Culver City Observer -

City Manager's Update

 

August 4, 2016



• Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival - Enjoy an evening in Culver City for the 2016 Culver City Boulevard Music Summer Festival! Boulevard Music presents a total of six free concerts on Thursday evenings at 7 pm through August 11 in the palm-lined courtyard of Culver City's City Hall. Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley performed on July 7 (at right), and Peter Mawanga and the Amaravi Movement entertained the crowd on July 14 (below).

Become an entry level sponsor by purchasing one of the 100 premium reserved seats for sale at $10 each per show. Produced by Gary Mandell of Culver City’s Boulevard Music, Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival offers something for everyone. Bring family and friends to enjoy the high energy Latin/Salsa rhythms - great for dancing - from Orquesta Tabaco y Ron (July 21); Pop and Rock Classics done in the sounds of golden age 50’s songs by Big Daddy (July 28); Internationally renowned Irish vocalist and flutist Nuala Kennedy and her ensemble (Aug 4); and Soul/R&B - with spirit going straight to the heart - from Missy Andersen and her band (Aug 11).

Mayor Clarke and Council Member Eriksson Warm up the Crowd on July 7th

The public is encouraged to take a Culver CityBus to the venue, and bike racks are available. If you drive, parking is free for two hours in designated parking structures in downtown Culver City. Dozens of dining options are available within walking distance. Culver City’s downtown area is Southern California’s best-kept secret, featuring a wonderful mix of historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries, and unique restaurants opening onto tree-lined streets. Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival is sponsored by the City of Culver City and numerous businesses and individuals. For more information, please view the flyer, call Boulevard Music at 310-398-2583, or go to Boulevard Music’s website.

Fire Department

• Culver City Firefighters Read to Children at the Library – On July 12 Culver City Firefighters read stories to children and their parents at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library. Outside, the children were able to see Engine 1 up close and learn more about the Culver City Fire Department. Special thanks to the library and Culver City Friends of the Library for including our firefighters in their program. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit!

• L.A. County Department of Public Health: Invasive Meningococcal Disease Vaccination Recommendation - There has been a recent increase in cases of invasive meningococcal disease among men living in Southern California, most of whom are men who have sex with men (MSM). The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends meningococcal vaccine for groups who are at increased risk for the disease. Visit the Los Angeles County Public Health website for more information.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department

• Culver City After School Recreation Program – Registration for the Culver City After School Recreation Program (CCARP) for the 2016-2017 school year began on Saturday, July 9. CCARP serves Linwood Howe Elementary, El Rincon Elementary, Farragut Elementary, El Marino Elementary and Culver City Middle School students. Registration will continue until all spaces are filled. CCARP staff provides a fun, caring and structured program which features quiet time for homework, timed daily activity rotations, fresh healthy snacks, arts and crafts, community projects and special events. To register, please contact the registration office at 310-253-6650.

• CarFit at the Culver City Senior Center – The Culver City Senior Center and Social Services Division will host a CarFit event on Saturday, July 23 from 8:30 am to 12 pm at the Culver City Senior Center. CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. At a CarFit event, a team of trained technicians and/or health professionals work with each participant to ensure they “fit” their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety. A CarFit check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. The event is open to all drivers ages 55 and older, but appointments must be made for the event. Please call 310-253-6700 to make a reservation. The event is co-sponsored by the Association of American Retired Persons (AARP), American Automobile Association (AAA), American Occupational Therapy Associations (AOTO) and the Culver City Senior Citizens Association (CCSCA).

• Culver City Older American Recognition Award Recipient – For the past 50 years the month of May has been proclaimed Older Americans Month and honors our older residents’ volunteer work. The national theme this year was “Blaze a Trail,” reflecting how our older residents reinvest their resources in their communities through sharing their wisdom, talents and time with others. This year’s Culver City honoree is Thais Magrane, who is celebrating 20 years of active volunteer service at the Culver City Senior Center. She has contributed her energy and expertise to the Nutrition Program for more than six hours daily and has done so since 2003. She served on the Nutrition Advisory Council, helps at the reception desk, and has received two “Golden Apples” Nutrition Awards from Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services. On May 25 Thais was among those honored at the 51st Annual Older Americans Recognition Day Awards, conducted by the Los Angeles County Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services Department. Thais’ other Culver City community involvement includes volunteering with the Culver City Historical Society, Friends of the Library and St. Augustine Church. Thais continues to “blaze a trail” and plans on adding many more years volunteering in the Culver City community.

• Culver City Senior Citizens Association Receives Grant from Wells Fargo – In June Myrna Weber, president of the Culver City Senior Citizens Association, on behalf of the CCSCA Board of Directors, received a $1,000 check from the Wells Fargo Community Connections Grant Program. Wells Fargo’s Community Connections Giving Program is an annual program where each of its retail banking stores explored the needs of their local communities and selects a non-profit organization or school to receive the $1,000 grant.

In California, Wells Fargo makes grants in three primary areas: Community Development, Education and Human Services. The Culver City Senior Citizens Association understands the importance of partnering with corporate sponsors and local businesses in order to make a difference in Culver City. It is an honor to be able to work with Wells Fargo in making our community a better place and we thank them for their continued support of the Culver City Senior Citizens Association.

• Culver City Senior Center Zumba – The Senior Center continues to offer its popular Zumba classes every day of the week in a variety of forms, such as Zumba Gold, Zumba Chair and Zumba toning – all taught by licensed instructor Yvonne Beraldi. Zumba is a group exercise based on dancing to music from different cultures. Zumba exercise has over 14 million practitioners in over 150 countries and focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscle conditioning, flexibility and balance. Our new Zumba Toning class features resistance training with the use of bands while toning target areas such as arms, core and lower body. Zumba classes are open to Senior Citizens Association members and are offered for a fee of $3.

• Culver City Senior Center Affordable Living for the Aging Program – Affordable Living for the Aging staff is available at the Senior Center every Thursday afternoon by appointment. One-third of Los Angeles’ 1.2 million older adults are facing housing instability today and that number is expected to double in ten years. The ALA’s program is for seniors seeking affordable and shared housing and for adults of any age who have a room in their house and are seeking a housemate. For an appointment, call 213-261-3862.

• Veterans Memorial Complex Rental Operation – Upcoming events in Veterans Memorial Auditorium include dee-Lightful Production’s presentation of Shrek the Musical, Jr. on July 15 and 16; USA Dance (Los Angeles County Chapter) Red, White and Blue Dance on July 17th; and Jon Lindsay’s Muscle Contest on July 23.

• Culver City Historical Society - The Culver City Historical Society invites its members and the public to a special presentation highlighting the story of Culver City Flowers on Wednesday, July 20 at 7 pm. Earl and Virgie (Tinger) Eskridge’s family has a long history of flower shops in Culver City, dating back to 1934.

The Historical Society’s Vice President of Programs, Hope Parrish, will explore the history of a family woven into the fabric of this city, including the formation of Culver City Little League, Culver City Bank, and their connection to the Douglas Aircraft Company. All are welcome to enjoy this free program in the Multipurpose Room of Veterans Memorial Building. Enter through the Archives and Resource Center from the parking area in the rear of the building. More information is available on the Historical Society’s website.

• Fiesta La Ballona 2016 – Fiesta returns the weekend of August 26 to 28 and sponsorship opportunities are still available. More information on Fiesta Sponsorship is available by calling 310-253-6667 or sending an email to fiesta.laballona@culvercity.org.

• Summer Hours at The Plunge – The staff of the Culver City Plunge invite you and your family to join in for some fun and excitement during Recreation Swim, which takes place Monday to Sunday from 12:30 pm to 3: pm through Labor Day. Come beat the heat at The Plunge this summer!

• Fox Hills Park Pride Day – The Annual Fox Hills Park Pride Day takes place on Saturday, July 30 from 9:30 am to noon at – you guessed it – Fox Hills Park. This annual events is hosted by the Fox Hills Neighborhood Association. Participants will be planting Junipers and generally cleaning the park; gloves, tools and lunch will be provided. For more information, please visit the Fox Hills Neighborhood Association’s website.

Transportation Department

• Equipment Maintenance and Fleet Services Recognized as an Elite Fleet for 2016 – On June 21 at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference, the Culver City Equipment Maintenance and Fleet Services were honored as a 2016 Elite Fleet. The Elite Fleets are former No. 1 fleets that continue to perform at a high level of efficiency and have the same leadership. This award recognizes public sector fleet organizations for their leadership, efficiency, and vision for the future in the Government Fleet’s awards program. These fleets continually work on improvements at their own operations. This is not the first time the Culver City team has been honored. In 2010 the Equipment Maintenance & Fleet Services Division was named the #1 Best Green Fleet in North America, and in 2013, the Division was named as the Number 1 Best Fleet in North America - a very high achievement. In 2014, 2015 and now again in 2016, they are honored to be a Government Fleet, “Elite Fleet!” This year’s Elite Fleet honorees are working on fleet greening technologies, employee training, benchmarking projects, updating old or outdated infrastructure, and staying economically efficient. There are approximately 38,000 Public Fleets in North America. There are only a total of four Elite Fleets in North America. Culver City joins Boise, Idaho; Portland, Oregon; and Mesa, Arizona.

You can read information about the award which will be published in the August edition of Government Fleet.

• Hall of Fame Inductee! – Also at the Government Fleet Expo on June 21 Paul Condran, Fleet Services Manager, was inducted into the Public Fleet Hall of Fame, joining a group of fleet professionals who have made a significant impact to the industry. Specifically, Paul was recognized for showing leadership by continuing to enhance the Culver City benchmarking program to include more frequent analysis, productivity, and preventive maintenance compliance. He was also recognized for adding more measurements into the program to better ensure goal compliance. Measuring the results in each category allows the fleet to make “fluid” decisions on any changes necessary to meet expectations or improve goals. The 2016 Honorees are industry leaders and pioneers who have significantly contributed to the public fleet profession. The award is sponsored by the National Joint Powers Alliance. Inductees are chosen by a combination of industry professionals via an online ballot and Government Fleet staff. To be eligible, they must have at least 20 years of experience in the industry, 10 of which must have been spent working for a public fleet or a private company contracted to manage a public fleet.

 

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