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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 of Black Lives Matter and wanted more accountability from the police department

 

A priest at Holy Faith Episcopal Church came to offer his support and prayers to the family and friends of Michaels and Sandlin. “I want to call on the city council to do everything in your power to make sure there is justice, and there is communication with the family, and that you work to reform the Citizen Police Oversight Commission to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

 

Willie Agee responded to a comment that the council is insensitive to the families of Michaels and Sandlin. “I don’t think there is a person in here who has not lost a loved one.  These are race baiters that come in here. I don’t appreciate that,” he said.

 

This comment was met by shouts from the audience and calls for justice.

 

At the same time, the council and audience recognized Inglewood Police Captain David Saucedo with public remarks, a standing ovation and an appreciative round of applause.  Captain Saucedo is leaving the department to serve as Chief of the Baldwin Park Police Department. 

 

“I work for you,” Saucedo said.  “I am working for the people…That’s how we’re going to progress.”

 

Councilman George Dotson thanked his assistant, Alicia Smith, for “putting on one of the best town hall meetings since I’ve been on the city council.”  He added, “Those of you who missed the meeting, don’t miss the next one.”  Dotson congratulated Saucedo on his promotion.

 

Councilman Alex Padilla added his well wishes for Saucedo:  “To see a friend move on to Baldwin Park is very exciting, and I wish you nothing but the very best,” he said. 

 

Councilman Ralph Franklin echoed Padilla’s remarks, then addressed those who came to support Michaels and Sandlin.  “To that point, I too, am waiting for the result.  The council is not allowed to interfere with the investigation.  We want to make sure the police do their due diligence…We hope in the next 30 days—now 3 weeks—that this will be solved.”

 

“Both the police association and myself contributed to their services. I attended the services…We are not allowed to contact the families directly. They are represented by attorneys.  With that said, we give our condolences to the families,” Mayor James Butts said.

 

The mayor told Captain Saucedo:  “Two of the last police chiefs came from Inglewood, the Santa Monica police chief and (you). We’re really gonna miss you. We’re definitely not saying goodbye, we’re saying farewell because we’re going to see you again.”

 

The council approved a Memorandum of Understanding Agreement with the County of Los Angeles to release the Voter Information Management System files; payment of invoices for automation professional services; rejection of all bids submitted for the New Well No. 7 Construction Project and authorization to revise and rebid the project; and payment of an invoice for emergency flood mitigation response services.  

 

Council members also voted to amend the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget in the amount of $190,572 to reimburse the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for ineligible personnel costs with General Funds. Housing, Section 8, And CDBG Department staff got the green light to use $10,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for program incidentals related to essential services of the Homeless Tenant Based Rental Assistance program. 

 

A public hearing was set for March 21, 2017 at 2:00pm to consider an appeal of the Planning Commission’s denial of Special Use Permit No. 2016-013 to allow a beauty salon within 300 feet of a similar use at 10800 S. Prairie Avenue. 

 

Johnson Wins Gardena Mayor’s Race

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 million for his campaign.

 

In L.A.’s sprawling Ninth Council District, incumbent and former Inglewood Councilman Curren Price won re-election with 62.71 percent of the vote over his closest competitor, Jorge Nunoz with 22.93 percent.

 

City of Gardena:

 

Dr. Rachel C. Johnson is Gardena’s new mayor-elect.  She narrowly won the race, beating Councilwoman Tasha Cerda by just 12 points. Johnson finished with 21.73 percent to Cerda’s 21.45 percent.  Dr. Johnson is a retired educator and former Gardena councilwoman.

 

The seat was made vacant when former Mayor Paul Tanaka resigned after being   convicted of blocking an FBI investigation into Los Angeles County jails when he was undersheriff of the Sheriff’s Department.   He is serving a five-year prison sentence.

 

Rodney Tanaka (not related to Paul Tanaka) and Harout “Art” Kaskanian will fill the two vacant council seats. Tanaka won 27.26 percent of votes while Kaskanian won 17.52 percent.

 

Ballot Measures

 

Measure H

 

Voters said yes to Measure H, the ballot initiative that calls for a quarter-cent sales tax to help the homeless in L.A. County.  The goal is to raise funds to build 10,000 affordable-housing units for the homeless.

 

An estimated 47,000 people are considered homeless in Los Angeles County on any given night, according to the 2016 results of a count overseen by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

 

Measure M

 

Cannabis dispensaries must obtain state and local licenses starting next year, based on legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.  Although pot shops were outlawed in L.A. under voter-approved Proposition D in 2013, the measure established a look-the-other-way system under which about 135 shops were granted limited legal immunity.

 

Measure S 

 

This measure was defeated with 68.85 percent of the vote.  Placed on the ballot by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Measure S would have limited large-scale development by placing a two-year moratorium on all projects seeking exemptions from the city's planning laws.

 

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 1 council race.  

 

Councilman Alex Padilla is running in District 2 unopposed.  

 

Three seats on the Inglewood Unified School District Advisory Board of Education are up for election.  Seat 1 incumbent Margaret Richards-Bowers did not file to run for re-election, leaving the seat open for a newcomer. Dionne Young Faulk and Odest Riley Jr. are running for that seat.  Faulk is a community activist.  Riley is a real estate and financial specialist.  In their bids for re-election, Seat 2 incumbent Carliss McGhee and Seat 3 incumbent Melody O. Ngaue-Tuuholoaki are running unopposed. 

 

In addition to choosing school board members, voters will decide on Measure DE, which seeks permission to change the district's method of conducting elections. 

 

 Voters are encouraged to become familiar with the candidates.  Early voting begins on March 6.  If you have recently moved or have never voted, you will need to register by March 20, 2017 either online at lavote.net or in the City Clerk’s office in Inglewood City Hall.

 

 

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 following: 

 

The first and most important thing to consider is whether or not you can afford to own two homes. Though owning rental property can bring in predictable, long-term income, there are still a myriad of potential problems that can come along with it.

 

Do the math on the return on investment of a rental. If you’re depending on the rental income to cover the mortgage and expenses of the rental property, you’ll need to be able to charge enough to cover that and then some. A rental comes with its own set of expenses—like maintenance, repairs, and, if you opt for it, property management. There is also a possibility of the house sitting empty between tenants (not to mention repairs when one tenant vacates). Make certain that what you charge for rent covers all these expenses, plus leaves some extra for the unexpected, or you WILL end up covering the cost. With that being said, you should probably save from your discretionary income for such an occasion.

 

If you expect that the home will continually increase in value, you may want to hang on to it and accept any potential monthly loss in exchange for the long term return on your investment. Also factor in potential tax benefits; such as mortgage interest, property tax, operating expenses, depreciation, repairs, property management fees, etc. This may offset any potential negatives you may experience from any shortage.

 

Being a landlord isn’t for everyone. If you decide to manage the rental yourself, will you be able to tolerate the stress that comes with being responsible for the home you’re living in, as well as a rental, particularly if it’s a distance away? Alternatively, you can spend a portion of the return and hire a local management company that can manage it for you and alleviate you of some of the stress. Though, you’ll still need to maintain some type of involvement, dependent upon the type of arrangement you make with them.

 

In some cases, whether or not to keep a home or sell it depends upon your financial situation. Unfortunately, if circumstances require you to relocate for work or other personal reasons, renting out the home may not even be an option for you. I would suggest that you weigh your options carefully and honestly to avoid potential challenges in the future.

 

What’s more important? Why do you think that lenders require much more of a down payment for investment properties than they do for primary residences? One of the reasons for this is that if you had a sudden emergency in your financial situation, which home would suffer the consequences of that…your rental or your primary residence? Individuals who own multiple properties lose their rental properties long before they lose their primary residence. As a matter of fact, the rental property income is used to supplement what’s needed to maintain the primary residence. It’s a matter of survival! 

 

Weigh your options carefully before making the decision to sell or not. For help with a professional analysis, give us a call. The consultation is free!

 

Glenda Brass is a successful real estate consultant who has been in the real estate industry for almost 20 years. She is CEO/Managing Partner of Brass & Brass Enterprises, LLC, located at 2639 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. For a free consultation on anything real estate… selling, buying, renovating, leasing, or to learn about our consumer education offerings, call Glenda at 310-345-9707 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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 and police say the couple was initially believed to be unconscious while sitting in a car. When police approached, they allegedly saw a gun on Michael’s lap.  She was sitting in the passenger’s seat.  An “exchange” occurred between the officers, Michael and Sandlin, but it is unclear what happened.  Five officers were involved.  It is not known whether Michael or Sandlin threatened the officers.

 

The group, which included Michael’s sister, wanted to meet with Mayor Butts last week, but he was offsite.  Kema Decatur, deputy to the city manager, was given a letter of demands and asked to forward it to the mayor.

 

A white woman spoke out on behalf of Black Lives Matter, and shared their demands with the public:  release video of the incident, release names of the officers, provide status of the case, and prosecute the officers. 

 

Another woman asked for a copy of the police department’s use of force policy.

 

“I stand with the families of Kisha and Marquintan, and demand that reparations be made to the family and we will not let it go,” another woman said.

 

A local preacher added, “I hope you would respond the right way instead of the usual way.”

 

“We have two concurrent investigations going on,” the mayor said.  “One by the Inglewood Police Department that will be concluded probably within 30 days, and whatever actions to be taken will be taken at that time.  [The case] has also been turned over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.  They have the criminal investigation.  That investigation is confidential.  We are being as transparent as we can be within the law.  We have no timeline on the district attorney’s investigation and they will make the determination. 

 

“Jackie Lacy (L.A. County District Attorney) has not prosecuted even one officer, and you need to be more sensitive to family members. Get it right, don’t be like L.A.,” a woman said.

 

Trudy Goodman from 2nd District said: “We have been asking for the result of this investigation. Now, when you have an outcry, within 30 days you’re ready to have some type of report.  You can quickly move on getting information on (the new stadium). This family has been waiting a  year.  We need transparency.”

 

“We said it would take a year, this is nothing new,” Butts said.

 

Kisha Michael’s sister said the family is “dealing with stress levels and nobody reached out.  Nobody said anything about what happened to my sister.  My mom still doesn’t know what’s going on.  It took us a long time to bury her and you know that.” 

 

Another woman criticized Butts for not approaching Michael’s mother when he attended the funeral.  Butts responded that he donated to the services and did not approach the mother out of respect for the family.

 

There were several interruptions and outbursts from the audience.

 

“Everyone is entitled to due process.  We have to conduct the investigation within the laws of the State of California.  We have great compassion for the family.  At the same time, I’m the mayor.  I cannot speak to things that are under litigation,” Butts said.

 

He added, “I will be glad to meet with the family as soon as we close the chambers.”

 

Councilman Eloy Morales said, “We can easily look disingenuous.  But we’d like nothing more than to see the result of this investigation so we can all move forward.  But as representatives, we come into a situation where we have our procedures in place.  We’re trying to be as sincere as we can.  Moving forward, if he (Butts) said he’s meeting with the family, he will do so.”

 

In other matters, a local business owner complained that the Century Blvd. street improvement project has negatively affected his business.  “I have had my store on Century Blvd that has been impacted significantly.  My business has lost about 70 percent since it started … I shouldn’t be in this position. I brought it up to the City before and I had no resolution.”

 

City Clerk Yvonne Horton reminded everyone that April 4th is Municipal Election Day. Early voting begins on March 6th, and the last day of voter registration is March 20th. 

 

Council members approved the following:

 

•A resolution by the City Clerk’s Office to destroy rosters from Election Years 2009, 2010, and 2011; and all records pertaining to the City of Champions Revitalization Initiative/Petition dated January 2, 2015.  Several residents spoke out against this action.

 

•Payment of invoices submitted by GRM Information Management Services of California, LLC for scanning services 

 

•A three-year blanket purchase order (with an option to extend for an additional year) with Vista Paint Corporation for paint used for graffiti removal 

 

•A funding agreement with Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Phase VI Improvement Project

 

•A contract for the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system upgrade at the Inglewood Water Treatment Plant

 

•Renewing of an agreement with CPower Enerwise Global Technologies, Inc. (CPower) to retain as a curtailment service provider for Southern California Edison’s “Share the Power Demand Response Program” 

 

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