On September 16, 2003, Ralph L. Franklin was elected to the Inglewood City
Council to represent the 4th Councilmanic District. His charismatic character and
outstanding leadership resulted in his being elected to a second term of office on
April 3,2007 and he now serves in his third term of office as of April 5, 2011.
Immediately prior to his election as Council Member, he served as the City of
Inglewood's Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission for twelve years.
For over three decades, Councilman Franklin has demonstrated his civic
commitment as Past Board Member of the State Employment Panel
Commission; Chair for the Census 2010 Inglewood Complete Count Committee;
Immediate Past President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU)
Southern California Chapter; Immediate Past President of the NAACP
Inglewood/South Bay Branch and Immediate Past Chair of the South Bay Cities
Council of Governments. He continues to demonstrate civic commitment through
his service as Chair of the Metro South Bay Service Council; Treasurer and
Board Member with the Joint Powers Authority (JPA); Member of the Asian
Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO for more than a decade and
Representative and Board Member of the Independent Cities Association (ICA).
He is a Lifetime member of the New Frontier Democratic Club, a Diamond Life
Member of the NAACP and has displayed his spiritual commitment as a faithful
member of Crenshaw Christian Center for more than 40 years.
Councilman Franklin was instrumental in bringing new business development
projects to District 4 including the very successful Village at Century Shopping
Center located on Century Boulevard. The Village at Century celebrated its
grand opening in May 2006, and is a wonderful example of community
revitalization boasting national name brand retailers and restaurants including
Ross, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Children's Place, Michael'S Crafts, Office Depot,
Chili's Restaurant, Red Lobster Restaurant, and many other exciting stores.
The Imperial/Crenshaw Shopping Center is home to Burlington Coat Factory and
celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony in September 2008. It
has been a tremendous addition to the city along with other name brand retailers
including CVS Drug which opened during the summer of 2009, followed by the
opening of Louisiana Fried Chicken and T-Mobile.
Both of these developments have reinvigorated our community by removing
blight, providing jobs, and a very satisfying shopping experience for residents
who now have a choice to patronize a wide array of name brand and specialty
stores and food establishments.
The newest of a multi-year development wave in the City is the 238-acre parcel
of the Hollywood Park Tomorrow project. This enormous project will house over
620,000 square feet of retail, nearly 3,000 market rate homes, and 4-acres of
civic use development in District 4. It will also provide an array of stores, homes,
and prevailing wage jobs to the Inglewood community.
Councilman Franklin hosts quarterly Town Hall Meetings to keep District 4
residents up-to-date on various city issues, programs, events, and activities
happening in the City of Inglewood while focusing on topics of interest to the
District 4 constituency.
Each year Councilman Franklin spends several months preparing for various
District 4 Community activities such as the Community Clean-Up Day, which
recruits numerous community volunteers to help beautify neighborhoods and the
American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Inglewood which raises desperately
needed funds to help fund and find a cure for cancer. During the holiday season,
Councilman Franklin hosts the Annual "Miracle on Manchester" Thanksgiving
Giveaway, which provides Thanksgiving food baskets to needy Inglewood
residents and their families and the Annual District 4 Christmas Toy & Food Drive
Celebration which solicits local businesses, organizations, and residents to
donate toys, food and gift cards to assist needy families with children who attend
District 4 elementary schools in addition to other needy Inglewood residents and
Councilman Franklin is active with the Boy Scouts of America where he has
served in many leadership positions including Cub Master, Scout Master, District
Commissioner, Wood Badge Staff, and District Silver Beaver Chairman. He has
been awarded Cub Master of the Year, Scout Master of the Year, and the Silver
Beaver Award for his outstanding leadership and volunteer efforts in preparing
boys to become quality young men.
Councilman Franklin is an avid reader and goes to the District 4 elementary
schools with the Read-a-Loud Program. He also participates in the Annual
Career Day and Job Shadow Day programs made available through the
Inglewood Unified School District and the Inglewood/Airport Area Chamber of
Commerce. He has adopted many schools in District 4 and has provided
personal financial assistance along with his time and energy to assist in obtaining
much needed items and services for the various campuses including the School
Campus Beautification Program at Monroe Middle School, along with the Century
Park and Bennett-Kew Elementary Schools.
Councilman Franklin earned his Associate of Arts Degree in Business
Management from Los Angeles City College, his Bachelor of Science in Business
Management, with a Minor in Public Relations, from Woodbury University, and he
has received a Special Certificate for the 2-year Food Marketing Management
Program from the University of Southern California. Councilman Franklin and his
wife, Juanita, have been residents of District 4 for over 35 years and have three
adult children -- Felicia, Gabriella, and Ralph 1/ -- and one granddaughter,