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contents Sa’brak Boutique ..................................page
DVD Ave “Street Fight” ..................................page
Paul R. Williams ..................................page
Aircraft Noise Harms Kids ..................................page
Inglewood Blackhawks ..................................page
Hoof Beats Limited: We Bet you’ll love this series! ..................................page
Fox Theatre to be Restored at long last? ..................................page
Your Block Rocks! New photo series shows the real Inglewood ..................................page
Zeal Harris, Artist Extraordinaire ..................................page
Two Decades of Dirty Tricks
By Randall Fleming
Whether it is the City of Inglewood firing people and shutting down Town Hall meetings, contracts to indemnify LAWA against further legal action for nothing more than insulated window dressings or expensive campaigns to discredit citizens’ groups protesting the unethical and illegal expansion efforts, the problem has been to bring to justice those responsible for the complicated schemes carried out to silence opposition to LAX expansion plans. Attempts to follow the money tend to
In the decades since the many variations of the Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP) was instituted, LAX—which is owned by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)—has proffered many changes to the residents of Inglewood. From contract passages that wholly indemnify LAX from any further legal action, to funding a city program that has been “mismanaged” to the point of building and soundproofing new luxury apartment complexes while existing houses remain uninsulated, to changes in contract language that the city attorney allows to let “slip,” the LAWA’s LAX Master Plan Program, wherein is found the Community Benefit Agreement (CBA), has been altered
Inglewood resident Prentis Bolden, after conferring with D-1 Council Member Mike Stevens about years of empty promises to have his eligible house sound-insulated, points to the much newer apartment complex across the street which was being sound-proofed.
in many ways. The result has been a largely unfulfilled program, nearly $100 million dollars “lost,” and a deadline approaching in Dec. 2015. Fortunately, Inglewood has a proponent working for the residents. District 1 Council Member Mike Stevens, whose decades of work to get the CBA fulfilled, contin-
ues to root out the problems that appear to be intentionally presented to usurp the sound insulation program. Despite refusals by the appointed city officials who are responsible for the city budget, he has pushed for an initiative to execute a “detailed forensic level audit of the please see Mike, page 10
Who is responsible for Inglewood’s decades of misery?
please see Tricks, page 5
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Inglewood Open Studios’ Sixth Year By Gerald Morales
It’s Casual on Metro, Red Line and Black Flag ..................................page
Mike Stevens Breaks the Sound Insulation Barrier in Inglewood
DE PA R T M E N T S Publisher’s Note .......................................page 2 Community Calendar .......................................page 3 Church Calendar..........page 3 Letters to the Editor .......................................page 3 Council Member Dunlap VIEW FROM DISTRICT 2 .......................................page 6 Council Member Stevens GREETINGS from MIKE .......................................page 6 SNACKTIME with SARAH Restaurant Reviews......page 6 Book Reviews................page 9
This year marked the sixth Inglewood Open Studios, an event hosted by the artists whose studios are open to the public during one November weekend every year. Lovers of art from Inglewood and elsewhere turn out to visit the studios via the shuttles provided by the city. This year’s event took place Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11. A total of 12 venues were made available to view art. The two main locations were the Beacon Arts Building, located on 808 N. La Brea Avenue, and the Beacon’s sister studios, affectionately known as 1019 West, located at 1019 W. Manchester Blvd. Both buildings, as well as all the tour stops, are in Inglewood. Inglewood Open Studios was founded by Rene Fox, the current gallery director. After a 2009 article in the L.A. Times, the event started
Artist Muriel Mandel kneels beside her mural during the Inglewood Open Studios’ 2012 tour.
to gain attention. Since then, many artists from the Inglewood and the surrounding area have come together to help this event grow. Currently there are approximately 70 artists in the two main build-
ings as well as many others in their respective workspaces throughout Inglewood. Each of the two days was accompanied by a performance courtesy of Fisher Ensemble, which is an act in
progress from Seattle composer Garrett Fisher. Those who attended the performance were witnessed the work’s debut performance please see Open Studios, page 8
Morningside Park Chronicle Inglewood is nice right now.
I often hear people talk about how Inglewood used to be nice. I’m always confused as to what they mean. I was born in Inglewood in the 1970s. I had an idyllic childhood. My mother was a homemaker and my father worked for Worldway, the USPS division out of LAX. Our home was 12 minutes by car with no traffic from LAX. I would walk to St. Eugene’s Catholic school. After doing my homework, I would ride my bicycle along the streets of Morningside Park until the street lights came on. During the summers, I went to day camp at Darby Park. On certain weekends, I went to Rogers Park for tennis lessons; on other weekends, I went to Centinela Park for swimming lessons. Inglewood is huge. It’s filled with many communities, and some have more challenges than others. Inglewood is as big as the Metro area of Los Angeles. The Metro area includes Koreatown, Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake and Los Feliz. Are all those neighborhoods the same? Does the beauty of Hollywood in the 1940s during the height of it being the epicenter of entertainment in the US take away from the modern-day bohemian Silver Lake or the eclectic Echo Park? I know the old Inglewood wasn’t inclusive. Is that nice? I don’t think that’s nice. Do you want to go back to segregation and schools that swatted you if you dared to speak in a language other than English? I don’t. I live not too far from my old house. My niece walks to school just like I did. My niece also rides her bike with her best friend on the same streets as I did. I live in the same place, but it is a different neighborhood, a modern neighborhood, but it is still a nice neighborhood. I now have neighbors that were born in places other than the southern U.S. I have neighbors from Mexico, Nigeria and New York. Our wonderful neighborhood Catholic school, St. Eugene’s, was formerly run by the nuns of St. Joseph. It is now run by people from the community and a priest from Nigeria. St. Eugene’s mass, instead of being in English only, is now in English at 10:00 a.m. and then in Igbo at 12:00 p.m. To me, that is good change. The past is over. Inglewood is nice right now. Inglewood is full of life, culture, art and possibilities. Join me in modern-day Inglewood, the City of Possibilities.
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Spotlight on Local Business Sa’brak Boutique A Morningside Park boutique By Chanté Griffin Looking for a little black dress for a night out on the town? A sleek pencil skirt for the office? A pair of leopard print wedge boots just because? Well, Sa’brak Boutique has it. Opened by Charly Pierce in 2008, the store doesn’t feel like a store at all. It feels like you’re in your best friend’s house, trying on clothes, getting fashion advice, and dishin’ it out too. The boutique features couches, a flat screen TV, familiar radio hits, and an assortment of clothes that double as products and decorations. Its accessory-lined
A word from the publisher
Charly Pierce, owner of Sa’brak Boutique in Morningside Park, at the store.
walls house shelves of rainbow platform shoes, hobo handbags, clutch bags, and bold jewelry. The boutique consists of numerous sec-
tions, each one with a different color scheme or theme. One section displays long, please see Sa’brak, page 8
Rock on Down to DVD Ave More Than Your Average DVD Store By Gerald Morales What’s the sum of adding the avenues La Brea and Centinela? DVD Ave, of course! For 10 years, owner Chansuk, aka Danny, has not just been in business but has expanded it while maintaining its core. In addition to personalizing movie lists and being well stocked with Asian snacks for customers, he has dedicated a section of the store to video game-playing. Parents come in at times and reward their children for doing a good job in school with a lit-
The kids will have their play at DVD Ave.
tle game time. Danny wishes for those who don’t get a chance to purchase the latest games to have the chance
to enjoy playing them at his store. He also wants kids in the community to have please see DVD Ave, page 8
The Beauty of Camaraderie and Getting Fit
By Gerald Morales
We all want to rock a nice body, even if it isn’t summer time. Maybe it’s because the weather seems to stay relatively warm, even in the colder months out of the year; perhaps it’s simply for the reason that to look good is to feel good. Whatever the reason, people find it hard to maintain a routine for getting into shape. However, at least one MorningsideParkChronicle.com
health coach in Inglewood makes it possible for people to come together and get into shape, all while building a sense of camaraderie. Leti-
cia Barba hosts activities for locals in Inglewood to help promote their physical health. Throughout the weekday please see Health, page 11
Inglewood Community Calendar Metro Florence and LaBrea Rail Transit Stations Workshops
This meeting will focus on transit-oriented development (TOD) scenarios, land uses, density, and techniques to connect and revitalize Downtown Inglewood along Market Street. It takes place on Saturday, December 15, from 10 a.m. until noon. City hall, first Floor Community Room One Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood 90301. RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary: rsvp@mckissackmw. com, or call Fred Jackson at 213-622-4937.
Morning Movie at the Library/Película a la Biblioteca
Saturday, December 15, 11 a.m., at the Inglewood Library on 101 W. Manchester Blvd. Please call 310-412-5645 for more information.
com for additional information and tickets. Sunday, December 16 from 1:00 until 11:00 p.m., at the Inglewood Center for Spiritual Living, 525 N. Market St, Inglewood 90302.
Joyce Production Presents a PreChristmas Treat
Come out and enjoy a preChristmas Treat with Rupee backed by The New Wave Band, E-Dee, Mr. Suprize, DJ Easy B, Belizean Vibez Crew and more! The event is on Saturday, December 15 at Hollywood Park Casino (6th floor), 3883 W. Century Blvd. in Inglewood. Doors open at 9 p.m. Ages 21 and over. Advance tickets are $20 for general admission ($25 at the door). For more information, please visit www.flavorus. com/event/RUPEE-CHRISTMAS-TREAT-LA/143398 -or call Joyce Productions at (310) 961-7073.
Divine Wholeness: Celebration of Humanity
It will be a day of spirituality, entertainment, teaching, fundraising, personal empowerment, prosperity, and more. Prizes will be raffled (free) every hour. Please visit http://inglewood-csl. org/dwevent/ for a complete schedule of activities and costs and http://dwfestival.eventbrite.
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Senator Roderick D. Wright and Assembly Member Steven Bradford
An evening of fellowship, information-gathering and coalition-building. Wednesday, December 19 from 5 until 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. To
RSVP or for more information, please call 310-412-0393 or 310-412-6400.
Poet’s Jazz House at Vibrations
A Spoken Word and Music Lounge, where spilling your Heart is Art and Searching your Soul is Mandatory to get in the door. The cover charge is always free. Every Thursday. at 8 p.m. at Vibrations, 2435 West Manchester Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90305.
Kids’ Holiday Crafts at the Library / Manualidades Navideñas a la Biblioteca Thursday, December 20 at 4 p.m., at the Inglewood Main Library on 101 W. Manchester Blvd. Please call 310-412-5645 for more information.
Still Waters Writing Workshop at Vibrations Sunday, December 23, from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. at Vibrations, 2435 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90305. For more information, please call (424) 646-3334 or e-mail email@example.com.
I was so pleased to see the article concerning the AVID Program at Inglewood High. I was fortunate to work with four of these students in Inglewood’s Free Summer Lunch Program last summer. These students are everything we want our young people to be. They were responsible (didn’t miss one day of 11 weeks of service), were on time, took responsibility, and saw ways to make lunch service at their sites better and implemented their concepts. I can’t rave enough about Avid students and their wonderful teacher/advisor, Yanick Clay. I’m hopeful that I will have more AVID students for the program next summer. Please: more articles about IUSD and our young people. Education has been overlooked for far too long.
I just thought maybe you would like to let the Arbor Village Co. founders know that slapping stickers on public and private property is not good for business. In fact, it goes against everything they claim to be against. I’ve personally had to remove quite a few of these stickers. Great job Arbor Village Co.: rep your neighborhood by trashing it. As a city employee and resident of District 3 (Arbor Village), these kinds of things disgust me.
-Anne La Rose
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A free gospel concert will take place Sunday, December 9 at 5 p.m. at Faithful Central Bible Church. The concert will celebrate the life and legacy of Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer. The event will commemorate Ulmer’s 30 years of ministry, 35 years of marriage, and 65 years of life. The concert will feature Bishop Paul S. Morton and renowned musical artists Bishop Hezekiah Walker & LFC. The concert will take place at the Tabernacle, located at 333 W. Florence Avenue.
Saturday Worship Services
Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 3569 W. Manchester Blvd, holds weekly worship services. Please call (323) 971-3511 for additional information.
Young Adult Weekly Bible Enrichment
Every Thursday, Miracle Temple Church of God Pentecostal (733 S. Grevillea Avenue) hosts a class designed to help young adults understand the Bible. Classes are held at 12 and 7 p.m., and adults ages 2535 are welcome to attend. For
more information, please call (310) 419-7335.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God has worship services every Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Individuals and families are invited to attend the services, held at 10513 Hawthorne Blvd. For more information, please visit www.kingscourtparish.org or call (310) 674-8463.
Second AME Zion Church Inc invites you to its weekly services held Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Services take place at 3612 W. 64th Street. For more information, please call (310) 412-5860.
St. John Chrysostom Church holds mass daily. The church is located at 546 East Florence Avenue. For the detailed schedule of services in English and Spanish, visit www.stjohnchrysostomparish.org or please call (310) 677-2736.
Need a mid-week pick-me-up? Greater Deliverance offers Wednesday Evening Worship & Word every Wednesday at 7:30
p.m. for anyone looking for a weekday worship service. All are invited to attend this service held at 6741 West Blvd. For more information, please call (310) 330-4800 or visit www. greaterdeliverance.com
Weekly Vesper services at Inglewood Southside Christian Church allow residents to end their Sunday with reflection and worship. The services takes place Sundays, 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at 3947 W. 104th Street. For more information, please call (310) 677-0446 or visit www.isschristian.org.
Breath of Life Worship Center offers weekly services where youth can come to learn, grow, and have fun. Services take place Saturdays at 5 p.m. For more information, please call (310) 674-4061 to learn more.
Family Movie Nights
Every third Friday of the month, at 7:30 p.m., Strait-Way Church hosts a family movie night that features family-friendly films and entertainment. Please call (310) 412-7475 for more information.
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Aircraft Noise Proven to Harm Kids’ Reading, Attention and Life Spans By Randall Fleming A number of reports have been published regarding the results of significant studies executed to explore whether aircraft noise and particulate pollution harms children’s reading abilities, lung development, memory, stress levels and general health. The studies have proved that the noise and air pollution around large airports does indeed negatively impact children’s health, cognitive functions and mental well-being. The Cornell study, also known as the Munich report, was published in the a Sept. 2002 edition of the Ameri-
can Physiological Society’s journal, Physiological Science, is titled “A Prospective Study of Some of Effects of Aircraft Noise on Cognitive Performance in School Children.” The study was conducted over a number of years near Munich, Germany, where a new international airport was to be built and an old one decommissioned. Scientists studied the reading, memory and speech perception of the children, whose mean age was 10.4 years, prior to the old airport being put out of service, the children living near where the new airplease see Kids, page 10
Sleep Deprivation May Be Cause of Diabetes, Obesity According to a recent study published by the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago,there is a significant link between insufficient sleep and diabetes. Sleep deprivation has already been proven to reduce attention and slow reaction times. Poor sleep patterns have also been proven to significantly impair children’s learning abilities. “Insufficient sleep increases the risk for insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and obesity, suggesting that sleep restriction may impair peripheral metabolic pathways,” states the study. The study, published on October 16, was undertaken at the University of Chicago Clinical Resource
Center. Significant sources of sleep deprivation tend to be caused by aircraft noise. Studies published by the FAA, Cornell University, the city of Munich, Germany, and a plethora of agencies, urban planners and European and Asian nations have detailed the ways aircraft noise contributes to sleeplessness. A list of such reports may be found on the MPC website at:
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Paul R. Williams: Architect for the Ages By Randall Fleming Like a classic typeface, he is elegant, everywhere and yet invisible. His hand has helped define the very shape, style and architectural substance of Los Angeles. Owing to this nation’s peculiar perspective, he was also responsible for conceiving a unique method of drawing upside-down so as not to upset clientele by having them sit beside a black man. Paul R. Williams, who died in 1980 (and along with his wife, is interred at the Inglewood Park Cemetery), was responsible for more than 3,000 homes, building and the occasional international airport’s signature building. Nevertheless, the reason he was compelled to innovate the style of sketching that would make most architects have fits were they forced to draw upside-down, is also the reason why his buildings remain so well-known but his name has been lost to the relatively few decades since Williams designed them. From a bevy of celebrity homes in Beverly Hills, to a clutch of mansion for captains of industry in Pasadena, to Saks Fifth Avenue, to the LAX theme building and the Ambassador Hotel and the renovated Beverly Hills Hotel and, beyond, one should understand that an exhaustive list could be a book in its own right. If not, perhaps the L.A. Times might clarify it: “If you have a picture in your mind
of Southern California in the 1950s and the early 1960s, you are quite likely picturing a building created by Paul Williams.” There is much written about Williams being black and an architect—and too often, in that order. Meanwhile, there is no dearth of talk of the relative few and far-flung buildings of Richard Neutra, the rare and crumbling buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright, the big shiny, centrally located pleasure domes of Frank Gehry—all of whom are called American architects. For all the nostalgia and enthusiasm over these past and present architects—all of whom are certainly brilliant—their collections fail to hold a candle to Williams’ endearing influence in southern California architecture. Williams, ironically, had much to say about striving to be colorblind even as his clientele were able to make clear their distress by not allowing Williams to reside or shop in most of the buildings he designed. Owing to the present state of cultural relations in Southern California, the proliferation of Williams’ buildings and the constant reminder of how modest Williams made himself despite his architectural, stylistic and design superiority, it may well be several more generations before Williams, too, may be regarded as an architect. In the meantime, perhaps we can all strive to be as forward-looking as Williams’ futuristic designs, and do more than merely cruise by the Paley Residence, or the MCA Building or any of the many iconic buildings along Sunset Boulevard—and seek out books by and about the man. Williams wrote two books, both of which were penned after having contributed his architectural talents to the U.S. Navy during World War II. Both titles aimed to help folks participate in the design of their own homes. Both The Small Home of Tomorrow (1945) and New Homes of Today (1946) have been recently republished by Hennessy + Ingals.
There were also a number of essays by Williams, works that, unlike his two books, tackled the problem of being a black architect among privileged white clientele. In “If I Were Young Today,” Williams talks about how he overcame the racial prejudice of others so that those others could reside, work and shop in buildings that at the time were the vanguard of modern architecture. Granted, Williams was a great architect; unfortunately, he has never been celebrated despite his having not “allow[ed] the fact that [he was] a Negro to checkmate [his] will to do now” and defeating the “habit of being defeated.” Williams’ massive oeuvre remains seen everywhere albeit all too unknown. Two books by and about Williams were published in the mid-1990s by the architect’s granddaughter, Karen E. Hudson. In Paul R. Williams, Architect: A Legacy of Style (Rizzoli, 1994), Hudson made a splendid effort despite the dearth of materials created by the tragic destruction of the Broadway Federal Building. In it was a considerable archive of Williams’ files, notes, sketches and more. Fortunately, Hudson had already begun work on that title as well as on Paul R. Williams: The Will and The Way (Rizzoli, 1994), and so the legacy that may have been intentionally forgotten and then inadvertently destroyed, was saved. Hudson also published another title last April, also via Rizzoli, titled Paul R. Williams: Classic Hollywood Style. (A review of the book will be in the January 2013 edition of the Chronicle.) Despite all the lingering peculiar aspects that threaten to overshadow the vast sprawl of Williams’ work—some of which can be found in Washington, D.C. as well as Bogota, Columbia—there is a burgeoning revival to celebrate the great man’s contributions. With hope, we should all become a part of helping to recall Paul R. Williams as not just an African-American architect, but an American architect.
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Hoof Beats LIMITED
by Birtram Birtran Hollywood Park, known as Betfair Hollywood Park for those that play the horses and use the casino, has now started its winter meet which runs from November 9 through December 16. Its operational days are from Thursday through Sunday of each week for live racing, and Monday through Wednesday for simulcast wagers in the casino. Today I will discuss some important step by step instructions when visiting the track and playing the horses. When you enter the track, pay your entry fee. You will receive a program with the number of the races and horse’s running in their particular race. To the right of the horses name, there will be a morning line handicapped odds of that particular horse: 2-1, 8-5, 10-1, etc. Once the betting starts,
these odds may change drastically depending on whether horses are scratched from the race because of ailments or are simply unfit to run the race. These odds have been calculated by the track handicapper. All races are handicapped by age, weight and distance to create a condition where all the horses cross the finish line at the same time. This condition is known as a dead heat, which seldom happens with two horses and rarely happens with three. Be sure to check the last page of your program for the wagering information. When you enter the Grandstand, you will be looking for a place to make your bets, and you will see two types of betting stations. One is the live teller, and the other is the self-serve type machine. Once you have decided on the horses to bet, proceed to
the window of your choice. Get there as early as possible to avoid the rush. The closer the start time of the race, the more people will be at the teller line. It is not a pleasant feeling when you miss a winning bet. You will need someone to help you navigate through the self-serve machines because they are not very selfexplanatory. Once you learn to operate the self-serving machines, be sure to check your ticket for the correct bet and be extra careful to get your change out of the please see Winter Meet, page 9
Inglewood Blackhawks National Champions to play home game in January By Anne Cheek La Rose The Inglewood Blackhawks is a team with which to be reckoned. Over the years, this professional minor league football team has brought home 10 Conference Championships, four League Championships and two National Championships. Thirty Blackhawks alumni have gone on to play for college teams, the pros (Chargers, Eagles and Cowboys) and Arena teams across the country and in Europe. The LaBelle Community Football League (LCFL), named for legendary entertainer Patti LaBelle, was launched in Philadelphia in 2003. This non-profit organization was created to empower players to pursue a career in professional football and to set a positive example for members of their communities. Joining LaBelle in support of the LCFL are NBC anchor and former NFL player Maurice Spencer, Ravens superstar Ray Lewis, Rams wide re-
ceiver Mark Clayton, Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and Super Bowl Champ Az Hakim. Southern California joined the League in 2005 and now the Blackhawks are one of 11 franchises as the LCFL West. The LCFL West is the premier minor league in the country. Patterned after NFL and NBA professional dance teams, the Ladyhawks entertain fans at all home games. Six of these talented ladies have gone on to perform with the Laker Girls, Clipper Girls, the Chivas Dance Team and the San Diego Charger Girls. The players and dance team are paid a small stipend per game—only enough to cover gas and a meal—from the gate and concession receipts. None of the eight coaches or office staff are paid. Sponsor money goes toward uniforms, equipment, field rental, advertising and administrative and office costs. The Inglewood Blackhawks’ home field, Jack-
ie Robinson Stadium in the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex on Rodeo Road just east of La Brea, is where six of the 13 regular season games are played. The season starts in July and runs through October. After the regular season are the Wild Card Weekend, West Quarter-finals, Semi-finals and Championship games. Just last month, the Blackhawks did it again and are now five-time League Champs. They are headed to a third National Championship when the playoffs are held at their home field on Saturday, January 12. MorningsideParkChronicle.com
lead one through a complicated maze of local politicians, county officials and federal aviation employees. Inglewood’s RSI Program grew out of the earlier plans to purchase home-owners’ land near LAX and bulldoze it, the Inglewood Noise Compatibility Improvement Project (INCIP). The INCIP was started in June, 1984. Inglewood’s RSI Program is funded in two ways: either 80% from FAA funding and 20% LAWA funding, or 100% LAWA funding. The current mayor of Inglewood was, from 2006 until 2009, Deputy Executive Director of LAWA, the parent company of LAX. The RSIP has been beset by numerous problems such as homes being made ineligible owing to city inspectors incorrectly labeling houses with zoning code violations that do not exist, millions of dollars being “accidentally” marked for new construction, filing dates being “accidentally” missed and refurbished, faulty heating and air-conditioning units being used in place of the promised new units mentioned in the soundinsulation contracts. The RSI Program, which was started approximately 20 years ago, has yet to fulfill 50% of the eligible homes in Inglewood. The deadline for the program’s fulfillment is December 2015, after which many more homes will be made ineligible. One former group, LAX Expansion NO (LAXEN), met with some success in the early 1990s. The citizens’ group managed to persuade the City of Inglewood to change its focus from a land recycling-only approach to sound insulating the homes it would have otherwise razed. The City of Inglewood targeted the citizens’ group, calling it a political organization and thereby barring it from using the District 1 community center. The effect was clearly meant to silence opposition to LAX expansion plans and the fulfillment of sound insulation responsibilities. LAXEN no longer exists, but one of its founders, Mike Stevens, is now the D-1 council member. Stevens did not wait long to take his fight for the people into a Town Hall meeting. Unfortunately, the reaction by the City of Inglewood was swift and terrible. Two people were fired and a former city-con-
tracted TV-broadcasting production company was relieved of its city contract. As the campaign to empower Inglewood residents against the problem-filled RSI Program got underway, the City of Inglewood inexplicably “fired” the resident volunteers who helped to keep the four Inglewood community centers open for citizens to discuss community matters and for block groups to plan events. The meager stipends that the citizens received for their four-day work weeks maintaining the community centers were rescinded, and the volunteers were essentially relieved of their duties. Perhaps one of the more appalling dirty tricks that occurred was the firing of Wyle Laboratories Deanna Wozniack after she appeared before the residents of Inglewood on June 23, 2011. The Town Hall meeting, hosted by Stevens, was to help residents understand the then-present state of the RSIP as well as what could be done to prompt its fulfillment. Wyle Labs was and remains the firm responsible for the acoustical portion of the RSI Program. Within two months following the meeting which was videotaped, Wozniack was reassigned and thereafter had her employment with Wyle terminated. She had been with the company since 1998 and had worked in Wyle’s sound insulation program division since 1999. In 2008 she was promoted to the Regional Sound Insulation Mgr. even as she retained her status as the Project Mgr. for Inglewood’s RSIP), a position which had her managing the RSI programs for Burbank, El Segundo and L.A. County. What has emerged is a clear pattern of suppression regarding the RSIP. More than $90 million dollars of RSI Program funding from LAWA and the FAA has in recent years been “lost” one way or another by the City of Inglewood. Misappropriated funds, “accidentally” late filings for the grant monies that prevent further funding and secret top-level audits that merely skim the surface of the funds’ handling while denying lowlevel audits that would help to clear the waters are just some of the methods that have been employed by City of Inglewood politicians and city management in the quest to crush residents’ campaigns to get LAWA and FAA to fulfill the contract agreement.
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Inglewood Fox Theatre’s Long Road to Restoration
A Vision for Better Government in Inglewood By Mike Stevens, Inglewood Council Member, District 1
©2009 Don Solosan
A Report from the State Historical Resources Commission Hearing in San Diego
A rare, relatively recent shot of the interior of the Fox Theatre.
By Anne Cheek La Rose It’s after 2 in the morning; I can’t sleep in anticipation of tomorrow. I’m in San Diego for the State Historical Resources Commission hearing on the National Register of Historic Places application for the Inglewood Fox Theatre located on Market Street. It’s taken two years to create the detailed and in-depth application and another six months of waiting. Now the day is here. Nearly four years ago, the Historic Site Preservation
Committee (now the nonprofit Inglewood Historic Preservation Alliance) decided to save the Inglewood Fox. We looked for a project after our restoration of the “History of Transportation” mural. Several possibilities were suggested, but all agreed the Fox was the most endangered structure in town. Opened in March 1949, the Fox was one of the final structures built by the Fox West Coast chain. Fox studios used the lavish, 1019-seat Fox for firstrun movies, previews and please see Fox Theatre, page 9
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Derrick’s Jamaican Restaurant
The holidays are upon us, and it is my gift to you to work for the residents of District 1 and make Inglewood shine as we all know it will. Imagine this: An Inglewood city council made up of representatives truly interested in the betterment of this city. Such a city council may have loudly protested from the beginning when L.A. County Metro presented to Inglewood a poorly designed light rail line with nearly all rail crossings at major street
arterials at grade level. Such a city council may have closely monitored the LAX Residential Sound Insulation program and made sure there were no “management breakdowns” over the course of two full decades. Such a city council may have ensured that funds budgeted for infrastructure maintenance—like repaving our city streets— were spent properly. Such a city council would have made sure that all the residents of this great city would have received the services they deplease see Mike, page 10
Inglewood District 1 Council Member Mike Stevens
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Endeavour Lane By Judy Dunlap, Inglewood Council Member, District 2 What do Pincay Way, Kareem Court, Davis Drive, Justice Thurgood Marshall Plaza,Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall, Rogers Park, Darby Park, Siminski Park and Vincent Park all have in common? They are all public-owned streets/facilities that have been renamed by a vote of the Inglewood City Council. What else do these renamed public-owned streets/ facilities have in common? NONE of them were renamed by following the pro-
cess outlined in Inglewood Municipal Code (IMC) Section 2-293 – Procedure: Renaming of Public Streets/Facilities. For those of you who watch Inglewood City Council meetings on Time/Warner Cable Channel 35 on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. or view them on the city’s website (cityofinglewood.org) via YouTube, you know that the council majority is doing everything possible to thwart the public interest when it comes to elected officials having the freedom to speak on items of concern/interest
Inglewood District 2 Council Member Judy Dunlap
to their community without having these issues first reviewed and ultimately controlled by city staff and/or the mayor.
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101st Street: Your Block Rocks! Isidira Person-Lynn hosts her 100th Sunday Morning Live Show at Derrick’s Jamaican Restaurant.
By Sarah On a Sunday morning at Derrick’s Jamaican Restaurant I am waiting for my pancakes. While I wait, there is a live Internet broadcast going on. I find out the reporter is Isidra Person-Lynn. I decide to ask the audience some questions. One of my more interesting talks was with Delores Holt. “Why do you think journalism is important?” “It provides education for the masses,” said Mrs. Holt. “Why is broadcast journalism more important as opposed to print?”
“Because some people that do not like to read, can learn by listening,” she answered. I watched Person-Lynn interview many people. She interviewed the owner of Derrick’s Jamaican Restaurant, Derrick Angus. He told the audience that in early 2013 his restaurant would have a revamped menu that would include more healthful choices, including pizza. It was an educational and delicious experience. 6806 La Tijera Blvd. L.A. 90045 • (310) 641-7572 www.derricksjamaican.com/
For every edition, we’re going to be visiting blocks around the Inglewood and picking blocks that rock. This issue we’re in District 4’s Century Heights community on 101st Street. The Chronicle found this beautiful tree- lined street while walking to our neighborhood grocery store. If you think your block rocks send us an email at info@MorningsideParkChronicle.com and put: My Block Rocks in the heading, or write us at MPC PO Box 2155, Inglewood, California 90305. MorningsideParkChronicle.com
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IT’S T H EPublic Transit? No, It’s Casual
By Teka-Lark Fleming I visited the hills of the Dons which overlook the Westside, to talk to painter Zeal Harris about Los Angeles, the African-American experience and her talent. What I like about Zeal’s work is that it embraces African-American culture. It is “just black” art. It’s not a literal interpretation; it is a satirical view of the AfricanAmerican experience that is about African-Americans. Zeal’s work airs just enough dirty laundry to ruffle the feathers of those who believe in the talented tenth theory of how to be AfricanAmerican. “My work is like secondperson autobiography. I’m talking about other people and they are telling me about themselves,” Zeal. Many of Zeal’s paintings feel like plays. “I’m using the literary device of the personal experience narrative. It is a literary device on one hand, but it’s used in anthropology as well.” Zeal’s work is a restrained and dignified middle finger. It makes you want to say, “Pardon me,” and then you excuse yourself for being insulted, because it couldn’t have meant that or maybe it did. Some in the art world feel as if Zeal’s work is too simple, too literal, too folksy and perhaps just too damn black.
That’s the riddle for black artists and writers. Do you want to “limit” yourself by being just black? Is it limiting to be what you are? How black should you be? Should the black experience be the punch line? A conceptual art project in a hair salon with a smiley face? Is that the only way the black experience should be done in fine art? African-American culture as the bizarre and grotesque: is that more arty? Is that more academic? There are many people who aren’t going to get the depth of Zeal’s work because they don’t get America. Anyone who gets America in regards to race is going to get Zeal. Zeal and I exchanged “Why don’t you just hang out with black people?” stories. There is a weird phenomenon where if you talk about race issues people feel as if you’re wasting your time being educated. You should just apply for black people grants, teach children and be an artist that way. No need to try to sell your work, because you are black. Owing to things like affirmative action, grants, public art and Obama you should be able to do anything you want without leaving black people land, i.e., south of the 10 freeway. It’s redundant to just talk to feminists about feminism and it’s redundant to talk about please see Zeal, page 11
It’s Casual bides its time waiting for the Metro #4 line by playing a quick set at the Troubadour on Santa Monica Blvd. sion, because I was now into the music. Those videos were now serving a dual purpose skateboarding and music. The label SST provided all the music in the Santa Cruz videos and the bands from SST that were frequented the most were Black Flag and Blast!, so I started to special order Black Flag at my local store. That being said I was drawn to the Flag [very] much. Greg Ginn’s guitar style, approach and tone were characteristics that I drew to. Black flag is the ultimate and all of my favorite things about Black Flag revolve around Greg Ginn. I discovered Black Sabbath when I was 4 years. My parents
would blast it in the house. Black Sabbath 1 on vinyl was family time after dinner. I would sit on the living room floor and stare at my parents’ speakers, as the music would come out of it. I was amazed by the sound. And jazz yes. As a kid my parents would listen to George Benson and Ramsey Luis. In my teens I dove into miles. I even played some jazz clarinet. TLF: Your music is pretty fast, unlike the bus? Am I being unfair to Metro? ES: No you’re not. You’re fair. I am fast and Metro is slow. HA HA HA. The Red Line is fast and the buses are slow. The buses being slow please see It’s Casual, page 11
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Golden Time of Day (2012) by Zeal Harris, which was shown at Inglewood Open Studios 2012 tour
At the end of last month I decided to check out the band It’s Casual at the Troubadour. It’s Casual is a hardcore band that got famous in the world of transit nerds for singing about their tales on public transit. I am a transit blerd. I took the 210 bus to the 710 to the 4 from my house to that show. Teka-Lark Fleming: It’s Casual sounds like Gregg Ginn, Black Sabbath and jazz are you influenced by any of those things? Eddie Solis: Yes, absolutely! I started skateboarding in 1987. I was in junior high. I used to come home from school and go ride my skateboard to the video store and rent skateboard videos by Powell Peralta and Santa Cruz. I would get inspired and go learn tricks ‘til dinner time. Then after dinner go back outside on the driveway until my parents would make me come in. Then in about 1988 the music in the Santa Cruz skateboard videos really started to connect to me. I would start watching the Santa Cruz skateboard videos full blast on my televi-
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Open Studios, from pg. 1 in Southern California. He is currently working on an opera performance called “Magda G” and has high hopes to gain recognition in Southern California for this work in progress. Michael Massenburg is the president and founding member of Inglewood Cultural Arts (ICA). Michael is responsible for bringing various forms of art to Inglewood, and Open Studios is one of the many events that take place. He had much to say about the subject of art and what it can does for the people of Inglewood: “People don’t realize that art is apparent everywhere. From the music you enjoy to your favorite movies, we all love different forms of art to some extent. What Open Studios can help do is de-mystify art; it gives opportunities for people to get new understandings of things they don’t understand. We have to constantly remind people to love the type of art that you love, and that it’s OK to not like certain art or to even be upset by it. This is important and needs to be done so you can open your eyes to what interests you, and what doesn’t interest you. The power of art lets you know you’re alive!” Learn more about the ICA at www.inglewoodculturalarts. org. Venturing about the four floors of the Beacon Arts Building, one may have
Morningside Park Chronicle been caught up in analyzing the different pieces of work. Such a mental exposition may have occurred standing before a monumental brain sculpture made of gummy worms. Some of the city-sponsored shuttles’ tour stops were in the Hyde Park area. Kenneth Ober, who runs his studio out of the Hyde Park area, decided to paint the image of fireworks at the instant they exploded. He stated that no one else does this type of artwork, and so he decided to do it himself. That kind of out of the box thinking is what interests me about artists. Even though almost every avenue of art has been created, there are still ways to create art that isn’t necessarily appreciated or seen enough. The opportunity to peer into the mind of the artist as a young child may also have been a facet of the tour. Josephine Fischer presented collages that appeared to mock social media in what may have been a kind of thinking well beyond her eight years. Fischer is fond of collage work, I look forward to seeing more from this artist as she develops in the coming years. Inglewood Open Studios is an annual event that is held one weekend every November. For more information about this year’s tour as well as the artists that showed, please visit the website at http:// inglewoodopenstudios. blogspot.com.
One of the main group show installations awaits the 2012 Inglewood Open Studios crowds, early Saturday morning.
coach, her ultimate goal is to help women become enlivened and rejuvenated, inside and out. Fashion is simply her preferred tool. She buys clothes in every size, from small to plus sizes. As women come into her boutique to try on clothes, Charly and her team encourage them to embrace their bodies, acknowledge their beauty, and take a chance. “Women have a lot of insecurities about their bodies,” Charly says. “I want them to be happy in the skin they’re in and dress for that body.”
So if you’re looking for a black dress, but don’t know what styles look best on your body type, need a work skirt but don’t know if bright pink is appropriate, or want to wear leopard but aren’t sure if you can pull it off, the Sa’brak team can help you. It offers personal styling, shopping, and personal development classes. Sa’brak Boutique is located at 3120 W. Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood CA 90305. Find out more about the boutique at the website, www.sabrakboutique.com.
el the world to play these fighting games at tournaments for big prizes. “I want people to know that DVD Ave exists so they can come in and play here. That’s why I want to host tournaments, so the players here can get better and so we can get good players to come in and compete,” said Danny. The fighting game scene, as they would call it, is a community where people compete in games such as “Street Fighter 4” for money. The fighting game community is expanding at very rapid pace, and people can actually make a living off playing video games in tournaments if they do well enough. Electronic sports in generally is a growing genre of gaming where people can compete at high levels for cash prizes, which can
be anywhere from $10,000$20,000 or more for first place at a major event. Tournaments are held across the world where people compete for these large prizes. The gamers who regularly attend hope to one day be among the category of elite gamers who make a living off competing in video games, and to be training every day and waiting for the next challenger. Danny welcomes all casual gamers as well as new “Street Fighter” challengers. To find out more about the tournaments, or just to casually play the games, please visit DVD Ave’s Facebook page at the Web address below. The store is located at 951 N. La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA. The phone number is (310) 4196970.
Sa’brak, from pg. 2 summer dresses; another a collection of red and black colored blouses and pants, next to a trunk full of belts— some classic, some trendy. The eclectic mix of stylish finds is purposeful. Charly only has one or two of any item in her store, guaranteeing that her customers make unique purchases. Her other hopes for her clients are painted clearly on the shop’s green walls: “peace, transformation, joy, growth.” A former life
DVD Ave, from pg.2 the chance to enjoy playing some of the latest video games. Originally, Danny wanted to open up his own game store, but found an opportunity with DVD Ave so decided to take it. Ignited by his passion for the world-renowned game video game, “Street Fighter,” Danny created a set-up in the store for those who like to compete in the game. He has already established a group of locals that regularly visit DVD Ave in order to compete in the latest version, “Street Fighter 4,” as well as in other similar fighting-game titles. There are also tournaments hosted at the store. A portion of the locals that compete at DVD Ave have big aspirations to trav-
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premieres. In time, an antitrust suit separated Fox studios from their movie theatre chain. The Fox chugged along, but movie theatres became multiplexes and the Fox was no longer viable. Its last gasp was as a Spanish language theatre with the last film shown in 1988. Inside, the Fox is a veritable time capsule–everything remains. Fast-forward 20 years, when the effort to “Save the Fox” was born. The City of Inglewood made an offer, but the owner did not accept and potential buyers have been few and far between since. With construction of the MTA Crenshaw line on the horizon, the Fox’s asking price has soared out of sight to $1.4 million. In the hearing room, I listen
Teacher at Point Blank Confronting Sexuality, Violence, and Secrets in a Suburban School written by Jo Scott-Coe Having intimately known a number of instructors— teachers, professors, a principal or two—in my travels and relationships, I approached “Teacher…” with a heavy sigh of ennui. Although I had never been a teacher, I felt I knew more than enough abut the miseries of being a teacher. I imagine that, were I put to the test, my presumptuous attitude would have received a C-, at best. Author Scott-Coe wastes no time in taking the reader into the pit of despair, humiliation and absurdity that is a
teacher’s existence—and that’s what happens before the figurative first bell rings. The politics that require subjugation, being a whipping boy for incompetent parents, serving as an excuse for shadowy administrators and ultimately being offered as a sacrifice for overpaid politicians, is all in a day’s work for the typical teacher. One wonders why anyone would go into teaching. Nevertheless, and perhaps in spite of it, the utter horror of a teacher’s milieu is well conveyed in this fine title. The book is a page-turner,
even in this world of reality shows, YouTube atrocities and bizarre on-line pornography. Were it adapted properly, this book would make a great film. The stoic subtitle suggests that there is much to endure and little to gain from the world of teaching, but Scott-
to the agenda items. There is a video presentation of the seven properties nominated. I hold my breath as one of the properties is pulled from the Consent Calendar; thankfully, it is not the Fox. No further objections and all nominations are passed at 10:07 a.m. We did it!! The Inglewood Fox Theatre is now among California’s Historic Resources and soon, the nation. The Commission will recommend that the National Register approve the nomination. Now the real work begins. We must raise greater awareness of “Save the Fox” in the community, find a buyer to work with us, raise money and secure grants for the restoration, and obtain the tax credits that accompany historic restoration. There is still a very long road remaining to restore the Inglewood Fox.
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In his first novel, The Bus, author Steve Abee is on a bus. He observes from the windows of the practically defunct MTA Line 26 life as it goes by—as he goes by it—starting near downtown along 7th Street, up Virgil until it becomes Hillhurst, then west on Franklin and eventually to other points. In Johnny Future, Abee has returned to the point of arrival, not far from where Vermont Ave. crosses Hollywood Blvd., west of where the latter ends at the collision-inducing intersection
that marks the end—or beginning—of Virgil—or Hillhurst—in the area at which the three points of East Hollywood, Silverlake and Franklin Hills meet in the easement of what hipsters imagine is Los Feliz. Like the preceding sentence, the intersection is confusing the first few times. But Johnny Future is not confused, and Johnny Future, while a significant sleeper, is not confusing. Like Slackers but with a backbone of a protagonist who never peels away to al-
low the next “protagonist” to take the figurative baton to the subsequent one, Johnny Future seems to have little talent beyond surreptitiously naming the many former and please see Johnny, page11
Attacks on the Press in 2011 A Worldwide Survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists The long-running, annually published title Attacks on the Press analyzes press conditions and documents new dangers in more than 100 countries worldwide. Possessing the entire library since 2001—the year that changed my lie, even as others close to me lost theirs— keeps me aware of what can happen abroad, at work and certainly at home. Even for journalists who live in the free world’s urban centers, eternal vigilance against
hired thugs and elected officials remains paramount. In the Americas, national leaders are building elaborate state media operations to dominate the news and amplify their personal agendas. In European and African nations, authorities are invoking national security laws and deploying intelligence services to intimidate the press. Such measures are particularly prominent in the United States, and perhaps nowhere in the country are
such measures daily attempted in Los Angeles and NYC. To be sure, Attacks on the Press is the world’s most comprehensive guide to international press freedom. ($30 from Brookings Institute: http://www.brookings.edu) MorningsideParkChronicle.com
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The Fox Theatre auditorium on Market Street in Inglewood in its heyday.
Winter Meet, from pg. 5 machine before you leave. Someone coming behind you will not be watching the balance on the machine and will enter their money to make a bet which will be added to your left-behind balance giving them more money than they realized. When using the live teller to place a wager, the teller will be waiting for you to tell him or her which track, race, amount of the bet, type of bet and horse number. Example: Give me Golden Gate Fields, 5th race, $2.00 win and place on number 6. Once you get your ticket for your wager be sure to put it in a safe and easily accessible place in your pocket where you can find it after the race and remember to check to see if you have won. Every year, hundreds of dollars are left on the grandstand floors from people los-
ing their tickets or forgetting they even have the ticket for a $6.00 win after they have seen their horse come in first at 20-1. Winning tickets not cashed in within a six-moth time period goes to the state to operate the track. An interesting tidbit about the Betfair Program: When you open the program to the races for the park, you will find information on each horse and a symbol a horse, turtle, hound, fox and rabbit which represents the style each horse likes to run. It will also tell you how many times these types of runners have won this distance of race. At the top of the same page, you will find three Handicappers who have picked their three best horses. Choose at your leisure, bet with your head and not your heart (unless you just love the horse’s name.) Lastly: Good Luck!
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Endeavour, from pg. 6
Mike, from pg. 6
The councilman from District 1 recently submitted an exciting proposal to rename Crenshaw Drive to Endeavour Lane to commemorate our city’s historic participation in the retirement of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, a once in a lifetime historic moment that will live forever in the hearts and minds of our community. Its spectacular two-day passage through our city along Manchester Boulevard, Crenshaw Drive and Crenshaw Boulevard on October 12 and 13th was not only broadcast nationally but internationally! When will Inglewood residents be able to attend the ribbon cutting? If the mayor and the two council members who voted to censure and restrict what the residents of Inglewood are allowed to know and act upon continue to have their way… NEVER! Or, maybe it would be more accurate to say, in 2016? It seems that the street/facilities renaming procedure outlined in the municipal code, by which past mayors and city councils have apparently never abided in the past, has now become sacrosanct. Blocking a legislator’s ability to represent his constituency and the city-atlarge because of petty politics is just plain wrong. Inglewood residents deserve better.
serve, from the taxes they pay. Does such a city council seem like a dream? It doesn’t have to be merely a dream.
Kids, from pg. 4 port was to be built and then again the latter group after the airport was built and put into use. The results of the lengthy test, which took place during the 1990s, was that aircraft noise impairs long-term memory and reading and that speech perception deficits among the noise-impaired children at the old airport did not recover. The other report, titled “Physiological, Motivational, and Cognitive Effects of Aircraft Noise on Children: Moving From the Laboratory to the Field,” was published in American Psychologist, Vol. 35, March 1980. In it was announce “a link between noise and physiological processes associated with stress,” and that “[t]hese processes...are considered a health hazard. Further, it was suggested that children, the sick, and the elderly are the most susceptible to noise impact.”
One if By Land From the examples above, let me answer a street-level question that many District 1 constituents have asked me. “What are all those spraypainted white dots on the damaged areas of our sidewalks and driveway aprons?” It was a question posed to me when while I was campaigning in 2011. Although many of the dots may be gone, the question remains, and I believe I’ve found the answer: It appears to have been an election campaign ploy. The former District 1 council member, Danny Tabor, was responsible for the dots. It was during his campaign for Mayor in 2010, and Tabor had the former City of Inglewood Lead Engineer Emilio Murga oversee a team to spray-paint all of the large and easily visible white dots on the sidewalks and driveway aprons. The intention may well have been to make it look like the City of Inglewood was about to embark on a major sidewalk improvement project. The reality was that there was very little money in the budgets of 2008 through 2010 for sidewalk and driveway apron repairs. Nevertheless, the dots were applied and in some places can still be seen. Two if By Air Perhaps my fourth or fifth battle for better government was my creation of “LAX Expansion No” (LAXEN). It was a five-year, two-front battle. On one hand was the fight against the negative effects of LAX and aircraft traffic levied on Inglewood and the neighboring communities. On the other hand was to get the City of Inglewood to use the FAA and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA, which owns LAX) noise mitigation funds to sound-insulate and air condition residents’ homes instead of using it for land recycling to bulldoze homes and sell the land to politically connected developers. LAXEN was comprised of nearly 7,000 members, with more than 500 of them being active participants, and we ex-
posed what Inglewood was doing with the money. City management, led by the mayor at the time, had no choice but to begin to soundinsulate residents’ homes. After three months as a Council Member I had my first Town Hall meeting in June, 2011. One of the topics was a review of the current status of the Inglewood Residential Sound Insulation (RSI) program, brought about because so many District 1 residents expressed their concerns to me about program mismanagement. I invited the manager of the local Wyle Labs office, Ms. Wozniack, to speak at the Town Hall. According to the company’s website, Wyle is “one of the nation’s leading providers of specialized engineering, scientific and technical services to the Federal government and a variety of commercial customers, Wyle serves its customers in the areas of test and evaluation.” Wyle is also one of the City of Inglewood’s RSI engineering contractors. She was to present to Inglewood residents the problems with the City of Inglewood RSI program as she knew them, so we could start working on solving them in keeping with the tenet of good government and transparency. In my opinion, she did a fine job. Soon after that first Town Hall, the City of Inglewood sent a letter threatening a lawsuit to Wyle. The letter alleged disparaging remarks made about the City of Inglewood sound insulation program by Ms. Wozniack. After receiving the letter, Ms. Wozniack and her superior, a one Mr. Martin, were terminated by Wyle. In August 2011, during an open session of a city council meeting, the mayor requested a management review audit of the Inglewood Residential Sound Insulation. In October 2011, a heavily redacted management review audit report was given to the council in an executive session; the document was stamped “confidential.” In March 2012, an unedited copy of the same management review audit was released. Both the censored version (from October 2011) and the uncensored version (released in March 2012) were given to me with the caveat they were confidential material and could not be shared with the public because they were MorningsideParkChronicle.com
distributed in closed session. Nevertheless they validated everything—and then some!—I have ever told the public about the “mismanagement” of the funds meant for the residents via the Inglewood Residential Sound Insulation Program. There are residents who have gotten old and passed away waiting for their homes to be sound-insulated. In the uncensored audit report mentioned above, most of the problems that had been noted in my June 2011 Town Hall meeting were confirmed and enumerated— including a recommendation to do a detailed financial audit of the RSI department. I submitted a Council Initiative to Council to do just that in August 2012. That initiative requested a detailed forensic audit of the RSI department so we could expose deeper problems and start work on solving. Unfortunately it did not get the support of my colleagues. See my website at www.councilmanmikestevens.com/council-initiatives for a copy of the “Sound Insulation Forensic Audit” initiative. Three to Get Ready The following are some examples of the mismanagement by my predecessor Danny Tabor and his colleagues of the Inglewood RSI program, directly causing at least $60 million in lost City of Inglewood Residential Sound Insulation program funding to date: 1. No grant requests were made by the City of Inglewood for funds in 2009-2010 from LAWA, which resulted in $27 million to be lost. (See page 8 of the LAWA report: http://councilmanmikestevens.com/residential-soundinsulation/CBAStatusReport2010.pdf) 2. Another $8 million of Sound Insulation funds were spent illegally on a Redevelopment Agency project in the late 2000s (On page 3 of this document, see the city manager’s report detailing the losses: http://councilmanmikestevens.com/residential-sound-insulation/WeeklyReport-January122012-8 milliion charge to RSI sb redev.pdf) 3. Single Audits, required by the FAA for continuing to receive federal grant dollars, have not been filed in many years (since 2006). I have yet to receive written notification
from Inglewood city staff that the reports have been filed and accepted by the FAA. This pattern of “incompetence” regarding the city’s “mismanagement” of federal grant money meant for Inglewood may still be on hold owing to late filings and inaccuracies. The result appears to be the loss of anywhere from $20-$40 million and counting of lost and delayed funding. (On page 33 of this 34-page document, see the letter to FAA from Inglewood city manager Artie Fields: http://councilmanmikestevens.com/residential-sound-insulation/ Weekly_Report-November10 2011 grant reports way behind letter from Artie.pdf) On Oct. 29 at the District 1 Community center, I attempted to have a special meeting about the 11/30/12 Council Agenda Item DR-2, which addressed two new sound insulation programs. More than 500 concerned residents showed up to find out about the new LAX contract language. What occurred was yet another example of authoritarian members of our local government suppressing information. In what was perhaps a first in Inglewood politics, the entire Inglewood city council attended a town hall meeting. Coincidentally,the meeting was disrupted by the arrival of the L.A. County Fire Dept. This event was reported on the front cover of the November 2012 edition of the Morningside Park Chronicle. After much work to expose the problems to the public, current city management— led by the mayor—finally admitted there has been “mismanagement” in the RSI department and began working towards solutions. Unfortunately, the problems and what caused them were again covered up, and some of our elected officials continue to spend your tax dollars to maintain that cover-up to this very day. Please stay tuned for the next chapter of “A Vision for a Better Government in Inglewood.” I’m sure it will succeed! As always, please call my office at (310) 412-8602 if you need my assistance. Happy Holidays! Councilman Mike Stevens, City of Inglewood.
Teacher, from pg. 9 Coe proves otherwise—if at least that she brought to the fore a fantastic book that is a fascinating read even as it divulges the dreadful occupation. Drawing on wellpenned pieces about the parallels between teaching and motherhood, whereby the
Johnny, from pg. 9 current landmarks of the area (Onyx Café, Yucca’s, Barnsdall, et al.) while seeking to score a few rails of meth, some chicken to munch, a plastic Western Exterminator statue to punch… But a plot suddenly plunges Future into action and there’s no stopping, no going back, no slowing of page-turning until the
Health, from pg. 2 mornings her group comes in and dedicates a bit of their day to working out. “I mostly focus on working out with housewives,” she says. “Before they go about their day handling chores and dealing with their family, they get to come here and work out.” When the women come in,they are asked about their workout goals and what they hope to achieve. Leticia then helps devise a plan for them to promote a healthful lifestyle so they can reach these goals. “This is a good atmosphere for the women to socialize and to get out of their house. We actual-
It’s Casual, from pg. 7 are mixture of things. Customers that ride the bus take there time getting on. Some [passengers] are old, mentally slow and then there is traffic on the surface street. It is all those things. TLF: What are the most interesting bus lines? When I took the 60 bus home from work one night a lady asked me to pick up her crack pipe. I said no. Do you have any war stories about your bus adventures? ES: As far as a thorough bus line that takes you through the mecca of a city I would have to say the line 18 and East Los Angeles. This is the most thorough bus line route that can provide a slow scenic, convenient way to see an area. The line 18 is the best way to see East Los Angeles. From Whittier and Garfield it follows a straight line all the way to down-
Morningside Park Chronicle virgin-whore complex is invoked by way of the teaching profession inviting “sentimentality on hand and harsh judgements on the other, Scott-Coe deftly exhibits many anecdotes whereby the public measures a teacher’s success “by degrees of sacrifice to the idol of childhood” even as the work is too often
regarded by the parents as “glorified day care.” Sinclair Lewis would be greatly appreciative that Jo Scott-Coe has picked up the torch.
explosive end. From downtown, to El Segundo, to the harrowing showdown between the LAPD and Future as he carries his dying grandmother—who he valiantly and violently rescued from an old folks’ home in the Valley—back to her lover and Future’s friend, the chase is non-stop once it starts. Abee is one of the better local writers who has long
been a part of Los Angeles and who knows the area better than some may want to intimately know even as they pretend to live in edgy areas. This book is a road map to how things used to be in the emergent hipster areas, and may be pointing the way back to how it might be again.
ly host holiday events and have group outings.” There are usually about 20 women coming in on a daily basis, and there are a total of 50 women that she’s currently working with. The motivation Leticia has for helping housewives spawns from when she saw results in her very own mother. “If they need to bring their kids along with them then there’s someone here to watch over them.” After her mom started working out and saw results, Leticia wanted to help others promote more healthful lifestyles. Now she has the opportunity to do just that, but what she does is so much
more than guide people towards losing weight. She’s also noticed they have more energy, and are generally happier now that they’re all promoting healthful lifestyles. “We’ve all grown to become close with one another in the process; some of the women formed good relationships after meeting each other here and hang out outside of the group.” If anyone is interested in promoting a better lifestyle, remember that it’s never too early nor too late to do so. To learn more about getting fit and having a balanced lifestyle, please contact Leticia vie e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
town Los Angeles. This is the best way to see the east side. You get East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights all in one straight line. Also the line 18 runs 24 hours so if you’re a night owl then it works for you. A $5 day pass and you can hop on and off, because it goes so slow due to the traffic congestion it allows you to have a tour bus experience. It is pretty convenient and very cost effective. As far as bus adventures I was on the line 2 coming from West Hollywood to downtown late at night and there was a prostitute soliciting everyone on the bus, men and women, the entire ride, even the bus driver got solicited. Then she decided to do a strip tease for everyone. Sad? Well yeah, but it happened. The reality is anything can happen on the bus and it does. TLF: Have you ever taken public transit to Inglewood? ES: Oh, yes! When I was
younger I would take the bus from Whittier to Inglewood to go to concerts. It took forever, but that was my devotion to music. The bus, music, and a night out are a good combination. Do not get locked in a car only perspective. Public transit is a casual way to get around the city. If you want to bring more transit-oriented development (TOD) to a walking distance from your Inglewood home, participate in the TOD planning meetings. The next TOD meeting for Inglewood will be on Saturday December 15, from 10 a.m. until noon at City Hall, First Floor Community Room, One Manchester Blvd. For details, call 213-6224937. It’s Casual will be performing on KXLU’s Livation on December 19. For more information on It’s Casual, visit the band’s website at http:// www.itscasual.tv/.
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Zeal, from pg. 7 institutional racism just to black people. Yes, occasionally it’s productive, but art isn’t about safety. It’s about disturbing the balance and shifting power and perceptions. “Zora Neale Huston is one of my idols. She was one of those people who walked the line between the folk and the academia. I relate to that experience,” Harris. I talked to Zeal about New Orleans since she had some paintings with that theme. It’s my favorite place in the United States. It is also a place where there is a prison called Angola. “New Orleans was the first time in my life that I felt was really in the South and it was a metropolitan experience. I wanted to move there. I felt like I had opened up the closet in Narnia. I just did not want to come back home,” Zeal. New Orleans is an interesting place. It’s very African-
Barrier, from pg. 1 RSIP Department—and for good reason. According to the LAX CBA 2010 Annual report, “the City of Inglewood, for the second year in a row, has not requested any annual funding.” The loss of such funds amounts to approximately $4.5 million. The filing of such requests is handled by the City of Inglewood manager. Stevens is also in the vanguard to undo the introduction of the phrase, “Squared Block.” Meant to replace the phrase “End of Block,” this significant and possibly ille-
American, very French and very multicultural. It’s southern hospitality and cosmopolitan. It’s a place that has many faces and they all are wearing way too much makeup. It is also a place of secrets. I was told to never go to the Ninth Ward or the cemetery when I visited New Orleans. Zeal tried to visit the Angola penitentiary and was told by her escort in New Orleans: “It’s too far. You’re not going to have time to go. And you don’t want to go out there anyway, because there’s nothing there but swamps and alligators.” Like Zeal’s paintings, New Orleans is loaded. You think you’re just in any little southern town, but you’re not. It’s the American experience in a sauna with the kind of jazz that isn’t comfortable background music, but an alarm with a melody. Our complete story hasn’t been done on canvas yet. Zeal Harris is painting the other part of the AfricanAmerican experience. gal change in the CBA’s language means fewer residents who are presently eligible to receive sound-proofing, will remain eligible. The problem with this language is that a growing number of Inglewood residents are dying before they receive the sound insulation that may have made their last few years less stressful, less disease-prone or even more numerous. Stevens, along with D-2 Council Member Judy Dunlap, are the only two who appear to be fighting to hold the FAA and LAX responsible while keeping the CBA truly beneficial.
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Renata Simril, William T Fujioka, Robert Moss, M.D. and Elaine Batchlor, M.D., appear enthusiastic as Second District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Scott takes his oath of office.
SoCal Gas spokesman Julio Garcia and D-1 Council Member Mike Stevens explain the many benefits the gas co. makes available to residents.
Nannette Marchand and Mary Hayes are recognized by D-2 Council Member Judy Dunlap.
The first Inglewood Cultural Arts meet-and-greet took place at the Beacon Arts Building: Michael Massenburg, Dr. Anthony Samad, the perpetually joyful Terrence McClain, ICA Board chairperson Susan Petrella , Rochelle Williams and Anabela Ennes at the Inglewood Cultural Affairs’ (ICA) first Hub get-together
D-2 Arts Commissioner Anne Cheek La Rose at the Town Hall meeting hosted by D-2 Council Member Judy Dunlap.
Mayor James T. Butts and Linda at a TOD meeting at Inglewood city hall.
Teka-Lark Fleming, Frank Hough, Anne Cheek La Rose, D-2 Council Member Judy Dunlap, D’nez Moreland and Inglewood Library Chairman Peter Holman at the Proud Bird for Bishop Johnny J. Young’s 30th Anniversary for the Miracle Temple Church of God Pentecostal.
Lois Luster Network for a Healthy California, at the D-1 Community Center.
Chocolate- and vino-tasting with Zuri Wine Tasting at S & S Boutique.
The monthly Parting Shot
Published on Dec 10, 2012