Culver City Observer -

City Manager's Bi-Weekly Update

July 3, 2014


• Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival - The first of six free concerts will take place next Thursday, July 10th at 7:00 pm in the City Hall Courtyard. Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic will be performing. This Grammy nominated artist will bring a mix of traditional Creole Music and new, modern sounds.

On Thursday, July 17th, Jessica Fichot plus Los Pinguos will perform. Los Angeles based chanteuse, songwriter and accordionist Jessica Fichot is “a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that's truly international.”

Plus direct from their native Buenos Aires, “Los Pinguos (“The Penguins”) crosses boundaries, performing a mixture of Latin rhythms, salsa, flamenco, reggae, rumba, Argentine rock, and sambas with Spanish guitars, a Cuban Tres, Peruvian cajon (box-drum) and harmonizing vocals.”

The concert series is produced by Gary Mandell of Boulevard Music and co-sponsored by the City of Culver City. For reserved seating information and additional information, please call Boulevard Music at (310) 398-2583 or visit:

Community Development

• Building Safety Division – Revenues generated for Fiscal Year 2013-14 exceeded $4 Million, which include Technology surcharge fees generating over $200,000.

• Temple Israel of Hollywood – Plans have been submitted to reconstruct the 185 square foot mausoleum at 6001 Centinela Avenue.

• Westfield Culver City – Plans have been submitted for a tenant improvement for Charlotte Russe, a new 4,931 square foot store.

• Sony Pictures Entertainment – Plans have been submitted for a new 4-story warehouse/storage building (51,716 square feet) and an addition of 336,008 square feet to expand the existing parking structure. In addition, the new plans will include relocating the existing basketball court to the roof level at the northeast corner of the parking structure.

• Ristorante Morini – Plans have been submitted for a new 6,526 square foot restaurant at “The Platform”, located at 8810 Washington Boulevard.

• Former Fire Station No. 3 – On June 9, 2014, the City Council approved a Purchase and Sale Agreement with Thomas James Capital to sell the former Fire Station No. 3 located at 11304 Segrell Way in order to redevelop the site into three single family homes. Thomas James Capital submitted its construction documents for the homes to the City for plan check review. Once the building permits are issued, it will take three-four months to demolish the existing building and to construct the three single family houses.

• Parcel B – On June 21st, Netflix rented Parcel B and the adjacent closed-off roadway to promote its new season of “Orange is the New Black” by giving away free frozen yogurt and showing highlights from new episodes on a large screen monitor. The event was well attended.

• Ford’s Filling Station Closure – Ford’s Filling Station in downtown has closed and may be replaced by a farm-to-table American concept restaurant that utilizes ingredients devoted to California products.

• Culver Village Summer Block Party - Economic Development staff is working with the Culver Village Business District (on Sepulveda between Culver Boulevard and Franklin Avenue) regarding its upcoming Summer Block Party and Scavenger Hunt on August 2nd from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. The District is planning to feature live music, specials and discounts throughout the area.

• Summer Solstice Event – The Culver City Arts District’s first annual Summer Solstice on June 21st was a success! Economic Development staff worked with the Arts District to execute the event.

• NFL Network – Economic Development staff is working with the NFL Network at 10950 Washington Boulevard to provide up to 50 parking spaces in the Ince Parking Structure.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department

• Veterans Memorial Building and Rental Operations – Veterans Memorial Building Complex Rental Operation achieved its revenue goal for Fiscal Year 2013-14. New rental equipment has been ordered for VMB, including flat screen televisions, DVD/Blu-Ray players, a projector and screens for meeting rooms, portable public address systems, podiums, flag stands, stanchions, portable white boards, acoustic sound shells, and portable mirrors. Rental inquiries may be made by emailing or by calling (310) 253-6625.

• Veterans Memorial Building and Rental Operations Activity – Upcoming events in Veterans Memorial Auditorium include Battle of the Big Bands, a swing dance spectacular, on July 5th ( and dee-Lightful Productions performance of Hairspray Jr., July 9th – 12th (

• Culver City Performing Arts Grants – We Tell Stories will present free performances at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library at 2:00 p.m. from July 2nd to July 30th ( Culver City Public Theater will present free performances of The Quibbling Siblings and Twelfth Night, or What You Will in Carlson Park from July 12th – August 17th (

• The Culver City Historical Society – The Culver City Historical Society will have its annual picnic at Veterans Park located at 4117 Overland Avenue on Sunday, July 27th, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information on this event and how to obtain admission, please contact the Culver City Historical Society at (310) 253-6941 or

• Culver City Senior & Social Services Division – The Senior & Social Services Division will offer a seminar on Medi-Cal Changes and Updates on Monday, July 7th at 1:00 p.m. There are new healthcare opportunities for individuals who have Medi-Cal only or have both Medicare and Medi-Cal – sometimes known as Medi-Medis. Medi-Medis will have the opportunity to combine their Medicare and Medi-Cal under one Cal MediConnect plan. Individuals receiving Medi-Cal will also need to choose a Medi-Cal health plan. To hear more about the choices that are available and what you need to do to make a decision, come hear a presentation from representatives working on behalf of the California Department of Health Care Services. If you have already received a blue envelope in the mail, then come get your questions answered.

• Culver City Senior & Social Services Division – The Division is pleased to partner with AAA and AARP for our annual CarFit event on July 26th from 8:30 a.m. – Noon. Pre-registration is required for this event; please call (310) 253-6700 to register. CarFit is a program designed for drivers 55+ to give you a quick check of how well you and your vehicle work together. It is a 20-minute check-up to ensure you “fit” your car properly for maximum comfort and safety on the road. CarFit is NOT a driving test. This year’s event is for those new to CarFit. If you have had your car checked within the last three years, please refrain from signing up this year.

• Culver City Volunteer Opportunity – Fiesta La Ballona, Culver City’s Party in the Park, is just over a month away! We are looking for volunteers to help us put on this family-friendly community event! Please visit to sign up or contact Jill Thomsen at (310) 253-6722 or via email at We love groups from companies, houses of faith and community organizations looking to give back, as well as individuals and families. Service credit is given to students.

• Culver City Community Gardens – The Culver City Community Gardens received new signs in June. The new sign is pressure-treated wood with 100% acrylic lettering, designed to last a long time. Thanks to the Public Works staff for their large part in working with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services to help our garden look its best!

Police Department

• New Police Recruits Hired - The Police Department recently hired three new police recruits, Steven Locke, Augustine Delgado and Sean Watkins. The three recruits started the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Academy on June 16th. The recruits will spend the next 19 weeks in training.

• Tellefson/Tilden Neighborhood Association Meeting - On July 1st, Lieutenant Jason Sims attended the Association meeting and discussed recent crime trends and upcoming events such as National Night Out on August 5th.

Public Works

• Beginning Home Composting Workshop: Saturday, July 26 – The Public Works Environmental Programs and Operations Division is pleased to offer Beginning Home Composting on Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Veterans Memorial Complex, Garden Room. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

Did you know that an average family throws away about 200 pounds of organic kitchen waste (compostable food waste) every year? If we consider this with all the other green waste material such as leaves, grass clippings and other organic garden waste, that's a large portion of household waste that can be diverted from the landfill.

WORKSHOPS: The workshops provide hands on teaching on composting, worm composting, grass cycling, water-wise gardening, and fire-wise gardening. Demonstrations of various composting techniques are done using compost bins. No reservations are necessary for this workshop.

For more information visit our website or

• Expo Update: Traffic Impacts Due to Reconstruction of Venice Boulevard Median – As part of the construction of Phase 2 of the Expo Light Rail Line, work crews will begin the median reconstruction along Venice Boulevard. The work is being managed and performed by the Expo Phase 2 design-build contractor Skanska-Rados, Joint Venture (SRJV) and its subcontractors.

Where: Median along Venice Boulevard

(between Culver Boulevard and National Boulevard)

When: June 2014 through Mid-July 2014

Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m., Sunday – Thursday

Work Description:

The widening of Venice Boulevard will include the reconstruction of the center median, along with some street light work. Median reconstruction will entail saw cutting and removal of the existing asphalt and concrete median, followed by the construction of a new median to accommodate the future reconfiguration of traffic lanes on Westbound Venice Boulevard. Additional street improvements will follow the median reconstruction and will include sidewalk/roadway work, and installation of storm drains, catch basins, fire hydrants, traffic signals and street lighting. Supplemental notices will be issued as needed.

Traffic Impacts

• Due to the new K-Rail placement:

• Eastbound Venice Boulevard will be temporarily reduced to two lanes of traffic between Robertson Boulevard and National Boulevard during the median reconstruction period.

• The crosswalk on the west side of National Boulevard at Venice Boulevard will be temporarily closed during the median reconstruction. The crosswalk on the east side of the street will remain open.

• Additional lane closures may be implemented during nighttime hours for street light work.

• Traffic lanes will remain open to through traffic during daytime hours, with most work occurring in the median behind the concrete barriers.

• Directional signage and/or flaggers will be used to safely direct vehicles and pedestrians around the construction zone.

• Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.


• Parking restrictions will be strictly enforced at all times and signage with specific restrictions will be in place in all construction areas.

• Local access to businesses and residences will be maintained throughout all construction activities.

• Noise levels will be monitored to ensure work performed is within the necessary compliance levels.

• Please obey all posted construction signs and do not enter the construction work zone.

Contact Information

Hotline (213) 922-EXPO

Exposition Construction Authority (213) 243-5534

Skanska-Rados Joint Venture (310) 500-1485

(Construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature.)


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