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Twenty years ago, before I was aware of the overtly racist and totally biased Fox News, I remember my wife’s uncle ranting and raving about how much he hated Bill O’Reilly.  

 

Then, I began paying attention to O’Reilly’s racist rants and the station’s daily dose of conservative propaganda.  I couldn’t believe how Fox allowed their anchors to just say whatever they wanted, and present it as “news” without a shred of proof.

 

Today, I woke up to the glorious good news that O’Reilly has been fired, and all I can say is, it’s about time! He was fired on allegations of sexual harassment by multiple women.  And although lost revenue—more than his mistreatment of women—was likely behind the firing, what really matters is that he is gone.  Some 50 advertisers have pulled the plug since allegations became public, according to CBS News.

 

Trouble began with Fox's most popular news personality when an April 2 report in The New York Times revealed five women had been paid a total of $13 million to keep quiet about O’Reilly’s sexual advances.  

 

O'Reilly's exit came nine months after his former boss, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, was also ousted following allegations of sexual harassment. 

 

Despite the fallout, O'Reilly's viewership increased.  It seems his audience can’t get enough of his populist, male dominated, politically conservative, one-sided views. So it hardly came as a surprise that he is not a big fan of women, gays or people of color. For twenty years, he thrived in a corporate culture where women felt unsafe to work, and where it was perfectly acceptable to offend black folks or anyone else who disagreed with him.

 

Fox News is a joke and an insult to every legitimate journalist out there, or anyone who values truth in reporting.  Over the years, O’Reilly has made some pretty outlandish remarks, such as: 

 

“Black men commit murder at 10 times the rates of whites and Hispanics combined.”  According to FBI statistics, 49.3 percent of murders were committed by whites vs. 48.7 by blacks in 2010. Also, whites are more likely to commit violent crimes. 

 

“Raised without much structure, young black men often reject the education process and gravitate towards street culture. It’s a personal decision.” O’Reilly should have been fired long ago for remarks like this that suggest young black men lack discipline and don’t want to succeed in life.  The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education said1.4 million black males are in college versus 824,320 who are in jail. Most college students are between the ages of 18-24. 

 

Despite his disregard for facts, “The O’Reilly Factor” generated $178 million in advertising revenue in 2015, according to Kantar Media. Let’s hope O’Reilly’s replacement is cut from a different cloth.  In this age of “fake news” anything that even comes close to honesty on Fox would be a breath of fresh air.

 

 

 

 

On Palm Sunday, the world experienced yet another attack by ISIS. The terror group which President Obama rightfully described as “pure evil,” struck again—this time killing 44 Christian worshippers and injuring more than 100 at 2 churches in Egypt. 

 

The first blast happened at St. George Church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, where at least 27 people were killed and 78 others wounded, officials said.

 

A second explosion was caused by a suicide bomber who tried to storm St. Mark's Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria, and left at least 17 dead, and 48 injured. 

 

The blasts came at the start of Holy Week leading up to Easter, and just weeks before Pope Francis is due to visit Egypt. This mass slaying of innocent people—particularly during a Christian holiday—is ISIS’s calling card.  The terror group boasted that “Christians are our favorite prey.”

 

While American Christians often joke about backsliding from church, and only attending on Christmas or Easter, we do so knowing that whenever we choose, we can enter our churches, mosques and temples expecting to feel safe and welcomed.  We, as a free society, don’t go fearing for our lives or thinking we’ll have to hide our religious beliefs.

 

The Constitution gives Americans the right to worship openly and freely. We are not bound by one particular religion.  Inherent in this right is the expectation that we allow religious freedom to others as well.

 

So, while these attacks impacted Christians, every religious group in America should take notice. ISIS loves no one. Jews, Buddhists, even Islamic people who respect Christians, are not safe.

 

Whether you will attend a House of Worship this weekend, or quietly celebrate Easter with family and friends, let’s remember those victims in Egypt.  They paid the price doing something that should be a personal right for every human being—demonstrating their faith in God, exercising their religious freedom.

 

Inglewood Today wishes you a very happy Easter. May you experience resurrection of your mind, body and spirit, and cherish your religious rights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Veronica Mackey

 

The Inglewood City Council took action on Tuesday to approve the following items:

•A one-year agreement with Ellison Wilson Advocacy, LLC to provide legislative advocacy services for the City

 

•An updated cost allocation plan for federal programs for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year

 

•A cooperative purchase agreement (piggyback) with the County of Riverside. The agreement will renew the purchase of Microsoft’s SoftwareOne for 4 years  

 

•Authorization of Mayor James Butts to sign a Facilities Use Agreement for use of the running track located on St. Mary’s Academy property for the City’s Youth Track and Field Program 

 

•A bid award to Hardy & Harper, Inc. (the lowest responsive bidder) in the amount of $2,846,250 for the Streets and Alleys Rehabilitation Project

 

•An agreement for seismic analysis of Civic Center buildings 

 

•A Temporary Construction, Sewer Main and Water Main Easement Agreement with Hollywood Park Residential Investors, LLC 

 

In regard to the easement agreement, resident Ray Davis said, “In the not too distant future, we’re going to have 85 to 90 thousand people crammed in here, and somebody’s going to have to ‘go.’  In Oakland one of the reasons the Raiders are moving is because they lost control of their sewage.”

 

Supporters of Keisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin, slain by Inglewood police a year ago,  showed up again, demanding details of two investigations be released to the public. 

 

“We are consistently asking on behalf of Keisha and Marquintan’s family that the information be made public,” a woman said.

 

“It won’t be made public until the investigation is over,” Butts said.

 

“You better start saving your pennies then because I’m sure there will be litigation,” the woman answered. 

 

“I’ve heard there has been a lot of money coming here,” a man said. “I just have a question:  How much does justice cost?  We have asked for release of all video footage. No more buts.” 

 

A young lady with a two year-old son said she wants to become a police officer, and talked about the dangers police face:  “They have to deal with criminals all day and getting shot at … and they want to come home to their families.  Have y’all thought about that?”

 

A woman in District 2 passed a flyer to Councilman Alex Padilla (through the sergeant-at-arms) about a meeting on April 17 with the ACLU regarding law enforcement policies and immigration. She also requested that the City host a public forum where Inglewood police can explain immigration policies. 

 

A cannabis advocate argued in favor of using the herb for medicinal purposes.  “One hundred million people in this country suffer from chronic pain,” he said.  “There are people with arthritis and neuropathy.  It’s even life threatening for some.  If you want to know more about medical cannabis and you have pain, I have information.  Cannabis is not a bad thing, it’s just what we think about it that’s bad.”  

 

An unhappy renter got the ear of the council when she complained that requests to satisfy issues in her apartment have gone unanswered by a City employee.  “I have been dealing with code enforcement since February 21. (He) has not been sufficient in answering my response.  The City cited insufficiencies in my apartment, but failed to cite the landlord.”  Mayor Butts asked City Manager Artie Fields to personally handle the matter.

 

Long time resident Bill Weidner is unhappy about the City’s new website. “If you’re looking for something you can’t even find it on there, so maybe you can get someone to work on it,” he said.

 

Well wishers Mike Benbow and Curtis Mitchell congratulated Councilmen George Dotson and Alex Padilla (who ran unopposed) on their re-elections.  “Team work makes our dream work,” Mitchell said. 

 

“This city has come to where no one ever thought it would come.  It starts with the mayor, to the city council, to the city manager, to the employees of this city. I’m proud to serve with them for 4 more years,” Dotson said.

 

Padilla thanked everyone who came out to vote, as well as the city clerk.  “It’s a lot of work but you always come through and get the job done,” he told City Clerk Yvonne Horton.  

 

Councilman Ralph Franklin also congratulated his colleagues, and reminded everyone of the  Earth Day Jazz Festival, happening this Saturday, April15 from10-5.  He urged folks to come out and enjoy the festivities.

 

Councilman Eloy Morales talked about how smoothly the election went last week.  

 

Mayor Butts closed the meeting by reiterating that the City cannot comment on the status of the Michael-Sandlin shooting while the investigation is ongoing.  “As I explained before, there is a due process.  At the time that we can give information as to the status of the officers, we’ll do that.  Reporting can never happen while it’s (case)  under investigation, neither under the D.A.’s office nor through civil litigation, and I think everyone knows that.  I just want to make that clear because there seems to be some confusion.” 

 

He called the Inglewood Police Department “magnificent.”

 

Inglewood Assemblywoman Autumn Burke got welcome support from Washington on April 9 from civil rights hero John Lewis and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  The pair appeared at a rally in South L.A. aimed at drastically reducing child poverty in California and across the nation.

 

The event was held in support of California Assembly Bill 1520, authored and introduced earlier this year by Burke.  The bill calls for the reduction of the percentage of children living below the poverty line in California by half by fiscal year 2039.

 

It seeks to accomplish this goal through increased funding for childcare, after-school service, job placement programs and other anti-poverty initiatives.

 

Lewis, whose wife grew up in Los Angeles, said “Here in California, you must get in trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble, and pass this bill.” Famous for his commitment to civil disobedience and the fight for civil rights in the segregated South, the Georgia Congressman urged the crowd to put pressure on Gov. Jerry Brown to sign the legislation.

 

“This bill is not based on politics. It’s not based on assumptions. It is based on research,” Burke said.  Studies by Stanford University were used to author Assembly Bill 1520. One in five children in California lives below the federal poverty line, according to the bill, and 30% include African American and Latino children.

 

Noting President Trump’s decision to take military action in Syria last week after children were killed in a poison gas attack, Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said she hopes the administration will be as passionate about keeping funding intact for programs that provide necessary services to low-income families in the U.S.

 

“If you care about the children in Syria, and we all do … let that be a message to care for all of the children in the world,” she said.

 

Lewis, who grew up “very, very poor” in rural Alabama, said his family survived through the generosity of relatives.  He wants California legislators to offer that same kind of safety net to struggling families in the state.

 

 “If it hadn’t been for people helping out, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today,” he said. “So we must never, ever, give up on any child. Ever.”

 

 

 

 

Prime Healthcare,  the parent company of Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood  has announced that 18 of its hospitals are recipients of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have provided exceptional care and prevented the occurrence of complications for patients during hospital stays.

 

This recognition means that Prime Healthcare has more Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients for two consecutive years (2016-2017) than any other health system in the country. 

 

"With 18 Prime Healthcare hospitals achieving this award, the health system has demonstrated exceptional performance that has been sustained over time. We applaud Prime Healthcare for its ongoing organizational commitment to delivering quality care," said William R. Wyatt, Ph.D., M.Sc., VP, Data Science, Healthgrades.  

 

The distinction places the achieving Prime Healthcare hospitals among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

 

"I am proud of our hospitals and all those involved in earning this national recognition two years in a row," said Prem Reddy, MD, Chairman, President & CEO of Prime Healthcare. "This achievement is a testament to Prime Healthcare's dedication to providing the highest quality care." 

 

During the 2013-2015 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

 

•40.0% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

 

•44.6% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

 

•54.4% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

 

•50.2% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

 

"Thank you to all our clinical teams, physicians and leaders, and those who support our clinicians, for achieving this honor again this year," said Sunny Bhatia, MD, Chief Medical

 

Officer for Prime Healthcare's Division I hospitals. "Delivering safe, high quality healthcare with compassion to each patient, every step of the way, is what our patients and families deserve. This award is one more example of the importance and commitment that Prime Healthcare has made to safety, quality and most importantly, our patients."

 

On average, 134,568 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2013 to 2015, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

 

During the study period (2013-2015), Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 13 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  

 

Centinela Hospital in Inglewood joins 17 other hospitals in the Prime Healthcare network to receive the award. They include Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, San Diego, CA; Paradise Valley Hospital, National City, CA; Sherman Oaks Hospital, Sherman Oaks, CA; Encino Hospital Medical Center, Encino, CA; West Anaheim Medical Center, Anaheim, CA; Chino Valley Medical Center, Chino, CA; Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, Garden Grove, CA; La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, La Palma, CA; Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Montclair, CA; Shasta Regional Medical Center, Redding, CA; Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, KS; Garden City Hospital, Garden City, MI; Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, Reno, NV; Roxborough Memorial Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket, RI; Dallas Medical Center, Dallas, TX; and Harlingen Medical Center, Harlingen, TX.

 

To download a full copy of the report, or to receive information about hospital and physician quality, visit: www.Healthgrades.com/quality. 

 

About Prime Healthcare Services and Foundation:

 

Prime Healthcare is an award-winning national hospital system with 44 acute-care hospitals providing more than 43,500 jobs in 14 states. Fourteen of the hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity. Based in California and one of the largest hospital systems in the country, Prime Healthcare is committed to ensuring access to quality healthcare. It has been recognized as among the "100 Top Hospitals" in the nation 38 times and among the "15 Top Health Systems" three times, and is the only "10 Top Health System" west of the Mississippi. For more information, please visit www.primehealthcare.com

 

 

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