FROM James Butts
What Kind of Change Will the NFL Stadium Bring to Inglewood? Over 250 people are working on the design of the new NFL stadium and its surroundings. DnA talked with just a few of the people shaping the ambitious project: developers Chris Meany and Gerard McCallum, architects Mark Williams and Lance Evans, and landscape architect Kush Parekh. The stadium, with its performing arts center, shops and public spaces, is intended to provide far more for Inglewood than simply football. The new NFL Stadium for Inglewood viewed from across a lake that will be part of the landscape design. Image courtesy HKS Architects. But some in Inglewood question the impact it will have on the city’s mostly black and Latino residents. DnA talks traffic, the approval process, gentrification -- and Trader Joe’s -- with Kali Nikitas, the city’s Arts Commissioner-at-large, Erin Aubry Kaplan, an Inglewood-based journalist, and James Butts, the city’s hard-charging mayor.
The Music Is Coming Back to Inglewood Since the 1970's a steady stream of music and the voice of Lakers' announcer Chick Hearn filled the arena of Inglewood's Fabulous Forum . It wasn't all sports and rock and roll. In 1972, Barbra Streisand performed at a fundraiser for Democratic Presidential candidate George McGovern. Twenty years after the McGovern fundraiser, Kurt Cobain opened a concert in honor of River Phoenix, who had recently died. But the iconic, multiple-use venue fell on hard times after the Lakers and Kings moved to Staples Center in 1999. Tonight, the music is back with the first of six concerts by the Eagles, thanks to $100 million invested by the Madison Square Garden Company . We hear some historical moments and look at the Forum's future.
The City of Inglewood Looks to the Future The City of Inglewood may have fallen on hard times, but boosters have local officials dreaming about Pasadena—or at least Culver City. The Fabulous Forum will re-open in January, and conversion of the Hollywood Park racetrack into a major mixed-use complex is back on. We’ll hear from an enthusiastic Mayor James Butts—and from others who say, “don’t hold your breath.”
Madison Square Garden Owners to Renovate the LA Forum The " Fabulous Forum " isn't so fabulous any more. The Kings and Lakers moved downtown to the Staples Center in 1999, along with the kind of big-name entertainment acts that used to draw big crowds to Inglewood. Now that may be about to change. MSG, owners of Madison Square Garden, have acquired the Forum , and that's renewed plans for a developer who wants to turn the Hollywood Park racetrack into a planned community . James Butts is a former Inglewood policeman and former police chief in Santa Monica. Now the Mayor of Inglewood, he joins us in the studio.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?