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.
Future of the Palestinians as Trump welcomes Abbas President Trump says there's "no reason there can't be peace" between Israel and the Palestinians… but the first step will have to be unity between the West Bank and Gaza. Are the Palestinian Authority and Hamas any closer to speaking with one voice?
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?