NEIGHBORHOOD POLITICS--Is Inglewood Mayor James Butts indirectly benefiting from his assistant’s exorbitant salary increases as he did with his brother’s employment with RepublicServices?

NEIGHBORHOOD POLITICS--Twenty Neighborhood Councils around the city have submitted Community Impact Statements to the City Council backing a Version B+ Billboard Law recommended by the City Planning Commission that limits digital signs to specific districts such as Downtown LA and Hollywood. 

NEIGHBORHOOD POLITICS--Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts dodged criminal prosecution in 2013 when the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declared it wasn’t illegal for him to ask companies competing for a lucrative city trash contract to hire his unemployed brother. (Photo above: Inglewood Mayor Butts.) 

NEIGHBORHOOD POLITICS---This February and March, the City Clerk is holding workshops across the City to discuss and learn about Neighborhood Council elections.

NEIGHBORHOOD POLITICS--Among the homes, schools, daycare centers, and churches of Los Angeles' Wilmington neighborhood, hundreds of pumpjacks extract oil, their dinosaur-like heads bobbing up and down. (Photo above: the Wolmington ARCO refinery in Los Angeles.)

NEIGHBORHOOD POLITICS--When Inglewood's city council approved a $100-million waste-collection contract in 2012, the job went not to the low bidder but to another company with higher fees — and a link to Mayor James Butts Jr. 

NEIGHBORHOOD POLITICS--When I first moved to Pedro in 1973, there was a lying crook in the White House, massive demonstrations in the streets of America and an unpopular war in a distant land. The wisdom of pursuing that war and its most infamous alibi that “we had to destroy the village to save the town” was as arrogant and stupid then as it is now. Not much has changed except the players in this rather dark Shakespearean drama and the village this time is our own. Back to square one, it seems. The past is our future. 

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