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November 8, 2018

VOL. 33, No. 91


Francis Taylor, Asst. Editor

(Courtesy photo of Villanueva, Daily News staff photo of McDonnell)

Retired LA County sheriff ’s Lt. Alex Villanueva, left, and current LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell faced off in the Nov. 6 2018 runoff election. Villanueva was leading as of Wednesday, according to semiofficial election results.

Informed, intelligent and involved City of Inglewood voters delivered a resounding victory for incumbent, twoterm Mayor James T. Butts Jr., on Tuesday. They were not dissuaded by the false and misleading billboards, door hangers and social media posts his well-funded opponent disbursed throughout the city and Butts pulverized his opponents by garnering 63 percent of the vote against four challengers. It had been reported that Butts’ primary opponent became an Inglewood

resident just in time to file the paperwork required to run for Inglewood mayor. And, it is generally well known that the candidate that Madison Square GardenThe Forum backed with over one million dollars in campaign funding was familiar to them as he was involved in negotiating their acquisition of that premiere entertainment facility with the previous owner. The Forum supported Mayor Butts in his previous re-election bid however, when it was announced that after the Los Angeles Rams proposed building their

world-class NFL arena and the Clippers announced their desire to build a worldclass entertainment center in Inglewood, The Forum filed a suit against the City of Inglewood and Mayor Butts. Their decision to put their money behind the incumbent’s primary opponent seemed to be a clear desire to control the actions of the city’s elected leadership by advancing their hand-picked candidate. Mayor Butts was confident of his reelection from the beginning of his campaign. Standing on a near-miraculous



President Trump abruptly announced on Twitter Wednesday that Jeff Sessions is no longer the U.S. attorney general. The Department of Justice provided Yahoo News with a copy of an undated resignation letter from Sessions to the president. At the top of the letter, Sessions indicated the president asked him to resign. Sessions’s exit came within hours of a lengthy White House press conference where Trump suggested some major staff changes would be coming soon.

When pressed, the president declined to say what those changes might be. He framed potential turnover as standard operating procedure after the end of an election cycle. Trump’s White House has seen extensive turbulence with multiple high-level departures. Sessions has long been seen as having a questionable future with the White House because

Trump has repeatedly expressed his disapproval of the attorney general’s decision to recuse himself from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.




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bevy of major accomplishments, it was no surprise that the Inglewood voters would be very proud of what had been accomplished under his leadership of Mayor Butts, whose council colleagues have indicated that he is a tireless worker who has accomplished, for the comparatively small City of Inglewood what only three other cities in the nation have accomplished – Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City. During the “Have Coffee and Donuts With the Mayor” the weekend before the primary election, Mayor Butts met with hundreds of Inglewood residents and

In his full-time position, Mayor Butts will continue to serve as the city’s chief executive officer and is involved in day-to-day operations. The nuance that Mayor Butts brings to that position is what Inglewood residents do not see on a daily basis or in the weekly council meetings but it is among the characteristics that distinguish him from other ‘wannabes.’ For example, in the case of the Rams arena, he negotiated for the owners to source materials and supplies from the City of Inglewood so as to boost the city’s retail sales tax revenue. In the matter of the trash collection contract, while he did not vote on the final contract so as to avoid even the appearance of improcampaign supporters at his campaign priety, he was leery of some of the other headquarters. His message was simple bidder’s overall capabilities and the fact and straightforward. After providing an that they did not provide union wages for overview of the major accomplishments their workers. Butts has demanded living that have been realized under his leaderwages for Inglewood residents. ship, he produced evidence of the healthy Executives at The Forum’s parent fiscal condition of the City of Inglewood, company claim Butts tricked them into correcting the false and inaccurate inforgiving up land for overflow parking by mation that had been advanced by his claiming it would be used for a technoloopponent’s colorful and expensive flyers. gy park. The city later revealed they were After the coffee and donuts, the mayin negotiations with the Clippers. MSG or hit the pavement with his volunteer sued Butts and the city alleging fraud as a campaign workers knocking on doors and it clearly paid off for his victory on 5 November 6th.

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Gavin Newsom cruised to an easy victory Tuesday night in the race for California governor while Maxine Waters crushed her republican opponent in her California Congressional race. Newsom’s campaign largely focused on issues like homelessness, housing affordability, and health care. Newsom has pledged to develop 3.5 million new housing units by 2025 — an ambitious target. Newsom has also endorsed a single-payer health care plan for California, though he has sought to play down expectations that such a goal could

be met in the near term. Newsom largely ignored Cox, a Republican who based his campaign largely on an effort to repeal the state’s gas tax increase. Cox was a key supporter of Proposition 6, which would repeal the hike approved by the Legislature last year. In the top-two primary in June, Cox beat former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen for the second spot in the race with key support from Trump. The unstoppable Congresswoman Maxine Waters also cruised to an easy victory crushing her republican opponent as she did in the primary election in June. As a seasoned, veteran legislator, Waters has earned the respect, confidence and continued support of her constituents, based upon a long re-

cord of legislative achievement and delivering measurable results to her district. What is particularly significant about Waters’ re-election is that, as the ranking member of the Financial Services Committee, that oversees the financial and banking industries in the United States, combined with her outspoken criticism of Donald Trump, suggests that there may be difficult challenges that Trump will face as a result of his dealings that have been kept secret and unpublicized by republican congressional members who have shielded him up until the next legislative session. Congresswoman Waters spoke out about the news yesterday that Trump had fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In her unabashed style, Waters labeled Trump’s firing of the Attorney General (AG) as outrageous indicating that despite

his desire to work with the democrats to arrive at mutually agreeable solutions to infrastructure, health care, immigration and other issues, he defiantly fired his AG, probably as a precursor to his stated desire to end the special prosecutor’s investigation. Waters indicated that Trump has no regard for the constitution or the protocol that is representative of the office of president. She predicted that the new congressional leadership will deliver a suitable reaction to the president’s machinations at the appropriate time.

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Sessions’s recusal stems from the fact he was an active supporter of Trump’s 2016 campaign. The Mueller probe is examining whether Trump’s campaign team colluded with Russian efforts to interfere in that presidential race. Sessions’s recusal prevented him from stopping the probe, which Trump has attacked as an unfair “witch hunt.” Whitaker, on the other hand, has expressed frustration with Mueller’s probe. In a CNN op-ed published last year, Whitaker suggested the investigation had gone too far amid reports that the special counsel was looking into the Trump Organization’s financial records. “Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling in-

vestigation that he is dangerously close to crossing,” Whitaker wrote. “This information is deeply concerning to me. It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else. That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel.” On Capitol Hill, reaction to Sessions’s ouster among Democrats was swift. “While the president may have the authority to replace the Attorney Gen-

eral, this must not be the first step in an attempt to impede, obstruct or end the Mueller investigation,” Sen. Mark Warner, said in a statement. “No one is above the law and any effort to interfere with the special counsel’s investigation would be a gross abuse of power by the president.” “Senators from both parties have repeatedly affirmed their support for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation,” Warner added. “Every one of them should speak out now and deliver a clear message to the president that the special counsel’s investigation must continue without interference.” “It is impossible to read Attorney General Sessions’ firing as anything

other than another blatant attempt by @ realDonaldTrump to undermine & end Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted. “Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russia investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller’s investigation. Congress must take immediate action to protect the rule of law and integrity of the investigation.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed. “Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general,” Schumer said.

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Inglewood Residents Give Mayor Resounding Landslide Victory Over Opponents

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I was proud to be in attendance at Mayor James T. Butts, Jr.’s, campaign victory celebration Tuesday night at the Hollywood Park Casino. The atmosphere was filled with the energy that Butts has brought to the City of Inglewood, the hundreds of the supporters who voted for him and a feeling of anticipated relief as the ballots were counted and it was clear that Mayor Butts was crushing his opponents garnering more than 63 percent of the vote. I was proud of course for the mayor who will be at the helm of leadership in the city for the next four-year term. I was proud of the voters who stood by the mayor despite a landslide of false and misleading propaganda dispensed by Marc Little. I was proud for the city that bears the name of my newspaper, INGLEWOOD TODAY, for what we may anticipate with another four years of leadership from the mayor and a supportive council. I was also disappointed in Marc Little and Madison Square Garden, the parent-company of The Forum, that they would have the audacity to believe that they could pull the proverbial wool over the eyes of the City of Inglewood voters. Someone said to me during the celebration that anyone who voted for Little had been hoodwinked and bamboozled. Many others acknowledged an article that had appeared on the front page of a recent paper that pointed-out the truth about Little’s candidacy.

Not only had Republican Little not been an Inglewood resident until just before the filing deadline to run for office, as has been reported, his near-exclusive campaign funding had come from The Forum and their well-heeled Los Angeles, Hollywood and entertainment contacts who have absolutely no connection to the City of Inglewood and probably would not know Queen Street from Inglewood Avenue or Hyde Park from Grevillea. Why for example would the matriarch of the Kardashian clan donate to Little’s campaign? Another Butts supporter said to me that he was appalled that The Forum, who has done little, if anything at all, to support the City of Inglewood or its residents, would raise over a million dollars to support a carpetbagger who expected to win an election by displaying misleading billboards, flyers, and social media messages. “Their lack of respect for the city and its citizens was apparent by their belief that they could control the city by bankrolling a candidate for mayor who would be beholden to them,” he said. When The Forum owners first arrived in Inglewood, there was much talk about what they would do to be a responsible and responsive corporate member of the community. I have found nothing so support their early assertion and find their support of Little to represent the ultimate insult


a result but in a regular city council meeting the city’s legal representatives explained in graphic detail why their lawsuit had no merit. The City of Inglewood has undergone and continues to undergo a huge transformation and economic revitalization. Not only are the headline-grabbing NFL and NBE arena’s, which will provide an economic boon to the local economy with their adjacent developments, those devel-

opments are merely the largest among a host of other major boosts to the City of Inglewood and other advances Mayor Butts has ushered in. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra will build a Youth Orchestra Los Angeles facility in Downtown Inglewood that will benefit 300 Inglewood youth annually. The girl scouts will relocate their regional headquarters to the City of Inglewood. The Inglewood Senior Center,



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The Lakers are still looking for that special chemistry that separates good teams from average teams. They seem to have the talent but talent does not always mean success. On paper the team looks like they should have a winning record but potential is a dangerous word, especially in sports. At press time the Lakers were 4-6 and coming off a bad looking 121 107 loss to Toronto Raptors last Sunday at the Staples Center. To make matters worse the Raptors best player, Kawhi Leonard did not play. The Lakers next two games are at Sacramento on Saturday and against Atlanta on Sunday at the Staples Center at 6:30 p.m. The bright side of the situation is the season is still young. It’ an 82 game regular season and a lot can happen between now and April but the fact remains the National Basketball Association (NBA) has gotten better and there are a lot of young and old players that are capable of taking over a game on any given night. The slow start by the Lakers has created another problem. Now everyone is talking about the job head coach Luke

Walton is doing. Last week Walton and Laker President of Basketball operations Magic Johnson reportedly had a heated meeting about the way the team is playing. The Lakers can score points but defensively they are having problems. “It’s going to take time learning to play together and becoming a good team.” said Walton after their 114-113 win over Dallas on Halloween night. “That’s why defense is so important. There are going to be nights when guys are tried and your shots are not falling but you have to rely on your defense to win games.” Although Lakers center JaVale McGee is having a solid year averaging 15 points and seven rebounds per game, but when he leaves the game they have trouble guarding the middle paint area around the basket. “We have to stay focused, especially on defense,” said McGee after the win over Dallas This season McGee is creating his own block party. Against Dallas he had five blocks and 15 rebounds. “I have been consistently blocking shots and the coaches are putting me in the position to consistently block shots.”

Ram quarterback Jared Goff looks to the side lines for a play against the Green Bay Packers on October 28. The Rams have a home game on Sunday against Seattle at 1:25 p.m.

If the defense can catch up with the offense the Lakers will star winning more games. Five players are averaging over 15 points per game and three are averaging over 10 points per game.

Lou Williams of the Clippers looks to make a play against Minnesota last Monday night at Staples Center during their 120-109 win. On Saturday the Clippers start a three game home stand against Milwaukee at 12:30 p.m. They face the Warriors on Monday a 7:30 p.m. and they play San Antonio on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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LEGAL NOTICES ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME Case # 18SMCP00024 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS Petitioner: Joseph Jess Bishop, Jr., 530 Veteran Avenue, Apt 202, Los Angeles, CA 90024, has filed a petition with the Santa Monica Courthouse, County Of Los Angeles, 1725 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401, to change his name. FROM: Joseph Jess Bishop, Jr. – TO: Joseph Jess Rey, Jr. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing on, December 21, 2018, 8:30 am, Dept K, Room A-203 to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name change described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018



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from a corporate entity that extracts millions from the City of Inglewood with their entertainment events. To think that they could buy the mayor’s office and influence with a million dollars and a flunky that offered no solid, comprehensive platform for improvement in the city, makes me wonder what they could possibly have been thinking. A million bucks would have, in my opinion, been more appropriately spent contributing to a youth or education program, providing books or instruments for Inglewood students, providing vehicles for Inglewood not-for profit-service providers, donating to the senior’s meals-on-wheels program, or any number of other urgently needed causes that would have demonstrated their desire to be a responsible and responsive corporate community member. Instead, they chose to raise a million bucks for Little to capture a mere 18 percent of the vote, only a few percentage points over another candidate who garnered 12 percent of the vote with only a few thousand dollars. All of the opponent’s votes combined paled in comparison to

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which has been a model for similar facilities throughout the nation, is providing long-awaited service to Inglewood’s seniors. The city’s crime and unemployment rate is at an all-time low and lowincome housing is being planned to address the city’s shortage of affordable housing. Property values in Inglewood have jumped 125 percent since 2012, according to Butts, and consistent with residential and commercial housing stock appreciation statewide. In response to activists who criticized the mayor for

entering negotiations with the Clippers instead of offering surplus land to affordable housing developers, the mayor has said, “we will monitor investor acquisition of apartment buildings and if we see a trend for wholesale evictions, I will recommend local legislation to stop this.” The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers stadium is expected to open in 2020 and a monorail-type people mover has been proposed to mitigate the anticipated traffic congestion.

Mayor Butt’s 63 percent of the votes cast, ensuring his solid victory that sent a message to The Forum and to his opponents. I regret the disappointment of those who did not support Mayor Butts. I sincerely believe that they did not take the time to investigate the significant accomplishments that have been made under his leadership. Much like the Trump supporters who ignore facts and rely on misleading, alternatefacts and information from the instigator, many of Butts’ antagonists, I believe; Little’s supporters, ‘drank his tainted koolaid, bought-in to his incomplete message and followed him to the polls with tribal acquiescence, just as I believe Trump’s supporters follow him. Now that I have gotten how I really feel off of my chest, I look forward to the leadership Mayor Butts will provide and I am sure that he will continue to work on programs, projects and developments that are in the best interest of all of Inglewood’s residents, whether they voted for him or not, just as he has done in his first two terms as mayor of the Great City of Inglewood.

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