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Community Unity Dinner Defended

August 29, 1985

This is a rebuttal to the letter from Ken Gossett, Inglewood, in your Aug. 25, 1985, issue concerning the Community Unity Dinner hosted by the city of Inglewood on Aug. 2.

The dinner was given by the mayor and the Inglewood City Council by invitation only. It was a dinner, according to the invitation, to honor residents, business persons, educators and employees "who have contributed to the progress and improvement of life in our city--a recognition and demonstration of community unity in Inglewood."

Yes, it was given in an expensive place (Pavilion of the Stars, Hollywood Park), we had a fancy meal, we were drinking wine, everyone had a splendid time and Mr. Gossett was not there. His complaints seem to be a case of sour grapes. At our table, there was another city commissioner, several Neighborhood Watch captains and some senior citizens, all people who in some way or another volunteer their time and services to the city of Inglewood without any pay, recognition or benefits. The 16 1985 Community Unity Honorees who were specially honored all fit into this category of dedicated people. (Besides, what better way to spend taxpayers' money than on taxpayers?)

For Mr. Ken Gossett to imply that the vote or support of these people, who have an interest in and genuine concern for the city of Inglewood, could be bought with a free meal is an insult and certainly would deserve an apology.

Mr. Gossett, what have you done for the city of Inglewood lately?

HERMANN FAE

Inglewood Parks and Recreation

Commissioner

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