This and That: 10/4

untitledHere’s what is, and isn’t, making headlines in today’s edition of This and That.

Water Bills.  Were you aware that most cities are served by multiple water providers?  The City of Maywood residents are tired of their water coming out smelling like rotten eggs and yellow.  Three companies provide water to Maywood and are privately owned.  Although testing comes back the water is safe, residents say otherwise.  Assembly Bill 240, would require the private water companies to follow several open records laws.

Latino’s & education.  School districts with higher Latino populations are showing Latino’s scoring between 50 to 100 points less than their white counterparts.  What do they mean less than their white counterparts?  Didn’t former City of LA mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, urge Latino’s to check the box for “white” on the 2010 census?  Now that they aren’t performing like “whites” they are Latino again?  Give me a break!  School districts have Title III funding to address ESL students, however, no one is addressing the mono-lingual parents at home.  Is anyone looking at where the Title III money is being spent?  How can ESL students perform when parents don’t understand English to help them with homework and studying?  Too bad Villaraigosa didn’t take a job that actually addressed this growing concern.

Positive side of the government shut down?  The Maryland based KKK was planning a rally at Gettysburg National Military Park but because of the government shut down, it was cancelled. D

Detroit’s pension crisis?   A Wall Street deal backed by former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, that helped push the city into bankruptcy, bankrolled a three-year spree of alleged corruption, according to federal court records and pension officials.  The spending cheated Detroit retirees out of more than $84 million, led to criminal charges against six people and compounded the impact of a money-losing Wall Street deal, which could eventually cost the city more than $2.7 billion.

Federal prosecutors allege city pension officials started approving a series of shady transactions with businessmen in January 2006, six months after the Wall Street debt deal started injecting $1.44 billion into the Detroit pension funds.

Grand Theft Auto 5.  This video game has managed to earn over $1 billion in revenue and it hasn’t been out a full thirty days.  Meet Inglewood High alumni, Gerald “Slink” Johnson, who voices the character “Lamar” in the popular franchise.  He recently sold his TV show, Black Jesus, to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, so be on the lookout for that.

Paul Tanaka.  Every day we are receiving Press Releases showing the growing endorsements for Tanaka’s bid to replace current LA County Sheriff Lee Baca.  It’s still amazing how everyone is overlooking Tanaka’s federally identified gang tattoo.

City of Inglewood internship.  City Treasurer Wanda Brown’s intern program begins in a couple of weeks.  The program will provide students with an overview of city government, civic charter, resolutions and ordinances, as well as financial literacy concepts, such as maturity and FICO scores.  How many know what Rule 72 is?  It tells you how fast money matures and grows. The City of Compton should mandate their city treasurer attend.  Has he completed that USC degree yet?

Curren Price/Rob Katherman.  This dynamic duo has the South LA community up in arms.  Rob Katherman is a well-known City of LA lobbyist, in addition to real estate developer and Water Replinsmnet District board member, who has lobbied on behalf of business owners looking to obtain a liquor permit.  Coincidentally, Katherman is now Price’s chief of staff, and those permits Katherman lobbied for, have now been approved by Price.  2UrbanGirls asked community activist, Najee Ali, whats the significance of Price’s actions.  Ali replied, “Elected officials have to understand that we will hold them accountable.  They must have community dialogue on critical issues such as this. I don’t know any South LA residents in their right mind advocating for more liquor stores in our community.”

Inglewood Library.  They are celebrating their 50th anniversary on Saturday, October 5th, from 10am-3pm.

 Sources: NBC, KPCC, Huffington Post, Inglewood Today, The Detroit News, The Los Angeles Wave

5 Responses so far.

  1. Morningside Park Chronicle says:

    “Water Bills. Were you aware that most cities are served by multiple water providers? The City of Maywood residents are tired of their water coming out smelling like rotten eggs and
    yellow.” That odor is indicative of methane; methane is too often found in water where fracking occurs:

    • UrbanGirl says:

      Eerily similar to the recent methane issues in Hawthorne. Fracking is going on under our noses under the guise of “water”.

      Urban Girl

    • 2UrbanGirls says:

      With the recent developments in the ongoing scandal involving the Calderon’s, Speaker Nunez and possibly the former mayor of Los Angeles, I wouldn’t be surprised if the story was “planted” to boost passage of the legislation, which did occur, in order for the consultants to receive a payoff? Los Cerritos News covered this extensively.

      • Morningside Park Chronicle says:

        Could be. After all, Tammany Hall took place 150 years ago without the technology we have today.

        • 2UrbanGirls says:

          For those who may not know who Tammany Hall is, may I suggest watching the film “Gangs of New York” by Martin Scorcese.

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