Sunday, October 31, 2010

Election 2010: In Inglewood, five want to be mayor - latimes.com

Election 2010: In Inglewood, five want to be mayor - latimes.com

Five candidates are seeking the mayor's job at a precarious time for Inglewood. Tabor's predecessor, Roosevelt Dorn, resigned in January as he faced charges of public corruption, and the city has a nearly $18-million budget deficit.

Longtime City Councilwoman Judy Dunlap, former Santa Monica Police Chief James T. Butts and local businessmen Joseph A. Soto and Mike Stevens are challenging Tabor.

The candidates are singing a similar tune: Inglewood is in dire straits. And each one — whether coming from the City Council, business or elsewhere — says he or she has the wherewithal to right the ship.

"Someone needs to step up to the plate," Soto said, adding that that's where he comes in.

As a long time resident and former Inglewood business owner, I can honestly say that most of our choices for local officials make me cringe. Our candidates offer nothing new nor any solutions to it's residents concerns, or city problems. What I see in Butts, Dunlap and Tabor is the non ending power play and favoritism. What we need is new blood, someone not tainted by corruption and greed.

My vote for Mayor, will be Joseph Soto. Why?.....it's my vote and message to Inglewood, that as residents, we are tiered of back room deals and exclusion.

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