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On Sunday morning, I, like you, woke up to news of yet another mass shooting. A crazed gunman killed dozens of people during worship service at a Texas church. It was just a month ago that Stephen Paddock literally sprayed hundreds of concert goers in Las Vegas with a stockpile of automatic firearms, killing over 50 and injuring close to 500. A little over a week ago, 8 people died and nearly a dozen were…

City Gets Help in Making Housing Affordable

Written by Friday, November 10, 2017
The City of Inglewood took another step forward toward making it more affordable to live at Tuesday’s council meeting. Michael Wegmann, Principal and Founder of Wegmann Properties, LLC, has been quietly buying and renovating properties in Inglewood for residential use. He is currently working on a project on Prairie Avenue, which he calls “Home on the Prairie.” A designer, branding expert and real estate developer, Wegmann presented an impressive rendering of the project. As he…
By Veronica Mackey The rapidly rising value of real estate in Inglewood was brilliantly illustrated in a comment by resident Ray Davis at Tuesday’s council meeting: “I wish my name was Wong and I was in the hotel business. The owner bought a hotel in 2001 for $400 thousand and they just sold it for $18 million! How can that be bad? The gentleman who bought it said he’s going to refurbish it. Don’t believe…

IIC Increases Awareness of Breast Cancer

Written by Saturday, November 04, 2017
The Inglewood Imaging Center held its Second Annual "Pink" Breast Cancer Awareness Event recently at their main office on Prairie Avenue. This year's event is called "Pink42,” highlighting the need to support breast cancer disparity that can be upwards of 42% higher in certain communities than others. IIC's 2016 event was a big success—with nearly 200 attendees—and this year had more attendees demonstrating community support. Second District Councilman Alex Padilla said he was “delighted to…

Inglewood to Build New Hotel in District 4

Written by Thursday, October 26, 2017
By Veronica Mackey On Tuesday, the City of Inglewood voted to build a new hotel in District 4. A resolution was passed to amend the 2017-18 budget to include a $11,610 deposit to cover costs of an environmental review. A woman who is against the new hotel said the City doesn’t care about what the residents want. Councilman Ralph Franklin, whose district will house the hotel, clapped back with reasons why he supports the project.…
By Veronica Mackey On October 18, the mystery of who would be crowned winners of the Best of Inglewood contest was finally revealed. Scores of Inglewood business owners and well wishers came to the newly refurbished Miracle Theatre, 226 W. Market Street, to see who would take home bragging rights. Over a 4-week period, Inglewood Today readers cast votes for their favorite businesses in more than 20 categories. While top businesses were named in contest…

City Terminates Farmers’ Market

Written by Thursday, October 19, 2017
By Veronica Mackey A project that many residents fought so hard for is being discontinued. The Inglewood City Council voted to terminate the Farmer’s Market on Market Street, which was operated by the Social Justice Learning Center. According to the City Manager’s Office, there were numerous complaints from nearby businesses. Of the 13 businesses interviewed, 10 said they were negatively affected. The City also considered the decline in foot traffic and revenue loss. Some consumers,…
(Tracy, California)—Inglewood Unified School District has received $10,000 in funding to expand student health and wellness with a partnership between the Los Angeles Rams and California dairy families through the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) program. The $10,000 ‘Hometown Grant’ was awarded during a special school assembly at Highland Elementary School on Oct. 10, where students learned about the importance of fueling up with healthy foods and getting 60 minutes of physical activity…
Domestic violence affects more than 12 million people in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This issue cannot be ignored. To create change, we have to talk openly and acknowledge how domestic violence affects our communities, our families and our lives. We can’t just turn away. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an opportunity to shed more light on an issue that has claimed too many lives. For the last…
Who will be crowned the “Best of Inglewood?” That’s the question business owners and shoppers in Inglewood want to know. On Wednesday, October 18, Inglewood Today will host its first ever “Best of Inglewood” Awards Ceremony at the Miracle Theatre, 226 W. Market Street. It begins at 6pm. The ceremony will celebrate the successful “Best of Inglewood” contest, which took place in August and September. It’s a free community event, and everyone is invited. Mayor…

Hispanic Heritage Festival: A Great Time for All

Written by Thursday, September 28, 2017
The City of Inglewood honored Hispanic Heritage Month with a huge cultural festival, on September 16, 2017 at Crozier Middle School. The festival celebrated and recognized the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latino Americans. Over 2,500 came out to the fun-filled event, which featured live performances by Ballet Folklorico Flor de Mayo, Pedrito Fregoso, Grupo Folklorico Macias, Bob Desena Latin Jazz Band, La Sonora Dinamita and two-time GRAMMY Award winner, Mariachi Divas. This concert was…

Hispanic Heritage Month

Written by Thursday, September 28, 2017
Hispanic or Latino Heritage Month engages, inspires and highlights contributions made by the Latino community to our country, while connecting the multicultural communities of Los Angeles, one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Read on for highlights of events taking place during Latino Heritage Month 2017. September 16, 2017–January 7, 2018 Metropolis in Latin America at the Getty Center Over the course of a century of rapid urban growth, sociopolitical upheavals and…
By Veronica Mackey On Tuesday, councilmen from all 4 Inglewood districts approved a number of items on the agenda. Mayor James Butts was away in Sacramento, and Councilman Eloy Morales served as Mayor Pro Tem. The meeting began with a public hearing to consider an ordinance that would amend the Inglewood Municipal Code, and establish permit parking. The council heard public comments in favor and against permit parking on 97th-99th streets, between La Brea Avenue…
By Veronica Mackey There is nothing like a shared crisis to bring people together, and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are living proof. Neighbors helped neighbors. State and federal officials worked tirelessly to rescue people and bring them to safety. Agencies brought in plane and truck loads of food and emergency supplies. These natural disasters brought out the best in people. But they also brought out the worst. You’d think with so many human lives at…
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