Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is on a roll. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Sept. 1 to support the Los Angeles bid for hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The projected budget for this event is approximately $ 4.1 billion, which is a lot of money, but there are already many existing venues that are still in use from the 1984 games, as well as new venues and hotels that have been built such as Staples Center, L.A. Live, and the Ritz-Carlton hotel. I’m proud and hoping that L.A. will win the bid.
Mayor Garcetti continues to appoint African-American leaders to key positions in the city. Commissioner Dallas Fowler, one of the most influential young leaders in the city, has just recently left her post on the Status of Women for the city of Los Angeles and been appointed by the mayor to the Police Permit Review Panel, a subcommittee of the Los Angeles Police Commission. It’s a five-year term and definitely a promotion to a key decision-making body of the city.
Los Angeles Airport Commissioner Matt Johnson has been tabbed by the mayor to replace outgoing Commissioner Paula Madison, who resigned from the city’s Police Commission. Johnson’s seat on the Police Commission is one of the most demanding and important seats in the city. So much so that a coalition of some of the most influential and powerful South L.A. leaders requested to meet with Johnson and the deputy mayor of public safety at City Hall recently.
Pastor K.W.Tulloss, CEO of the National Action Network; Pastor William Smart, CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Nolan Rollins, CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League; Minnie Hempstead, president of the L.A. NAACP; Paulette Simpson Gibson, president of the Compton NAACP,a nd representatives of First AME Church, Project Islamic HOPE, the L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable and this writer were all on hand to hear Johnson.
He is a Democratic party insider with close ties to the Obama administration and one of the most prominent and successful African-American attorneys in the nation, who has represented everyone from Oprah to Ice Cube. Needless to say, by the time he finished, Johnson had received the support and endorsement of every major South L.A. civil rights group and social justice activist.
Johnson is the people’s choice and we look forward to working with him and his fellow commissioners to continue to reform the Los Angeles police department.
“Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts has been ordered to perform community service after a judge refused to accept her apologies to Los Angeles police she had accused of racially profiling her. Watts and her boyfriend, Brian Lucas, were sentenced Aug. 26 to 15 hours of community labor.
In September 2014, police questioned the couple while investigating reports of people having sex in a car in Studio City. Watts, who is black, and Lucas, who is white, claimed they were profiled by the LAPD. But eyewitnesses came forward to state they saw the couple having sex inside the car.
The couple later pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace and were told to write apology letters, but the judge called the apologies insincere. I rarely agree with the LAPD, especially when it comes to race. But in this instance, Watts did play the race card and lied not only to the police but to our community. She’s getting exactly what she deserves.
Disgraced Compton school board member Skyy Fisher, who was arrested by U.S. Marshals in July 2014 for alleged sexual assault of a male friend in a San Diego hotel room, is finally about to have his day in court. A jury trial is scheduled in San Diego on Sept. 21. I think it’s about time for a road trip to San Diego. I wouldn’t miss this spectacle for anything in the world. More on Fisher and his shenanigans later.
Community calendar: “The seventh annual Leimert Park Village African Art & Music Festival will be held Labor day weekend, Sept. 5-7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Leimert Park Village, 4318 Degnan Blvd. Admission is free and this festival is one of the best festivals in the city. For more information, call (323) 596 0955. I’m hoping to see you there!
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