Author: Emilie St. John

Emile St. John is a contributing writer for 2UrbanGirls.com and the Los Angeles Wave newspaper.

Inglewood Councilwoman Dionne Faulk has made her first public statements about the proposed school closures announced by Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) in her monthly newsletter to her constituents in Inglewood’s 4th District. The school closures are no surprise to Faulk who was elected to the IUSD Advisory Board in 2017. She left the school board before her term ended to be seated on the Inglewood City Council, replacing Ralph Franklin, in an process many believed was rigged to ensure the mayor maintained control over the council’s voting members and the city clerk’s office. D.A. Reviewing Nomination Filing Period Process…

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INGLEWOOD – The city of Inglewood will schedule three public hearings for the remainder of the year on important topics for residents on during the April 30 city council meeting. Staff report requesting that a public hearing be set to receive public input on the priority community development, housing and non-housing needs of low- and moderate-income residents for the development of the 2024-2025 Annual Action Plan. Recommendation: – Set public hearing for June 4, 2024, at 2:00 p.m.;- Set public hearing for July 23, 2024, at 2:00 p.m., to receive public comment and recommend adoption of the Draft 2024-2025 Annual Action Plan;…

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INGLEWOOD – The Inglewood Police Department is requesting an increase in tow fees and a decrease in vehicle impound storage fees during the April 30 city council meeting. According to the staff report, IPD is requesting a $10.17 tow fee increase from $174 to $184.17 and a decrease in vehicle impound storage fees by $1.58 from $49.84 to $48.26. The most recent tow fee adjustment was authorized by the City Council on April 11, 2023. According to the Inglewood Municipal Code (IMC) Section 8-90.5, it gives the police chief the authority, with the consent of the city council or resolution,…

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LITTLEROCK – One of the victims of a deadly two-vehicle crash in Littlerock has been identified by her family. Pauline Martinez, 20, was identified by her family who have set up a GoFundMe account to assist with her burial and funeral costs. “My cousin Pauline Martínez unfortunately passed away in a car accident last night, April 28. She was only 20 years old and had a full life ahead of her, she was a loving and happy person and that is how we will remember her, unfortunately, we were not prepared for something like this and we really appreciate any…

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LANCASTER – A man is in custody after an hours long standoff inside a Wendy’s restaurant in Lancaster Friday night. https://videopress.com/v/o3fuZ2uN?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies with the Lancaster Station and California Highway Patrol Antelope Valley Division responded to a disturbance call at the Wendy’s restaurant located at 20th Street West and Avenue I around 7:35 p.m. A male black adult, wearing a burgundy sweatshirt, was reportedly sitting at a table with a gun covered with napkins. Deputies attempted various tactics to persuade him to surrender, but the situation remained unresolved. A crisis negotiation team was requested to assist,…

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LOS ANGELES – A man is hospitalized after being shot on the Sixtg Street Bridge in downtown Los Angeles Friday night. Los Angeles Police Department officers with the Central Division responded to reports of shots fired in the area of 6th and Mateo Streets around 11:04 p.m. When units arrived on scene, they located a male suffering from an unknown number of gunshot wounds in the westbound bike lane of the 6th Street Bridge. https://videopress.com/v/nigJa7nN?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true Officers spotted a possible suspect who fled underneath the bridge and was apprehended without further incident. A loaded firearm was located near where the suspect…

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During the global COVID-19 pandemic cities had to grapple with balancing the public health crisis while staying business friendly when possible. As most cities pivoted to provide al-fresco dining options for restaurants, Whittier created their own outdoor dining in Uptown which was made a part of the Greenleaf Promenade plan by the council last year. Whittier is planning to invest $20 million into The Greenleaf Promenade project which will include updating utilities such as water meters and more, according to the Whittier Daily News. The Greenleaf Promenade stretches along three blocks of Greenleaf Avenue, from Hadley Street to Wardman Street. The…

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A Vision Realized, A Promise Kept MORENO VALLEY – G1 Training & Fitness is proud to announce its partnership with Pastor Martin Porter & Quinn AME Church, marking a significant step towards empowering youth and teens in Moreno Valley & the surrounding region. This partnership signifies a ministry of athletic coaching and mentoring, showcasing a unique synergy that aims to benefit not just the church but the entire community. Through this collaboration, Quinn Church has leased space to G1 Training & Fitness, integrating a fitness coaching ministry that resonates deeply with the church’s stated vision of “empowering & elevating families…

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INGLEWOOD – An Inglewood restaurant is featured in a new eight-part series on the streaming platform Hulu that began April 24. Pepsi announced the premiere date for its first-ever streaming series, “Talking Sabor,” a food-focused collaboration with restaurateur and award-winning celebrity chef, Aarón Sánchez and COCINA, which he co-founded. “‘Talking Sabor’ is a journey to the heart of what makes Latin cuisine so special – its ability to bring people together through rich flavors and stories,” said Sanchez. “Collaborating with Pepsi and Disney has allowed us to turn the spotlight on the vibrant traditions and diverse communities behind Hispanic-owned small…

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Imagine watching your parent’s life transform from vibrant to chaotic due to a degenerative disease and the stress from not knowing if it was passed to either you and/or your siblings? Anna Connelly and Anica Petrovic. (Credit: Doug Engalla) Could I Have This Dance? is an award winning play written by by Doug Haverty that follows the Glendenning family as sisters Monica (Anna Connelly) and Amanda (Anica Petrovic) take over their mother Jeanette’s (Clara Rodriguez) thriving public relations firm as they watch her suffer from Huntington’s Disease under the dutiful eye of their father Hank (Lloyd Pedersen). Lloyd Pedersen and Clara Rodriguez…

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INGLEWOOD – The Inglewood Parking and Traffic Commission will meet Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. to continue discussions on the City’s proposed Special Events Parking Rates & Fines at city-owned lots. The city council adopted Ordinance No. 24-04 on January 23, 2024, which established increased parking rates and associated fines at city-owned parking lots. The item is listed on the agenda under “unfinished business” but isn’t clear why the discussion didn’t take place before the council took action three months ago.

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LOS ANGELES – Another man was fatally shot Wednesday in the unincorporated area of Watts and sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death. This is the second man shot in the area in the last 48 hours with no indication of whether the two are connected. Man fatally shot outside his home in Watts Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded at 1:53 a.m. regarding a shots fired call to the 9100 block of Compton Avenue and 92nd Street. When they arrived, they found the victim with gunshot wounds, said homicide Lt. Michael Modica. https://2urbangirls.com/2024/04/homicides-on-the-rise-in-south-los-angeles-according-to-lapd The victim…

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INGLEWOOD – There were no tickets sold with all six numbers in Tuesday’s (April 23) drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery, pushing the estimated jackpot for Friday’s drawing to $228 million. There were four tickets sold with five numbers, but missing the Mega number sold in California, Florida (2), and North Carolina, lottery officials announced. The two tickets sold in Florida are worth $1 million each, and the ticket sold in North Carolina is worth $4 million because the player played the Megaplier option. The ticket sold in California is worth $886,657 and was sold at a gas station…

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INGLEWOOD – Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. and Councilman Alex Padilla are asking for the public to speak out against the proposed rezoning of the Ladera Shopping Center. During the council comments during the April 23 regular city council meeting both Butts and Padilla let it be known they are not keen on the rezoning due to PARKING CONCERNS which is astounding considering they didn’t consider traffic a problem when approving a 70,000 seat NFL stadium and nearly 22,000 seat NBA arena in the middle of Inglewood. https://www.instagram.com/p/C6Hp2_SvJq9 “I will see Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell this week…

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*an earlier version of this article featured an incorrect photo of Elijah that has been removed. we apologize for the error. LOS ANGELES – The family of a teen shot to death during a fight on April 15 have identified him. Elijah McGinnis III, 15, a student at Washington Preparatory High School, was shot to death near a bus stop at the intersection of 108th and Western during a fight captured on video. The video depicts an unidentified student being sucker punched by one of the more than two dozen teens gathered at the bus stop while attempting to walk…

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