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Asm. Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood) has recently introduced legislation which would boost the learning potential of California students and promote lifelong health by requiring comprehensive eye exams upon starting school. AB 1110, co-authored by Asm. Evan Low (D-Campbell) and Sens. Andy Vidak (R-Visalia) and Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove), is necessary at a time when one in four children and adolescents have a vision problem that can impede their learning, but current school-based vision tests fail to…
Dr. Vincent Matthews has announced he is stepping down from his post as state-appointed trustee of the Inglewood Unified School District to become superintendent of San Francisco's public schools. Matthews is the fourth person to lead the district since 2012, when the state stepped in to bail out Inglewood schools with a $55 million loan to avoid bankruptcy. He joined the district in September 2015. “This was an extremely difficult decision, but I needed to…

A Little About Reverse Mortgage

Written by Friday, March 31, 2017
By Glenda Brass, MBA Lately I’ve had quite a few questions surrounding reverse mortgages. Below, I’ve provided some general information. Though there’s a lot more analysis one should do prior to deciding whether a reverse mortgage is right for them, this will provide some basic understanding. When you have a regular mortgage, you pay the lender every month to buy your home over time. In a reverse mortgage, you get a loan in which the…
By Veronica Mackey According to the California Center for Disease Control, 18.5 percent of California high school students report bullying on school property. While educators work hard to combat the problem, author, martial arts and bullying expert James Gavsie says our schools are falling way short. “It’s not their fault. Schools are doing some amazing things with our kids, but they are not set up, nor do they have the personnel or expertise to effectively…

Short Sales Diminishing

Written by Thursday, March 16, 2017
By Glenda Brass, MBA A just-released report reveals underwater properties are steadily declining, with more than one million shifting status in 2016—a possible turning point in the ongoing inventory crisis. According to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Year-End 2016 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report, the amount of “seriously” underwater properties in the U.S. decreased by over one million last year, while the amount of “equity rich” properties increased by 1.3 million. Seriously underwater is defined as…

‘People, Not Police’

Written by Thursday, March 16, 2017
By Veronica Mackey A controversial decision to purchase an armored vehicle for the Inglewood Police Department and pressure to release information about a year-old police shooting, which ended in the deaths of a young couple, drew harsh reactions from residents at Tuesday’s council meeting. The public session ended with Mayor James Butts and council members walking out. People packed the council chamber to express their discontent over the armored car purchase. “We’re not one of…

Inglewood Police Receive Criticism and Praise

Written by Thursday, March 09, 2017
By Veronica Mackey Family and supporters of Kisha Michaels and Marquintan Sandlin, slain by Inglewood police a year ago, showed up again at the Inglewood Council meeting to keep the shooting incident in the public’s eye. A couple of residents called for an expedient end to the investigation, which has so far offered few answers about what actually happened to the couple in the early morning of February 21, 2016. A woman spoke on behalf…

To Sell or Not to Sell…That is the Question

Written by Thursday, March 02, 2017
By Glenda Brass, MBA There has been lots of speculation among homeowners in the Inglewood area about whether to sell or not. For some, the prospect of the impending stadium development has them paralyzed in anticipation of what they think might happen with values and the area. Many homeowners who need or want to move are torn and wondering if they can still move and simply maintain two residences. It’s a good question. Consider the…

Remembering Pioneer Journalist Gwen Ifill

Written by Thursday, February 23, 2017
By Angel Johnson, Contributing Writer Gwen Ifill was a decorated African American journalist. Her influence paved the way for other African Americans to work in the field. She was the host of “Washington Week” for almost 20 years and the co-host of “PBS Newshour.” In 2009 she released her first book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. In the last years of her life she battled with cancer and died in…

City Approves Land Dedication Offers

Written by Thursday, February 16, 2017
By Veronica Mackey On Tuesday, the Inglewood City Council gave its full support to the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) becoming the Adult and Dislocated Worker Career Services Provider for the State of California Workforce Development Board. The City also voted to renew its non-financial work experience agreement with SBWIB to provide youth and adult workers opportunities to gain workplace experience and build workplace skills. SBWIB provides job training and employment services to residents…

Day Meetings Re-Explained

Written by Thursday, February 09, 2017
By Veronica Mackey Tuesday’s council meeting began with a commendation to members of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee. Chaired by Henry Brown, the group organizes Inglewood’s annual MLK Day program. Mayor James Butts said this year’s King celebration was the best he has ever attended. “You guys are the tip of the spear for leading this forward. I’m so proud of you, Mr. Brown, and for everyone on the committee,” he said. A…
By Veronica Mackey Tuesday’s council meeting welcomed several fresh faces. Millennials lined up to speak their mind about changes and improvements they want to see in Inglewood as the city moves forward. Adding police cameras and increasing efforts to reduce homelessness were among the hottest topics, and both were approved unanimously by the Inglewood City Council. Inglewood police were given up to $545,305 for security camera equipment and installation, and to store and maintain footage.…

Inglewood Barbers Honored for Helping Boys Read

Written by Thursday, January 26, 2017
By Veronica Mackey On Tuesday, Mayor James Butts and Inglewood Councilmen Alex Padilla and Ralph Franklin presented a commendation to Books, Boys and Barbers, an outreach program that encourages boys to read. Local barbershop owners teamed with the Inglewood Public Library to provide books for boys to read, or have adults read to them, while waiting for a haircut. A member of Motivated Men, a mentoring group involved in the program, thanked the barbers, Inglewood…

Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy Today

Written by Monday, January 23, 2017
By Anne Cheek La Rose What a glorious day it was to celebrate Dr King’s birthday and his legacy! Sunny, not a cloud in the sky and warm enough for no jacket. The celebration started in the morning with an ecumenical program at Faithful Central Bible Church, consisting of choirs, speeches and the most important ingredient of the day, our children –kindergarten to high school—giving their award winning speeches about Dr. King and his ideals.…
If you can’t make it to the MLK Museum in Washington DC on Monday, Jan. 16 to honor the slain civil rights leader, there are plenty of ways to pay your respects to the man who helped end racial segregation laws in public places 60 years ago. The City of Inglewood will host its 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday. The day will kick-off at 9:00 a.m. with a commemorative…
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