The number of positive coronavirus cases continues to explode in the city of Inglewood. A local church, in District 1, continues to meet every Sunday, despite confirmed cases in the city reaching 112.
The Cosmopolitan Center, located at Manchester and 5th Ave, is less than a mile from the multi-billion dollar SoFi Stadium, who has also reported two construction workers testing positive for the deadly virus.
Bishop Clarence McClendon, acquired the Cosmopolitan Center, from the disgraced Rev. Joel Anthony Ward who bankrupted St. Paul Baptist Church, some time ago, after Ward was unable to complete renovations.
Despite notices posted on the door, acknowledging the COVID-19 disease and its dangers, church was in session when this author approached their doors April 12 at approximately 12:30pm.
Seeing the usual onslaught of cars parked on Manchester Blvd and 5th Ave, it was an indicator that church was in session for Easter services.
2UrbanGirls approached the doors and found them all locked, in violation of fire codes. Peering through the window, we observed usher lady’s in their Sunday black and two older Black men, dressed to the nines, finally opened the door asking “how can we help you”.
We stated we were there for services to which they responded that McClendon was in fact “pastoring” but not to the public.
When we asked why so many cars were parked in front of the church, as they have been for the last month, they shooed me away and swiftly closed the door in my face.
Inglewood Mayor James Butts continues to make public announcements that the city is following state mandates banning gatherings and has also required residents to wear protective gear, such as masks, when in public. Not a single person inside McClendon’s church was wearing a mask for the safety of those in attendance.
Residents who live adjacent to the church, have taken to social media, every Sunday since mid March, to voice their displeasure at the lack of regard for the public’s health all in the name of collecting tithes.
Inglewood will continue to see a rise in positive cases, and most likely the deaths of residents, because people like Clarence McClendon have chose to work for the devil instead of the Most High by continuing to stay open. McClendon’s failure to keep his members safe is blasphemous.
Mayor Butts publicly declared that after a recent earthquake, he drove by SoFi Stadium to make sure it was ok. Is Mayor Butts driving around the city ensuring the business owners are adhering to his orders regarding this global pandemic or is his only concern the stadium?
Positive coronavirus cases were already reported at Century Skilled Nursing Center and Inglewood Health Center. As of April 11, Wortham’s Supportive Living located at 2709 W. 109th Street has been added to the list.
2UrbanGirls has reached out to Cosmopolitan Center for the last two weeks for comment as to why they are still open to the public with no response.
2UrbanGirls has been unable to reach the areas Councilman George Dotson, who hasn’t been at a city council meeting in over a month.