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Starlett Quarles as she dialogued with City Council President Herb Wesson. Photo by Miles Jaye
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson was recently the first featured guest at “Conversations,” a weekly series of radio and conversation interviews, conducted by Starlett Quarles at The Savoy.
Herb Wesson is the first African American President of the Los Angeles City Council, and his background and his role in city government were some of the many topics discussed. He also discussed the challenge of involving young people in the political process.
Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad emceed the event which started off with welcoming remarks by Mayor James Butts of Inglewood. That was followed by Inglewood City Councilman Ralph Franklin and State Sen. Curren Price.
Of particular interest was Wesson’s engagement with residents from Leimert Park, as he now represents all of Leimert Park and there was keen interest in his agenda for the area.
Wesson indicated that it was his plan to solicit the input from community residents and business owners before he launched any major initiatives. A community meeting is being planned to begin that process.
“There is one commitment I have made,” said Wesson. “I am committed to a Leimert Park stop on the Crenshaw Light Rail Line. This is vital for future development of this area and we’ll need all of the community and political support we can get to make it happen.”
Starlett Quarles is host of “The Dialogue,” a nationally syndicated talk radio show for young urban professionals, which airs locally on Inglewood radio station 1460 KTYM-AM. She is also the President of “urban X marketing,” a niche marketing firm that specializes in branding, marketing and reaching generation X.
On hand for the lively discussion were over 150 area residents and community activists. In addition to those mentioned above, also present were Fabian Wesson, Charles Quarles, Cecil Rhambo and Jackie Dupont Walker. The host committee members contributing to the success of the event were Jonathan DeVeaux, (proprietor of the Savoy), Samad, the Honorable Candace Cooper, Paul Hudson, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Rhambo, Dr. Anthony Calloway, and Roland Wirt. Dinner was provided by Granny’s House of Soul Food.