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Life Matters

Written by Thursday, July 14, 2016
This week, I didn’t know what to write about. With all the tragic losses we’ve been dealt in the nation, all the contrasting narratives and conversations around age-old issues, I’ve found it hard to hear myself think. Mostly because July is a month where I mourn the loss of someone who wasn’t killed by police. Instead, what took his life, was a disease that’s taken the lives of more Americans than police brutality will ever…
It was a packed house on Tuesday as Inglewood residents and business owners came to voice their opinions during two public hearings. The first hearing was held to consider an appeal of the Planning Commission’s denial of a special use permit to allow a beauty salon within 300 feet of another. In June 2002, the Inglewood City Council approved an ordinance requiring new beauty salons and similar businesses, such as barber shops, to maintain a…

Willie Agee Takes the Spotlight

Written by Thursday, June 23, 2016
If you’ve seen any televised meetings of the Inglewood City Council, you have, no doubt, seen Willie Agee, a spry 80-something resident who begins his weekly public comments by saying, “My name is Willie Agee, and I live in the beautiful city of Inglewood.” This month, Agee, who chairs the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission, was honored by having the Inglewood Playhouse at Edward Vincent Jr. Park renamed in his honor. On Tuesday, the council…

An Eye Sore No More

Written by Thursday, June 23, 2016
When you think of abandoned buildings, riddled with graffiti and overgrown weeds, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not a prosperous, nationally acclaimed city. That’s what laid fallow on the corner of La Tijera and La Cienega at the former Thrifty Oil gas station, until the work of a visionary team, repurposed the space for a community benefit. What was once “the old gas station on La Cienega” is now the District…

Keeping It Real Estate Hero Program Reloaded

Written by Thursday, June 16, 2016
In a recent article, I outlined some of the possible hindrances of the HERO Program for certain clientele. I am happy to report some updates that the HERO program has sent me. After the article was published, Senior Manager Chris Peterson contacted me to inform me of the changes the program had undergone. In addition to a new disclosure statement that is modeled after “know before you owe,” they have been working closely with C.A.R…
Students of Woodworth Elementary School in Inglewood on Wednesday were gifted with a new playground, courtesy of the Los Angeles Rams. The playground was funded and built by the Rams as part of the team’s annual community improvement project and the team’s Staff Day of Service. The Los Angeles Rams front office staff, which includes COO Kevin Demoff and General Manager Les Snead, along with players, cheerleaders and members of the Rams Legends community, partnered…

Inglewood Relays For Life!

Written by Thursday, June 16, 2016
On an overcast morning on the athletic field of Crozier Middle School, teams of residents, City employees, families and friends, set up tents, tables chairs, banners, and laced up comfortable pairs of walking shoes for the City of Inglewood’s 2015 Relay For Life, a fundraising campaign designed to help raise awareness and eradicate cancer. Inglewood Mayor James Butts opened the program expressing that, "It's important that we continue to staff these events, that we raise…

Construction Focus of Council Meeting

Written by Thursday, June 09, 2016
The Inglewood City Council, on Tuesday, approved several agreements and budget amendments related to construction projects, including: •a three-year agreement with Thomson-Reuters for Internet legal database services •an amendment to the Welfare-to-Work Vocational and Direct Services Contract, by and between the County of Los Angeles and the City of Inglewood •a resolution to amend the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget to reflect additional Proposition 84 grant funds. The resolution will allow the transfer of funds for…

The Rebirth Of The Inglewood Playhouse

Written by Thursday, June 09, 2016
Ed Vincent Park is lush with green spaces for picnics, an afternoon read, soccer, football, a fresh basketball court, skate park, swimming pool, and a beautiful amphitheater that has hosted some amazing concerts. We walk the park, run the park, and even entertain games of chicken with the local family of squirrels who make their way onto the walkways and our picnic blankets. It’s a hardly hidden gem in the community that echoes the song…
With the economy picking up and the real estate market booming again, a lot of scams and fraudsters are out here hustling people with dreams of home ownership and vacation get-aways. And the number one culprit is usually timeshares. With the invention of the Internet and travel sites like Kayak.com and Hotel.com, a lot of what made timeshares so amazing in the 80s and 90s no longer exist. You can essentially travel the world with…

Inglewood Students Play With The Pros

Written by Thursday, May 19, 2016
As Inglewood anxiously awaits the Rams’ arrival at the soon to be state-of-the-art stadium in 2019, the team has already started to reach out to youth in the community. About 800 Inglewood students participated in the Rams Play 60 event and were actively engaged with players from the Los Angeles Rams football team on May13. The event was part of an NFL campaign to encourage children to get at least 60 minutes of exercise a…
There was standing room only at Tuesday’s meeting, as folks came out to talk about the future of Century Boulevard. It has been a rough ride along the City’s thoroughfare to LAX, due to potholes that have gone unfixed for years. Now that funding is available, and improvements are being made to street and sidewalks, a new issue has surfaced. The City has to acquire portions of properties owned by some residents in order to…

Steve Bradford. Citizen Activist

Written by Thursday, May 19, 2016
If you have lived or worked in Inglewood for awhile, you have probably seen or met Steve Bradford, the former State Assemblymember who served the 51st District and later, the 62nd District. His is a familiar face around town, where he shows up at everything from Inglewood Council meetings to groundbreakings, despite being termed out office in 2014. Although Bradford has served under prominent locally elected officials, such as the late Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, he…

Council Meeting Broadcast Gets Overhauled

Written by Thursday, May 12, 2016
Tuesday’s council meeting began with requests for updates about the City’s status. A couple of residents wanted to know when the City would be making its quarterly report available to the public. Mayor James Butts said information will be ready next week. Quarterly reports are always available on the table outside council chambers on the ninth floor. During public comments, a local clergyman said he’s having a problem with folks illegally dumping items on his…
The Los Angeles Rams will host the team’s first PLAY 60 event in the Los Angeles area when they travel to Inglewood’s Coleman Field to engage 800 Inglewood Unified School District youth in a day of fun and fitness. PLAY 60 is the NFL’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity and promote active and healthy lifestyles among youth. Friday’s…
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