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By Veronica Mackey

 

The Washington Post reported late on Wednesday that President Donald Trump is now under investigation in the Senate probe on Russian meddling in the U.S. election. Robert Mueller, Special Counsel in the investigation, said the president is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice.  

 

Questions about possible obstruction by the president arose last week when former FBI Director James Comey testified that Trump indicated he wanted him to drop the investigation of former national security advisor Gen. Michael Flynn.  Trump later fired Comey.

 

According to Comey, the president pulled him aside and said, “I hope you can let this go.”

 

Comey also testified that he told Trump that he was not personally under investigation.   However, Trump’s comments to Comey about dropping the investigation on Flynn, after asking members of his staff to clear the room, raised Mueller’s suspicions.

 

Earlier reports that the president was considering firing Mueller, who has not yet testified to the Senate, have been put to rest by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  Rosenstein said he is the only person who could fire Mueller, and would only fire him for “good cause.”

 

A statement from the White House condemned the leak, calling it “outrageous” and “illegal.”

 

Meanwhile, Politico reports that nearly 200 House and Senate Democrats plan to sue the president, claiming he is breaking the law by refusing to relinquish ownership of his real estate, while it continues to profit from business with foreign governments. 

 

All of this, by the way, happened on Wednesday, June 14th, President Trump’s 71st birthday.

 

 

 

 

L.A. Clippers Moving to Inglewood?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

On Wednesday, the Inglewood City Council voted to enter into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with the Los Angeles Clippers to pursue the development of a state-of-the-art NBA arena.  

 

The 20-acre parcel, located on Prairie Avenue, south of Century Blvd., may become the Clippers’ permanent home.

 

The ENA establishes a three-year timeframe, during which the Clippers will develop the details of its proposed basketball facility. The City of Inglewood will evaluate the impacts of the construction and operation of that proposed facility.  The site will likely include a state-of-the-art NBA arena, a training facility and team office space.

 

“Today’s decision by the Inglewood City Council is another win for residents and businesses in the City of Ingleood, and for sports fans throughout the greater Los Angeles area,” Inglewood Mayor James Butts said.  

 

Gillian Zucker, president of business operations for the Clippers, said, “Since the day he purchased the Los Angeles Clippers, Steve Ballmer  has been committed to giving our players, coaches, staff and fans the best experience on and off the court … going so far as to say ‘We will do whatever necessary to provide our fans and their families the best game-night experience in the NBA.’ Today, we have taken an important step toward that commitment.”

 

The proposed project will be 100 percent privately funded, no tax payer dollars will be used. The environmental review process will take approximately two years to complete.  The Clippers’ seven-year lease with Staple’s Center will not expire until 2024.

 

Upon project approval, the Los Angeles Clippers will purchase, from the City and related municipal entities, the site proposed for the development. As required by law, the land’s purchase price will be the fair market value, as appraised based on its current zoning.

 

Upon signing the ENA, the Los Angeles Clippers paid the City of Inglewood $1.5 million, which will fund the City’s administrative costs. If additional funding is required, the Clippers will provide the necessary resources.

 

Zucker emphasized that the Clippers organization and City of Inglewood are “still very early in the evaluation process.  We believe it will take two years to proceed through the City’s environmental review.  And, for the next seven years, Staples Center will continue to be our home.”  

 

Zucker said the agreement gives the team “options for the future.”  According to a written statement, the announcement does not does not indicate that the Los Angeles Clippers are leaving Staples Center. Rather, the announcement is about keeping the team’s options open. According to a statement, “Staples Center is a great building, but if you look around the NBA, there are newer and greater buildings that are optimized for basketball.”

 

Easily accessible from the 405 and 105 Freeways, and minutes from LAX, Inglewood “is in the middle of everywhere,” Butts said.  He added, “As we’ve proven during the last couple of years, the City of Inglewood is one of the most dynamic communities in the greater Los Angeles area.”

 

If the Clippers do make Inglewood their permanent home, the new arena will be within walking distance from the Forum and the new NFL stadium (currently under construction), which will house the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.

 

 

 

How the West Won

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Golden State Warriors brought the NBA Championship (and bragging rights) back to the West Coast Monday, closing out the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who beat them last year.  The Oakland-based team beat their East Coast rivals 129-120, in decisive Game 5.  Kevin Durant was named MVP, scoring 39 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

 

This NBA Finals game was watched by more than 25 million viewers on ABC, wrapping up the most-viewed series since Michael Jordan's last title in 1998, according to Nielsen.

 

 

 

Leroy Fisher, 77, longtime Inglewood resident and former City Council candidate, was arrested June 6 on suspicion of trying to molest a minor, according to a source.  

 

A regular attendee at Inglewood City Council meetings, Fisher ran unsuccessfully for a seat in Council District 1 in March 2017.

 

Fisher was taken into custody by Inglewood Police detectives and Special Enforcement team personnel in City Hall after last week’s meeting adjourned. 

 

According to a source, Fisher allegedly tried to solicit a minor child to get into his car.  An eye witness gave his license plate number to police.

 

Fisher was booked into the city jail without incident, and held on a $26,000.00 bond.  After booking, he bonded out of jail and was released pending his initial appearance in Superior Court.  

 

 

 

Appreciating Father’s Day

Thursday, June 15, 2017

On Mother’s Day, I overheard a man tell his family as they were leaving the restaurant, “Remember now, I want y’all to do the same thing for me on Father’s Day.”  Everyone laughed, but the reality is we are all too familiar with the fact that many men feel cheated when compared to moms.

 

Watch any sporting event, or award show and you’ll hear more shout-outs to mom.  To be fair, there are many more absent fathers than mothers, so some of the father snubs are well deserved.  But those men who stuck around to help raise their kids—married or not—are just as deserving.

 

So as a dad, and in the spirit of celebrating Father’s Day, I did a little research to uncover facts that you may not know.  Hopefully, it will raise your appreciation for the holiday and add to the conversation around the dinner table or wherever you will be celebrating.

 

According to a Telegraph article (http://www.telegraph.co.uk) the idea of Father’s Day originated in the U.S. and has been officially celebrated on the third Sunday in June since 1966.  However, the movement for a day which celebrated fatherhood began roughly 100 years ago.

 

Dads around the world actually owe their special observance to at least three women.  Sonora Smart Dodd (February 18, 1882 – March 22, 1978), daughter of American Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was reportedly responsible for the founding of Father's Day.

 

The first such “Father’s Day” was held in Spokane in 1910, with a number of towns and cities across America later following suit.

 

However, others credit Grace Golden Clayton, from West Virginia with suggesting a day celebrating fatherhood in 1908. She was inspired after a mine explosion killed more than 360 men – arguing that children needed a time to remember their fathers. Clayton may have been inspired by Anna Jarvis, who established Mother's Day two months prior.

 

Finally, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made the day official.  Men will be pleased to know that in 1957, Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote to Congress: “Either we honour both our parents, mother and father, or let us desist from honouring either one.

 

“But to single out just one of our two parents and omit the other is the most grievous insult imaginable.”

 

The role of fathers has changed a lot over the years.  Dads are now more hands on and take on important jobs once only delegated to moms, like cooking, cleaning, even combing their daughter’s hair.  But the most important job still remains—to be a role model and show how a good man acts for both boys and girls.

 

Fathers play a critical role in developing a child’s self esteem.  We see the lack of it played out daily with men and women who try to compensate for it through violence and the use of various drugs.

 

Now that you have more insight into the effort that went into having a day celebrating fatherhood, hopefully you will appreciate Father’s Day even more.  Happy Father’s Day to men everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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