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Sentinel Endorses Danny Tabor of Inglewood
By Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor)
Published January 6, 2011

Mayor Daniel K. “Danny” Tabor of Inglewood

As the mayor of Inglewood and a former city councilman, Tabor has been working on behalf of the residents of Inglewood for decades, and he will continue to do so for another four years as mayor.

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Yussuf J. Simmonds
Sentinel Managing Editor

Since Mayor Daniel K. Tabor has been at the helm, the city of Inglewood has already reduced its structural deficit by more than $5 million dollars and he has received the overwhelming support of every city union in order to achieve this goal. Furthermore, Mayor Tabor has convened all sectors of the community to address the recent rash of killings and escalated youth violence in the city, as part of his plan to make Inglewood one of the safest cities in the state.

Affectionately referred to as by his supporters and many residents as “Homegrown and as one of us,” Mayor Tabor’s relations with his city run deep and go way back. After graduating from Morningside High School, he became a program manager at the county’s Community Development Commission. Then at 27 years old, he was elected the youngest city councilman. Mayor Tabor also represented Inglewood as Southern California’s liaison to U.S. Commerce Secretary, the late Ron Brown and fought for the city when he served as senior community organizer for the L.A. Alliance for a New Economy.

In his mayoral campaign material, Mayor Tabor specifically stated, “I want Inglewood residents to have a say in determining Inglewood’s future. As your mayor, we will work together to create jobs, improve our schools, reduce traffic gridlock, build new housing and improve the overall quality of life throughout the city.”

It is no wonder that Mayor Tabor has received the endorsement of a broad cross section of elected, community, business, labor and education leaders including L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Senator Curren Price, Assemblyman Steve Bradford, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former Lt. Governor Mervyn Dymally, former Congresswoman Diane Watson and Inglewood Councilman Eloy Morales, Jr.

Some of them have expressed their trust in Mayor Tabor’s leadership via their statements. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas: “I have been working with Danny Tabor and community residents to create a vibrant rail transit hub at La Brea and Florence in downtown Inglewood.”

To buttress the supervisor’s statement, Mayor Tabor is working with Metro to build two light rail stations in Inglewood that will usher in new opportunities for revitalizing Inglewood’s downtown Market Street business district.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: “Danny Tabor has been fighting for the people of Inglewood for more than 25 years. He is a coalition builder and a problem solver who is ready to hit the ground running. He has my full support.”

Furthermore, Mayor Tabor has worked closely with Mayor Villaraigosa and hotel workers’ unions to demand better pay, benefits and working conditions for as many as 5,000 Inglewood and Lennox residents working for LAX area hotels chains.

In the 14-weeks he has been mayor, Tabor has made the tough decisions needed to address the city’s financial crisis: he has cut the city’s runaway spending by making City Hall live within its means; he is fighting to balance Inglewood’s budget while preserving essential city services including public safety, road repair, reconstruction and programs for senior citizens. And Mayor Tabor has been working closely with the city employee unions to save jobs and limit layoffs.

Mayor Tabor has backed recommendations by Police Chief Jacqueline Seabooks to reinstitute the Citizens Police Academy to educate, inform and empower residents to keep the Inglewood neighborhoods safe and secure. He ended the city’s political gridlock to get construction of the neighborhood Senior Citizen Community Service Center back on track.

Residents in the Inglewood community have emphasized: “We know Danny Tabor will always be one of us! That’s why we elected him to be our mayor on August 31, 2010 and that is also why we are urging Inglewood to VOTE FOR HOMEGROWN LEADERSHIP AND RE-ELECT MAYOR DANIEL K. TABOR ON TUESDAY JANUARY 11!

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