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Truth never hurt anyone

Roosevelt F. Dorn Truth may have exposed some, embarrassed others, but for the most part, truth has been a healing balm By ROOSEVELT F. DORN Truth be told, I have lived in the City of Inglewood since 1966.

Roosevelt F. Dorn

Truth may have exposed some, embarrassed others, but for the most part, truth has been a healing balm


Truth be told, I have lived in the City of Inglewood since 1966. As an Inglewood resident, I have worked as a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff/bailiff in the L.A. Superior Courts, and as a deputy city attorney, and assistant city attorney for the City of Los Angeles.

I was appointed a Municipal Court judge in the City of Inglewood by Gov. Jerry Brown in February 1979. After 13 months, I was appointed to the Superior Court, and after serving two years as a Superior Court Judge, I requested and was appointed to the Juvenile Court in Inglewood where I served six years and was reassigned to the Superior Court in Los Angeles where I served four years.

At the end of the four years, I asked to be reassigned to the Juvenile Court in Inglewood, where I served with distinction until I took a leave of absence and ran for the office of mayor of the City of Inglewood. I won the office in 1997, where I took the reigns in April 1997 and served in this position until February 2010 when I retired.

I served the City of Inglewood, Los Angeles, and the State of California with distinction with the assistance of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and US Rep. Maxine Waters.

During the time I was Inglewood mayor, Sen. Feinstein and Congresswoman Waters supported Inglewood to the point where I was able to bring millions of dollars to the City to soundproof and provide air conditioning units to approximately 3,000 homes. I visited Washington, D.C. two or three times a year to lobby the various representatives and senators, including representatives of President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. We were also able to secure funds to refurbish Market Street in Inglewood where we spent $5 million redoing the streets and the sidewalks on Prairie Avenue, La Brea Avenue, Crenshaw Boulevard, and many residential streets. All of this was possible because of Sen. Feinstein and Congresswoman Waters.

I ask you to go to the polls and vote for Sen. Feinstein and Congresswoman Waters on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

During the aforementioned period of time, the mayor and council were able to build retail stores on both sides of Century Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard near Imperial Highway.  Inglewood had more retail than had ever been developed in the city. We also developed new stores on Market Street and throughout Inglewood.

In 2002, Congresswoman Waters had seven or eight other congress members come to the City of Inglewood. They were very surprised at the work we had done, including viewing the homes of residents with manicured lawns throughout the city. Thereafter, we developed the Renaissance, which contains 395 upscale single-family residential homes. It is a gated community and was completed in 2006.

The truth of the matter

Therefore, the truth of the matter is when James Butts became mayor of Inglewood, he received a very prosperous city with a high tax base and $110 million in bond funds that could be used for anything, along with more than $100 million in redevelopment funds. The City of Inglewood was more prosperous and better developed than it had ever been. It was also during this time that Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson told me, when I advised him of the type of stores that we were going to have in a development on Century Boulevard, that I was dreaming, and it would be impossible to have certain types of stores in a development with a predominantly Black and Brown population.

I asked him after this development was completed if he would he come to Inglewood to verify that I was telling the truth. He made this statement in 2004. When I returned to Washington D.C. in early 2006, I informed Secretary Jackson that we had completed the development that I described to him. He said he didn’t believe me, and that he was coming to see for himself.

On June 2, 2006, Secretary Jackson and the U.S. Treasurer came to Inglewood, and we set up a stage between Red Lobster and Chili’s restaurants where we held a community meeting where Secretary Jackson said that he did not believe I could achieve the impossible, but he said that he was looking at the very business retail stores that no other Black and Brown city in the U.S. had been able to develop.

Secretary Jackson presented the City of Inglewood a plaque, and I and the council received plaques as well. He then traveled throughout the city, shocked to see the beautiful homes and streets — especially The Renaissance, which had also been completed.

These developments would not have been possible had it not been for Sen. Feinstein, Sen. Boxer, and Congresswoman Waters. Sen. Boxer has retired, therefore, I encourage all of my friends in the State of California to vote for Sen. Feinstein, and all of my friends in the 43rd District to vote for Congresswoman Maxine Waters.









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