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On Tuesday night, about 200 people gathered behind the Inglewood Police Station, on Grevillea, between Queen and Regent streets, for National Night Out.  The annual community-building campaign promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. 

 

National Night Out brings together civilians and law enforcement under positive circumstances. “It helps people put a name to a face so the community can know the officers better,” said Inglewood Police Sergeant Juan Ferreira.    

 

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.

 

The Inglewood event featured appearances by Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Inglewood Mayor James Butts and council members, and Police Chief Mark Fronterotta.  There were plenty of fun activities which allowed for positive police-civilian interaction, including police special weapons and canine displays. Kids enjoyed face painting, computer games, popcorn and glow sticks.   

 

“It was a great opportunity for the community and police to come together and make our streets safer, because we’re all in this together,” Ferreira said.  

 

National Night Out sponsors included: Target, Kinecta, Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, Power 106 FM, Los Angeles Chargers, Inglewood Rotary Club, Inglewood Today, Starbucks, and GNC.

 

 

By Veronica Mackey

 

Last week, Inglewood Today reported that Madison Square Garden (MSG), owner of the Forum, filed a claim for damages against the City of Inglewood.  That claim was followed by a lawsuit, filed July 28 by MSG.

 

MSG says the City’s agreement with the Los Angeles Clippers to negotiate building a new basketball arena is a “clear violation of the City’s Development Agreement” with the Forum. 

 

Inglewood signed a three-year Exclusive Negotiations Agreement (ENA) with the Clippers in June.  It allows the Clippers to negotiate with the City about use of the property, located south of Century Blvd., across the street from the new football stadium, now under construction.  The team agreed to pay Inglewood $1.5 million for city expenses.

 

Marvin Putnam, a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins, and attorney for MSG, said his client was tricked into giving up their lease on the parcel of City-owned property.  

 

 “The City made it extremely clear that it wanted the land back for a technology park that would serve as a kind of Silicon Beach for Inglewood. We agreed to give back the land based on that understanding,” Putnam said in a statement.  He continued, “We were absolutely stunned when, two months later, the City announced its deal with the Clippers.” 

 

The proposed 20,000-seat arena would be privately funded by Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and would be built less than 2 miles from the Forum.  MSG contends that the proposed venue would  hurt business. Adding to the dispute is the fact that Madison Square Garden owns the New York Nicks basketball team. 

 

Major James Butts defended the City’s right to use its own property, and denied that it pulled any bait-and-switch maneuvers, as MSG has claimed.

 

Butts told sports radio host Fred Roggin last week, “There is no bait-and-switch.  This is City-owned land, and we have every right to develop it, and we aren’t doing anything to harm the Forum.  The Forum is our number one source of tax revenue.” 

 

According to sources, there is no written proof of what was said between MSG and the City.  However, MSG says its approved contract specifies the City would not use the land for anything that would hurt the Forum’s business, according to documents.

 

Butts said the proposed arena would be used for basketball, and the Forum is the number one concert venue in Southern California.  

 

“The reality is there are ways they can work in a reciprocal fashion, where there would be no harm done,” the mayor said.

 

He added, “It’s a false narrative to believe that the Staples Center, which is 20 minutes away, is no threat to them, but a basketball arena a mile and a quarter away is.”

 

The Inglewood City Council, City Successor Agency and the Inglewood Parking Authority voted unanimously again on July 21to keep its existing Exclusive Negotiations Agreement

with the Clippers.  

 

 “We still cherish our relationship. It’s (Forum) still the number one concert venue in Southern California.  We’re having a little disagreement now with regard to the City’s right to self-determination, which we maintain.  We will always have our right to self-determination.”

 

If the Clippers decides to build a new arena in 2020 and is not legally barred from doing so after the 3-year agreement with the City ends, the team will continue to play at Staples Center until its lease is up in 2024.

 

In 2012, Inglewood gave MSG an $18-million commercial rehabilitation loan. The debt was forgivable only if the company spent an initial $50 million on Forum improvements.  The Forum re-opened with a $100 million investment in 2014

 

 

 

 

The new $2.6 billion football stadium, currently under  construction in Inglewood, continues to attract new opportunities, although it won’t officially open for another 3 years.

 

In addition to being the future home for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, the venue, to be located at Century and Prairie, will also host the NFL’s Super Bowl in 2022, and opening ceremonies for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.  

 

Now, sources say, billionaire stadium and Rams owner Stan Kroenke has approached Pac 12 execs about bringing the college football championship to Inglewood, when the stadium opens in 2020.  The Oakland Raiders organization has also reached out to the Pac 12 about hosting the games in Las Vegas.  A new stadium is being built there for the Raiders when the team relocates.  That stadium is also expected to open in 2020.  

 

Both cities are in the running for the decision after 2019.  For now, the Pac-12 title games will remain at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, where they have been held since 2014.  Levi’s Stadium is the home of the San Francisco 49ers. 

 

Meanwhile, the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament is currently held in Las Vegas. But the tournament was previously played in Los Angeles at Staples Center from 2002 until 2012.

 

The conference announced last week that it had reached an extension for the Northern California stadium to continue hosting the title game through the 2019 season, which includes an option for 2020. 

 

Larry Scott, Pac-12 conference commissioner, said “It’s exciting to be in a part of the country where there’s going to be these big investments in new, state-of-the-art NFL venues …but that’s down the road. We’re in the right place for us now.”

 

The Pac-12 Conference is a collegiate athletic conference that operates in the Western United States, participating in 22 sports at the NCAA Division I level. Its football team’s 12 members are located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.  California teams include UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, and Stanford.

 

 

Thank you Inglewood!  When Inglewood Today launched its “Best of Inglewood” contest last week, I felt we had a winner.  But the results have already exceeded my expectations.  I am more excited now about this promotion than ever before.  

 

The many emails and phone calls received by enthusiastic readers and businesses, wanting to participate in the prize giving, has been more than great. I can truly say the “Best of Inglewood” is one of the best promotions to help small Inglewood businesses in years. 

 

As I stated in my message last week, we are running a month-long contest, which gives readers an opportunity to vote on our website (www.inglewoodtoday.com) for the best businesses in the city of Inglewood.  We are asking readers to nominate and vote for their favorite local businesses.  Everyone who votes is automatically entered into a drawing to win prizes.  Each week, up to 5 people will be selected in the drawing.  

 

This contest provides an opportunity to really shine a light on our diverse group of merchants and encourage more people to keep their hard earned dollars within the community. Business owners should be congratulated for being selected to participate in this contest.  Also, kudos to readers for nominating some of the best quality businesses in the South Bay. 

 

The incentive to increase voter participation by offering prizes has created quite a bit of response—so much that the contest is attracting more sponsors and bigger prizes. For example, I received a call just today to offer a weekly cash prize of $100.  Other prizes include pizza for a year and a Metro TAP card good for 7 days.

 

If you own a business, put your “best” foot forward by telling all of your customers about this exciting contest.  Tell them to vote for you and give them the web address:  www.inglewoodtoday.com.

 

If you have not yet voted, head on over to the site and vote for your favorite Inglewood restaurant, barber, dentist, etc.  Thank you for participating.

 

LAX Job Fair Set for August 1

Thursday, July 27, 2017

LAX Job Fair Set for August 1

 

LAX is embarking on an ambitious program in support of our $14 billion capital improvement program. Our mission requires a skilled workforce that maximizes the employment of qualified local persons residing within the LAX area.  HireLAX is the pathway to cultivating that skilled labor force to meeting our construction program’s labor demand

 

Union Construction Apprenticeship & Job Fair

 

Thursday, August 1 2:30pm at LAX must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license or ID, Social Security Card.

 

sign up at https://hirelax08-01-2017.eventbrte.com

 

Eligible hirees must lie in the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, El Segundo, Lennox or Los Angeles.

 

Union representatives and contractors will be on site to answer questions and provide the next steps.

 

 

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