L.A. City Council expected to approve naming intersection for pastor
Crenshaw and Jefferson boulevards
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A proposal to name the intersection of Jefferson and Crenshaw boulevards in Jefferson Park for Bishop Charles E. Blake, the pastor of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, is expected to be approved today.
The more than 24,000-member church is adjacent to the intersection.
Blake has also been presiding bishop of the General Assembly of the 6.5 million-member Church of God in Christ since 2007.
Councilman Herb Wesson, who introduced the motion, said Blake’s “whole life is dedicated to loving others more than himself.”
Blake is chief executive officer of Save Africa’s Children, described by Wesson as having assisted more than 300 grassroots and faith-based projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, reaching more than 90,000 AIDS-affected children. It also supports more than 100,000 children in 340 orphan care programs in Africa.
Blake was also the founding chairman of the Board of Directors of the C.H. Mason Theological Seminary and served as an executive committee member on the Board of Directors of the Interdenominational Theological Seminary.
Blake was appointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama to serve on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — A man was found shot to death today in a vehicle in Inglewood, the apparent victim of homicide, authorities said.
The 35 year old man was pronounced dead at about 12:30 a.m. in the 600 block of West Hardin Drive, according to Coroner’s Chief Craig Harvey.
Authorities withheld the name of the dead man, pending notification ofhis relatives. The circumstances of the shooting were under investigation.
South Los Angeles resident Evans Davidson has to make arrangements to bury his wife for a second time after the Simpson Family Mortuary in Inglewood inadvertently switched her body with someone else’s.
Davidson says he repeatedly told officials that the woman in the casket didn’t look like his wife, Darlene Davidson, but they claimed it was a result of embalming.
A few days after the funeral, Davidson got a call from the mortuary asking him to come identify a body.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A man in his early 20s suffered life-threatening wounds to his upper back this morning in a shooting in the Leimert Park, police said.
The shooting in the 3800 block of Third Avenue, near 39th Street, was reported around 12:20 a.m., said Lt. H. Fanfassian, watch commander of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Southwest Station.
The victim, who was hospitalized “in extremely serious condition,” did not provide police details of the shooting or a suspect description, Fanfassian said.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Authorities today identified a man who was fatally shot by Inglewood police after he allegedly smashed the windows of eight squad cars with a sword in a police station parking lot.
The shooting occurred Saturday night, after the man damaged the vehicles using a sword that was thicker and heavier than a machete, police said. The dead man was identified as Charles Curl, 46, of Los Angeles, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said.
The Crenshaw Subway Coalition is gearing up for a possible showdown over additional funding for the Crenshaw-to-LAX light rail line, including a Leimert Park Village Station, but may have to await a May 23 decision by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board on just how bruising—or necessary—a showdown will be.