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contents Centinela Hospital charged by NLRB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page
Dinglewood returns! The Good Ol’ Dorn Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page
I Spy...”Janus” Horton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page
Coffee with a Cop at McDonald’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page
Friends of Inglewood Humongous Book Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page
Overdrive at the Getty examines the “Future” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page
NEW! Religion column by Brad Elliot Stone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page
Voter Bill of Rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page
The Dirt on Dotson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page
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“Follow the Money” column on campaign cash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page
DE PA R T M E N T S Publisher’s Note .......................................page 2 Community Calendar .......................................page 2 Letters to the Editor .......................................page 3 “Greetings from Mike” by Council Member Stevens .......................................page 4 Trix Pau’s “Pet Peeves” .......................................page 4 Rhonda’s Wellness Column .......................................page 5 Hoof Beats Limited .......................................page 5 Dining with Rhonda at VEG-IT-UP GRILL .......................................page 6 Anne on Architecture DANIEL FREEMAN............page 6 Book Review: Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor.........................page 7
Mike Stevens in District 1 Run-off
sound-insulated ahead of the apartment complexes. The mayor and two other council members recently redefined SFRs to include apartment buildings. Many residents have waited for decades to have their homes sound-insulated. Earlier this year the mayor made an effort to sound-insulate newly built apartment buildings inplease see Run-off, page 11
please see Ethics, page 11
Councilman Mike Stevens made possible the tree removal and sidewalk repair in front of Daniel Freeman Elementary School.
the fence replacement and cleanup of the empty lot at the south-west corner of Florence and La Brea. After years of neglect by the city, Stevens had a new fence installed, the entire lot cleaned up and anti-erosion impediments placed along the fence’s interior. An on-going effort is his push to get Single-Family Residences (SFRs)
By Teka-Lark Fleming
California Educational Solutions (CES), a nonprofit 510(c)(3) tax-exempt charity, appears to want to keep all its good work private. CES has no website. Public records state that the charity’s office is housed at Inglewood city clerk Yvonne Horton’s private residence and that she is the president of CES. Horton’s husband, Jerome, is the chairperson of the CA Board of Equalization (BOE). CES’ articles of incorporation were filed on June 14, 2004.” CES receives a significant amount of corporate donations for what appear to be networking parties. CES received three significant donations in 2011. The largest, $25,000, was from Time-Warner. Time-Warner broadcasts Inglewood City Council meetings. “In a common sense way this [kind of situation] is a
By Randall Fleming
Mike Stevens is slated to remain councilman for another four years. After a rigourous campaign waged against a daunting set of challengers and plethora of endorsements, Stevens remained strong with nearly 35% of the overall vote. In the November 2012 general election, President Obama beat out a massive influx of money, a whole new series of voter fraud schemes and a massive array of opponents. Like Obama, Stevens is an incumbent who has battled uphill—even as he continued to be on hand daily to address problems that residents claimed the city has ignored for years. In the brief time he has been councilman for D-1, Stevens has completed a great many projects. The most recent was
It’s Legal—But is it Christlike?
Cafe to the Future By Teka-Lark Fleming The 1990s was filled with many independently run coffeehouse cafés. The skeleton of my neverfinished novel was born in these independently run, homegrown, community-oriented places of people first, food second and commerce and business plans—maybe. In Los Feliz there was the infamous Onyx, in Hollywood there was Ground Zero and in Inglewood we had Cafe Future. Cafe Future was founded by Inglewood-raised and current Morningside Park resident Terrence McClain. “Michael Massenburg’s art collective that later became the Inglewood
Cultural Arts was founded at Cafe Future,” McClain said in a recent exclusive interview. Many do-it-yourself movements were started in 1990s coffee shops and cafes. To find a person from that era is always a treat. So many trailblazers from that period went underground. I’m still wondering where is Al Flipside of Flipside Magazine and many others who ended their endeavours in the 90s? (Flipside was a L.A. based underground music magazine of internationally renown.) One wants to know: Would they do it all again if they had the opportunity? “People always ask me, ‘Do you think about doing
Adriene reads poetry at Cafe Future, circa 1999
it again?’ and I say, ‘Yes, I want to,’” said a joyful Terrence. His new venture is being a Joy Fanatic. “I originally wanted to have something I was calling a Possibility Club,
which would have a nightclub kind of atmosphere. I looked around Inglewood nightly to find a location to do the Possibility Club. I found a space that was originally called Torplease see Future, page 11
Morningside Park Chronicle A word from the publisher
How lucky I am to live in politically vibrant Inglewood. One of my favorite aspects of Inglewood is the people. I have met so many interesting people growing up and living in Inglewood. I get information I could never find online just talking to neighbors. Growing up in Inglewood spoiled me, because now I have to have a conversation of substance. I was raised to see everything as political, so of course my other favorite aspect about Inglewood is the politics. I love a good fight. It energizes me. And I love our Inglewood City Council meetings. I want citizens who question. I don’t want a council comprised of sycophants for whatever someone with a suit from Orange County says. This isn’t 1950; we can say “No.” Just because you have accepted your name as Toby doesn’t mean that we have to go along with the program. I like being out here in the sun. We have a political community. We have an active community. Despite the outcome of April 2, I saw something that as a kid growing up here I never noticed—people in Morningside Park care a great deal about what happens in their community. When people say, “Americans are apathetic when it comes to voting,” I don’t understand. If I just went by observing my neighbors, I would have to say that is a lie. We can only talk about what we’ve seen and what we know. Making blanketed statements doesn’t move anyone forward. I won’t allow politicians, public servants and people who aren’t from here to disparage my neighbors with insults that imply that we aren’t active citizens. I saw my neighbors at the polls. After the election, I went to Post and Beam. There I ran into the lovely Ms. Gardner, a retired kindergarten teacher and a longtime Morningside Park resident. She was still talking about the results of the election. I love the political process. I loved sitting and watching the election process at Inglewood’s city clerk’s office. It will now be one of my election rituals, and I hope you all join me in that ritual in June. The process doesn’t stop at the polls. Politics is something you must practice daily. I learned this from observing my neighbors, parents and grandparents. Thank you all for being a great example to me as I grew up on how to be a good citizen.
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April 19, 2013
NLRB Judge Orders Centinela Hospital to Provide Data to SEIU By Molly Gamble A National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge has ruled that Centinela Hospital Medical Center failed to provide its union with information relevant for good-faith bargaining, according to a Thomson Reuters report. Judge Gerald Etchingham ordered Centinela Hospital to provide SEIUUnited Healthcare Workers West with certain information about its facilities so the union could bargain in good faith for a new health plan, according to the report. The judge also ordered the hospital to revoke what he called a “unilateral change” it made to its health plan’s coverage options, and the hospital was ordered to reimburse employees who paid more for health insurance under that change. The case began after a collective bargaining agreement between Centinela and the union expired.
The two parties engaged in negotiations between late 2009 and early 2011. The union asked Centinela for data on quality metrics at its hospitals, including the incidence rate of certain blood infection. Centinela attorneys rejected those requests for information due to their supposed irrelevancy and to maintain privacy, according to the report. After a series of changes to the proposed healthcare coverage, Centinela informed its employees that their coverage would change and offered what
it called a “final offer” to union negotiators. Though the union and Centinela continued to communicate after the offer was made, Centinela said the parties had reached an impasse. The SEIU disagreed, according to the report, and filed a series of unfair labor charges related to the stalled negotiations between 2010 and 2012 with the NLRB. Centinela Hospital is operated by Ontario, California-based Prime Healthcare Services, which has previously conflicted with the SEIU.
The above article originally appeared on Becker’s Hospital Review.
Inglewood Community Calendar Celebrate National Library Week April 15-20! Youths ages 5 and up who check out two books or get a new library card can enter their name in our raffle for a bag filled with books and toys! Inglewood Public Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90301. 310-412-5645 ••• Inglewood NAACP Membership Breakfast First United Methodist Church. Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. 304 E Spruce St. Inglewood 90301 ••• El Camino College presents Space Science Day 2013 NASA Astronaut Jeanette J. Epps at Space Science Day 2013 on Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the planetarium and science classrooms. For reservations or more information about the free science event, call 310-660-3487 or SpaceDay@elcamino.edu. El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, 90506 ••• Green and White Classic Baseball Inglewood High School Alumni Game Fundraiser All alumni welcome. Last year we had alumni from 1978 to 2011. Sunday, April 21. Game starts at 11 a.m.; game fun starts at 1 p.m.
Sentinel Field corner of Hillcrest and Inglewood Ave. Inglewood 90301 ••• Morningside Park Sustainable Talks presents “(re)Think-ING” the Manchester Project. For Updates on the Clock on Manchester and Van Ness, come to the Friday, April 26 meeting, 6-8 p.m. ICOP Center 2901 W. Manchester, 90305. For more information, please call (424) 261-3019 ••• Children’s Storytime Room Join us for an interactive puppet show based on the book Zomo: The Rabbit by Gerald McDermott! Tuesday, April 30 at 4 p.m. Inglewood Public Library, Children’s & Youth Services, 101 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA. 90301. (310) 412-5645 http://library.cityofinglewood.org ••• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Speeches and Sermons to be displayed at California African American Museum (CAAM) in rare showcase. The King Center Imaging Project opens in Los Angeles. Hundreds of digitally preserved speeches, sermons and correspondence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be on view at the California African Ameri-
can Museum (CAAM) May 5 -11 as part of an unprecedented effort to showcase the work of the civil rights leader. For more information on CAAM visit www. CAAmuseum.org. The museum will be closed on Monday, May 6. Parking is $10.00 in the adjacent lot. CAAM is located at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, 90037. ••• Assembly member Steven Bradford Interactive Town Hall to Discuss the Budget Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Inglewood City Hall, One West Manchester Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90301 ••• Motherland Drum Circle Every Saturday at Motherland Music. For more information, please call (310) 673-8000 or e-mail ryoji@motherlandmusic. com. No charge for this event. Drum rentals are $5.00. 601 N. Eucalyptus Avenue at the intersection of Juniper and Eucalyptus, Inglewood 90302. ••• Pure Pleasure Blues Club Bar One of the original blues clubs in L.A. Enjoy a great time in the neighboring community of Gramercy Park at 1520 W. Manchester Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90047 Tel: (323) 778-8497.
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April 19, 2013
[ MAKING SENSE with MILTON ]
A Tale of Two Cities: Inglewood and One Manchester
By Milton Brown
During a recent City Council Meeting, two well-meaning residents earnestly pleaded with Mayor Butts to save the city time and money: Cancel the run-off and declare the two highest vote-getters the winners! They obviously didn’t have a clue regarding the mayor’s authority, but there’s something dangerous about people being so passionate and earnest while knowing very little about the City Charter that governs our behavior. ARTICLE X Mayor Section 1: The Mayor of the city shall be the chief executive of said city, and as such shall sign all contracts on behalf of the city, countersign all warrants, and perform such other duties as may from time to time be assigned to him by the council. In all other respects, he shall perform the same duties and have the same rights as any other member of the council. Note: “…and have the same rights as any other member of the council.” In the past 20 years, mayors have steadfastly refused to see themselves as “any other member of the council.” However, their lack of real power and what they do to improvise power is the root cause of most conflicts on the council. Those who go along, get along. Those who don’t are treated like pariahs! Maybe it’s a holdover from slavery, but many people like a strong mayor even if they don’t totally know what it means. “A Strong-Mayor System” Most large cities like Los Angeles and New York use the strong-mayor system. It’s actually a “mayor–council government” consisting of an executive branch headed by a mayor who is elect-
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ed by voters, and a legislative branch, consisting of a council who are also elected by the voters. The mayor is called strong because he has almost total administrative control and authority. He has the power to appoint and dismiss department heads. He also prepares the city budget which the council can reject or approve. More importantly, the mayor DOES NOT HAVE A VOTE on any agenda item he places before the Council. In some cases, the mayor can appoint a city manager, who supervises and helps prepare the budget. However, the city manager is only answerable to the mayor.
Council-Manager System (Inglewood) The “council–manager” system calls for the mayor to be a member of the city council. The council is responsible for ALL legislative functions. The public votes the council into office. Together the council appoints and maintains authority over a city manager to oversee and implement their policies. Other than signing resolutions and ordinances passed by the council, the position of “mayor” is largely ceremonial. The city manager actually runs the city and most cities in America use this system—including the City of Inglewood for the past 100 years! So when Mayor Butts elevates himself by increasing his powers and decreasing those of his colleagues, Council members Dunlap and Stevens challenge him! Of course the mayor and his followers proclaim that challengers are obstinate and don’t want the city to “move forward.” Most ignore that fact that Mayor Butts— for better or worse—is conducting business beyond the limits of the City Charter. Nor do they acknowledge that the Charter is the only means of preventing Inglewood from becoming the first please see Charter, page 8
Dear editor, I personally spoke at the April 9 city council meeting. At the beginning of my speech, Mayor King James Butts cut me off as I began to speak. The purpose of my speech was to correct some errors that Mr. Butts made at the March 19 meeting. One of the corrections was: former President Richard Nixon (1968-1974) was the only president to resign before he was officially impeached. For the record, he was going to be charged with high crimes and misdemeanors. Nevertheless Nixon was pardoned by then-President Gerald Ford, whom Nixon had previously appointed VP. Therefore, Nixon never went to jail—which Mr. Butts inferred that I said. The Nixon issue which I brought up during the March 19 council meeting was significant. What I said to Butts at that meeting was that he was following in the footsteps of Richard Nixon. Butts is seeking power and feels he is above the law; it is a mirror image of Nixon.
For example, Nixon was accused of “Obstruction of Justice.” I informed Butts that this applied to him because of the obstructed April 2 ballots that covered up all of the council candidates’ names for District 2—with the exception of his buddy, Alex Padilla. Another issue that Nixon was accused of was “Dirty Tricks.” That is why Nixon was nick-named “Tricky Dick.” There were some dirty tricks that Butts did that I wanted to bring up at the April 9 council meeting: 1. Candidate Butts said that he would support Councilwoman Judy Dunlap on the city council. Once elected, he flipflopped on the issue and he has never supported Councilwoman Dunlap. 2. Candidate Butts said that Inglewood Today, under his administration, would not be receiving any city funds. To this day, warrants are still issued to the Inglewood Today which are paid by Inglewood taxpayers. At two previous council meetings, I brought up this issue. However, Butts did not address this item until I brought up the California Form 460 in which
the publisher of the Inglewood Today was listed as a “Campaign Consultant.” At the April 9 council meeting, Butts remained in denial about payments made to Inglewood Today. (For the record, Inglewood Today is not an Inglewood-based business. Moreover, the owner of Inglewood today does not live in Inglewood; the business has a Los Angeles address. To add insult, several years back, Inglewood Today was fined $50,000 by the State of California—but the City of Inglewood’s taxpayers picked up the bill.) 3. As candidate Butts, there was never an issue on a meeting place with our homeowners’ association. However, the last time our group asked to meet with Butts, he and his assistant changed the rules and meeting place at the last minute. Keep in mind that when the public speaks at council meetings, Butts feels that he can interrupt the speaker at will within their three-minute personal time; however, you cannot interrupt him when he spreads his venom prior to the closing of each council meeting. please see Letters, page 10
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Buster Spring is here, suggesting new opportunities for everything. I got one sooner than I expected, sooner than I always expect. I was out in the late afternoon in a local park a few weeks back with my husband and our three dogs. We were enjoying the somewhat unseasonably warm day and the fact that the park was alive with activity, from Little Leaguers finishing a game to cheerleaders and soccer players practicing their moves. The sense of community was palpable and felt almost luxurious. On our way out I noticed a dog tethered to the fence of the baseball field. I was a distance away but could see the leash was unusually short; the dog was sitting and seemed not able to move in any direction. I told my husband to go check it out, make sure an owner was nearby. With all these people out, it was likely, I thought. Just wanted to make sure. Over the years this making sure has become a reflex. It turns out the dog had been there for hours, according to the people my husband talked to. He walked the dog more than
once around the park, but found no owner. It had been abandoned; the very short leash had tipped me off. The dog was a 40-pound terrier mix with bristly fur and very rough skin that showed through the bald places on its haunches. It was terribly thirsty after sitting in the sun so long with absolutely no shade. Beyond that it was intact: friendly, curious, a bit timid but unafraid of our other dogs despite the fact they barked furiously at first. We’ve named him Buster. Temporarily, understand. He’s the latest circumstantial rescue in a string of rescues that must number about 20 now. I don’t really count. We’ll find him a home, as we’ve found homes for all the others, except of course for the two that we kept. We can’t keep anymore, I know. Three is the legal limit in Inglewood. Though Buster believes he’s already found a home. In less than a week he adjusted and seems perfectly happy after the moment of crisis in the park. For him— and for me, I’ll admit-spring has already yielded more promise than he ever thought possible.
April 19, 2013
[ GREETINGS from MIKE ]
Street Repair Coming Your Way—Hooray! By Mike Stevens, Inglewood Council Member, District 1 Some badly needed street repaving is coming to District 1 this summer! To know the terrible state of our streets, just take one bone-jarring ride down Century Blvd. Eighth Ave., 6th Ave, 80th St., 88th St and too many more residential streets desperately need repaving in District 1. I’m happy to announce some much-needed repaving is coming soon. La Brea from approximately Hillcrest to Century will be repaved this summer. Within the next few months, 80th St. from Maitland to Crenshaw Blvd. will be repaved. What is the most askedabout issue right behind “When am I going to get my home sound-insulated?” It is, “When is my street going to be repaved?” To answer this question, I’ve thoroughly researched how the City of Inglewood finances, engineers and accomplishes street repaving. My office has conducted its own survey of the District 1 residential streets. The most important component causing the poor condition of the streets is funding. Critical information to understand how Inglewood funds residential repaving is that the funds for repaving are split four
ways between the four Council Districts—with 25% going to each District equally. There is no majority vote to decide how much money is dedicated to each district. It is all done equally. Major funding for residential street repaving comes from Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG). An important aspect of how we can spend these funds is that they have to be spent in areas below a certain specified median income. Unfortunately, most of District 1 falls outside of these areas. For the most part, the CDBG funds for District 1 can only be spent west of Hollywood Park and around Vincent Park. Other smaller funding sources include the Gas Tax, Measure R Local Return, Prop C, Prop 1B and other similar taxes. Historically, the Gas Tax has been the second-largest repaving funding source. Owing to the limitations of the main funding source for residential street repaving, we have nicer streets in the poorer areas of District 1 but the wealthier areas that pay more tax actually get fewer street-repaving funds. When I became aware of this about 12-18 months ago, I investigated and proposed doing a swap with my colleagues. Since the Council Members of Districts 2, 3 and 4 have much larger lowincome CDBG areas, I
Inglewood District 1 council member Mike Stevens
proposed to give them some District 1 CDBG funds in exchange for an equal dollar amount of Gas Tax funds that could be spent anywhere in District 1. This was halted by the city attorney. He claimed that this would be illegal. After recently seeing a chain of questionable opinions issued by our city attorney, I revisited this and I have referred this question to HUD officials. I am awaiting a response. Not to be dissuaded, I analyzed further and found that District 1 has much more surface area and mileage of residential streets than any other district in Inglewood. After researching I’ve found there was a residential street ranking system implemented 10-15 years ago that was not maintained. I am convinced a much more equitable way to distribute residential street please see Streets, page 10
A look back to the good ol’ Dorn Days, circa 2001
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Hoof Beats LIMITED
by Birtram Birtran Santa Anita race track is still running and there are many favorites winning with the best jockeys riding those horses. There are some days where long-shot horses win—very few—and you don’t forget them right away. Some people watch for that same horse to run at a future date, and they make it their business to go and bet that specific horse again. Horses that won a race last out are more likely to win again the next time out. When I first started to try to seriously handicap the horses, I took the last race out that they raced and rated them from the second race back. I found out the possible percentages of them returning and running in the money (first, second or third) and my percentages were as follows: If they won the last time out, they had a 41% chance to repeat. If second, they had a 25% chance to win. If third, they had a 20% chance to win. If 4th, an 8% chance and if 5th, a 4% chance to win. In some racing programs, the horse’s style of running is categorized
What actually happens...
“I don’t care WHAT you have to say! This is the rules I establish!”
by an animal character: a rabbit, fox, hound or a turtle. The win or in-the-money percentage respectively would be 31%, 32%, 21% and 9%. Even though I do percentage handicapping, I still have to match the horse with the jockey and the track conditions and I am always excited when I get a win. On another note, May 4 is Kentucky Derby day at Churchill Downs. The horses are picked for the Derby by a point spread system when they win specific types of races classified by class distance and weight. As of this writing, there are 20 horses leading the point spread, but that could change in the next few weeks with the advent of the running of three major stakes races on Saturday, April 6. By the time you read this article, the race will have been over but there are more races in the following weeks leading up to May 4. For those of you who would like to know more on horse racing, you can find it at Web site, FollowHorseRacing.com,
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Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies a site which is provided by The Jockey Club and America’s Best Racing. April 25 starts the season for BetFair Hollywood Park. It looks like they are going to have a pretty good season. I read in the Daily Racing Form that BetFair and some other organization is trying to introduce the booking system called “Betting Exchange.” This is a system which requires a “backer” (one who bets on the horse to win) and a “layer” (one who bets that any other horse other than the backer’s horse will win). This can supposedly be done while the race is being run. At this moment, I don’t quite like the idea because I don’t like any condition where the odds on a horse changes after the starting gate is open. I will be listening up for more information and pass it along to you as please see Derby, page 10
What she SAYS happened
“I was totally abused. The process was disrespected.”
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Spring is finally here! The grass is green, trees don beautiful, fully dressed branches, flowers are blooming and a colorful bounty of produce is in plentiful supply at local markets. So what’s the downside of spring? Seasonal allergies brought on by shifting temperatures, springtime high pollen count and summer smog. Itchy eyes, runny nose, sinus congestion and sneezing send allergy sufferers running for cover and swapping fun in the sun for indoor activities. In 2011, Los Angeles ranked #86 on the Allergies and Asthma Foundation of America’s list of 100 most challenging places to live with allergies. Pharmaceutical companies invite allergy sufferers to reach for over over-the-counter drugs, but the side effects can leave you feeling drowsy and fogged. Maybe it’s time to close the medicine cabinet and seek out natural remedies for seasonal allergies. Allergy attacks begin when allergens like pollen, mold or pet dander invades the nasal passages, embedding themselves onto soft mucous membranes. Mucous membranes line bronchial and nasal passages. These membranes contain mast cells that are packed with histamines. Receptors that sit on top of mast cells are triggered to release histamine and other chemicals when they sense the presence of allergens. The production of histamine sets off a chain reaction that tries to get rid of the allergens through sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Histamine may also trigger swelling in the bronchial tubes which makes it difficult to breathe. Antihistamines are recommended to reverse the body’s natural reaction to the production of histamine. Unfortunately, many over the counter antihistamines have unpleasant side effects like drowsiness and a foggy mind. Following are some natural remedies that can help allergy sufferers take back control of their body and reclaim the fun-in-the-sun days of spring and summer. Natural solutions work best before symptoms manifest or very early on. It’s much harder to find relief once symptoms are in full swing. Try these solutions one at a time and document results. With a little time and focus, you can take back control of your body and reclaim your fun in the sun! • Neti pots (also referred to as the nose bidet) have been used in India for thousands of years as part of the Ayurvedic medical tradition. They look like small magic lamps (which they are for some) with a handle and spout. Neti pots can be purchased along with quick dissolving saline solution packets from almost any local drugstore for $10 to $18 depending on the material and brand. Filtered or spring water is added to the saline solution and poured directly into one nostril. The saline moves through nasal passages on one side and exits through the opposite nostril removing pollen, dust, excess mucous and other irritants. A simple search on YouTube turned up this demonstration by Dr. Oz on the Oprah Winfrey Show: /www.youtube.com/watch?v=e22Ta7iRgks • One to two weekly servings of fatty fish like tuna, sardines, mackerel or salmon contain fatty acids (omega3s) that can minimize stuffiness by reducing swelling of sinuses. • REAL peppermint tea made with pure peppermint essential oil is an excellent decongestant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Two drops in an eight-ounce cup of hot water can bring immediate relief. Essential oils are very concentrated so limit yourself to four cups a day please see Allergies, page 9
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April 19, 2013
Inglewood McDonald’s Hosts Coffee with a Cop By Randall Fleming On Thursday, April 11, McDonald’s hosted the third Coffee with A Cop. The event took place at the McDonald’s on 401 East Manchester Blvd. “This is Inglewood Police Department’s third
Coffee with a Cop. We will continue to put on more of these events throughout the year,” said IPD Lt. J. Layne. “Our primary purpose is to work towards maintaining and improving respect, trust and confidence with our citizens through com-
munity engagement. “It is a great opportunity to foster partnerships between community members and the police department.” Stay tuned to the Chronicle for future Inglewood Police Department Coffees!
photos: Randall Fleming
McDonald’s Manager, IPD Lt. Layne, Scottie and Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta.
Coffee and cops galore make for a great day at McDonald’s!
[ DINING with RHONDA ]
Veg-it-up Grill By Rhonda Kuykendall-Jabari Veg-it-up Grill is in a strip mall on the corner of Florence and Isis Avenues in Inglewood. Parking is close, quick and easy. There are a couple tables for outside dining and a few inside. Their tagline is “Great tasting healthy comfort foods.” Food is made to order, so expect to wait for about 20 minutes unless you call ahead. Either way, it’s worth the wait. I ordered the $7.95 Jr. Veggie Burger Combo made with a grilled vegan chicken patty, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion, vegenaise and mustard, Red Skin Fries, Mint Julep Lemonade. With a sliver of Vanilla Bean Vegan Cheesecake added, my tab came to $13.23. Every bite was sublime. The vegetables on the burger were fresh and it wasn’t over-dressed. The Red skin Fries looked soggy, but they weren’t. They
were soft and flavorful and tasted like real potatoes. They were seasoned with black pepper and sea salt. The Mint Julep Lemonade was refreshing and sweetened with crystallized cane juice. Everything was just right. Veg-it-up menu offers plenty of options for the healthy eater whether you are vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian. Everything item is meatless. Offerings include burgers, sandwiches, five different types of fries, salad, chili, tacos, burritos and more. Beverages include five different smoothies and seven exotic lemonades. The place is clean and uncrowded. The only less than wonderful aspect of my visit was the cool, impersonal interaction with the server/owner/cashier. Perhaps this was fueled by my mistakenly giving the wrong name when I arrived to pick up my order. This caused a small bit of confusion. I apolplease see Veg-it-up, page 10
IPD Motor Officer Hackett, Lt. Layne, Scottie, James Burt and Police Service Officer Bell (Scottie’s officer) at Coffee with a Cop.
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Tales of Early Inglewood: The College That Never Was By Anne Cheek La Rose Inglewood founder Daniel Freeman had many big plans for his new town. He wanted to grow fruit and nut trees in the wonderful climate found in Southern California. He wanted a lovely area for homes, to be a hub of commerce, and an institution of higher learning to be founded. Mr. Freeman wanted Inglewood to be the center for most everything. The city’s founder also wanted a school destined to become one of the most well-respected colleges in California and the whole United States. The year 1880 was when a private college was founded by four religious denominations on what was then wideopen farmland but would become the south end of downtown Los Angeles. It started with an enrollment of 53 students. At the time there was a boon of university-founding and the University of Southern California was MorningsideParkChronicle.com
The Freeman House circa 1971, less than one year before it was demolished. Photo courtesy Inglewood Public Library.
looking to expand. The trustees had a grand vision though the school had opened with just one medium-sized building. Their vision was to build a series of specialized satellite campuses throughout Southern California. To induce a college to Inglewood, Daniel Freeman offered both land and a monetary inducement. The land was 10 acres for the campus and another 50 lots nearby for housing—all in the area that was to become Fairview Heights. So sure was he of the acceptance of his offer that
Marlborough Street was readied as the entrance to the campus. If one looks closely at a city map, this is the only truly straight street in the area east of La Brea and north of Florence. A total endowment of $200,000 was part of the offer and the first contribution was to be $50,000 in cash. USC accepted and the school was to be called Freeman College of Applied Sciences. The architectural design for the main building was completed. It was similar to the doomed landmark please see Freeman, page 11
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Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor written by Rob Nixon Nixon’s dense work examines how we need to reassess our purview to understand that violence need not be spectacular to be equally effective. This last week has, sadly enough, seen no dearth of violence. I am no stranger to the personal loss resultant of spectacular international terror. What I feel is an emergent pattern, however, is the marriage between spectacular terror and slow violence. The Boston Marathon, an event which requires patience yet ended in panic, and the Waco, TX fertilizer plant explosion— which will know the effects of poison for many
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decades to come—are two examples of that which this book examines. On a less well-known level, residents of Inglewood will be aware of the slow violence that continues to claim lives by way of non-stop pollution dropped by near-constant please see Violence, page 11
Friends of Inglewood Library Hosts Book Sale
Getty Presents First Major Museum Exhibition to Survey the Innovation of L.A.’s Architectural History
During the second half of the 20th century, Los Angeles rapidly evolved into one of the most populous and influential industrial, economic, and creative capitals in the world. Architectural innovations of this era transformed the city’s complex landscape into a vibrant laboratory for cutting-edge design. On view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from April 9 until July 21 Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 will be the first major museum exhibition to survey Los Angeles’ distinct built environment. Organized by the Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., an initiative of the Getty that comprises eleven exhibitions and accompanying programs and events in and around Los Angeles from April through July. “In much the same way as Pacific Standard Time confirmed Los Angeles as a major center of artistic
Saturday at the Friends’ Sale: (back row, l to r) Friends’ Membership Chair Anne La Rose, Secretary Raymond Yeung, President Irene Cowley, Library Administrative Secretary Brenda Davis, and Friends’ Treasurer Frank Hough. (front row, l to r) Rochelle Williams, Acting Library Manager Frances Tracht, and Elaine Cook.
On Saturday, April 13, the revitalized Friends of the Inglewood Library held a Humongous Book Sale at the Inglewood Library on 101 Manchester. The Friends raised over
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$1300 to support the Library. The next Book Sale is most likely to be in late October or early November. Stay tuned to the Chronicle for the date! MorningsideParkChronicle.com
LAX, Theme Building by Pereira & Luckman, Welton Becket & Associates, and Paul R. Williams, 1958 • Pencil, watercolor, and gouache on board. From the Alan E. Leib Collection Image courtesy of and © Luckman Salas O’Brien
accomplishment in postWorld War II America, the exhibitions of Pacific Standard Time Presents will highlight Los Angeles’ important role in the development of modern architecture. Our Overdrive exhibition lays the groundwork for what visitors will see in the other ten exhibitions around Southern California,” explains Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “It is particularly fitting to have this landmark exhibition presented in an architectural setting that is itself a Los Angeles landmark.”
Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 will feature photographs, architectural drawings, models, films, digital displays, and contemporary art that reveal the complex and often under-appreciated facets of this unique metropolis. Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940 –1990 is at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center April 9–July 21, 2013. The exhibit will also be on view at the National Building Museum (www. nbm.org) in Washington D.C. from October 13, 2013 - March 2, 2014.
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Voters’ Rights Denied
photo: Randall Fleming
City clerk’s ad hoc rules to remove observers may be declared unconstitutional
Friday, April 5—Inglewood Beat 3 Senior Lead Officer Nicole Loudermilk (coffee in hand) watches as a city clerk staffer canvasses provisional ballots. Loudermilk’s presence was personally requested by city clerk Yvonne Horton.
Inglewood city clerk Yvonne Horton may have violated a number of laws when she used Inglewood police officers to remove election observers. In the days following the April 2 election ballot count, a number of residents showed up to fulfill their civic duties. Some residents showed up as early as 7 a.m. Horton regularly reports for work at approximately 9 a.m. during her four-day work week. Throughout elections week—including Friday, when city hall is normally closed—she was present every day shortly after 7 a.m. Horton was also observed at city hall late
Thursday night on the sixth floor. The residents were present as elections observers for the remaining canvassing activities that led up to the ballot count of April 8. California state law declares that voters “have the right to ask questions about election procedures and to observe the elections process.” The elections process was carried out in a please see Irregularities, page 10 www.MPChronicle.net
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An I on Religion By Brad Elliot Stone The recently elected Pope Francis brings a breath of fresh air into the Christian world. Catholics and Protestants will be inspired by his message of making the church “become poor” in order to serve the poor and downtrodden in our world. This is, after all, the true Christian message: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27). By shunning the fancier aspects of the papacy, Pope Francis sends a powerful message: it is
Charter, from pg. 3 Third-World dictatorship on American soil! In the meantime, Mayor Butts—aided by two polarizing councilmen and other short-sighted selfserving officials—is single-handedly negotiating
Voter Bill of Rights A valid registered voter means a United States citizen who is a resident in this state, who is at least 18 years of age and not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony, and who is registered to vote at his or her current residence address.
2. You have the right to cast a provisional ballot if your name is not listed on the voting rolls. 3. You have the right to cast a ballot if you are present and in line at the polling place prior to the close of the polls. 4. You have the right to cast a secret ballot free from intimidation. 5. You have the right to receive a new ballot if, prior to casting your ballot, you believe you made a mistake. If, at any time before you finally cast your ballot, you feel you have made a mistake, you have the right to exchange the spoiled ballot for a new ballot. Vote-bymail voters may also request and receive a new ballot if they return their spoiled ballot to an elections official prior to the closing of the polls on Election Day.
6. You have the right to receive assistance in casting your ballot, if you are unable to vote without assistance. 7. You have the right to return a completed vote-by-mail ballot to any precinct in the county. 8. You have the right to election materials in another language, if there are sufficient residents in your precinct to warrant production. 9. You have the right to ask questions about election procedures and to observe the elections process. You have the right to ask questions of the precinct board and elections officials regarding election procedures and to receive an answer or be directed to the appropriate official for an answer. However, if persistent questioning disrupts the execution of their duties, the board or election officials may discontinue responding to questions.
10. You have the right to report any illegal or fraudulent activity to a local elections official or to the Secretary of State’s Office.
SPECIAL NOTICE • Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the day indicated in the posted sample ballot. • Speciﬁc instructions on how to vote, including how to cast a provisional ballot, can be obtained from a poll worker or by reading the information mailed to you by your local elections official. • If you are a newly registered voter, you may be asked to provide appropriate identiﬁcation or other documentation according to federal law. But please note that every individual has the right to cast a provisional ballot even if he or she does not provide the documentation. • It is against the law to represent yourself as being eligible to vote unless you meet all of the requirements to vote under federal and state law. • It is against the law to tamper with voting equipment.
If you believe you have been denied any of these rights, or if you are aware of any elections fraud or misconduct, please call the Secretary of State’s confidential toll-free
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time for the church to become more like Christ and less like Caesar. Who are the orphans? Naturally, those without parents are orphans, but there are also those who are “orphaned” in society, those who are left unprotected. As federal and state budget cuts and hard-heartedness increase, who will look out for those who are left behind? Pope Francis might be the religious leader to get Christians seriously involved in caring for others, especially those who have no one looking out for them. Who are the widows? Naturally, those who have lost their spouse are widows, but there are al-
so those who are “widowed” in society, those who once had what they needed but lost it. As people face foreclosure, loss of employment, food insecurity, and the loss of compassion from friends and neighbors, who will look out for those who now find themselves destitute? Pope Francis might be the religious leader to get Christians seriously involved in caring for others, especially those who once thought that they would be fine and not need help from anyone. Pope Francis exemplifies what could be right about religion. The bringing to fruition of his message will make this world a better place.
BRAD ELLIOTT STONE is Associate Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He is a lay preacher in the Baptist, Congregational, and Episcopalian traditions and is a proud resident of Inglewood’s beautiful D-1.
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a weak position on the Forum deal and is controlling all negotiations with his old colleagues at LAX. He is maintaining that they and the city are on the same page—even though another LAX Expansion Battle is on the horizon!
Some critics say people deserve the type of government they get. Sadly, Inglewood is abandoning the values that drew thousands of African-Americans from to make this city their home. What a pity.
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The Dirt on Dotson
“Follow the Money”
A resident speaks about why Inglewood’s planning commish needs to be put out to pasture By Theola Gardner I have resided in Inglewood over 51 years. Consequently I have seen many changes. I witnessed white flight and the influx of minorities—mostly black. I observed the local politics educational system and public resources change with the renewed community. And I welcomed the present candidate, George Dotson, and his family to the rapidly changing neighborhood. Politics that universally organize and structure the community, was suddenly in need of leadership. The greed for power threw opponents into an arena throwing vicious lies and back-room deals. George Dotson, a weak opponent stayed in the background with wishful thinking. George followed in the footsteps of Roy Harvey, the original organizer of the 4th Avenue Block Club. Dotson has lied and stolen the laurels of the deceased 4th Avenue Block Club founder Mr. Harvey. He has no conscious about his lies. George has been dutiful and patient. He was subservient to Ed Vincent in dedicating the renaming of the Centinela Park in his honor. George’s weak demeanor was rewarded with the title Commissioner of City Planning. However, George has poor skills, but that works well for One
Manchester leadership. He is always told what to do. He is an excellent obedient servant, and he has been retained by all mayors. Roosevelt Dorn followed next with a notorious reign that ended with his expulsion from public positions. However, Dorn still holds the reigns like a mafia king. He brought us Butts. George continues to be the silent puppet —bowing to every command. A young handsome community gentleman Mike Stevens appeared concerned about the abuse of the community homes from LAX air traffic. Mike immediately met with LAX executives and voiced the community’s complaints. The community walked and distributed flyers to homeowners for support. Our following grew large. Mike chartered bus rides. We picketed with signs. 1. Mayor Dorn opposed our efforts; 2. Dorn threatened to arrest Mike; 3. Dorn would turn off the mike when we spoke; 4. Dorn stopped our meetings at the ICOP Bungalow; and 5. Mike’s leadership inspired us to decorate our cars with signs and to caravan. Where Was George? 1. George did not support the community; 2. George knows nothing about sound proof insula-
tion; 3. George lies when he campaigns with that promise; and 4. When Dorn went down in disgrace, George adopted a new master: Mayor Butts. Why are the houses not insulated? The city council did not sign the contract papers, so millions were returned to LAWA. Mike and the community’s efforts were destroyed by a DONOTHING council that “works” four days a week. Mike has acquired another contract. Mike is fighting for more single family homes to be insulated. Mayor Butts has changed the language and is permitting contractors to sound-insulate multiple-dwelling units. Mayor Butts is supporting patient, do-nothing George with funds, endorsements and lies. Mayor Butts wants total council control. Wake up community! Don’t let this happen to your community. 1. Mike Stevens fought executives at LAX to achieve sound insulation. 2. George Dotson does not have the expertise or the ability to converse with executive management. 3. George Dotson did not inform the community about Hollywood Race Track for community to discuss plans for use. George can only do as he please see Failure, page 11
This election... Don’t be a victim of VOTER FRAU
“Election fraud...usually involves absentee or mail ballots.” -Paul Gronke, Director of Early Voting Information Center.
If you believe someone has tampered with your voter registration affidavit, report it to the California Election Fraud Investigation Unit at
(916) 657-2166 or (800) 815-2666
Be sure to request the Voter Fraud Protection Handbook or download it from:
-W. Mark Felt Jr, aka “Deep Throat,” in the midst of catching Tricky Dick and the Plumbers of Watergate
Election documents held at the city clerk’s office prove that Inglewood Today owner Willie Brown is a paid political consultant to “mayor” James T. Butts.
By Randall Fleming The Inglewood city clerk’s office may be compared to a used book store that purports to be open but is intimidating in its appearance: there are many open secrets within just waiting for someone to dare to take them. This derring-do to retrieve documents, however, need not be the case. The city clerk’s office is one where citizens should be free to enter, politely request documents regarding what is being done with the money taken via taxes and other “fees,” and who is responsible for doing what, where and when with that money in the city. Many citizens, it has been reported, are nevertheless intimidated by the general attitude of the city clerk. Some even whisper that the city clerk’s husband, Jerome Horton, repAllergies, from pg. 5 as needed. Also, read the label to ensure the brand you are using is safe for ingestion (like doTERRA and Young Living). • Lifestyle changes to reduce allergens at home include not hanging clothes outside to dry, closing windows and doors at to keep pollen out and avoid mowing lawns and raking leaves which stirs up pollen and mold. When driving, keep car windows closed. • Antioxidant fruits and
resents a threat by way of his being chairman of the California State Board of Equalization. Others state that Horton’s husband keeps a close eye on those who dare to perform due diligence on what is done with residents’ taxes in the city of Inglewood. The state of California has a great many laws regarding how the public documents, citizens requests for them and the behavior of those who control such documents. In this series, the Chronicle will discuss these laws as well as disclose the finances of Inglewood politicians’ campaigns. The first thing that a citizen must know is that— in California—there is a significant legal community that has created transparency where previously there was darkness. Implements such as the please see Money, page 10
vegetables like apples, onions and bananas are anti-inflammatory and boost the immune system. • In high doses (1000+ mg), vitamin C is a natural antioxidant, antihistamine and antitoxin. Ester-C and Emergen-C can be helpful in the fight against allergic reactions. However you decide to fight allergies this season, use common sense and track results to know what is working for you. Now get out there and enjoy some sunshine! Happy healing.
••• Rhonda Kuykendall-Jabari is a Morningside Park 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.
Derby, from pg. 5 time goes on. I guess reading this article will give you the impression that horse handicappers love puzzles. You would be right to some extent. There is a lot to absorb in the horse racing world—much like the stock market. (Winning is everything.) Both require patience, knowledge and Veg-it-up, from pg. 6 ogized twice and joked around about my menopausal memory. The server never cracked a smile. There was no warmth anywhere to be found. No matter. I plan to return to the scene of my crime to try other items on this tantalizing menu. Perhaps I’ll take a box Letters, from pg. 3 At the April 9 city council meeting, Butts censored my right to free speech—my First Amendment Right as a citizen—to let others know that King Butts is alive and well in Inglewood. The City of Inglewood deserves better. There will be consequences if Councilwoman Judy Dunlap and Councilman Michael Stevens lose in the run-off election.
Morningside Park Chronicle a tight lip; the more you talk about your horse of choice, the less your odds will become. In any case, have fun when you go to the track. Be sure to sometimes just sit and watch a few races without betting on a horse. It teaches you patience. Until then, don’t forget to bet with your head and not with your heart—unless you just LOVE that horse’s name!
Streets, from pg. 4 repaving funds would be to use a third-party ranking system or allocating residential street repaving funds by total street area per district. Understand that districts are designed based upon population. Each district is to have an equal amount of resi-
If Butts’ two handpicked candidates win, there will be five solid majority votes, a Kangaroo court-styled city council. Most residents know that the other two councilmen—Morales and Franklin—will do whatever the mayor says. Thank you for your time. Michael Beatty, Chairman, Aviation Commission, City of Inglewood Member Parkside Village HOA •••
dents. When you have high-density housing (i.e., apartment buildings), you can place 10 to 12 apartment units on a tworesidential lot. Districts 4, 3 and 2 are smaller in land mass than District 1—but are equal in population. Therefore, Districts 4, 3 2 can pave their streets more often because the total milage of the streets in
those districts is shorter and the streets are narrower. The total mileage in District 1 is larger, which means we get our streets paved fewer times. In closing, I want to note that I am still very much fighting to make the residential street-repaving funding more equitable to the bulk of the residents of District 1. Warmest Regards
Councilman Mike Stevens
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Money, from pg. 4 Ralph M. Brown Act, the California Public Records Act and the Political Reform Act have helped to roll back the many layers of secrecy that those in power have long used to obscure the roots of raw power, the misuse of public funds and the means by which the power and funds have been married. The first law with which one should be aware is California Government Code §6257.5 as well as the precedent set in Los Angeles Times v. Alameda Corridor Transportation
Authority, 88 Cal.App.4th 1381 (2001). In §6257.5 is stated that “[t]his chapter does not allow limitations on access to a public record based upon the purpose for which the record is being requested, if the record is otherwise subject to disclosure.” In the LAT v Alameda, et al. case, the ruling was essentially summarized by the statement, “The California Public Records Act plainly does not require a written request.” Finally, one’s request requires no identification of any kind—unless
the request involves information about pesticides (which is covered by Government Code §6524.2) or seeks the addresses of persons arrested or crime victims (Government Code §6524, subd,. (f), par. (3)) What do the above two laws and one case generally mean? Collectively they mean that when one requests a public record from the city clerk’s office, one need not identify oneself by any means (verbally or otherwise) nor submit—or fill in—any written request which the city clerk or staff may insist be submitted.
Please note that this column nor the advice herein is to be construed as legal advice. Elections, from pg. 8 small room where only Horton and her staff were allowed to sit. Senior citizens and other observers were not allowed to sit during the days-long elections ballot processing that took place from April 3 until April 5. On the final day of the elections process, Horton decreed that only four observers at a time were allowed into the room. Future, from pg. 1 tia Pete’s on La Brea and Fairview. I wanted to start something that had music and art, but people would be thinking about their dreams. Partying with a purpose. When I found the spot, I redefined my idea and I decided to start a cyber cafe,” Terrence stated enthusiastically as if were yesterday. I view Inglewood as the City of Possibilities. There is nothing that you can’t imagine in Inglewood. MorningsideParkChronicle.com
Despite knowing that observers would be on hand, the city clerk refused to make the process available to more than four people at a time. The result that was many registered voters wishing to observe the process were blatantly denied their rights. Horton directed Inglewood police officers to remove residents who verbally protested their violated rights. The city clerk’s actions were
recorded on video tape. Horton also refused to answer questions about the elections process. Under state law, voters “have the right to ask questions of the precinct board and elections officials regarding election procedures and to receive an answer or be directed to the appropriate official for an answer.” Horton did not return phone calls or e-mails requesting a comment.
But as Onyx fell, so did Cafe Future. A movement away from the DIY generation X ethos, a coming-of-age of the huge, more financially lucrative and marketing-wise Generation Y had the corporations knowing that if they emulated the small community cafe, they could make lots of money. “Magic Johnson started his Starbucks on Centinela. All the poets ran over there to do poetry,” said Terrence. Who are these strange
people who read poetry at Starbucks? “Starbucks put me out of business,” said Terrence in a very Zen way. Starbucks killed a lot of poetry readings. In the 90s you could go to a café, plug in your computer and debate with friends and neighbors until the wee hours. Nevertheless, Terrence McClain remains a visionary Inglewoodian from Inglewood’s past and still a part of its future.
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Run-off, from pg. 1 stead of the homes in District 1. Many D-1 residents have passed away waiting for their homes to be sound-insulated. Stevens was also responsible for the wheelchair ramp for the seniors at 151 Locust Street. And he was the person who procured the access gate for seniors by the parking lot at 1 Locust St. The councilman has pushed for more of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant money coming to Inglewood to be accessible for the actual residents. A fair amount of that money can be used to help senior homeowners on fixed incomes fix small code violations so their houses can become Freeman, from pg. 6 building on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In May 1888, there was a well-publicized groundbreaking ceremony. A cornerstone was laid and excavation for the foundation was begun. The sagging economy during the winter of 1888 brought the Freeman College construction to a screeching halt. Even with the school construction on hold, USC’s founding president, Judge Joseph P. Widney, offered Freeman an appointment on the Board of Trustees. He declined, but hope for the Freeman campus remained. Daniel finally gave up the ghost in 1890 and he
Morningside Park Chronicle eligible for sound insulation. The program is in the last stages of set-up. Stevens saw to the sidewalk repair and tree removal outside of Daniel Freeman elementary that is currently undertaken being performed. The curb repair and tree trimming on Hillcrest from Grace to Regent would not have been done had not Stevens taken the time away from a busy campaign to make sure it was performed. The same is true of the tree trimming on 2nd Avenue between 81st and 83rd Streets. And for those who have noticed the clean-up of the D-1 Community Center and wondered who was responsible, you now know it was Councilman Mike Stevens. cancelled the project. He also withdrew his endowment and land offer. During this attempt at making Inglewood a college town, Grace, the youngest Freeman child and only girl, was a student at USC. She enrolled in 1887 and this could have been the reason for Daniel trying to bring USC to Inglewood. Daniel Freeman died in 1918. In his will—written in June and just three months before his death— he left a bequest to USC. Over the years, Freeman had many friends associated with the university. The amount of the USC bequest is unknown. However, the estimated value of the estate in 1918 was $1 million, about $15 million in today’s dollars.
conflict of interest. When it comes to ethics laws, everything is legal until it’s not. We are always troubled when we see money moving around that seems to not be exposed to the general public or appears to be a conflict of interests, unfortunately it’s is only the legislature or a ballot initiative that can close these kinds of loopholes and of course the legislature has other priorities than tightening ethic laws against themselves. It’s like telling the players instead of the referee to come up with their own rules,” said Phillip Ung of California Common Cause. In 2012 the City of Inglewood wrote an ordinance that shut down public access television and made it so that any programming must first be
approved by the City Council and City Manager. “It is common practice for cities that do not have studios or production facilities to designate and operate local cable access channels as ‘governmental’ access channels.”— January 24, 2012 City of Inglewood memo, Subject: Government Access Channel Policy. Prior to 2012, the Inglewood-based INcomTV filmed city council meetings. INcomTV has a studio and production facilities. According to tax records, the purpose of Time-Warner’s donations to CES was to sponsor “Connecting Women to Power” events. The events were promoted on the state’s BOE website by Yvonne Horton’s husband, who is also the BOE Chairperson. The
press release on the BOE website did not disclose that Jerome Horton’s wife is the president of CES. “Pouring big bucks into a lawmaker’s pet cause enables special interests to sidestep campaign contribution limits and make a positive impression on those whose votes they need,” wrote Jim Sanders in a Sacramento Bee story dated May 12, 2012. With ballot initiatives averaging $2-3 million to get qualified, one of the tools we have to stop these legal albeit unethical activities is to inform our elected officials that this kind of behavior is not decent. It certainly isn’t decent for a person such as Yvonne Horton—who frequently invokes Jesus Christ when she is given time at city council meetings.
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Violence, from pg. 7
is told. Do not give Butts another bobble-head. Inglewood has an illegally placed mayor corrupting the City of Inglewood. Butts’ residence is not in the City of Inglewood, and his place is not on the dais at city hall.
aircraft in and out of LAX and the decades-long fight for Residential Sound Insulation. A significant example was the April 15 death of Westchester resident Nan Schneider. She died after a four painful years of battling disease brought on
by the very particulate matter that falls from aircraft flying non-stop into and out of over Inglewood and the surrounding area Had she been shot to death, there would have been an investigation.
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In the decade sible for Ingles since the wood’s decad many variati es of misery ons ? Whether it dential Sound of the Resiis the City Insulation of Inglewood Program (RSIP firing ) was institu shutting down people and ted, LAX— Town Hall which is owned meetings, by Los Angel contra es World AirKids demnify LAWA cts to inports (LAW .................... A)—has prof..............page ther legal action against furfered many for nothin changes to more than the residents of insulated windo g Inglewood. Inglewood Black dressings or w From contract passag expen hawks es that wholpaigns to discre sive cam.................... ly indemnify ..............page LAX from groups protes dit citizens’ any further legal ting the unethi action cal and illegal ing a city progra , to fundInglewood expansion Hoof Beats Limite resident Prentis m that has efforts, the proble ber Mike Stevens been “mism Bolden, after d: We m has been anaged” to sound-insulated about years conferring Bet you’ll love to bring to the point of buildin street which , points to the of empty promises to with D-1 Council Memjustice this series! those remuch newer have his eligible was being g and soundsponsible for sound-proofed. apartment proofing new house .................... complex across the complicatin many ways. luxury apart..............page ed schemes the The result ment compl carried out has been a largely exes while ues to root to silence oppos unfulfilled existout the proble ing houses ition to LAX program, nearly remain uninsu ms that appear Fox Theatre expansio $100 latto n ed, million be intentionally plans. Attem to be Reto changes dollars “lost,” presented to pts to in contract follow the and a deadli stored at long language that usurp money tend ne approaching the city attorne last? insulation progra the sound to in Dec. 2015. y allows to let m. please see .................... Fortunately, “slip,” the Tricks, page Despite refusa ..............page Inglewood LA5 WA’s LAX ls by the aphas a proponent Master Plan pointed city workin Proofficials who gram, where residents. Distric g for the in is found are responsible Your Block Rocks the t 1 Counfor the city Community cil Member budBenefit Agree ! get, he has Mike Steven pushed ment (CBA New photo s, whose decade ), has been tiative to execut for an iniseries show s of work to altered s e a “detail get the CBA the real Inglew ed forensic level fulfilled, contin ood audit of the To see the ..........
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This year marke d the sixth Inglewood Open Studio It’s Casual on s, an event hosted Metro, by Red Line and whose studio the artists Black Flag s are open to the public during .................... one Novem ..............page ber weekend every year. Lovers of art from Inglewood DE PA R and elsewhere TMEN turn out to TS Publisher’s visit Note the studio ........................ s via the shuttle ...............page s provided by the 2 Community city. This year’s Calendar ........................ event took ...............page place Saturd 3 Church Calend ay and Sunda ar.........pa y, Novem ge 3 ber 10 Letters to and 11. the Editor ........................ ...............page A total of 12 3 Council Membe venues were r Dunlap made availab VIEW FROM DISTRICT le to view art. ........................ 2 The two main ...............page locations were 6 Council Membe the Beacon r Stevens Arts Buildi GREETINGS ng, lofrom cated on 808 ........................ MIKE N. ...............page enue, and the La Brea Av6 SNACKTIME Beaco with n’s SARAH Restaurant sister studios, affecti Reviews onately known .....page 6 Book Review as 1019 West, s ...............page located at 1019 9 W. Manch ester Blvd. Artist Muriel Both buildings, Mandel kneels as well as all beside her the tour stops, mural during to gain attenti are in Inglew the Inglewo on. Since then, od Open Studios ood. Inglewood many artists ’ 2012 tour. Open Studio ings as well from the Ingles was founde as many others wood and the d by Rene their respec surrounding Fox, progress from www.Morn tive workspaces in the current gallery area have come ingsi deSeattle comthroughout direcposer Garret ParkC hron Inglewood. tor. After a help this event together to t Fisher. Those icle.com 2009 article Each of the grow. Curren who attend in L.A. Times, the two days was ly there are ed the perfor tthe event started accompanied approximatel mance were by a perfor y 70 artists in the witnessed the mance two main buildcourtesy work’s debut performance semble, which of Fisher Enis an act in
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At Osage Villas senior apartments, Councilman Stevens discovered the owner/builder did not install grab bars in senior apartments as identified in the blueprint. Stevens is responsible for holding the owners accountable after they received Federal and State tax dollars to build the facility.
When a water main broke, Councilman Stevens was on the scene to make sure it was repaired quickly by city crews and contractors—and offered bottled water to the residents affected.
Thanks to Councilman Stevens, Ms. Roberta Hayes received her reimbursement check for tree root damage to her sewer line.
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