Issuu on Google+

es n i f C F P P r $ 32 k Ta b oa g e 8 — —p

Vol. 2, No. 2

the

morningside park

I chronicle B

Informing Inglewood and the community

B

www.MorningsideParkChronicle.com

Scan the code to see the site

February 2013

Morningside Park • Briarwood • Century Heights • Inglewood Knolls • Fairview Heights • Arbor Village • North Inglewood • Hyde Park • West Athens • Westmont • Crenshaw-Imperial • Lockhaven • Imperial Village • Downtown Inglewood

contents Joe’s Barbershop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

“Pet Peeves”column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

2 2

Mark Fronterotta appointed new IPD Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

Fox Theatre now on National Register . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

Feature book review: Word for Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

Fruit Tree Giveaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

Michael Massenberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

Your Block Rocks, W. 102nd Street! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

Dinglewood! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

Dotson’s Drug Den . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

3 4 4 7 6 7 8 8 9

DE PA R T M E N T S Publisher’s Note .......................................page 2 Community Calendar .......................................page 3 Letters to the Editor .......................................page 3 “Greetings from Mike” by Council Member Stevens .......................................page 4 Rhonda’s Wellness Column .......................................page 5 Hoot Beats Limited .......................................page 5 Dining with Rhonda STUFF I EAT.....................page 6 Anne on Architecture..page 7 Book Reviews................page 9

www.MorningsideParkChronicle.com

Inglewood native Crystal Chavis sings at Lakers Game By Gerald Morales What is the sound of inspiration drawn from inspiration? One Inglewood native with a remarkable talent might have an answer. Crystal Chavis, a 17-year-old junior student of Inglewood City Honors High School, found her passion in music four years ago. Her roots in the entertainment industry, however, date back much further. At only three weeks of age Crystal received her first glimpse to the industry when she was in a film for a commercial for Fidelity Financial. She continued getting acting gigs in commercials for State Farm and Jeep as well as many other well-known companies. Throughout elementary and middle school, she participated in many performances and activities in and out of school. Her mother, Allison Queen, is a publicist who specializes in local and national media placements. From a

Residents Claim Victory Against 728% Tax Hike Mayor’s Property Tax proposal shot down By Randall Fleming

Crystal Chavis sings the national anthem at the Lakers v Jazz game on January 25.

young age decided she wanted Crystal to develop into a well-rounded individual. She enrolled her daughter in ice skating and dance classes and even had her try horseback riding. “I tried to support Crystal in every endeavor she pursued and I knew it was im-

portant for her to be wellrounded. I wanted her to know she could do anything she put her mind to, which is why I wanted her to be active,” said Mrs. Queen. Crystal spent a lot of time acting as well as participating in various activities—but please see Crystal, page 11

In a quietly announced lastminute city council meeting for January 23, Inglewood mayor James T. Butts moved to reject a proposal to place a 728% increase of the city’s property transfer tax on the April municipal ballot. The city clerk was directed to withdraw Resolution No. 12157 (adopted December 18, 2012) from the April 2 ballot. The mayor had argued through no fewer than two previous council meetings to push the remarkably high tax hike proposal forward for the April ballot. It was rumored that the reason for the proposal was to upset the unions that would benefit from the increase, should any council members oppose the new tax hike. The mayor remarked that such a tax hike is not an unusual one. “The city of Los please see Victory, page 11

A Decade of Rusty Bathtubs at Osage Rusty pipes, fire-hazard stoves at Senior Center were approved by Planning Commissioner George Dotson By Randall Fleming The cumulative safety hazards of the Osage Senior Villas have been a part of daily life for the center’s residents shortly after the City of Inglewood, the Redevelopment Agency and Planning Commission declared, “The project was completed and received a certificate of occupancy” in June 2003. On October 4, 2005, the aforementioned agencies signed the “Release of Construction Covenants Certificate (formerly called a Certificate of Completion) of the project.” However it was not disclosed that there were “numerous revisions, change orders and building modifications were necessary…” and that the “Osage Senior Vil-

All the bathtubs in the Osage Senior Villas look like this. The rust staining the plastic bathtubs is a result of iron pipes that for over a decade have drained condensation from the residents’ heating and air conditioning units. The non-ceramic tubs, lack of safety bars and other safety hazards were approved by Inglewood Planning Commissioner Dotson in 2003. INSET: A shot of the iron drain pipe from which rusty water has dripped since 2003.

las Limited Partnership, LLC (OSVLP) also contends that the building modifications and change orders have resulted in a project cost overrun of 15%…” from a letter from the city administrator’s office. The city administrator

at the time was Mark Weinberg. Weinberg has since been retained by the City of Inglewood as a consultant under a contract to receive nearly $70k annually. Weinberg was also investigated by the please see Rusty Tub, page 10

To see more pictures of the Osage safety hazards, scan the above QR code or visit:

http://bit.ly/ingbtmpc


Page 2

Morningside Park Chronicle A word from the publisher

Stop “Helping”

We held the first Morningside Park Sustainable meeting last month. It was filled with enthusiastic people who are excited about a smaller, more local and more sustainable Inglewood. We invited Valerie Watson, the Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Los Angeles and former chair of downtown L.A. Neighborhood Council’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Committee to speak to our group. Why did we invite her rather than the traditional organizations that serve communities that are a majority of color? The reason is simple: I do not feel that such organizations fit this community. Our city may be black, Latino and white, but we have a sizable and strong middle class. We have a sizable bohemian class too. I feel that I and many other residents of Inglewood already know how to eat healthfully, how to exercise and how to shop for food. I am tired of people coming to our community and saying we shouldn’t eat Kentucky Fried Chicken or McDonald’s—as if these are things we don’t already know. I find that approach highly insulting. I and my neighbors, my parents and all our peers are tired of being subjected to such disrespect. While I understand that portraying the city’s residents as ignorant people who don’t know how to not kill themselves with food is a cash cow to many people who want to beg under the umbrella of a 501(c)(3), I believe the journey is as important as the destination. If you’re helping of the community portrays the community and its residents as trash then you haven’t helped anyone, but yourself. The image of your community is important. It impacts the opportunities of the residents and it impacts your home values. I have a message for people who come here to “help”: please stopping helping to ruin the image of this community for publicity, for grants and for funds that will never be used for what they are purported. I was recently interviewed on a radio show. The hosts asked me to pick out songs that represent Inglewood. I purposely excluded songs that denigrated the city’s image. This means I included zero rap songs from the 1990s. It’s not about taking the easy road and making the easy buck by falsely embodying stereotypes. I have respect for the people who live here. After all, I live in the Avenues in Inglewood’s Morningside Park.

Teka-Lark Fleming

February 2013 Publisher Teka-Lark Fleming publisher@MPChronicle.net Editor-in-Chief Randall Fleming editor@MPChronicle.net Design and Production: RD & F Design RDFdesignWOOD@gmail.com

Display Advertising Sales ads@MPChronicle.net Lead Writer: Gerald Morales Contributing Writers: Birtram Birtran Ann Cheek La Rose Rhonda Kuykendall-Jabari Mike Stevens

Morningside Park Chronicle/MPC Post Office Box 2155 • Inglewood CA 90305 info@morningsideparkchronicle.com

MorningsideParkChronicle.com

February 2013

Spotlight on Local Business

Joe’s Barbershop

An Inglewood Landmark For Generations

By Gerald Morales

It’s a family business that has been in Inglewood for generations. It’s on 681 W. Arbor Vitae Street, near Ash Street. It is home to some of the best barbers in Inglewood. What is it? Why, Joe’s Barbershop, of course! The story begins in the 1970s when Joe Victorino was searching for that one good barber to cut his hair on a regular basis; his search was in vain. He attended school and studied the ways of crafting unique hairstyles. Learning how to cut hair Joe was the first step; afterward he decided it was time to open up his own shop. The first Joe’s barbershop was opened in 1976 on Arbor Vitae and La Cienega. Long-time Inglewood natives

Kevin Chavez, Jennifer Espes, Robert Gonzales and Joe Victorino take a second from their scissors to pose in front of Joe’s Barbershop.

may recall the Doors Market and mechanic’s shop at the shopping center back then. The barbershop soon gained a great reputation. In 1979, Joe’s Barbershop was relocated to Arbor Vitae. For two decades Joe has been cutting hair. People come not just from Inglewood but all over Los Ange-

les—just to get one of Joe’s classic cuts. As a witness to the legacy his father established, Joe Jr. decided he wanted to continue what his father started. In 1992 he got into the hair-cutting business as well. “My father had a saying: You watch people get married and you watch them please see Joe’s, page 10

“Pet Peeves” Our new pet column! By Trix Pau What do you do when you see a stray dog? If you’re like me, your instinct is to stop the car—or if you’re on foot, stop in your tracks— and do what you can to apprehend the dog, or at least herd it off the streets and onto a sidewalk out of harm’s way. But even if you succeed at this, what do you do next? The dog is likely to be lost, frightened, anxious, hungry or thirsty, or some combination thereof. It could also be hurt, which could make it even more anxious and possibly aggressive. Or it could be very receptive to someone corralling it and giving it some TLC, ideally returning it to its owner (if indeed there is an owner who had enough foresight and caring to have given the dog a tag and/or microchip). I’ve done a lot of on-thespot rescuing over the years, and frankly, there is no standard operating procedure. Each dog is truly different. Some will walk up right up to you, but my experience has been that most stray or lost dogs are too leery of MorningsideParkChronicle.com

people to be caught, no matter how great their need and no matter how good your intentions. They move away and move on. What I have learned is that you can rarely catch any dog by following it; you have to be still, or even move in the opposite direction, to get it to come to you. Sounds counter-intuitive, but it works. It helps if you have some food, and water too: strays are usually more thirsty than hungry (after all, you can go much longer without food than you can without water.) Unfortunately, Inglewood’s population of homeless dogs is sizeable. And it’s quite diverse: I’ve taken in dogs that range from

purebred to stereotypical (but adorable and very adoptable) mutts. Whether it’s because the economy is forcing more people out of their houses and into smaller spaces that don’t accommodate dogs, or whether it’s because too many people routinely don’t keep track of their pets, hardly a week goes by that I don’t spot a dog (or two) out there on its own. Most of them wind up passing through my neighborhood and through my life, but each of them means something. In each case I like to imagine he or she made it back home, or encountered a new one. That would be the best thing for all of us.


Page 3

Morningside Park Chronicle

February 2013

New Police Chief letters Fronterotta appointed Chief at IPD INGLEWOOD—The Inglewood City Council appointed interim police Chief Mike Fronterotta as the permanent head of the department, it was announced Tuesday. He had been serving as interim police chief since June 2012. Fronterotta, a 31-year veteran of the police department, served as commander of the Office of Patrol Services, and he participated in a restructuring of that office that focused on community collaboration and the use of new technology. He is a native of Haverhill, Massachusetts and graduated from Lowell University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. “Certainly it is an honor to be appointed chief. I am pleased that this community has the faith to have me be

Dear editor,

Inglewood Chief of Police Mark Fronterotta

their chief. I will do nothing less than deliver a firstrate police department. After all, I consider Inglewood my home; I could not think of doing less than that,” said Fronterotta. The city council approved his permanent status at its meeting on Wednesday, January 23.

Inglewood Community Calendar Inglewood Main Library

11:00 a.m on Saturday, February 9, Dr. Melissa Rice of the California Institute of Technology will speak at a program co-sponsored by the Library and the Planetary Society. Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall, Inglewood Main Library. Please call (310) 412-5380 for more information.

Bright Star’s Reading Club Family Literacy Night

5:30-10:00 p.m., Sat., February 9 Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 5990 Green Valley Circle in Culver City 90230. FREE Parking! Advance Payment Is Required. Adults: $25.00; Children 2-years plus: $20.00 Check in upon arrival at the registration table. Late Registration: Adults: $30.00 Children: $25.00 For more information, please call (310)673-7323 (center) or (310) 880-5964 cell/text, e-mail info@ brightstarsreadingclub.com, or visit the Bright Stars website at www.brightstarsreadingclub.com

90301. Transportation is available. For more information, please call Linda Peterson at (310) 412-4368. •••

An evening with Erin Aubry Kaplan

Inglewood Main Library Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall 6:30 p.m., Monday, February 25 For more information, please call (310) 412-5645. •••

Poet’s Jazz House

•••

The City of Inglewood Wednesday & Thursdays 9- 11 a.m. Come to our special orientation sessions on Thursday, February 7 or come to the first session on February 13 at Darby Park, 3400 W. Arbor Vitae Blvd., Inglewood,

(re)Think-Ing! Manchester Part 2 Morningside Park Sustainable City at the District One Community Center 2901 W Manchester, Morningside Park 90305 Wednesday, February 27, 6-8 p.m. http://goo.gl/ZnKNB (424) 261-3019.

our

readers

eo left me a little perplexed. There has been lots of talk about economic development for the city, but I haven’t heard a whisper about this project. I mean we certainly heard about Madison Square Gardens before the official announcement. What perplexes me is how we can spend so much time on ideas about revitalizing the northern part of downtown and not even know about this huge proposal. Either this is a grand proposal and is going to happen or something happened to kill it or move it off the radar screen. Either way, I would like to know what’s going on. It’s hard to fathom that someone in Inglewood city government or RRM Design Group or any of the other ‘planning’ organizations associated with the Metro Rail project don’t have a clue about a project this big and how it could or would integrate into or impact the Metro Rail project. The visions of RRM and John McDonald for downtown Inglewood almost seem to be at polar opposites to each other. This is an introductory link that I assume is quoting John McDonald, dated August 14, 2012, just to set the stage for the long video. http://southla.wordpress. com/category/visionsouthla/page/2/

Below is the link for the full story. I am not discounting the first part of the interview, but I couldn’t find a way to fast forward to the Inglewood Promenade part so you may have to see it all. Inglewood Promenade begins at about 34.39 minutes. www.incomtv.com/video/ video_mcdonald.html Once again my questions are: How come I only came across this by accident; and, What’s going on behind the scenes? -RP, Inglewood ••• Dear editor, I read the KCET column and enjoyed Erin’s commentary; he’s an excellent writer. Also read the Morningside Park Chronicle last night. Keep moving forward... you’re doing an awesome job! -Theresa, Zion Hill Baptist Church Los Angeles, CA The Morningside Park Chronicle welcomes readers’ letters. Please write us at the address below. Please include full name and telephone number for verification purposes only; if requested, names will be withheld from publication.

MPC, P.O. Box 2155, Inglewood CA 90305 or via e-mail at: letters@MPChronicle.net

•••

•••

Be Well: Adult Senior Exercise Program

Dear editor, I have attended two of the three transit development meetings regarding the Florence and La Brea Metro Rail station. I spoke with several of you at the meeting on 1-23-12 about a video I had seen regarding a large developers plans for downtown Inglewood. Seeing the vid-

Vibrations in Inglewood’s Morningside Park Community, from 6–8:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 17 at Vibrations on 2435 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90305. For more information, please call (424) 646-3334 or blessedvibrations@gmail.com

Saturday, February 9 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. National Society of Black Engineers Alumni Extension—Los Angeles Chapter 101 S. La Brea Ave , Inglewood, CA 90301. Tyrie (310) 571-7073.

A-MAN, Inc. Saturday Science Academy

•••

Still Waters Writing Workshop

Vibration in Inglewood’s Morningside Park Community 2435 West Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90305 8:00 pm, February 7, 14, 21, 28, Thursday. A Spoken Word and Music Lounge Where spilling your Heart is Art and Searching your Soul is Mandatory to get in the door and The cover charge is always Free every Thursday.

•••

Just a note to say thank you for the kind and supportive review. I specifically placed Liz Taylor and Brooke Shields on each side of Michael Jackson, as book ends for friendship. Friendship and loyalty are real important. Snoop just happened to be the next photo. Additionally, I arranged the pictures and quotes to “make” the reader work to understand what I was thinking at the time. As an example Ali and Sinatra were/are so big they need no intro. I have been an advocate for stopping the violence against women and in society at large. Also, I hope the book will become a template for all countries to study their media and it’s impact and to promote cultural acceptance. Be well and thanks again. -Bill Overton, Santa Monica, CA

f rom

ip

Cl

s thi

p

u co

or

f on

f f o uts

on d % 0 ozen

1one d

Randy’s Donuts

805 W. Manchester Blvd • Inglewood, CA 90301

310-645-4707

MorningsideParkChronicle.com

RandysDonuts.com


Page 4

Morningside Park Chronicle

Inglewood Fox Named to National Register

Courtesy of AMPAS/The Oscars

Supervisors Unanimously Approve Master Plan for Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital Campus

The interior of the Fox Theatre as it was known decades ago.

By Anne Cheek La Rose A lot has happened for the Inglewood Fox Theatre in the past two months. In November, the Fox was included on the California Historic Resources list. The application was then forwarded to the National Register in Washington, DC for consideration. During December, the notfor-profit Inglewood Historic Preservation Alliance (IHPA) began discussions with the Fox owners about restoration. IHPA’s concept is to restore the theatre as a multipurpose event and entertainment venue. Inglewood lacks a large, elegant venue for parties and events. It’s a wonderful theatre that engenders fond memories from residents of Inglewood and surrounding communities.

February 2013

Many folks would like to see the Fox come back to life. On January 14, it was included on the National Register of Historic Places. Now the real work begins. We need the community to support the Fox through telling others about saving the Fox and joining IHPA in future fund-raising events for the theatre. Currently, we have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Inglewood-Fox-Theatre-Alliance/137338472943207 (or visit Facebook.com and search for “Inglewood Fox Theatre Alliance”) that can be visited to see photos inside the theatre, leaving your memories of time spent at the Fox, messages, and keeping up on the latest news about the theatre. Don’t forget to “Like” it when you visit the page.

On the 84th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Master Plan for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital campus sponsored by Board Chairman Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, embracing in vision for health care delivery for not just the new hospital, but the entire MLK campus. The master plan was the result of a year-long community planning process, and was formed with the input of hun-

dreds of residents, civic leaders, business owners and health care advocates. What does having a master plan mean? It means that the new hospital will be at the heart of a web of community wellness resources. The Master plan recommends not only expansion of the new hospital and existing Multi-Ambulatory Care Center, it also urges: a new mental health urgent care center, mixed-use retail space, medical office space, connected community gardens, safe pedestrian walkways and recreational facili-

ties to promote wellness and physical activity, among other suggestions. The master plans is a road map, not a hard and fixed requirement, but it seek to anticipate the future direction of healthcare and prepare for that new day. It also lays out a vision for the entire 142acre Willowbrook community that surrounds the campus. Off campus, the plan envisions space for school-based health centers, mobile clinics, blood banks, and community health centers to support the please see Supervisors, page 11

[ GREETINGS from MIKE ]

Come to City Council Meetings By Mike Stevens, Inglewood Council Member, District 1 Last month we celebrated the life of Martin Luther King. As I sat in the front row at Crozier Middle School on Saturday, January 19 at our official Inglewood celebration looking at the many historical photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr., and his quest to achieve equality, I noticed a few glaring facts in the photos. Maybe it was because the photos were so large. After all, the entire screen itself was over 10 feet tall and 20 feet wide. The most obvious

Airport noise is indicative of poisonous air particulate matter— which is a proven hindrance to children’s health and well-being, negatively impacts health and is a proven factor in autism.

Be sure to call the number below when loud or low-flying aircraft are observed over your home.

424-64-NOISE 424 (646-6473)

To be sure that LAWA/LAX is recording and reporting your complaint, please e-mail the Chronicle via blast@mpchronicle.net and include the date, time, direction and general area. Anonymity is guaranteed, and there is no need to leave any identifying information.

MorningsideParkChronicle.com

was that everyone in the photographs was goodlooking and well-groomed. I guess back then, everyone wore what looked best on them—not what looked best on their favorite celebrity or entertainer as many people do today. In the photos, I did not see anyone with 30 pounds of potatoes squeezed into a 10-pound sack in the photos. Many of the people marching and standing alongside King, Jr. may have been share croppers but they sure maintained their dignity while taking an active role in changing America and making it possible for

Inglewood District 1 council member Mike Stevens

residents residing in a community such as Inglewood to have the power to change governmental policy simply please see Vigilance, page 11


Page 5

Morningside Park Chronicle

February 2013

Rhonda’s Wellness Corner

Hoof Beats LIMITED

by Birtram Birtran Well, we have begun a new year. With hope this one will be better than the last one. I always look forward to something better than before, something more interesting, more entertaining. I am hoping to see more horse racing and more horses developed in this great state of California. I happen to believe that this is the greatest state for horse breeding than any in America. Many of our top horses are sold to other people in other countries at a price too large for the owners to pass up. I would sell a horse for two, three or four million dollars that I bought for a few thousand dollars as well. For some new news in the horse-racing world—news that a few of you may already know—Gary Stevens has returned to riding again. (Stevens was a retired favorite jockey that I use to love to watch ride, and who was also in the HBO series Luck.) He looks great for a guy in his late forties who retired because of his health and bad knee problems. I wish him a lot of good luck. Speaking of riding, I have often wondered: What

by

makes a good jockey? Does he talk to the horses ? Is it tactical? Does he sit different from lesser jockeys? What is it? It has been said that a jockey may forget a race that he rode in but he —or she? There are now a lot of great female jockeys that ride today and get their share of wins—never forgets the horse they rode. Therein lies one of the premises of one of my handicapping rules. I try to pick the horse who has a rider that knows him, or a jockey who is more successful with many horses. An interesting note about jockeys when they are racing is that they don’t sit on the horse, rather they stand on the horse when racing. Their butts hardly touch the seat of the saddle until the race is over. When I learned to ride (for fun) I realized that a horse could be trained to walk or run in different styles. It can be taught to canter, which is a very smooth way to ride without being bounced around on its back. There is also the trot, which is where you see the rider’s head bouncing up and down on

Rhonda Kuykendall-Jabari

A Drug-free Approach to Lower Blood Pressure every step. Then there is the gallop, or run. This is what the horse does when it races. When I started trying to handicap the horse races, I had to find out which horse had the potential to be the strongest horse, the one with the most stamina. I found that this was very important when horses of different ages raced against each other. I found that 3-year-old horses were stronger than 2-year-olds and that 4-year-old horses were stronger than 3-yearolds, and that the 4-yearold horses have pretty much gained their full speed although not their full endurance to run their best at a longer distance. Once they reach their fifth year, they are pretty much ready for anything that they are bred for, and they are considered a full-grown horse. please see Jockeys, page 11

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 1 in 3 U.S. adults (est. 68,000,000) has high blood pressure. In 2010, high blood pressure cost the U.S. $93.5 billion in medications, missed days of work and health care services. High blood pressure can lead to bone loss, sexual dysfunction, coronary artery disease, heart failure, stroke, Dementia, kidney failure, damage to the eyes and more. Known as “The Silent Killer,” high blood pressure may present no outward symptoms until it reaches advance stages. The only way to know for sure if you have high blood pressure is to confer with your doctor and know your numbers. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) defines blood pressure as “the force of blood against the walls of arteries.” It is measured by the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats, as the muscle contracts (systolic) and when the heart rests between beats as it refills with blood (diastolic). It is written as systolic/diastolic. For example, if the systolic pressure is 115 and the diastolic pressure is 79, it is written as 115/79 and read aloud as, “115 over 79.” As we age, arteries lose elasticity, which increases the risk of hypertension. Family history also plays a role in the likelihood of developing high blood pressure. Dr. Andrew Weil, a leading natural and integrative health advisor, lists stress, excessive salt consumption, a diet low in calcium, magnesium and potassium, excessive alcohol intake, obesity and certain prescription medications as potential contributing factors. According to the American Heart Association, blood pressure categories are defined as follows: Blood Pressure Category

Systolic mm Hg (upper #)

Normal

less than 120

and

less than 80

Pre-hypertension

120–139

or

80–89

140–159

or

90–99

160 or higher

or

100 or higher

Higher than 180

or

Higher than 110

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 1 High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 2 Hypertensive Crisis (Emergency care needed)

Diastolic mm Hg (lower #)

Dietary and lifestyle choices are key factors in the prevention and control of hypertension. In addition to following doctor’s orders, discuss and incorporate some of the following into your daily self-care plan. DASH Diet: The NHLBI promotes the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), which has been proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It is high in fruits and vegetables, low- or non-fat dairy, whole grains and fiber. The DASH diet is also rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium. For recipes, menus and more information, visit http://www. dashdiet.org.

iI-Spy...

To hear what at least one Inglewood little league president has to say about misappropriated funds, scan the above QR code or visit:

http://bit.ly/ingdbmpc

MorningsideParkChronicle.com

Dr. Weil recommends the following nutritional measures: • Eat eight to 10 servings of vegetables and fruit per day. • Limit animal protein to six ounces per day. • Limit salt intake. If you are salt sensitive or have a family history or hypertension, reducing salt to about one teaspoon a day may help control your blood pressure. • Use garlic. It has a modest effect on blood pressure, potentially helping to relax blood vessels. • Consume four to five servings

please see Diet, page 10


Page 6

Morningside Park Chronicle

February 2013

COSMETIC, IMPLANT & GENERAL DENTISTRY

The Smile Studio 3300 W. Manchester Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90305

(310) 674-3232

TheSmileStudioDentist.com [ DINING with RHONDA ]

Stuff I Eat

By Rhonda Kuykendall-Jabari Sunday evening seemed the perfect time to dive into a “vegan, organic and ecofriendly” meal. This is the tagline for the eatery Stuff I Eat on N. Market Street. It had been a very long day and I was ravenous! The unpretentious brown awning is easily missed on the block between Regent and Queen Streets. The search for a vacant parking meter may be distracting if you’ve never been here before. If you miss it the first time, circle the block again; you won’t be disappointed. On a Sunday evening, you may catch a live jazz trio playing at just the right volume.

Stuff I Eat is fairly spacious, clean and inviting. There are no detectable smells to entice the taste buds, which leaves the flavor of the food to its own devices. The black cultural décor could fit as easily in an art gallery or sidewalk cafe. Some of the pieces are reminiscent of the former Lucy Florence Cultural Center in the Historic Leimert Park Village. Unlike some health food restaurants, Stuff I Eat draws a hard line; there is no sacrifice of healthful ingredients for taste. It is obvious the food is prepared with loving care and a consciousness rarely found at so-called health-food restaurants in and around the please see Stuff I Eat, page 10

Carla Thomas, D.D.S.

2013 Fruit Tree Giveaway By Gerald Morales The environmentally focussed nonprofit organization Tree People, based in Beverly Hills, helped the Social Justice Learning Institute to sponsor a Free Fruit Tree Giveaway on Saturday, January 25. Tree People holds monthly Free Fruit Tree Giveaways throughout southern California, and once a year they come to Inglewood. More than 2,000 families from all over Los Angeles— and Inglewood too!—came out to see the Laker Girls and former MVP Steve Nash help educate people on tree-planting. Families lined up to await being taught valuable information on how to plant trees and grow gardens in their own homes. Some residents were new to this event while others had been here before, yet the common goal in mind was to support the idea of growing their own fruit trees. Steve Nash, the Laker Girls and volunteers got together to help plant a peach tree which they nicknamed Nash Jr. Seeing celebrities take the initiative MorningsideParkChronicle.com

Councilman Mike Stevens and a family at the Tree People’s monthly “Free Fruit Tree Giveaway” on January 25.

sets a good role model for children, teens and everyone in the community to take note that many people aim at creating a more sustainable future for communities such as Inglewood. Both the Tree People and SJLI put together events for community wellness; when possible they partner up to combine their resources in order to promote bigger events to benefit as many people as possible. The organizations like providing hands-on education so as to interact with the community. Tree People person Torin Dunnavent adds, “If you

don’t work with people it’s not going to stick, which is why we like to provide these type of events for the community so people have something to take home.” These type events are not limited to Inglewood alone. The long-established group coordinates with communities all around Los Angeles in order to create a more sustainable future. The Social Justice Learning Institute on the other hand focuses a bit more on Inglewood and has gained a lot of momentum for establishing a brighter community. The please see Tree People, page 10


IT’S THE Feature Book Review

Word for Word

Emancipation and the Act of Writing written by Christopher Hager From the opening sentence to its final sentiment, Word by Word wastes no words stating clearly the importance of its topic: literacy and its paramount importance to knowing how to free oneself, remaining vigilant and understanding the words of those whose only intent is to oppress others that they may live off their blood, sweat and toil. It was riveting to read, as early as the introduction, seemingly prescient revelations such as, “By writing out the clause in Article II that begins, ‘the president Shall be commander in chief of the

S T AR

Morningside Park Chronicle

February 2013

Army and navy of the united States,” he taught himself to spell ‘president.’” It would be a shame in this day and age were a writer imagining himor herself to possess any sigplease see Word, page 9

[ ANNE on ARCHITECTURE ]

Theme Architecture in Inglewood

Michael Massenberg

By Teka-Lark Fleming

I sat down with Michael Massenberg recently to discuss his journey in the art world and art in Inglewood. According to Massenberg there were art studios on Warren Lane before there were art studios at the Beacon Arts Building. There have always been artists on Inglewood’s West Boulevard since at least the 1980s. Sadly, the art studios on Warren Lane are no more. Art often takes second fiddle to more easily funded social service programs. Massenberg found his “art” in Watts. He went to CSULB to study art, but ended up becoming a business major. One of the last things he did before dropping out of CSULB as a senior was take a black studies class on art that was taught by Professor Silvers. Silvers taught an art class at the Watts Tower Arts Center where John Outterbridge was the director. “When I did go [to the Watts Tower Arts Center] it was my first time going there. I was blown away, because when I walked in I saw all these people who looked like me and I hear jazz and

Foster’s Freeze on La Brea Avenue.

By Anne Cheek La Rose By design, these buildings herald the product sold inside. Theme architecture goes back to the 1920s. Back in the day, the retail landscape was dotted with the likes of giant coffee

7 Page Page 7

cups, big oranges, and hotdogs. Of course, the most famous was the celebrity studded eatery, the Brown Derby. There were four Brown Derby locations and the last to be demolished was on please see Theme, page 10 MorningsideParkChronicle.com

Michael Massenberg, “L.A. Style,” painting and drawing on wood panel.

they are all painting. I had to go to Long Beach to figure out this existed 10 minutes from my house,” he said. That was his last art class for eight years. One day in 1989 he took an encyclopedia to work and during his break he picked up a pencil began to draw a picture of the gymnast Nadia Comaneci. It was first time he had done any art in eight years. “And I looked at that and said to myself I think I want to do this. They say don’t become an artist, because you’ll starve and you won’t have any money and I thought I’m driving a shuttle van, I don’t have any money, and I had filed bankruptcy two years prior, so since I’m already at no

money I might as well do art,” he said. In the 1990s Otis Parsons, now Otis College of Art and Design, was in MacArthur Park. He decided to go there. He spent one year there. He got a grant to cover the tuition, but unfortunately paperwork and a counselor at Otis decided he wasn’t going to get that grant. “I had already made a decision that I was going to do art. It was no ifs, ands or buts about it. I was enjoying art too much,” he summarized. Massenberg’s first show was at the Third World Art Festival, which was run by Cecil Ferguson, in 1990. To learn more about Massenberg’s art, please visit the website: michaelmassenburg.daportfolio.com.


Page 8

Morningside Park Chronicle

Danny K. Tabor Fined $32k by CA FPPC

February 2013

West 102nd Street: Your Block Rocks!

Former Inglewood Mayor Danny K. Tabor files his 2013 District 1 council seat running papers at City Clerk Yvonne Horton’s office on January 7. He neither paid nor filed a statement for the 2013 election.

SACRAMENTO—Daniel K. Tabor, Tabor for Mayor 2010, and Krishna Tabor, Treasurer, were fined by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) for violations regarding a “fail[ure] to timely file preelection statements” for the 2010 Inglewood municipal election. Tabor is again running for election in the 2013 municipal election. Daniel K. Tabor was a candidate for mayor of the City of Inglewood in the June 8, 2010, special election, the August 31, 2010, run-off election, the November 2, 2010, general election, and the January 11, 2011, run-off election. “Tabor for Mayor 2010” was his candidate-controlled committee, and Krishna Tabor was the committee’s treasurer. They failed to timely file pre-election statements for the March 18, 2010, through May 22, 2010, the July 1, 2010, through August 14,

2010, the August 15, 2010, through September 30, 2010, the October 1, 2010, through October 16, 2010, the October 17, 2010, through November 27, 2010, and the November 28, 2010, through December 25, 2010, reporting periods; failed to timely file a semi-annual statement for the May 23, 2010, through June 30, 2010, reporting period; and failed to file late contribution reports within 24 hours of receiving nine late contributions, totaling approximately $29,500, between August 15, 2010, and January 10, 2011. The result was a $32,000 fine. Will Inglewood city clerk Yvonne Horton again accept a late statement from Tabor? Stay tuned to www.fppc. ca.gov (search: “Tabor”) for the answer. Calls to Inglewood city clerk Horton were not returned.

District 4’s West 102nd Street has a rich history that stretches west to Los Angeles Airport, north to Ladera Heights and centrally to city hall. Morningside Park says “Hello!” to the idyllic hillside charms of West 102nd Street!

Dinglewood! A look back to the good ol’ Dorn Days

“Everybody who is not me, SHUT UP! I have the floor, and everyone else is OUT OF ORDER!

Get on the Chronicle mailing list:

blast@MPChronicle.net

RD&F

print

|

s k o Bo s d r a c t s Po s e r u h c o Br s e n i z a g Ma s r e t t e l s New s d r a C s s , e e s r n u i B u s and, of co s r e p a p s New

design

RDF design WOOD@ gmail . com MorningsideParkChronicle.com


BOOK REVIEWS

Scream at the Librarian written by Joel L Rane

illustrated by Raymond Pettibon & Cristin Sheehan Sullivan

This book resonates in many ways. I was never a librarian, but I am a Brooklynite who to this day carries his Brooklyn Library Card—and will never forget cutting his newspaperman’s teeth on mob-sponsored community newspapers that remain wellfed to this day. And I am also a fan of the Dick Riordan L.A. Library and all its vaults, nooks and crannies. It is a bitter albeit hilarious, hateful yet hopeful, and brilliant book for its insider disclosure. Like teaching, working at a library is a career that requires complete exposure to a volatile element that is

street life, gang members, rubber room rejects and all manner of danger—but pays remarkably little. In Scream at the Librarian, we get a dictionary of mental delinquents that helps one to understand just what really happens. It is scary, sad and bitter—but it may well be the last bit of limited art that one will be able to afford by a writer whose chapbook is illustrated by an artist whose work is found in most museums of modern art on the west coast. The faux quartercloth, letter-set cover printing is a tangible aspect that makes the fingers tingle—

right before the brain screams as the miscreants of the street trickle into the library on 5th Street. (softcover, letterset press, $5: Booklyn, 37 Greenpoint Avenue, 4th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11222 www.booklyn.org)

A Case Study of Inglewood, California written by Edna Bonacich & Robert F. Goodman

and it provided a unique case study. What the authors noted back then has become vitally important today. Some of the very people who were starting out at IUSD as well as at city hall remain entrenched there today. Moreover, the radically religious nature that has been allowed to fester at IUSD—certain school board members no longer observe the separation of church and

Dotson’s Drug Den Marijuana dispensary on Van Ness was approved by Planning Commissioner George Dotson—in 2008

Deadlock in School Segregation There is simply not enough space to fully discuss this superb book. As such, I’ll stick to basic points. Published in 1972, Bonacich and Goodman set out to document in significant detail the manner by which school desegregation was carried out in Inglewood Unified School District. At the time, there was a distinct paradigm change occurring regarding demographics in Inglewood,

Page 9

Morningside Park Chronicle

February 2013

state—means that IUSD has again become a focus of study, albeit for different reasons. But it is not a myopic view the authors present. Most every aspect of Inglewood is preserved from the time period. It makes this title one I strongly suggest folks seek out and read. (Praeger Publishers, 1972, 6” x 9”, 107 pp, hardcover)

Word, from pg. 7 nificance yet to misspell such a mighty word as “President.” It bespeaks the importance of establishing and maintaining one’s writing (and reading) skills in the perpetual campaign to beat back the darkness of ignorance, corruption and oppression. The slave owners of the Deep South feared that black slaves learning to write would be “unsafe” and did all they could to prevent such lessons from occurring. Publicly, however, slave-owners attempted to declare that the slaves could not write owing to their innate biological inferiority. Nevertheless, slaves did learn to write, and there are samples presented that negate both the slave-owners and the abolitionists perceptions. (hardcover, $39.95: Harvard University Press www.hup.harvard.edu) MorningsideParkChronicle.com

Spectrum L.A., on 9305 Van Ness Ave (at Arbor Vitae) in Inglewood, is located one block from a Catholic school that offers Kindergarten through grade 6.

A marijuana dispensary recently opened up in a space that was formerly a residential garage. To this day it is only identified by the florescent green cross in its window; there is no sign identifying the dispensary’s name. Nevertheless, a business license search revealed that it is named Spectrum L.A. Located in the parking lot of F & M Market on the southwest corner of S. Van Ness Avenue and W. Arbor Vitae Street, it opened on November 4 with little fanfare. Many neighbors have felt it is a nuisance but are fearful of approaching the city departments responsible for allowing and regulating the dispensary, feeling retaliation could occur. “I had a county worker in here last month, and they have prevented further action until I can prove that the smell of pot is not mine. I told them that the problem is right around the corner but they didn’t believe me,” said one resident who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal. The entire time the resident explained the problem, the distinct smell of marijuana remained strong in the outside afternoon air. It was prominent even on the Los Angeles side of Van Ness. One block away is St. Eugene’s Catholic School, which has daily classes for Kindergarten through 6th grade. Some students walk past the dispensary on their short walk home from school. The dispensary, however, was no surprise to the City of

Inglewood. The ordinance, number 08-19, acted on behalf of the Planning Commission of the City of Inglewood Resolution No. 1528 and dated July 2, 2008, was proposed by Planning Commissioner George Dotson. In the resolution that the Planning Commission approved and recommended to the city council was “the adoption of amendments to Chapter 12 (zoning) of the Inglewood Municipal Code to...permit inpatient dispensing and use of medical marijuana at hospitals and other long-term medical care facilities.” The resolution which allowed the marijuana dispensary that is causing significant problems for the resident with respect to liability and L.A. County, goes on to state that “the proposed amendments will not constitute...or impose an arbitrary or unfair requirement on a few property owners.” One may well imagine that property owners having to contend with L.A. County officials and perhaps being pushed to suppress an odor not of their causation but which limits their ability to live in peace, heaps “unfair requirements[s]” on a few property owners whose proximity to the drug den that Dotson allowed. According to his election website, Dotson was also on the Advisory Council of St. Eugene’s, the same church at which the schoolchildren who daily pass the marijuana dispensary also attend daily classes.


Page 10

Joe’s, from pg. 2 get buried. Now I’m starting to see that happen the longer I cut hair,” Joe divulged. “As Hispanics, there are few legacies you can look up to for the young generation. I love to be a positive influence on the community, so I do things like offer free cuts to kids that bring in good report cards. It’s my way of giving back.” Both my grandfathers got their hair cut at Joe’s, and I have many friends who will only go there to get the work done. People from all over the community recognize

Stuff I Eat, from pg. 6 city of Inglewood. Take, for example, the Organic Soul Food Platter ($11 for half-plate, $15 for full). Comprised of yams, mac ‘n’ cheese, BBQ tofu, kale greens, black eyed peas, cornbread muffin, potato salad and coleslaw, this delectable meal won’t likely invoke memories of Grandma’s home cooking. But is it enjoyable? Absolutely! Stuff I Eat aims to re-create familiar dishes, not imitate them. The flavors are robust and satisfying, but there is no doubt that what you have in front of you is filled with ingredients that feed the cells and nourish the body. The BBQ tofu is perfectly seasoned and not too spicy. The kale greens, black eyed peas and cornbread muffin are familiar, but not identical to the fare in other soul food restaurants. The vegan potato salad is delicious and fill-

Rusty Tubs, from pg. 1 LA. County D.A. for his involvement in a HUD scandal that found then-mayor Roosevelt Dorn guilty of embezzlement. Dorn was the chairman of the Redevelopment Agency responsible for the HUD scandal and the Osage Senior Villas approval. With such cost overruns as mentioned in the 30 March 2004 document titled “dda amendment 1” and such a vast shortage of basic materials that this journalist was allowed to photograph in detail, one wonders how it is that shorting residents of the senior citizen in a manner that certainly costs a good bit now—and could result in injury and death—where all the money went. There are no stove-top exhaust pipes over the stoves, the air conditioning/heating unit pipes

Morningside Park Chronicle Joe’s as one of Inglewood’s greatest legacies. My family has gone there for generations, and we all agree that the staff live up to the reputation set down by the founder and namesake. For those Inglewood residents who have yet to visit, get a cut from Joe’s barbershop and see for yourself: it’s a cut above! For more information, please visit the website at www.JoesBarberShopLAX. tumblr.com. One can also just call and drop in to get the work done now at (310) 674.3655. ing. This food is a safe and delicious alternative for anyone who is ready for a lifestyle change to eating and living well. There are plenty of fresh vegetable juices, smoothies and assorted bottled drinks. Desserts are vegan, sugar free and made with pure and (some) organic ingredients. If it’s sweets you crave, without the sugar and empty calories, these fit the bill. I had the vegan banana pudding ($11) and found it to be as comforting and filling as any. For about $25 - $35, you can enjoy a tasty, guiltfree entrée, beverage and dessert at Stuff I Eat. The good you will do your body is worth every dime! Stuff I Eat 114 North Market Street Inglewood, CA 90301 Parking: Metered • WiFi: No Accepts: Cash, VISA and Mastercard Attire: Casual

discharge into the bathtubs and there are no A/C vents in the hallways throughout the building. Councilman Mike Stevens, in whose district the Osage sits, has attempted numerous times to resolve the many safety and security problems. His prime concern has been to have shower bars installed. While investigating the shower bars—which were never installed despite the RDA and City of Inglewood officials approving the project at its “completion”—it was discovered that the bathtubs were kits and not properly built. As such, shower bars can not be installed without significant remodeling. It was just one more question of how “cost overruns” occurred but cheap and nonexistent materials were marked on the blueprints and itemized on the invoices that were paid off nearly decade ago.

Diet, from pg. 5 of nuts, seeds and dry beans per week. This is equivalent to two tablespoons of nuts or seeds, or 1/2-cup cooked dried beans. • Eat plenty of fish. Include at least three servings of fish a week, emphasizing cold-water fish such as wild Alaskan salmon and sardines, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Take fish-oil supplements if you cannot get enough omega-3-rich foods. • Take calcium and magnesium. Inadequate intake of both of these minerals has been associated with high blood pressure. Women should get between 1,000 and 1,200 mg of calcium a day from all sources, while men need no more than 500-600 mg daily from all sources and probably do not need to supplement. • Take vitamin C. This antioxidant vitamin has been shown to lower blood pressure in people with mild to moderate hypertension. Exercise: Aerobic activity strengthens the heart, enabling it to pump more blood with less pressure. Exercise

February 2013

also helps maintain a healthy weight, reducing obesity which is a risk factor for high blood pressure. Aim for at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity each day. This may include walking, jogging, swimming or household chores like raking leaves, mowing the lawn or scrubbing/mopping floors. If you are unable to do 30 minutes at one time, break activities into three 10 minute sessions and get the same benefit. Deep Breathing: Dr. Weil says, “If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly.” Deep breathing lowers blood pressure, increases energy levels, promotes better sleep, helps break down salt, promotes weight loss and relieves stress and tension. Deep breathing exercises can be done anywhere at any time. The goal is to slow your breathing to less than 10 breaths per minute. Inhale for six seconds, hold for 18 seconds, exhale for 12 seconds. Repeat 10 times, twice daily (try it upon rising and before bedtime).

Reduce Sodium: Most sodium is consumed as sodium chloride, known as table salt. NHLBI recommends a daily sodium intake of 1 teaspoon or less. This includes sodium or salt found in processed foods (read labels), table salt added to foods, Kosher salt and sea salt. Keep your combined daily intake below 2300 milligrams. Use deep breathing twice daily to help break down and eliminate salt from your body. Limit Alcohol: For weight and blood pressure control, limit alcohol to one moderate drink daily for women, and two drinks daily for men. A drink is 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 100 proof whiskey, etc. Quit Smoking: Smoking injures blood vessel walls and accelerates the hardening of arteries. This applies to filtered and unfiltered cigarettes. If you smoke, quit. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. Regular doctor’s visits, compliance with doctors’ orders, a heart healthy diet and common sense goes a long way in the fight against high blood pressure.

lin in a lot of the initiatives that they pass around the community. They have volunteers at Inglewood High School and try to coordinate as many events to plant trees as well as spark community awareness when possible. One day and one tree at

a time the Tree People and Social Justice Learning Institute are helping make a big wave in and around Inglewood. If anyone is interested in learning more about either group, visit their websites at www.treepeople. org and www.facebook. com/mySJLI.

member when the Shuttle was filmed being pulled by a Toyota truck across Manchester? That’s the one. It may not be a theme building per se, but one can’t overlook the Brolly Hut located in Lockhaven. They don’t sell umbrellas, but the structure makes you smile—even if you’re a vegetarian. Inglewood has another icon. It’s small, very unassuming and most of us drive by daily without noticing. It’s the original Foster’s Freeze on La Brea at 94th St, in the Arbor Village section. It was opened in 1949 and was the first retail location in the state of CA. Remember Ike and Tina Turner? Their studio was in Fairview Heights. The address is 1300 N. La Brea, an unimpressive white stuc-

co one-storey structure. But oh—the music that was made there! Just outside Inglewood, the Beach Boys Monument is on the Hawthorne side of the 105 Freeway. This is the site of the childhood home of Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson. The Beach Boys were responsible for giving the world the California Sound. To make the pilgrimage, take Prairie south, left on 120th Street, make a left again on Kornblum and go to the end of the street. Lastly there is the crown jewel of Inglewood, the Centinela Adobe. It is the birthplace of Inglewood and a great place to visit. I’ll be writing about the about the Adobe in a future edition of Morningside Park Chronicle, so be sure to never miss a single issue!

••• Rhonda Kuykendall-Jabari is an Inglewood resident where she lives with her ‘tween’ son, Damani, and his father. She has a BA in Spiritual Healing and is certified as a Reiki Master Teacher and Holistic Health Practitioner. “Like” her page at www.facebook.com/wellness.uprising, or visit her on the web: www.wellnessuprising.com.

Tree People, from pg. 6 Fruit Tree Giveaway Festival can be seen as an example and used as a blueprint for other cities to create their own events similar to this one. They receive help from the mayor and District 3 councilman Frank-

Foster’s, from pg. 7 Wilshire in mid-city. Inglewood is fortunate to have perhaps the most recognizable of LA’s theme architecture – Randy’s Donuts. Randy’s was originally one of 10 such places. There were two size donuts, one large (32 1/5’)—like Randy’s Donuts on Manchester at the 405 freeway— and one somewhat smaller size (23’). Of the five remaining, Randy’s is the best known and certainly the most photographed. Randy’s has been featured in films, some being Get Shorty, Earth Girls are Easy, the currently running Iron Man 2 and many other movies as well as a number of MTV videos . It is also currently seen on TV in the Toyota commercial. ReMorningsideParkChronicle.com


February 2013

Crystal, from pg. 1 it was not until one of her performances at Laguna Beach Middle School when she decided to focus on music. The crowd was ecstatic, which inspired her to pursue a career specifically in music. She started to take classes at Delian Music and was soon spotted by musical songwriter and produce Kashif for her unique talents. He could relate; his musical career took off at the age of 15 and can now be heard on releases by stars such as Kenny G and Whitney Houston. He guides her through her career and has helped her work with a vocal coach and attend the Hollywood Academy of Music. The inspiration within Crystal is not only the musical talents she possesses, but her persistence in reaching her goals. She recently sang the American National Anthem at The Staples Center for a Los Angeles Lakers game (against the Utah Jazz) on Friday, January 25. How

Vigilance, from pg. 4 by participating in their local government. Before this we would have gone to jail—or worse!—attempting to affect change in our local government. Next, let’s discuss how taking an active role in the governing of this city has benefited you, the residents of the greater Morningside Park area. One of the most important things you can do to make a difference—besides voting—is to come to council meetings when items of importance to you are brought before the city council. When constituents come to the council and comment on agenda items, we on the city council pay attention. On that note, I want to thank everyone who came to the council meetings this past month to make their voice heard and speak truth to power! Together we successfully defeated the attempt to place a 728% increase in the Property Transfer Tax on the April ballot. With respect to Inglewood’s Residential Sound Insulation (RSI) program, it is very possible Inglewood would still be doing land acquisition, clearing the land, and selling the vacant land to developers instead of sound-insulating our homes.

Page 11

Morningside Park Chronicle she landed the gig is indicative of her persistence. Last summer, her mentor Kashif suggested she submit an application to sing the national anthem for the Lakers. She took it upon herself to look up the Lakers’ entertainment publicist and request an audition; she was rejected. The publicist responded that she would keep Crystal’s tape on file but that the team had booked all national anthem singers for the season. Prior to the Laker vs. Jazz game there was a cancellation, and the publicist contacted Crystal. She agreed but then her nerves went haywire. “This was the first time she was going to sing in front of 20,000 people,” said her mother. “She’s used to crowds of about 200 or so but this was the first time she sang for such a big crowd.” The performance went off without a hitch. “What makes this so rewarding was that I did this all on my own and that is what gave me my confidence when

I sang, that was also the best part, my confidence,” Chavis said after the performance. Despite her swell of success, Crystal still understands the importance of education. She maintains a 3.6 GPA and retains an interest in sports such as volleyball. She strengthens her talents at the piano, guitar and keyboard, and has designed her own website. She hopes to pursue a major in music at Loyola Marymount University. She loves her hometown— Inglewood!—and the greater Los Angeles area in general. The message she would like to leave to the youth is to remember to pursue your dreams and to never let anything stand in your way. Crystal aims at inspiring young girls through her music, because the youth is what inspires her to pursue her musical career and dreams. To find out more about this upand-coming talent from Inglewood, please visit the website at www.crystalchavismusic. com.

More than a decade ago, the residents went to council meetings with me. We demanded that Mayor Dorn and the council use the noise mitigation funds for a sound insulation program, and we now have more than 4,000 homes sound-insulated. Unfortunately the Inglewood RSI program has been slow and inefficient since 2003. I’ve pushed, prodded and begged for information, met with many government and sound insulation company officials, and spent countless hours discussing problems in the program with many of you. I’ve found the city has been failing to file required grant reports since 2006, has had exorbitantly high per-home sound insulation costs, and that sound insulation funding to the City of Inglewood has been cut off by Los Angeles and the FAA. Being docile and thinking if we ask real nice or kiss up to the right government official isn’t going to get most of our homes sound insulated. I need your help now! Many more of us are going to have to make it very well known we are upset about the lack of progress. We as a group are going to have to raise our voices and demand our Mayor James Butts, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and our ranking member of the House

Financial Services committee Congresswoman Maxine Waters get this City of Inglewood Sound Insulation Program and its respective funding back on track. I urge you to support our community’s efforts and write letters to all three aforementioned elected officials. Here are the addresses of the representatives to which to write: James T. Butts One Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301 Mayor@CityofInglewood. org or call (310) 412-5300 Antonio Villaraigosa 200 North Spring St. L.A., CA 90012 (213) 978-0600 (213) 978-0721 mayor@lacity.org Congresswoman Maxine Waters, 10124 S. Broadway, Suite 1, Los Angeles, CA 90003. (323) 757-8900 If all residents work together—those inside and outside the “noise contour”—we’ll have an even better Morningside Park community! Wishing all of you the very best! Sincerely,

Councilman Mike Stevens MorningsideParkChronicle.com

Victory, from pg. 1 Angeles and Santa Monica both enjoy a similar percentage of property tax transfer rates,” said Butts. What the mayor failed to add was that long before either of the named municipalities increased their property transfer taxes was a growth in commerce, art and amenities. Such has not been the case in Inglewood for several decades despite having the same planning commissioner, George Dotson. Many people have tried but city hall pols and staff have remained resistant to providing the residents with anything other than little league baseball fields after receiving hundreds of millions of dollars over the years. More-

Jockeys, from pg. 5 Now here is a tip that may keep some of your money in your pocket when you bet. Once you get your program of the races, check the race that you are betting on to see if the horses in the race are

Supervisors, from pg. 4 work of the MLK campus and provide a more holistic approach to health care. The plan recommends a new health park and a series of connected community gardens, safe pedestrian walkways, and recreational facilities to promote wellness and physical activity. It promotes access to healthier food options and includes space for retail. It also increases access to public transportation.

over, the baseball fields and parks in which they sit are too often used by residents from Los Angeles as well as non-Inglewood teams. The people of Inglewood have made their collective voice heard, and that sound is their protest of being unfairly taxed by an administration that has squandered an obscene amount of taxes. In the past, Measure UUT, which was to go toward libraries and parks, failed to prevent at least one library from closing—but it remains a tax that all Inglewood residents pay. The latest attempt to tax residents, the 728% city increase in the Property Transfer Tax, was a proposal against which the residents of Inglewood rallied successfully to defeat. of different ages. If so, you might consider betting on the horse of older age with a top jockey riding it. Have a good time at the races this year. Be sure to bet with your head and not your heart—unless you just love that horse’s name! “I am thrilled with the passage of this master plan,” said the Supervisor. “It is our goal to bring a complete and comprehensive network of services—not just a hospital—to South Los Angeles. The planning process was intense and intensive, but it was well worth it. This document will serve as a guide for many years to come as we bring top-notch services to a community that has long waited for quality care.

SUBSCRIBE NOW Make sure you get each edition!

Just

$10.00

gets you the next SIX editions postpaid

Name_______________________ Address_____________________ City_________________________ State, Zip___________________ Mail your check or money order to:

Morningside Park Chronicle P.O. Box 2155 • Inglewood CA 90305 For more information, please e-mail us at: info @ M o rni ng s i d e Pa rkChro ni c l e .c o m


Page 12

Morningside Park Chronicle

February 2013

Happy Birthday,

Mother Cooper!

above:

Councilman Stevens with Valentine’s Day Baby, Ms. Gwen Cooper, who will be 100 on February 14, 2013. Stevens successfully advocated for grab bars in the bathrooms at Osage Senior Villas.

District 1 Councilman Mike Stevens is working to make a better Inglewood for our children. Residential Sound Insulation Program To save our children from air quality-related health issues like asthma and autism as well as to provide the peace of mind required to focus on their studies, Stevens has fought tirelessly for many years to get houses sound-insulated and air-conditioned.

Crenshaw Light Rail Crossings Stevens has spent significant time performing outreach to his constituents as well as MTA and CPUC representatives. He has written and presented seven Council Initiatives to the mayor and city council for approval in an on-going campaign to get the dangerous street-level LAX/Crenshaw Light Rail crossings—which are close to schools, churches and parks— placed below grade in Inglewood. www.CouncilmanMikeStevens.com

On April 2, vote for our children’s future.

Re-elect Councilman Mike Stevens! Paid for by Committee to re-elect Councilman Mike Stevens 2013 MorningsideParkChronicle.com


February 2013 Issue