Donald Sterling visits South LA church + Bernard Parks defends Magic Johnson

Donald Sterling at a South LA church | NBC screenshot

Donald Sterling at a South LA church | NBC screenshot

NBC Los Angeles: Shunned Clippers-owner Donald Sterling made an appearance last weekend at a South L.A. church with a predominantly Black population, telling NBC, “I’m here to support this wonderful group.”

LA Times: South L.A. councilman Bernard Parks praises Magic Johnson’s investments in the neighborhood in wake of Donald Sterlings harsh words against the basketball legend.

See also on Intersections: Bernard Parks reflects on 50 years of public service

Streetsblog LA: Why is South L.A.’s Harvard Park often “awfully empty?” Sahra Sulaiman says the lack of sidewalks around the park prevents accessibility.

Streetsblog LA: Check out the new bike lanes on Grand Ave. south of Downtown.

Los Angeles officials condemn Donald Sterling comments

BAsketball veteran Steve Nash

Clippers owner Donald Sterling was punished by the NBA for racist comments made against blacks, and L.A.’s leading politicians spoke out yesterday in response.

Mayor Eric Garcetti supported NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s decision to ban Sterling from the league for life, among other penalites.

“None of us as Americans  and certainly not as Angelenos will stand for this sort of racism that we heard articulated,” said Garcetti. “This city is open for business, it’s ready for greatness, and that is reflected behind me.” [Read more…]

Bernard Parks talks Donald Sterling ban

Bernard Parks

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced yesterday that Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned from the league for life, will have to pay a $2.5 million dollar fine and will have no association with the Clippers organization.

Among many other city officials, Councilmember Bernard C. Parks has been vocal about making sure the city condemns Sterling’s racist comments.

Annenberg Radio News spoke with Councilmember Parks about his reaction to the decision and what this all means for the city of Los Angeles: