By Willie Brown, Executive Publisher
When I decided to start this publication some 31 years ago, I did so because I was inspired by a young student who wanted to see some positive news published about what was happening in Inglewood.
I heard his plea and it has resonated with me ever since.
I have always advocated for what I felt was best for the City of Inglewood, and so when I chose to support and endorse Gloria Gray for Inglewood District 1 City Council, I did so because it was best for Inglewood.
It was a crowded field of candidates and the incumbent George Dotson had the weight of the mayor and all of the money behind him, so few thought he could or would lose.
After he was forced into a runoff and Gloria survived that crowded field of candidates, the odds were still stacked against her.
I doubled down, utilizing all of the resources at my disposal I got the message out, the citizens in the community got it and they have now elected Gloria Gray to become District 1 Council person.
Gloria’s victory breaks the yoke on the stronghold of power that has been wielded over this city by the mayor.
It demonstrates that if a candidate is presented to the residents of the districts in an open and fair forum then they are capable of making sound choices that benefit their interest, which is the way it should be.
Therefore, I am convinced that having and independent voice on the City Council is good for the City, good for District 1 and good for our community business.
While many people have called to congratulate me and Inglewood Today for backing Gloria Gray, the credit goes to the community residents who have made their minds up to make choices that are best for them.
This is a new dawn in Inglewood, where we will become a melting of ethnic groups and cultures, but the culture that we do not want to lose in this transformation is the culture of Inglewood. Who we are, what we are and how we became matters.
It mattered before this transformation and it matters most while it is happening. There is room under the tent for all of us. THANK YOU GEROGE FOR YOUR MANY YEARS OF SERVICE INGLEWOOD.