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    Good Character, Telling the Truth Must be Meaningless. President Barack Obama is giving Praise to Danny Bakewell, Sr. and the LA Sentinel "Yellow Journal" Newspaper. Typically an inept Black community make heroes of this scum and keep them in business!

    Unfortunately, unless Caucasians go after these Charlatan Snake Oil Black sellouts for stealing from Caucasians, no one is held accountable.

    If left up to the Black community to hold these pseudo leaders accountable nothing is done to punish the many treasonous individuals from within the Black community who have done more harm to Blacks than the "vestibule of slavery".

    Furthermore, instead of being held accountable, typically an inept Black community make heroes of this scum, keep them in business, re-elect them, etc., etc.!


    YouTube: "President Barack Obama thanks Danny J. Bakewell, Sr." by LA Sentinel Newspaper Feb 16, 2012



    The LA Sentinel is a "Yellow Journal"



    CNN i-Report: "Send the LA County DA Fraud Division After Danny Bakewell, Sr. et al. Typically, Black leaders have been Serving Themselves and not the Black Community!" by TheTruth53


    YouTube: "Compton: Corruption, Incompetence, or Just Business As Usual?" by KCETSoCalConnected, Mar 27, 2013




    Selected Excerpt: "Erickson: Danny Bakewell wasn't available for comment, but his attorney ( Ricky Ivie), the man who wrote this agreement, says Bakewell hasn't paid back the $3.5 million because the City of Compton hasn't completed the paperwork to close the deal. He says he hasn't even heard from Compton."


    First AME Church is at a crossroads The South L.A. church, heavily in debt, is struggling to regain its footing in the community. It has sued a former pastor, the Rev. John J. Hunter, in a battle for control." by Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times, 12-5-2012

    Selected Excerpt:

    "There was a vision to separate the corporations and church before I became pastor," he said. "Nothing illegal or wrong is done here. Everything is proper."

    Rickey Ivie, an attorney for the nonprofit corporations and board, called the lawsuit "unprofessional, unnecessary and exceedingly premature" and said he expected them to be "completely vindicated of any claim of impropriety."

    In every jurisdiction to where US born descendants of slavery live a mountain of evidence exists to prove that "the Black Leaders/Lawyers/Elected Officials/Poverty Pimps/Preachers" are betraying and have intentionally undermined the "Black Underclass" and the Black community.



    Unfortunately, Furthermore, instead of being held accountable, typically an inept Black community make heroes of this scum, keep them in business, etc., etc.!

    "Compton: Corruption, Incompetence, or Just Business As Usual?" by Laurel Erickson, March 27, 2013


    Laurel Erickson: No one says the folks in Compton live on Easy Street. It's one of the poorest places in L.A. County. They've even talked about bankruptcy. But it may also be a place for easy money.

    Lucrative contracts, unpaid loans, money for meetings that last just minutes. It's all part of our three-month investigation into Compton City Hall.....

    ....Erickson: But what really puzzled us was this small note in a hundred-page financial document. It appears to say developer Danny Bakewell owed Compton $3.1 million, but that debt was forgiven and the city expected to receive just $327,000. What happened? It was all part of a "Mutual Release of Claims and Settlement Agreement" between Compton and Bakewell.

    Bakewell is prominent in the African-American civil rights community, and over the years, he's also received millions of dollars in contracts and loans from Compton for redevelopment projects. He is also a major contributor to Compton city council members, having given thousands of dollars to their campaigns. As for that agreement dealing with Bakewell's debts, we tried for two months to get it.

    Erickson [on the phone]: Can you tell me what the name of the document is that I would look for? The city clerk says somebody else has it, and you say the city clerk has it. I'm just trying to understand, did he pay back that loan? But where do I get these documents? That's the whole thing, it's so hard.

    Stern: This contract was for $3 million. So this something that should be at the top of the radar for everybody. The contract should be available. People just understand what's going on here.

    Erickson [on the phone]: Wait a second. This is getting confusing.

    At one point we were told by a city employee the contract was lost.

    Stern: Maybe they can't find the records, but somebody was involved with it. The city attorney, the city treasurer, city council -- somebody should be able to tell you what this was all about.

    Erickson: We tried last week at City Hall.

    Erickson [to Jones]: But I'm trying to find out if this loan was forgiven or not.

    Jones: I could not tell you the details of the loan.

    Erickson [to Perrodin]: We've been trying to get somebody to explain this to us. Can you explain it?

    Perrodin: I would have to refer you to the city attorney.

    Erickson: We also tried the head of the redevelopment agency Dr. Kofi Boakye. It was his agency that agreed to the plan.

    Boakye: Why don't you read what is there and then draw a conclusion from it, because if it's there, you should be able to read it.

    Erickson: Next, the city clerk, Alita Godwin.

    Erickson: What is going on with Compton? I don't understand it.

    Godwin: Well, as it relates to this, this is not in my field as the clerk. So anything that relates to this you'd probably have to get an answer from the city manager.

    Duffey: Well, this is a pretty big deal.

    Erickson: And we did. Harold Duffey is city manager. And after our appearance at City Hall, he provided the document.

    This is the settlement agreement from 2006. In it, Compton says Bakewell's company owed the city money, citing outstanding balances on the "initial purchase price" of a land deal and on a separate "development loan." It also says Bakewell used the development loan money to pay back real estate taxes and renovations.

    Erickson: The city made concessions. It agreed to wipe away liens and clean the titles on Bakewell's properties. It also agreed to environmental cleanup demands. And in exchange, Bakewell agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle his debts over 35 years.

    City Manager Harold Duffey said he didn't even know about the deal until we brought it up. He told us Bakewell hasn't made any payments on the $3.5 million debt since it was done seven years ago.

    Erickson: Danny Bakewell wasn't available for comment, but his attorney, the man who wrote this agreement, says Bakewell hasn't paid back the $3.5 million because the City of Compton hasn't completed the paperwork to close the deal. He says he hasn't even heard from Compton.

    Stern: The overall question is, "Who's watching, who is paying attention to what is going on here?" With newspapers being cut back and TV stations not that interested, the officials think they can get away with this.

    Erickson: Well maybe. Bur there's an election in Compton in two weeks, with several seats up for grabs. Three-term mayor Eric Perrodin hopes he'll get reelected based on his motto of the city, "Birthing a New Compton." But that slogan may be falling flat, at least for this resident.

    Unidentified man: If this was the new birth that they was talking about, oh man! We need an abortion right now!
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