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Total Eclipse of the Sun

Can’t make it to Oregon or Missouri? As part of our Summer Reading Club, the Inglewood Public Library is delighted to host a watching-party for the FIRST total eclipse of the Sun in the United States since 1979! We will have FREE eclipse glasses to watch the partial eclipse of the Sun here, and we will be livestreaming the total eclipse in Oregon at the Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall of the Main Library, 101 West Manchester Boulevard, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 21, 2017. Join us and members of The Planetary Society for this once-in-a-lifetime event!

7/11 Crooks, have you been a victim?

On Thursday evening 07/27/17 at 7:pm a young man entered the 7/11 located at 913 S Prairie Ave Inglewood, CA and requested some matches. The clerk in the store told him the matches were 25 cents, thinking this was a joke he asked the other clerk working the register and was told the same thing. The young man decided to report this act, when he contacted corporate and was informed that matches are given away freely at all 7/11 locations. He realized that the team working that shift were running a scam. Don’t be a victim of such scams, report such incidents to corporate.

Forum owners sue Inglewood over efforts to lure Clippers

.Are we looking at the start of The Great Arena Wars Of Inglewood? That may be the case, as the owners of The Forum—the Madison Square Garden Company—filed a claim for damages on Wednesday against the city after it had completed a deal to (possibly) bring a new arena to Inglewood for the Clippers, reports the Daily Breeze. The filing serves as a precursor to a lawsuit.

Execs at the Madison Square Garden Company claim that the city had duped them into a bait-and-switch. They say that Inglewood Mayor James Butts had convinced them to relinquish in April their leasehold on a parcel of a parking lot near Century Boulevard, with word that this would clear way for a “business-technology park,” according to the Breeze.

“The mayor made it extremely clear that he needed that piece of land back for a kind of ‘Silicon Beach,'” Marvin Putnam, a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins, which filed the claim on behalf of the MSGC, told the Breeze.

Instead, it was announced in June that the city and the Clippers had an exclusive negotiating agreement that could possibly bring the team’s new arena to a section by Century Boulevard that’s right across the street from the upcoming Inglewood Stadium (which will house the Rams and the Chargers). Under the agreement, the Clippers entered a 160-day period in which they have exclusive negotiating rights to purchase the land. The agreement also stipulates that the team would have to pay $1.5 million to Inglewood to cover the city’s costs associated with the ENA.

The agreement described the possibility of a “state of the art” development that would seat about 18,000 to 20,000 fans. Steve Ballmer, who owns the Clippers, had been speaking for some time about a possible move to locations west of the Staples Center, where the Clippers currently reside. Ballmer had expressed frustration over what he perceives of as the team’s third-place standing at the arena (the Lakers and the Kings also play there).

The owners of the Forum weren’t happy to hear about the deal, obviously. As noted at the Breeze, a contract outlining the leasehold’s change of hands stipulated that the land would not be used for purposes that would hurt the Forum’s business. If Ballmer’s arena does come to fruition, it would be about a 1.2 mile drive from the Forum, or a 25 minute walk. It’s reasonable to assume that Ballmer’s arena would host concerts and other events outside of Clippers basketball.

In June, right after the deal between Inglewood and the Clippers was announced, the owners of the Forum labeled the agreement a result of “backroom dealing,” reports the L.A. Times.

A statement written on behalf of the Forum said, “Many consider our work to revitalize the Forum to be the catalyst for Inglewood’s recent business success. Now, it appears the city of Inglewood has been doing a lot of backroom dealing. There may be a path forward, but not without a real public process that is done in the full light of day with the participation of Inglewood’s residents and many other stakeholders.”

Furthermore, a letter from Latham & Watkins accused Inglewood of not giving proper notice to interested parties about the City Council meeting that discussed the deal with the Clippers. “Given the limited amount of time and lack of notice, the Forum reserves all rights to object to the proposed Exclusive Negotiating Agreement and arena project,” said the letter.

The Forum, when it was still known as the Great Western Forum, used to be the home of the Lakers and the Kings before they moved to the Staples Center in 1999.

LAist reached out to Mayor Butts’ office, but have not heard back at time of publication.

Guns N’ Roses And N.W.A Nearly Joined Forces

In this corner, you have one of the biggest, baddest rock bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s, L.A.’s own Guns ‘N’ Roses. In the other corner, you have one of the biggest, baddest rap groups of the late 1980s and early 1990s, L.A.’s own N.W.A. It seems like it would’ve been a no-brainer to pair the two of them together. As it turns out, that’s exactly what almost happened.

According to N.W.A rapper MC Ren, Axl Rose was a pretty big fan of the group back in the day. “We hung out with them one time,” he told Rolling Stone. “They had a show at the Forum in Inglewood, and we went to hang out with them before and after the show. We had heard that Axl was an N.W.A fan.” After the gig, Axl even tried to impress the group by throwing some bars at them, which depending on how you feel about “My World” is either a good thing, or an epically bad one. “I remember talking to Axl backstage in the dressing room and he started rapping. I can’t remember how it went, but he busted a rhyme.”

Clippers make plans to build arena in Inglewood

The Clippers could be on the move.

And in the process, they could supplement the newest Los Angeles entertainment and sports hub and the future home of the Rams and Chargers.

According to multiple sources, the Clippers and the city of Inglewood are closing in on entering an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) on 22 acres of land owned by the city between Prairie and Yukon Avenues south of Century Boulevard.

The Clippers would use the land to build a privately financed new arena.

The ENA is subject to approval by the Inglewood City Council, which could happen as early as this morning when the matter is expected to be voted on.

The Clippers are then expected to make an official announcement today.

If approval is granted, the team would enter a 160-day exclusive period to negotiate a purchase of the land. Also as part of the agreement, the team would have to pay the city $1.5 million to cover the city’s costs associated with the ENA. The team also would have to provide renderings of the new arena to the city.

Beyond that, an Environmental Impact Report is required and various other state and local requirements would need to be satisfied in an anticipated 24-month process. That means the arena, which is expected to seat as many as 20,000, could open for the 2022-23 season.

The Clippers’ lease at Staples Center runs through 2024, although an early-release agreement could be reached between the Clippers and AEG, which owns the arena.

The Clippers have played at Staples Center since its opening in 1999, but they are the third tenant behind the Kings and Lakers when it comes to scheduling. A new arena would make them the masters of their own domain, and would allow them to reap all the perks of potential year-round use of the arena and whatever naming rights deal they can negotiate.

It also would mean escaping the long shadow of the Lakers, at least in their own home arena.

For all those reasons, the Clippers and owner Steve Ballmer have been looking for available land in Los Angeles to build their own palace and further establish their own identity.

It also would mean Inglewood adding a third professional sports franchise to its growing lineup, with the Clippers joining the Rams and Chargers as neighbors.

The two NFL teams are scheduled to move into the $2.6 billion stadium being built by Rams owner Stan Kroenke in 2020. The stadium will be the anchor of a 300-acre mixed-use development Kroenke is building, and is expected to host the Super Bowl in 2022.

Inglewood To Host Super Bowl LV In 2021

INGLEWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Inglewood will host Super Bowl LV in 2021, the National Football League announced Tuesday.

The game will kick off in the $2.6 billion NFL stadium and entertainment complex scheduled to open in 2019.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke said the league’s commitment to an L.A. Super Bowl helps validate his investment in Inglewood.

“It shows that the communities and the owners who are willing to make these investments and stick their necks out, if you will, that it is worthwhile and they believe in them long term,” Kroenke said.

The Los Angeles area has not played host to a Super Bowl since 1993.

“The City of Inglewood is thrilled to be the host for the most watched, single sporting event in the world, Super Bowl LV,” said Inglewood Mayor James Butts. “Working with the City of Los Angeles, we intend to help make it the greatest fan experience in the history of the NFL. After a 20 year hiatus, professional football is back.”

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti praised the owners’ decision to bring the Super Bowl To Inglewood.

“Los Angeles is built to host the Super Bowl,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “We helped forge this great American tradition as its very first host in 1967, and now, at long last, we’re bringing it back where it belongs.”

Inglewood Police Officers Fired

The Inglewood police officers who fatally shot a young couple, firing 20 bullets into them as they appeared to be unconscious in a parked car, are no longer police officers in the city, Mayor James T. Butts announced Tuesday.

The announcement marked the end of an internal probe of the Feb. 21, 2016, killing of Marquintan Sandlin and Kisha Michael, but it offered scant information about the deadly incident, which has stoked protest and calls for greater transparency in the Inglewood Police Department. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office is continuing to investigate the shooting.

“The officers involved in the incident are no longer members of the Inglewood Police Department,” Butts said in his statement on Tuesday. “The Department’s report and any discipline that results from the report are confidential.”

Butts said the internal investigation into the fatal shooting of Sandlin, 32, and Michael, 31, was completed on Friday. His statement, issued by his spokeswoman Jasmyne Cannick, did not specify the number of officers nor whether they were fired or had resigned. The officers were not named.

2 Crashes Shut Down 405

INGLEWOOD (CBSLA.com) – Two crashes, one of them fatal, closed the 405 Freeway in both directions in Inglewood near Los Angeles International Airport for several hours early Saturday morning.

The first crash occurred on the northbound side at Manchester Boulevard at about 3:20 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

One person died at the scene of that crash, CHP said. The name of the victim was not released.

About 10 minutes later, a crash involving several vehicles occurred on the southbound side in the same area, a county fire dispatcher said.

According to county fire, two people were injured in the two crashes. Their conditions were not confirmed.

A Sig Alert was issued at 3:44 a.m. and all north and southbound lanes were closed at Century Boulevard, the CHP reported. The southbound side was fully reopened at around 8 a.m. Two lanes were reopened on the northbound side at 5:30 a.m., but traffic remained backed up for miles. Northbound drivers were advised to avoid the area.

The exact circumstances of both crashes were not

Stadium for Rams delayed

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The first kickoff at the palatial new home of the Rams and the Chargers is scheduled to happen a year later than originally planned.

The opening of the NFL teams’ $2.6 billion football stadium in Inglewood was pushed back to 2020 on Thursday because of construction delays caused by Los Angeles‘ uncommonly wet winter.

The delay could affect the NFL’s plan to play the 2021 Super Bowl in the stadium, and it will cost the Rams as-yet uncounted millions in revenue and construction costs. Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who is financing the project, decided the delay was worth it.

“Economics were not a factor in this decision whatsoever,” said Kevin Demoff, the Rams’ chief operating officer. “Stan’s decision on this was based on delivering a world-class stadium at the highest quality possible, and that was the only basis for this decision. If it incurred extra costs by delaying, that was fine as long as we delivered the stadium that met his vision and what this project needs to be.”

The 70,000-seat stadium will be shared by the two teams that both relocated to the Los Angeles area in the previous 16 months. The massive project also includes a 300-acre entertainment district, a 6,000-seat performance arena and extensive office space and retail space.

Kanye West show canceled

INGLEWOOD, Calif. —
Kanye West, who has garnered attention for a recent onstage rant about President-elect Donald Trump, Jay Z and Beyonce, canceled his show at The Forum hours before it was set to begin Sunday evening, according to Ticketmaster.

Ticketmaster posted that the “Kanye West: The Saint Pablo Tour” had been canceled at The Forum. The announcement came just hours before the concert was to get underway at 8 p.m.

The ticket vendor gave no explanation for the cancellation.

In recent days, West said he didn’t vote in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Trump.

Fan video showed West making the comments on stage at a concert in San Jose, California, on Thursday night.

The announcement was mostly met with boos from the crowd. West told fans that “sometimes you might have to not get your way in order to really understand what to do in the future to be able to get your way.”

West then showed up more than an hour late to his concert Saturday evening in Sacramento, California, performed for about 30 minutes before abruptly ending the show, according to fans in attendance.

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