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On September 16, 2003, Ralph L. Franklin was first elected to the Inglewood City Council to represent the 4th Councilmanic District. His charismatic character and outstanding leadership resulted in him being re-elected, again, to a second, third and now his fourth and current term of office which began in April 2015.
Prior to his election as a City Council Member, he served as the Chairman of the City of Inglewood’s Parks and Recreation Commission for twelve (12) years.
For more three (3) decades, Councilman Franklin has demonstrated his civic commitment as a 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 the Immediate Past Chair and current City Delegate to the South Bay Cities Council of Governments. He continues to demonstrate his civic commitment through his service as Chair of the Metro South Bay Service Council; Treasurer and Board Member with the California Cities for Self-Reliance Joint Powers Authority (JPA); Treasurer and Board Member of the Independent Cities Association (ICA) and Member of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO. He is also 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 the 4th District including the very successful Village at Century Shopping Center. 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, this Center hosts Ross, Marshalls, Children’s Place, Michael’s Crafts, Chili’s Restaurant, Red Lobster Restaurant, and will soon welcome several new tenants at the Center including The Gap and Old Navy.
The Imperial/Crenshaw Shopping Center is home to the Burlington Coat Factory which celebrated its grand opening in September 2008. It has been a tremendous addition to the city along with other name brand retailers including CVS Drug, T-Mobile and Louisiana Fried Chicken.
Both of these developments have reinvigorated the community by removing blight, providing local jobs to Inglewood residents while providing a very satisfying shopping experience for residents who now have a choice to patronize a wide array of name brand specialty stores and food establishments.
In December 2013, the Hollywood Park Race Track hosted its final race in preparation for the most anticipated multi-year development in the City. The groundbreaking for the 238-acre parcel of the Hollywood Park Life (formerly Hollywood Park Tomorrow) project took place in February 2014 and this enormous project will contain over 620,000 square feet of retail, nearly 2,500 market rate homes, town homes and condominiums along with 4-acres of civic use development with prevailing wage jobs provided to qualified Inglewood residents. In February 2015, the Inglewood City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the Hollywood Park Project to include the building of a NFL Stadium and Performing Arts Theater.
Councilman Franklin hosts quarterly Town Hall Meetings to keep District 4 residents up-to-date on a variety of issues, programs, events, and activities taking place within the City of Inglewood while also focusing on topics of specific interest to the District 4 constituency.
During the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, Councilman Franklin spends several months preparing to assist needy families in the City of Inglewood. For Thanksgiving, the Inglewood City Council hosts an Annual Thanksgiving Giveaway at the Forum. Each year, Inglewood community non-profit, for profit and civic organizations provide generous supplies of Thanksgiving food items to needy Inglewood residents and their families. For the Christmas season, Councilman Franklin hosts his Annual District 4 Christmas Toy & Food Drive Celebration in partnership with local businesses, non-profit and for-profit organizations, Inglewood residents and other individuals, to provide toys, staple food items and retail and/or grocery gift cards to needy families that have a child that attends a public elementary school in the 4th District. We will host our 11th annual holiday event in 2015.
Councilman Franklin continues to be 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 and currently serves as the Finance Chair for the NorthStar District of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. His outstanding leadership and volunteer efforts have been acknowledged with awards for Cub Master of the Year, Scout Master of the Year, and the Silver Beaver Award for helping to equip boys to become quality young men.
In 2014, Councilman Franklin became a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, an organization with a 141-year history of charitable works and service through benevolent programs to aid persons in need in the communities in which they live and work.
Councilman Franklin is an avid reader and visits the District 4 elementary schools with the Read-a-Loud Program. He also participates in the Annual Career Day programs made available through the Inglewood Unified School District.
In 2014, through a generous donation from Republic Services and in partnership with Home Depot, Councilman Franklin assisted the five (5) Inglewood schools in the 4th District with Campus Beautification Projects. Each project consisted of the selection of plants, garden accessories and supplies by each school’s principal along with Councilman Franklin and Home Depot staff. The selected items were purchased and delivered to the school campuses by Republic Services. The campus landscapes were transformed through the hard work and labor of love by school staff members, students, parents, volunteers and Councilman Franklin. Five campuses were transformed over the course of several weekends along with several after school days and are great examples of what can be accomplished when people work together.
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 the 4th District for more than 40 years and have three adult children -- Felicia, Gabriella, and Ralph II -- and three grandchildren - Mariah, Ethan and `Abri.