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October 9, 2014
Who’s on the Ballot for Inglewood?
Ebola Victim Dies Centinela Hospital Tests for Ebola
By Veronica Mackey
By Veronica Mackey
n less than a month, Inglewood voters will once again go to the polls to decide the next mayor. Mayor James Butts is running against former Inglewood District 1 Councilman Mike Stevens, and Inglewood residents, entertainer Sandie Crisp and retired businessman Gil Mathieu. The mayor’s race is one of the most closely watched races in the city. But it is only a part of the election. In this Midterm Election, voters will cast ballots for state officials as well as decide on important California initiatives. So, what else is on the ballot? Glad you asked. Here is what Inglewood voters will decide, in addition to the next mayor. Use it as a condensed guide to the upcoming election on Nov. 4. Do your research now to make informed decisions and save time. Statewide, voters will decide whether to give 4 more years to incumbents, Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Insurance
T Maxine Waters
James Butts Commissioner Dave Jones, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, and Board of Equalization
Member Jerome Horton. All incumbents are Democrats, looking to defeat their Republican opponents, Neel
Gloria Gray Kashkan, Ron Nehring, Ronald Gold, Ted Gaines, Marshall Tuck, and G. Rick (Continued on page 10)
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homas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who flew to Texas, and was the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed and confirmed in the U.S., died Wednesday. Officials from Texas Health Presbyterian, the hospital where he was treated, said he fought courageously, but was pronounced dead at 7:51am. Duncan first came to the hospital on September 26th, complaining of symptoms of Ebola. The visit prompted deep concern and some panic as the public watched the case unfold in Dallas.
his past Friday, Inglewood Salvation Army opened its doors to an influx of jubilant children eager to get their hands on their very own bikes. Salvation Army Corps Ministry Leader, Christopher Golden stated, “Con(Continued on page 6)
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Thomas Eric Duncan Ebola is transmitted primarily through direct physical contact with an ill person or their bodily fluids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts say Ebola patients are contagious only once they are displaying symptoms, which include fever above 101.5 degrees, severe headaches, muscle pain, diarrhea and vomiting. The disease gained global attention last December when the outbreak occurred in West Africa. The virus (Continued on page 2)
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October 9, 2014
What Raven Really Meant
By Maya Mackey
n Sunday night (October 5) Raven-Symone was interviewed by Oprah for a special titled, “Where Are They Now?” which debuted on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). A lot of black people are mad about a comment Raven made regarding her identity. Oprah addresses the tweet Raven wrote over a year ago in support of the gay marriage act passing through the U.S. Supreme Court. The tweet Raven-Symone reads, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you.” with a woman. Raven exclaimed, however, that she doesn’t like the label of “gay” or labels in general. Here’s where it gets messy. In the list of labels she dislikes, she includes African-American. “I’m an American. I’m not African-American, I’m American.” Black Twitter went rampant with rebuttal tweets claiming Raven is adding to the list of black celebrities claiming they are the “new black.” This new “philosophy” started Maya Mackey with a comment by Pharell WilOprah asks if that was Raven’s liams earlier this year. Also in an way of “coming out.” Raven ex- interview with Oprah, Pharell says: presses that while her tweet was the “new black” doesn’t blame otha general cry of excitement for the er races for our issues. The “new LGBT community, she is currently black” dreams and realizes that it’s in a happy and healthy relationship not pigmentation; it’s a mentality.
Ebola Victim Dies (Continued from page 1) has killed more than 3,400 people worldwide. Eight people in Los Angeles County, suspected of being infected by the virus, have been tested, but were not found to carry the disease. Centinela Hospital in Inglewood tested another Liberian man with Ebola-like symptoms Tuesday. He was tested negative. However the hospital did not take new patients for two hours overnight, It was fully functioning Wednesday. “Ambulance personnel alerted the hospital prior to arrival so upon entry to the hospital campus, all CDC precautions were fully implemented,” Centinela spokesman Steve Brand said. He added that “The patient will remain fully isolated in the hospital’s ER for continued evaluation and all appropriate testing will be conducted in consultation with the CDC.” Patients suspected of Ebola are quarantined until all tests are completed. Elsewhere, a freelance cameraman remains hospitalized in Nebraska with the virus. His is the second confirmed Ebola case in the U.S. According to CBS News, the man is taking an experimental drug called brincidofovir, which is an oral medication developed to fight
And it’s either going to work for you or against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re going to be on. People of color are upset (and I would argue rightfully so) that Pharell seems to think anyone can get ahead and your race has nothing to do with it. However, I don’t think that is what Raven is getting at. She goes on to explain that what she means is she doesn’t have knowledge about her specific African roots. She’s from Louisiana and her values, beliefs, and identity primarily come from America. I can’t get behind a “post-racial-I-don’t-seecolor” mentality but I can understand what Raven was trying to say. I grew up in America. For better or for worse, America has shaped my identity. I believe in individualism, independence, and self-sufficiency. These traits are definite American and individualistic culture ideologies. I am Black American, not African-American. I have no knowledge about African culture, ideologies or languages. If I were to go to Kenya or Sierra Leone tomorrow, I would not fit in. We might have similar skin tones but that’s about where the similarities stop. That is the point I believe Raven was trying to make.
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Centinela several other viruses. Laboratory tests suggested it may also work against Ebola. Federal officials said that 5 U.S. airports will begin screening passengers traveling from the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea—countries hardest hit by the epidemic—as early as this weekend. The screenings will include taking the passengers’ temperatures with a gun-like, noncontact thermometer and requiring them to fill out a questionnaire. Airports include JFK International (New York); Washington Dulles International (Washington, DC); O’Hare International (Chicago); Hartsfield-Jackson International (Atlanta); and and Newark Liberty International (New Jersey). LAX has not announced plans to implement screening of passengers. However, health officials say they
Hospital are ready should the virus spread to Los Angeles. “I have very high confidence that we are prepared to respond to a case of Ebola should it occur ... and that our collective efforts would prevent spread to others,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the county’s interim health officer. Meanwhile, family members of Thomas Eric Duncan have raised questions over his care, and have demanded a full investigation. A major concern is why Duncan was initially sent home after showing signs of Ebola and telling the hospital he had come from Liberia. Another issue is why it took the hospital 10 days to get the experimental drug to him when the effects of Ebola are so devastating and fast moving Duncan’s body will be cremated, Texas health officials said.
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October 9, 2014
Senior Officials: Taking the High Road
By Barbara Hobbs
hoever thought that it would never happen? In spite of their disparities on Capitol Hill for the past six years, high-ranking lawmakers “took the high road;” put aside politics momentarily and vehemently spoke out in President Obama’s favor two days after the Obamas’ White House mansion had been intruded by an armed attacker, according to CNN. Matter-of-factly according to news media, “two senior lawmakers from both parties had urged the Secret Services Director at that time to resign (nypost.com;usatoday).” Also according to CNN, a select committee plans to conduct an investigation into the White House security breach (www.cnn). That in and of itself may help to ensure the American public that the President will have much tighter security from now on, even though presidents in general have always been vulnerable to attacks. To give a quick analogy according to American history, former
BOE Chair to Host Free Empowerment Events Serving and Protecting Taxpayers Creating Jobs, Building Community Wealth & Growing California Businesses
J Barbara Hobbs Presidents of the United States had been targeted for attacks ever since the 19th Century (americanhistory. about.com). Perhaps that may explain why President Obama took the security breach in stride albeit “he obviously had concerns for the embarrassing breach,” according to ABC NEWS. “Obama said that he still has confidence in the Secret Service.” Nevertheless, from my view, it becomes evidentiary that the highranking lawmakers from both sides (Continued on page 11)
erome E. Horton, Chairman of the California Board of Equalization (BOE), recently announced a series of free events that have been designed to benefit, serve and protect California Taxpayers by creating jobs, helping businesses thrive, and increasing the health and wealth-building in our communities. “I invite the 8.5 residents that I represent in California’s 4th Board of Equalization District to mark their calendars and participate in several free events that will contribute to their personal health and financial well-being,” said Horton. “From the Health, Wealth & Wellness Conference in October to the Senior & Professional Affordable Housing Symposium and the State Employment Open House in November, to the Connecting Women to Power International & Domestic Trade Conference in December,
we will present events that will benefit everyone.” The Health, Wealth & Wellness Conference on October 25th, will feature leading industry experts presenting topics on proactive health maintenance and preventive care, starting a business on a budget and maximizing wealth-building opportunities. The Senior & Professional Affordable Housing Symposium on November 13th, will lend strategies and resources to nonprofits, developers and local municipalities looking to build and find more affordable housing. Both afternoon and evening sessions will be held for attendees, who will also learn about planning for 2015 and important legislative updates. The State Employment Open House on November 14th, presents valuable hiring opportunities for entry and professional-level (Continued on page 10)
October 9, 2014
Eye on the City
Traffic Congestion – Signs of Progress By Veronica Mackey
treet construction and the future of the old Daniel Freeman Hospital site were the main topics discussed at Tuesday’s council meeting. Resident Leroy Fisher wanted to know how the City “got around the covenant” that allowed the Daniel Freeman property to be used to build condominiums instead. “Covenants apply to the parties involved. The City was not a part of the covenant. The City had no say in the sale and transfer of that property,” Mayor James Butts said. “The City couldn’t tell them (owners of the site) what to do,” resident Ethel Austin said. The council approved an agreement to allow the Cities of Torrance and Lomita as member cities of the South Bay Workforce Investment Area. They also approved advance payment to cover the City’s cost
City Manager Artie Fields announced that the City’s Acting Community Development Director, Linda Tatum, was honored last month by the American Planning Assn., California Chapter, for her distinguished service. “There is a talented group of employees working for the City. Linda Tatum is one of those employees. We’re very grateful to have someone of Linda’s caliber,” Fields said. A professional planner for more than 20 years, Tatum has served on the board of directors of the APC for 12 years, and is a member of the California Planning Round Table. “She proves how great our staff really is. We are only as good as the for professional services associ- they become ill or injured will now people we work with,” Councilman ated with developing the old Daniel be reduced from 12 months to 6 George Dotson added. Freeman site. months. After 6 months, full time City Clerk Yvonne Horton shared Compensation for Inglewood workers can get worker’s compen- some facts about the upcoming state(Continued on page 5) employees receiving full pay when sation, Mayor Butts said.
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October 9, 2014
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old on Inglewood, things are about to get a little crazy. With everything starting up, seemingly at the same time, nerves may become rattled. But it will all be fine in the end. With the re-opened Fabulous Forum past the six-month mark, earning revenue for the City, and fast becoming a mecca for worldclass entertainment (again!), there are new developments to keep our eyes on. Century Blvd., long in need of repaving, is on its way to being fixed, although it may not look that way at first. Streets are being torn up at Century Blvd. and Prairie Ave., eastward to install a new water and sewer system, and new gas lines to make way for the massive Hollywood Park project. This is the future site of new upscale housing, a new hotel, retail centers and other amenities, so traffic disruption is essential. As soon as the commotion dies down from installing underground water, sewer and gas lines (hopefully by Thanksgiving) on Century, Market Street development will take center stage. A contractor will be selected to renovate the area early next year. The Market Street project, projected to become a mixed-use project of shops with upstairs residential space, will make way for yet another project—the light rail train which will come through Inglewood to and from LAX. Get ready for more traffic with the building of the train tracks and the two stations slated to be built in Inglewood. That project is expected to be complete in 2019. Bottom line—there are going to be traffic disruptions and noise while this City becomes transformed. There is just no way of
Eye on the City (Continued from page 4) wide election: “It is going to cost $36.5 million to do this November election. About $4.8 million will be spent in L.A. County. Over a million people are eligible to vote, but not registered.” Horton said the highest voting group are those in the 18-29 age category. The Hollywood Park project is humming right along. And with it, the inevitable reality of traffic interruptions. “The Gas Company is putting in a new gas transmission line (on Century Blvd.) between Yukon and Prairie,” Councilman Ralph Franklin said. “Gas lines are be-
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Willie Brown, Publisher, Inglewood Today Weekly getting around that. Just remember, no pain, no gain. New construction, new projects, and new infrastructure means millions of dollars in tax revenues, more jobs, more business opportunities, and more city services. This adds up to an overall better quality of life for everyone. Life is changing for people who live and work in Inglewood. There will be more noise and more traffic detours. But as the dust begins to settle, we will be able to see how much better things are. The streets will be smoother, the train will provide another transportation option for commuters, there will be more things to do and places to visit, and more people spending their money here. It’s not a bad scenario when you compare the temporary inconvenience to the big payoff. As nerve wrecking as it may be from time to time, things will be much better in the end. So just plan on being flexible, change your route to work, buy some ear plugs, do what you have to do. There is an end date to this city wide renovation, and it will mark the beginning of the new Inglewood.
ing installed for the new Hollywood Park project. They are going to go all the way to the 105 Freeway. It’s about a 30-minute delay. You’re going to have a lot of disruption, so if you can avoid that intersection, you may want to do so.” Franklin added that the gas line project will delay street paving, but “we have to take care of the things in the ground first.” Dotson said folks may want to attend his Oct. 11 town hall meeting for more than the information: “If you haven’t got your flu shot, it’s time to go and get it. They’re also checking blood pressure, so (Continued on page 8)
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Judge Rules Ferguson Police Violated Civil Rights
t is unconstitutional for police to require protestors to keep moving rather than stand still, said a federal judge on Monday. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry in St. Louis ordered law enforcement agencies to stop using the tactic employed against demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. Seeking to control angry crowds, police there ordered people to walk and not stand still. The American Civil Liberties Union sued to halt the practice. Perry wrote in her order that the requirement violates the constitutional rights of protesters. She said she granted a preliminary injunction “because it is likely that these agencies will again apply this unconstitutional policy.’’
Police, however, can still enforce Missouri’s failure-to-disperse law and other laws to control crowds and protect people and property. “This injunction prevents only the enforcement of an ad hoc rule developed for the Ferguson protests that directed police officers, if they felt like it, to order peaceful, law-abiding protesters to keep moving rather than standing still,’’ she wrote. The ACLU and Amnesty International USA hailed the ruling as a victory. “Vague rules that are applied in a haphazard fashion tend to increase community tension,” said Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri. “Judge Perry’s injunction is a huge win for peaceful protesters and those who believe in the rule of law.’’
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Republic to provide bikes to children that otherwise would not have them, is just a blessing.” “Environmental Services Manager for the City of Inglewood also added, “I’m very happy today on this occasion to be able to present,
The City of Inglewood & Centinela Hospital Medical Center invites you to participate in a
Citywide Yard Sale & Health Fair October 18, 2014 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Hollywood Park Race Track Parking Lot Gate 8
25 Bikes for 25 Kids (Continued from page 1) tinuing a rich tradition of partnerships in the community, the Salvation Army, Republic Services, and the City of Inglewood have teamed together with Bikes For Kids, to provide 25 bicycles to 25 kids through their recycle donation program.” Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts and District 1 Councilman George Dotson celebrated with the young people as they strapped on their brand new helmets provided by Bikes For Kids. Mayor Butts added, “You know the #1 gift any kid wants to get at Christmas time, is a bicycle. For the Salvation Army to partner with
bikes to the Inglewood youth. The bikes were made available through the solid waste contract the City has with Consolidated Disposal Services. The bikes were donated and or refurbished to give to the Inglewood Community.”
Clean out closets of unwanted treasures and earn some cash! Or come down to browse and maybe purchase a treasure that’s new to you! A non-prot DONATION CENTER & DOCUMENT SHREDDING service will be on site. Shredding services are for Inglewood Residents ONLY. ID is required.
Booths are available to Inglewood residents ONLY. Proof of residency and a
Community Liaison for Consolidated Disposal Services, Dawn Harris was moved by the event as well, “Consolidated Disposal, is very happy to partner with the Salvation Army, Inglewood Mayor Butts, City Council to put on this bike
event today. We were fortunate to have families show up with children who were very anxious very eager to get a bike and helmet today, and it made my day personally I was very touched to see the smiles of the children.” For more information on how to donate an unused bicycle, or inquire about the recycle donation program, contact the City of Inglewood Public Works Department 310-4125333. Or visit the City’s website at www.cityofinglewood.org
$35 registration fee is required, Residents can register at the Public Works Department, 3rd floor in City Hall.
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Venta de Garage de Toda La Ciudad y el Feria de Salud Octubre 18, 2014 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ubicacíon: Hollywood Park Race Track Parking Lot Gate 8.
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Limpiar armarios de tesoros no deseados y ganar algo de dinero! ¿O bajan a vengan y tal vez comprar un tesoro que es nuevo para ustedes! Tendremos un Centro de Donaciones y servicio de Dsetruccions de Documentos en el evento. Esto servicios son SOLO para Los Residentes de Inglewood Identicacion es requiried.
Las cabinas están disponibles SÓLO para residentes de Inglewood. Se requiere prueba de residencia y una cuota de inscripción de $35. Los residentes pueden inscribirse en el Departamento de obras públicas, 3er piso en pasillo de ciudad.
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October 9, 2014
Red’s Flavor Table
By Thomas Bunn
mongst a packed house and the likes of KJLH Radio and NBA Hall of Fame Legend Reggie Miller, I found myself in the heart of Louisiana this past Saturday as the community partook in the grand opening of The Flavor Table, a New Orleans style breakfast restaurant located at 2812 W. Florence Avenue in the City of Los Angeles. Hot plates swooshed by, folks carried smiles and good conversation, and music charged the air with good vibes, as guests, family, and friends indulged in the southern cuisine that’s become quite a fan favorite in the last few decades. The newly opened establishment is actually the return of a Los Angeles gem that has been around since the early 1980s, previously located on Western Avenue and 39th Street. The former restaurant was titled Red’s, for the once redhaired, fiery and effervescent personality of its proprietor and Head Grand Opening – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Chef, Marilyn Wallace, a native of Marksville a small city in and Being an actress has in its own ter think fast when you’re in that and it’s like the most important thing the parish seat of Avoyelles Parish, unique way, rendered a competi- kitchen.” to her is keeping the family together. I Louisiana. tive advantage to Wallace due to The establishment is cozy, it feels think that’s the driving force.” like your favorite aunt is going to With a celebrity chef for a son, come out from the kitchen and daughter, son in law, nieces, coussmother you with a big hug and kiss ins all at the helm of this business, after you take your seat. The dining Wallace is definitely a proponent of area is draped with photos and Lou- family. isiana inspired memorabilia that accentuates the ambiance. As I made my way out back, there was a beautiful and elegant patio area, or New Orleans style “living room” fully furnished with intimate seating, a garden, and a comfy red sofa for the moment when the shrimp and grits hit the spot forcing you to lie down. The atmosphere is riddled with the vibe of family, and according to Reggie Miller and Marilyn Wallace Quintella Smith, Wallace’s first cousStudent of the Lee Strasberg The- the fact that with acting, one learns in, who also runs the establishment ater and Film Institute, Wallace was the skill of quick thinking. “It’s with her, “Lynn is a huge advocate of keen on pursuing her career as an all about improvisation, you know family, bottom line. She’s the matriactress at the time of the restaurant’s you have to think fast when you’re arch of our family now, and she beinception. “It wasn’t my dream an actor or an actress. You bet- lieves in family, she pulls the family, to open up a restaurant, it was my dream to become an actress, and that’s how it all started. After we would do different performances at different theaters, everybody was Quintella Smith and always hungry. And we’re like, Marilyn Wallace starving actors and actresses, we don’t have a lot of money, we had Ambiance and family are all all our money going to school.” great starting points to a successful Wallace joked about the first time restaurant, but there is no greater he peers tasted her food. “So, we advertising agent, than the food. would prepare our own meals, evWith various southern dishes on eryone made a dish, we took turns, the menu, The Flavor Table offers and every time I prepared someShrimp and Crab Omelets, Shrimp thing, they thoroughly enjoyed it. and Grits, a heavenly Peach CobSo, they would say, you’re so good, bler French Toast, and a host of you’re a good cook, and I actually other down home delicacies. The resented that, I’m a good cook? No, patio couch will most definitely be I’m a good actress!” your best friend after breakfast.
October 9, 2014
He a lt h & F i t n e s s
Healthy Eating & Weight Loss
By Anne Cheek La Rose
y sister is getting married later this month and I wanted to drop a few pounds and tone up a bit. I watch my fat intake, use no extra salt on foods, and eat lots of veggies, among other things. Don’t know how quickly these work, but they are all healthy and that’s the important thing for the long run. BUTTER is a no-no. Years ago I replaced butter with flavored olive oil. I use olive oil for everything except baking—there’s no substitute for butter when baking. CINNAMON is good for your heart. If you’re addicted to coffee, a sprinkle on your latte is a good thing. Sorry, but eating a tempting and delicious cinnamon bun is not good for weight loss. APPLE SAUCE, the ‘no sugar’ added variety, is what I eat almost daily. It’s a great way to get some of the required daily amounts of fruits and vegetables. To make apple sauce extra yummy, add cinnamon. QUINOA (keen-wa) is a grain from South America that was a sta-
ple for the Inca. Cook like rice and use in salads, as a side dish in place of rice, and in soups. MILK does a body good. If you drink milk, go for 2% milkfat. Milk with 1% milkfat has a chalky taste to me. The bonus of milk, yogurt, cheese, and other milk products is that they up your calcium intake. If you have osteoporosis or are on the verge of it, milk products definitely help. ICE CREAM is oh-so- good, but the fat content is incredibly high. I have replaced ice cream with frozen yogurt, specifically Yogurtland. I’m not promoting this brand, but it is the best I’ve tasted and I’m mad for it. NUTS, almonds and walnuts have good fat and are the least caloric. Snack on them or add to vegetables or casseroles. EDAMAME is a soy bean and a great source of natural estrogen. I use them as a dinner veggie but many people eat them as a snack sprinkled with sea salt. I buy them shelled as I don’t see the point of
Anne Cheek La Rose paying for the shells which are not edible. SALT is something that all of us eat too much of. Salt is found in most foods naturally, yet we add it while cooking, then add more when the food reaches the table. In place of salt, try Morton’s Salt Substitute, Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute (my choice), or Mrs. Dash. I won’t tell you they taste exactly like salt, but they add flavor to food and
Smile, Be Happy By Hamza Yammout, UMMA Community Clinic
research study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted between 2006 and 2008 shows that 1 in every 10 adults in the United States are depressed. The largest two groups of those surveyed who reported being depressed are African American and Hispanic. Ironically, another large pool of participants who were identified as depressed also did not have health insurance (recall that the Affordable Care Act was non-existent at the time). Today, everyone who is a U.S. citizen must have some form of health insurance, regardless of the level of coverage. However, having insurance does not constitute optimal coverage. Whether clinically depressed or having a bad day, science has shown, time and again, that smiling helps. During a Ted Talk by Ron Gutman, he mentioned several profound studies that prove the benefits of a simple smile. One such study took into consideration the size of the smile each baseball player had on their baseball card. Those who were smiling from ear to ear lived, on average, a total of 9
years longer! Sure, smiling might improve your overall quality of life and even extend it, however, what about those who feel either too sad or angry to smile? What do they do to take advantage of this natural tool?
drawn to chocolate, especially during times of sadness or loss. However, there’s another way to stimulate our brains and induce the production of serotonin just like the tryptophan in chocolate does—and it’s free! In his presentation, Gutman cites a study by British researchers that sends the crowd into an uproar of laughter. One single smile can produce the exact same level of brain stimulation as eating 2,000 bars of chocolate! He continues, adding that the same study by these British researchers also found that smiling is as stimulating as receiving up to $25,600 in cash! In almost every romance movie The conclusions of all this resince the beginning of romance search is straightforward: smiling, movies, breakups are always fol- even if it is forced, can and will lowed by a large tub of chocolate make us feel good. Rather than foice cream to “ease the pain” and cusing on the situations that negamake someone feel better—and tively impact our attitude, taking it usually works! Have you ever a short break and reminding ourwondered why? Tryptophan, an selves of the good times—even if amino acid that is used by the only to force a smile—can really brain to produce serotonin, a neu- make a difference. We don’t need rotransmitter that can produce to be happy to smile, but smiling feelings of happiness, is actually will definitely make us happier! found in chocolate. With this in Give it a shot. Smile, be happy. mind, it is no wonder that we are
that’s why we use salt. If you must have salt, use sea salt. I cut my beef intake to a minimum. I’ll go for a burger when I feel the need for beef. I eat chicken and fish. Salmon and Tilapia are the two fish highest in Omega-3 (the good fat), but Salmon is horribly expensive so I buy Tilapia. I bake or grill, but never fry. I’ll eat a few French fries with a burger. Once a week I have a meatless meal. I make frittatas. My recipe for two is six eggs, add a bit of water to fluff the eggs, salt substitute to taste and whisk. Add lots of vegetables (I try for at least six different ones). Mix together, then into a skillet on top of the stove and cover. When the eggs begin to cook, place the skillet and cover into a 350 degree oven until the frittata is cooked through. I still haven’t lost any weight and I’m not as firm as I’d like. Maybe I’ll fall back on a few Pilates and Yoga exercises I learned in college —at least my posture will be good.
Eye on the City (Continued from page 5) if you’re having medical problems, Walgreens will be there.” All shots and checkups are free. The District 1 Town Hall Meeting will take place from 10am until noon at First Church of God, 9550 Crenshaw Blvd. The public will hear from Mayor Butts, City Treasurer Wanda Brown and Chief of Police Mark Fronterotta. Representatives from the Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison Company, AT&T, the Former Daniel Freeman site and Centinela Hospital will update the public on new projects and share information about job opportunities. Councilman Alex Padilla took time to commend Public Works Director Louis Atwell and his staff for their work around town. “The public works staff has done an outstanding job addressing issues about trees that need to be trimmed and sidewalk repairs. We’re in our new fiscal year and it’s (tree trimming) now going to run into Districts 1 and 4. Districts 2 and 3 will be doing street repairs,” he said. Councilman Eloy Morales reminded the public that drop off and pick up locations of children around schools will be more strictly enforced by new traffic control officers.
October 9, 2014
Board of Supervisors Approved $20M Set-Aside for Diversion in the Supplemental Budget
he Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to set aside $20 million to fund mental health services, substance abuse treatment, job counseling, as well as supportive housing for mentally ill offenders as an alternative to incarceration. “We know that jail is not the best place to treat the mentally ill and substance abusers,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who sponsored the motion setting aside the funds. “Jail only makes the mentally ill sicker, and this County has not been able to figure out how to keep them stabilized and healthy in an environment that only makes them worse.” The mentally ill are jailed at higher rates than others, and those numbers are outpacing the County’s ability to properly treat them. Diversion, or rerouting mentally ill offenders to treatment instead of incarceration, is intended to stabilize them and reduce the likelihood of recidivism. Many of the mentally ill people that wind up in County jails have co-occurring disorders and are homeless. “Unnecessarily jailing people with mental illness is not only expensive, because they can be treated for a fraction of the cost using community-based programs, but it is also harsh and insensitive, and dare I say, inhumane,” the Supervisor said. “Having an untreated mental
illness should not be a crime.” The County of Los Angeles has been under a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice since 2002 and could face a consent decree because the jails were not designed to accommodate or deliver treatment to inmates with severe mental illnesses. Today, the Board of Supervisors joined with District Attorney Jackie Lacey, County mental and public health departments and the Sheriff’s Department as a financial partner committed to diversion. In 2015, the board will vote on whether to build a $2 billion jail. By setting aside $20 million in a separate fund pending receipt of the District Attorney’s report, the Board has expressed a commitment to righting this wrong. In the Second Supervisorial District efforts to expand diversion are already underway. The MLK Mental Health Urgent Care Center opened its doors earlier this month on the Martin Luther King Medical Campus. The center is a one-stop shop for families, individuals and law enforcement to bring a person suffering acute distress or an episode related to mental illness. Patients will receive a variety of services including psychiatric evaluation and assessment, crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling and medication support (Continued on page 11)
SoCal Renters Will Pay 8 Percent More Over Next 2 Years
lat incomes, rising costs, and a low supply of housing have created a nightmare for renters. Researchers at the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate say the situation is going to get worse. According to the study recently released, renters in L.A. and Orange Counties can expect rent increases of 8.2 percent and 8.6 percent respectively in the next two years. Translated, this means paying an average of $1,860 or $1,810 per month. Rentals in the Inland Empire are expected to jump to an average of 9.9 percent or $1,250 monthly. In Inglewood, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is around $1,250. According to WestsideRental. com, those who stay in the beach cities, will pay about 15 percent more, while those who live a little farther inland will see about a 10 percent increase.
The anticipated increase is due in part to the demand for new housing outpacing new construction. At the same time, the economic downturn created a quagmire of challenges which have negatively impacted the ability of many families to keep up with rising cost. According to the California Housing Partnership Corporation and Harvard University, from 2000-2012, the inflation-adjusted median rent shot up by nearly 25 percent in L.A. County. During the same time, inflation-adjusted income declined by 9 percent. About 20 percent of California households spent more than half of their income on rent in 2011, which means many are going without living essentials. California has the second-lowest home ownership rate in the country, just behind New York.
Restaurants Charge 3% Surcharge to Pay for Obamacare
ocal diners should brace themselves for a new 3 percent surcharge being tacked onto their restaurant bills. The fee is being added—mainly at high-end restaurants—to cover healthcare costs for their employees. You can ask to have the surcharge subtracted from your bill. The tactic, which began showing up first in Northern California was implemented in Los Angeles last year, and more L.A. area eateries are jumping on the band wagon. Critics say it’s a ploy to make a political statement about the Affordable Care Act, while restaurant owners insist it is a way to take care of their employees. Yelp reviewers called the fee cheap and tacky. They say the fee should be included in the menu price: “It’s basically management saying ‘Obamacare made me do it,’” one reviewer wrote. “If you want to offset costs try turning up the thermostat. There’s your 3%! Now please pay your workers’ health insurance, and hush.” Restaurant workers like the idea, especially those who are
older and work in the kitchen. California law prohibits wait staff to share their tips with cooks. A good waiter at a high-end restaurant could earn up to $80,000 a year or more, compared to a cook or dishwasher. When you consider what a waiter can earn in tips, the pay inequality can be stark. Some restaurants are toying with the idea of doing away with tips altogether and charging a service fee instead. This fee, they say, could be used to provide medical insurance to all workers. A question for many diners is why restaurants don’t simply pick up the tab. On any given weekend in L.A., depending on the restaurant, guests could wait 45 minutes for a good table. But those in the industry say the belief that restaurants are high profit centers is just a myth. “Many months, no matter how busy the restaurants may be, they can actually be running at a loss,” one restaurant owner said. The employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act will go into effect in 2016 for businesses with 50 or more employees.
October 9, 2014
LEGAL NOTICES Notice of Public Hearing NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Mayor and Council Members of the City of Inglewood, California will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the hour of 2:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers, One West Manchester Boulevard, 9th Floor, Inglewood, California to adopt an Ordinance to Establish Water Conservation and Water Supply Shortage Program. The proposed Ordinance will impose water conservation requirements and water supply shortage conditions on residential and commercial water service area customers to promote water conservation. Copies of the proposed Ordinance will be available for public review at the City Clerk’s Office, Inglewood Main Library and on the City website www.cityofinglewood.org by assessing the City Council Agenda for October 7, 2014. Written comments may be mailed or delivered on or before October 21, 2014, 2 p.m. to: Office of the City Clerk City of Inglewood One West Manchester Boulevard, 1st Floor Inglewood, CA 90301 All interested persons/business owners may appear before said Council and be heard with reference to this matter. This notice is given by the order of the Mayor and Council Members of the City of Inglewood, dated October 7, 2014. Yvonne Horton, City Clerk CITY OF INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA If you require special accommodations due to the disability, please contact the Office of City Clerk (310) 412-5280 or FAX (310) 4125533, One Manchester Boulevard, 1st Floor, Inglewood, California, 90301. All requests for accommodations must be received 48 hours prior to the day of hearing. “If you challenge the aforementioned public hearing in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City Council at, or prior to, the public hearing.”
Who’s on the Ballot for Inglewood? (Continued from page 1) Marshall, respectively. Term limits have forced 3 Democratic incumbents out of office. Secretary of State Debra Bowen will vacate her seat to either Democrat Alex Padilla or Republican Pete Peterson. Betty Yee and Ashley Swearengin will fight for the office of Controller now that John Chiang is termed out. Chiang is seeking his first term as Treasurer against Greg
Conlon. Current Treasurer Bill Lockyer is not seeking office. Autumn Burke hopes to defeat challenger Ted Grose for the 62nd Assembly District, while U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters is running for reelection in the 43rd District against Republican, John Wood, Jr Jeffrey Prang will faceoff with John Morris for the L.A. County Assessor’s seat, and Paul Tanaka is running against Jim McDonnell in the Los Angeles
NOTICE OF NOMINEES FOR PUBLIC OFFICE City of Inglewood NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following persons have been nominated for the term of Mayor designated to be filled at a Municipal Election to be held in the City of Inglewood on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. For Mayor Mike Stevens James T. Butts, Jr. Sandie Crisp Gilbert A. Mathieu City of Inglewood Yvonne Horton, City Clerk
NOTIFICACIÓN DE LOS CANDIDATOS PARA LOS CARGOS PÚBLICOS Ciudad de Inglewood Elección Municipal que se llevará a cabo en la Ciudad de Inglewood el martes, 4 noviembre 2014. Para Alcalde Mike Stevens James T. Butts, Jr. Sandie Crisp Gilbert A. Mathieu Yvonne Horton, Secretario Municipal Ciudad de Inglewood
County Sheriff’s race. West Basin Municipal Water District Board Member Gloria Gray is seeking another term in Division 2. She is expecting a win over rivals Michael Amos, Darius Leevy and Analilia Joya. Five statewide ballot propositions are certified for the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot in California. Here is a bullet-point description of each: Prop. 2: State Budget, Budget Stabilization Account, Legislative Consti-
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2014273287 The following Person is doing business as: My Pathway 4 You 815 W Walnut Street, #17 Inglewood, CA 90301 Registered owner: Charlene Logan, 815 W. Walnut Street, #17, Inglewood, CA 90301 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business listed above on September 29, 2014. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Charlene Logan, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk on September 29, 2014 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or common law (See Section 14411 et.seq., Business and Professions Code.) Original October 9,16, 23, 30, 2014 ITO0422301050 Inglewood Today
tutional Amendment. Requires half of state revenues to be transferred from the general fund to the budget stabilization account to repay state debts. Prop. 45: Healthcare Insurance Rate Changes. Requires approval by the Insurance Commissioner before a health insurer can change its rates. Prop. 46: Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors. Requires drug testing of doctors and review of statewide prescription database before
BOE Chair to Host Free Empowerment Events (Continued from page 3) jobs! Hiring representative will be on hand to answer your questions and guide you through the application process. Career advancement starts now. The Connecting Women to Power International & Domestic Trade Conference on December 2nd— International trade experts and consulates from China, Japan, South Africa and Mexico will conduct interactive panel discussions on how to expand a business globally. In January 2015, Chairman Horton will launch the Small Business Seminars, throughout Southern California, that offer entrepreneurs and small business owners all of the information they need to start and maintain a business and how to eliminate the burden of taxation. Also in January, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) & Family Resource Fairs will begin. Kicking off its sixth year, the program offers free income tax preparation services for low(Continued on page 11) prescribing controlled substances. Prop. 47: Criminal Sentences, Misdemeanor Penalties. Requires misdemeanor sentences, instead of felonies, for certain types of drug and property offenses. Prop. 48: Indian Gaming Compacts. Will approve or reject tribal gaming compacts between the state and North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe.
October 9, 2014
ast week (Oct. 2, 2014), long time Inglewood resident and activist Ethel Austin took snapshots of various people at the District 2 Picnic at North Park. She submitted them to Inglewood Today, but did not receive photo credit. We would like to correct that error and give full credit to Ethel Austin for allowing us to publish the photos. Thanks Ethel, sorry for the omission.
BOE Chair to Host Free Empowerment Events (Continued from page 10) to-moderate income taxpayers. Attendees will benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) for eligible households, where they can qualify for up to $6,143 in EITC, as well as beneficial health and human services resources for needy families. Households with less than a $53,000 in annual income will qualify for the VITA program. “Historically, the California Board of Equalization has been an agency that serves the public through fair, effective and efficient tax administration,” said Horton. “It has been my aim to expand the role of the agency to, not only properly administer the $58 billion that is a lion’s share of California’s budget, but also to serve and protect California taxpayers, create jobs, build community wealth, and grow California businesses.” He concluded. “The upcoming events will meet those challenges.” For more information call 310/297-5201 or visit www.boe. ca.gov/taxevents.
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October 11, 2014 District 1 Town Hall Meeting The District 1 Town Hall Meeting has been rescheduled from September 20, 2014. It will take place at the First Church of God Gymnasium, 9550 Crenshaw Blvd., from 10am until noon. You’ll hear from Mayor James Butts, City Treasurer Wanda Brown, Police Chief Mark Fronterotta, the Southern California Gas Company’s Mike Harriel, Southern Ethel Austin California Edison’s Marvin Jackmon, and AT&Ts Donovan Green. A representative from the Shopoff Group will discuss future plans for Board of Supervisors the old Daniel Freeman Hospital Approved $20 Million site. Refreshments will be served. Set-Aside for Diversion in Stay informed about what is happenSupplemental Budget (Continued from page 9) ing in your community. For further from an on-site team of experts from information, call (310) 412-8602 or the county’s departments of mental email firstname.lastname@example.org. health, social services, health services and public health. October 14 2014 For more information on the Great Beginnings Meet and Greet MLK Mental Health Urgent Care Great Beginnings for Black BaCenter, please visit: http://ridley- bies will host a “Meet and Greet” thomas.lacounty.gov/index.php/ to equip fathers with the necessary mlk-mental-health/ tools to play an active role in the care and support of their children The initiative also provides indiSenior Officials: Taking the vidual counseling, referrals to social High Road services and employment and health (Continued from page 3) providers, support groups, public “took the high road;” nipped the policy trainings and issue-oriented White House security breach in the town hall sessions and symposiums. bud, to say the least. To be held at 6pm, 301 N. Prairie, Barbara Hobbs is a long time Inglewood resident and the author of Black America, 1956-1966 and Conquering Obstacles. She is also a freelance writer and supporter of child advocacy and women’s rights. Barbara has a B. A. Degree in Communication from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
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Suite 515, Inglewood. All are welcome to attend. Please call (310) 677-7995 for additional information. October 18, 2014 Citywide Yard Sale and Health Fair The City of Inglewood, in collaboration with Centinela Hospital, will be sponsoring a citywide yard sale and Health Fair Event from 7am until 3pm. The sale will be held at the Hollywood Park Racetrack Parking Lot, Gate 8 at Pincay. You can come and search for useful items to purchase or you can rent a booth and sell your unwanted property to make some extra cash. While you’re there, take advantage of the free document shredding and valuable health screenings. Free admission. Ongoing Counseling for Anxiety, Depression Get free help for anxiety, depression, stress and anger. Recovery International provides tools and practice in changing thinking habits so individuals can gain personal control over emotions and improve life-coping skills. This worldwide non-profit organization, holds weekly meetings every Monday at 6:00 p.m. at SHARE! 6666 Green Valley Circle, north of Centinela Ave. Call 310-322-6411 or visit www.lowselfhelpsystems.org.
Citywide Yard Sale & Health Fair
Saturday, October 18th 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Hollywood Park Parking Lot
Enter at Gate 8 Located on Pincay St. Centinela Hospital Health Fair
Free Health Screenings PSA test* Glucose test* Cholesterol* Body Fat Pulmonary Function Wellness Information Disaster Preparedness Nutrition Counseling Community Resources Ask a Pharmacist Diabetes Education Maternal and Child Health
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Browse through over 200 booths of large and small items for sale Free shredding service for Inglewood residents E-waste collection On site donation center Free parking Entertainment Educational workshops
* requires 6 - 8 hours of fasting before test
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Centinela Hospital Medical Center and the City of Inglewood Public Works Department
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