corruption, collusion and outright lies are about to spontaneously combust.  It’s time to say the I-word.  Yes, it’s just a matter of time.

 

A common complaint that I hear from older people is that younger parents are not taking enough time with their kids.  They point out that Millennials are growing up without a sense of connection to family—that technology has taken over their lives to the point that they lack basic social skills.

 

I agree that this is true to a certain extent, but the question is always, “what are we going to do about it.”  

 

With Mother’s Day weekend upon us, I think this is the perfect time to come together and support our mothers.  Remember, parenting doesn’t come with a manual.  

 

Despite what may appear to be a lack of respect or courtesy from kids today, I’ve met some pretty remarkable young mothers who take parenting very seriously—mothers who teach their kids to be courteous to adults, to say please, excuse me and thank you.

 

I’ve met young mothers and fathers who show up to teacher conferences and make sure their kids do their homework.  So, the next time you find yourself criticizing a young mother, stop and see what you can do to help. Maybe she’s tired or stressed, or feeling overwhelmed by responsibility. Maybe she isn’t aware that her kids are on a slippery slope. If you are an experienced parent, it is easier for you to see the fork in the road, where a child is about to go down the wrong path.

 

This Mother’s Day, you can put a smile on a young mother’s face by praising their effort. Mothering (and fathering) can be a thankless job at times, and every parent needs to hear what they are doing right.  You may want to write them a note, letting them know how great their kids are because of their effort.  This can go a long way on those days when there is fear and uncertainty about their parenting.

 

It truly does take a village to raise a child.  But families are often spread across the country.  Many kids don’t have the personal, face-to-face support of a grandparent.  That’s where an older, wiser, loving parent—blood-related or not—comes in. 

 

Inglewood Today wishes all mothers and mother figures—especially the new and young mothers—a very Happy Mother’s Day. 

 

By Veronica Mackey

 

The Inglewood council meeting on Tuesday was adjourned early after a young man at the podium refused to leave when his time was up.  

 

The man was one of several activists who have been showing up regularly since the one year anniversary of the shooting deaths of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin by Inglewood police. The group is demanding answers that Mayor James Butts said he cannot give, as his office has no control over the investigation.  

 

Two investigations are being conducted—one internal probe by Inglewood police and another by the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office. The couple was shot and killed on February 21, 2016.

 

A woman was almost ejected at the meeting for disruptive conduct, but the mayor allowed her to stay.  Supporters brought flyers showing photos of the young couple, and demanded justice.  They sat, holding a flyer in each hand.

 

Council members voted in favor of paying the City’s bills, covering expenditures for the police department, real estate and street construction.  Two resolutions were passed, authorizing rewards for information leading to the identification, apprehension, and conviction of the persons responsible for the deaths of Christopher Moreland and Keshone Fredericks.

 

A public hearing was set for May 23 at 2pm to receive input on regulation and control of Backflow and Cross-Connections to the City’s Water System.

 

After the council took care of City business, Treasurer Wanda Brown gave the public news about the world of banking, including the fact that 5 banks have failed so far this year. One has a billion dollars in assets.

 

During open comments, a man asked Brown what she has been doing to help others in the community.  What is she doing to insure the success of future generations being financially literate?

 

Brown mentioned her internship program, which has been in existence for 12 years, financial literacy workshops for the past 4 years, and free tax preparation offered to seniors for the past 3 years.

 

The man continued to speak and the sergeant-of-arms approached him to.  “Don’t touch me!” he yelled.  At this point, the mayor abruptly stood up and announced the meeting was adjourned.  He left the room and other council members followed.  

 

The man and other supporters of Michael and Sandlin stayed in the chambers to discuss the couple and what had just happened. He led others in a chant:  

 

“Say her name.”

 

“Kisha Michael.”

 

He defended his conduct at the podium while others filmed him on their cellphones.

 

Police—eight of them—entered the chamber and formed a human barrier in front of the public seating area.  “I’m not afraid of you,” he told them.  The woman who almost got ejected held up flyers and said, “These are the people you killed.”

 

 

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