Author: Marvin McCoy

There’s an old saying that goes “never look a gift horse in the mouth”. In all due respect, by no means would I ever disrespect the esteemed U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters in comparing her to a horse but her late opposition to the Inglewood Transit Connector project, commonly referred to as the people mover, although late, serves as a refreshing reminder that in fact government even with its many functional shortcomings can in its basic function represent the will of the people when inclined to do so. What do I mean? In a scathing rebuke and critique of the proposed…

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Are you serious? Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass has announced she’s seeking reelection after only being in the position for less than two years. Karen Bass announces re-election bid for L.A. mayor Her announcement so early, in my opinion, represents everything wrong about politics and in my opinion is worrisome, to say the least as it appears the mayor has put her ambitions above the people she was elected to serve. Why the rush? Did I miss something? What’s the urgency? Quite frankly it appears Mayor Bass has foolishly bought into the mechanizations of the U.S. Congress, where she spent over…

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Excuse me if I’m skeptical about the City of Inglewood’s initiative to give homeowners a $500 rebate especially when you take into consideration it’s their money to begin with. Don’t get me wrong I’m always for taxpayers winning and if this is a true rebate in every essence of the word, Inglewood Mayor James Butts and the council should be commended for delivering for its residents but once again without a clear picture of the City’s finances and seemingly the dependence of pension obligation bonds to keep the City afloat, the real question is will Inglewood taxpayers ultimately be on…

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“Elections have consequences”. This infamous quote was famously coined by former United States President Barack Obama after his 2009 inauguration and in reference to his meetings with Republican Congressional leaders in the aftermath of his historic election as the 44th President of the United States and the first, African-American to serve as President in United States history. This pronouncement – simple but profound – holds significant weight as voters in the City of Inglewood can exercise their collective voice and power by potentially electing two new members to the Inglewood city council and possibly a new City Clerk this coming November.…

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According to Inglewood Mayor James Butts taxpayers should adopt the policy of American writer and poet Edgar Allen Poe, who is famously attributed to the saying, “believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see”. If in fact this is the case why taxpayers and voters alike should be able to trust what their elected officials say or do when the truth can simply be distorted to accommodate the narrative as needed. I say this wholeheartedly because I took the liberty of examining the City’s midyear budget report in preparation for the midyear budget summary presentation on June…

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Is there a mandate requiring the city of Inglewood to build the Inglewood Transit Connector? Assuming this position is true, shouldn’t Inglewood taxpayers demand more concessions from the likes of Los Angeles Rams and Sofi Stadium owner Stan Kroenke and Los Angeles Clippers and Intuit Dome owner Steve Ballmer? The reason I pose this question is a response to your article about Inglewood midyear budget struggles. Inglewood projecting $35M revenue shortfall for current fiscal year With that being said I also read the response from the Inglewood firefighter and that prompted me to do some research and led me to…

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Isn’t time way past due for Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna to deliver on his campaign pledge to “eradicate” deputy gangs in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department instead of promoting them? I could be wrong but wasn’t it in the Civilian Oversight Committee’s report issued in 2023 that says at least half a dozen deputy gangs or cliques existed within the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department? Luna has acknowledged the existence of deputy gangs and publicly said he wants to end them. However, he has not yet formally accepted the report’s recommendations. Dozens of LASD deputies ordered to show suspected…

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There’s an old saying in politics: “You campaign in poetry and you govern in prose”. This saying is attributed to the late New York Governor Mario Cuomo and in some respects describes the political quagmire Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson finds himself in as he assumes the role of Los Angeles City Council President in September, replacing termed-out Council President Paul Kerkorian.  The question is, will the 54-year-old Councilman be up to the task? It should be noted that Councilman Harris-Dawson’s rise as Council President comes at a time, according to City Hall observers and a nearly unanimous decision by his Council…

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Can’t say we didn’t see this coming. It appears that UCLA administrators, for the sake of public relations and deflection of accountability on their behalf, have decided that the best path moving forward in investigating the failures of how they responded to violence that took place on its campus during a pro-Palestinian protest is to “temporarily reassign” UCLA Police Chief John Thomas who has only been on the job for less than 6 months. https://twitter.com/UCPDLA/status/1612510248652210176 Excuse me if I’m baffled here but this word salad of this so-called “temporary reassignment”  serves nothing more and nothing less than a poorly, choreographed…

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Over the last month the term “bloodbath” and it’s meaning, depending on its usage, has been debated by mainstream media and political pundits across the country as former President Donald Trump, the presumed Republican Party nominee has loosely used this term in describing the state of politics in the only way the polarizing former POTUS knows how. With that being said, I couldn’t resist the temptation of attributing the term “bloodbath” in association to the Inglewood Unified School District announcement that it would be closing 5 schools in the near future, 2025 to be exact, allegedly due to declining enrollment.…

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After reading the article Inglewood first quarter budget report shows Admission Tax Revenue down 90% I spent a significant portion of my weekend studying the accompanying staff report that is scheduled to be presented during the Feb. 27 regularly scheduled city council meeting and let’s just say the report in itself leaves much to be desired . With that being said I understand that reading or studying budgets isn’t enticing or overwhelmingly exciting but understanding the basic function our elected officials and the direct correlation as it relates their moral and legal obligation to spend taxpayers funds in a manner…

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In this day and age of seemingly super sensationalized journalism, is it fair to critique Inglewood City Clerk Aisha Thompson for hosting her birthday party at Inglewood City Hall featuring a full bar? Absolutely so. I mean isn’t critiquing our elected officials and holding them accountable the bedrock of our democracy? If this truly is the what democracy is based on then why am I confused as to why it appears that the City Clerk seems bewildered as to why Inglewood residents have taken offense to her hosting a birthday party at City Hall where alcohol is being supplied? I…

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Didn’t I recently write that Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass should resist the temptation to appoint a Black woman as next chief of the Los Angeles Police Department? Well it appears that despite internal and public pressure to appoint the first Black female Chief to succeed Michael Moore, the mayor and the Los Angeles Police Department commissioners went with their political intuition in appointing Assistant Chief Dominic Choi, a 28-year veteran of the department and the first Asian-American to lead the department on an interim basis. “This appointment will continue our work to make Los Angeles safer. I look forward to working with…

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I’m writing about a recent article published to your website detailing that LAPD motorcycle officer Michael Flynn reached a $15 million settlement agreement with the City of Inglewood for injuries he sustained after being struck by a vehicle driven by Inglewood Mayor James Butts in April 2019. With that being said i firmly believe that accountability and transparency matters and in this situation it’s the lack of transparency and accountability that reminds me of another settlement made on the taxpayers back that the public didn’t find out until after the fact. On December 31, 2018, Frank Stolze of LAist, published…

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I often read 2UrbanGirls and thought I would share my thoughts and perspective of why Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass should avoid the temptation of nominating a Black woman as the next Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. With that being said, I must readily admit, as I’ve written letters to your blog in the past, this has to be the most difficult letter I’ve ever written because I didn’t want the message to get lost in what I believe are the complexities of running a law enforcement agency such as LAPD. Although it’s tempting, the realities and complexities…

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