Week of July 11, 2024

BREAKING NEWS: Local Fire Departments Sent to Battle Lake Fire

Strike Team Deployment Culver City has deployed a second engine on the #LakeFire burning in Santa Barbara County.stations here in Culver City remained fully staffed as they have backfilled two reserve engines. Additional Firefighters from the Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica fire department made up the strike teams. Orange County Fire Authority and a Los Angeles County firefighting helicopter were also dispatched to the fire. The LAFD sent a strike team...

Trump Survives Assassination Attempt

Stephen Hadland, Culver City Observer Editor & Publisher

While speaking at a campaign event in Butler, Pennsylvania, shots rang out in an apparent assassination attempt on the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump. First reports are thar Trump was wounded and appeared bloodied from the attack. The Washington Post has reported that the shooter has been killed and one audience member is dead another person at the event is in serious condition. No reports on the location or condition of the former...

Culver City Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspects

On June 20, at 1:19 am, an armed robbery occurred on the 5600 block of Sepulveda Boulevard. Two suspects approached the victim while he visited an ATM machine and demanded money and the victim's cell phone. One of the suspects pointed a black semi-automatic rifle at the victim during the robbery. The Initial investigation indicates that the victim visited an ATM at 1:10 am on the 5600 block of Sepulveda Boulevard. He withdrew cash, and while walking back to his vehicle, two suspects ran up to...

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Culver City Teachers Endorse Lachman

Culver City Federation of Teachers, the union representing Culver City Unified educators, endorsed Andrew Lachman for Culver City Unified School District Board of Education. "As an incoming middle school parent who has an education, legal, and policy background with experience on CCUSD committees, we believe Andrew Lachman has the right combination to bring people together to focus on the best interests of the Culver City students, teachers, and staff," said CCFT Political Director Pamela...

Insurance Commissioner to Investigate State Farm's Proposed Rate Increases

State Farm has announced plans to raise rates for homeowners by 30%, condo owners by 36%, and renters by 52%, issuing an ultimatum to the state of California. The insurer has refused to sell new policies in the state in the summer of 2023. “This has the potential to affect millions of California consumers and the integrity of our residential property insurance market,” said Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. As the filings proceeded through regulatory channels, Lara emphasized the...

Supervisors Vote to Put Board Expansion on November Ballot

Stephen Hadland, Culver City Observer Editor & Publisher

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, in a 3-to-0 vote, approved Chair Lindsey Horvath and Supervisor Janice Hahn's motion to put forward a charter amendment on the November 2024 ballot – that, if passed by voters – will expand the Board to nine members and create a new countywide elected Executive Officer position. Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, who authored a 2023 motion with Chair Horvath for governance reform that passed with unanimous support, calling for an independent review of...

Culver CityBus Continues the Ride Free Program for CCUSD Students

Culver CityBus Continues the Ride Free Program for CCUSD Students Welcome aboard! Culver CityBus is continuing the pilot program – GoPass - for students in Culver City Unified schools to help students ride transit for free. The partnership with CCUSD offers students unlimited rides at no cost on Culver CityBus, Big Blue Bus Transit, LA Metro bus and rail, and LADOT Dash. Participant Transit agencies are added as the GoPass Program grows, visit Culvercitybus.com often for the latest...

Interactive Digital Kiosks Now Allowed in Culver City

The City is moving toward adding interactive digital wayfinding kiosks, but there are still many steps ahead before they become a reality in the Heart of Screenland. The City Council approved adoption of an ordinance that will allow these kiosks on public property on a 3 to 2 vote. Vice Mayor Dan O'Brien and Council Members Goran Eriksson and Albert Vera, Jr. voted in favor. Mayor Yasmine-Imani McMorrin and Council Member Freddy Puza abstained from the vote. The next step will be a request for...

CCPD Arrests 2 for Impaired Driving

Culver City police arrested two drivers on July 5 on suspicion of DUI, according to a Culver City Police Department press release. One driver was stopped for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, while the other was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving due to a combination of alcohol and drugs. Both drivers were booked without incident. The Culver City Police Department announced that it will continue to deploy additional officers to patrol for drivers suspected of being under...

Supreme Court Rules Local Governments Can Cite or Arrest People Living on Public Land

Stephen Hadland, Culver City Observer Editor & Publisher

L.A. Mayor Bass Slams Supreme Court's Ruling By Stephen Hadland Culver City Observer Editor & Publisher The Supreme Court has ruled that the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not prohibit cities from criminalizing sleeping outdoors. City of Grants Pass v. Johnson began when a small city in Oregon with just one homeless shelter began enforcing a local anti-camping law against people sleeping in public using a blanket or any other rudimentary protection against the elements – even...

Elisa Riborty from Culver City Graduates Summa Cum Laude

Elisa A. Ribordy, of Culver City, CA, received a B.A. degree in English and Latin American Studies Summa Cum Laude during the 2024 Commencement Ceremonies of Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Sunday, May 19. Ribordy studied in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is the child of Chad J. Ribordy and Angelica Mortel. Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn delivered the Commencement Address. She told the Class of 2024 that building connections can be some of the most important parts of people's lives. "My call...

Gascon Charges Man in Fatal Metro Train Stabbing

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has announced that a man has been charged with fatally stabbing a 67-year-old woman who was riding a Metro train on April 22 in the North Hollywood area. "This tragic and senseless act of violence on an innocent Metro passenger has shaken our community as thousands take the Metro daily as a form of transportation," District Attorney Gascón said. "Our hearts go out to the victim's family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time....

Culver City Police Explorers Shine at State Competition

The Culver City Police Department's Explorer post participated in the Central Valley Explorer Competition which is held each year in Northern California to test the skills. Take a peek at how our Explorers spent the weekend working towards victory! The Explorers and their advisors dedicated hours of training to prepare for the Central Valley Explorer competition, in Ripon, California. They spent the weekend at the competition battling for top finishes against 35 police departments from across...

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Anti-Camping Laws

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Anti-Camping Laws The U.S. Supreme Court upheld on Friday anti-camping laws used by cities to stop homeless people from sleeping in public parks and public streets. The ruling that gives local and state governments a freer hand in confronting homeless occupying public land to live on. The justices ruled in the city of Grants Pass, Oregon justices voted 6-3 to overturn a lower court's decision that found that enforcing the ordinances in the city of Grants Pass...

Metro to Establish its own Police Agency

Transition to Occur in Three Phases over Five Years The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors unanimously approved the establishment of the Metro Transit Community Public Safety Department (TCPSD) in its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 28, 2024. The objectives of the Metro TCPSD are increased visibility, accountability and consistent service delivery, which will result in a safer transit system for Metro employees and customers using a...

Three Los Angeles County Men, Including Third Striker, Charged with Special Circumstances Murder of 69-Year-old New Zealand Woman During Fashion Island Robbery

A third striker and two other Los Angeles County men have been charged with special circumstances murder for throwing a 68-year-old New Zealand woman into the street after robbing her at Newport Beach’s Fashion Island and then running her over with their getaway car, dragging the woman nearly 65 feet under their vehicle before leading police on a high-speed pursuit. The woman’s husband tried to stop the driver from running over his wife after he was thrown to the ground and had a gun...

Oliver Merlis of Culver City makes Dean's List at RIT

ROCOliver Merlis of Culver City was named to the Dean's List at Rochester Institute of Technology for the spring semester of the 2023-2024 academic year. Merlis is in the computer engineering program. Full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean's List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of "Incomplete", "D" or "F"; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours. Rochester Institute of Technology is...

Nomination Period for City Council Candidates Begins on July 18th

The City of Culver City's nomination period for City Council candidates will begin on Monday, July 18, 2022 at 7:30 AM. The deadline for filing nomination papers is Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 5:30 PM, pursuant to the State Elections Code. Culver City residents who are interested in running for City Council will need to contact the City Clerk's office to schedule appointments to receive and return nomination papers and to review the requirements and deadlines for becoming an official...

Contract Awarded for Intersection Safety Improvements Project

Safety improvements are slated to begin at 10 intersections in Culver City. The City Council awarded a construction contract to Elencor Belco Electrical Inc., for $463,407 for the Unsignalized Intersection Safety Improvements Project. The Unsignalized Safety Improvement Project proposes safety improvements at the 10 intersections listed below. The safety improvements include intersection lighting, installation/upgrade of stop signs and other warning and regulatory signs, and upgrade of...

Ocean Water Use Warning for Los Angeles County Beaches

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health cautions residents who are planning to visit the below Los Angeles County beaches to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters: BEACH AREA WARNINGS: · Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu 100 yards up and down the coast from the public restrooms. · Las Flores Creek at Las Flores State Beach The entire swim area. · Walnut Creek at Paradise Cove The entire swim area. · Solstice Creek at Dan Blocker County Beach The entire swim area....

City Council Proclaims July as "Parks Make Life Better!" Month

The City Council began its meeting on Monday proclaiming July 2024 as "Parks Make Life Better!" Month. Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) promotes physical, emotional, and mental health and wellness through open spaces and organized and self-directed fitness, play, and activity. PRCS creates memorable experiences through youth sports and enrichment activities, teen centers and programs, senior activity centers, adult fitness, and enrichment programs, free community events, and...

Expo Line Train Collides With Pickup Truck on Colorado and Lincoln; Driver Trapped Inside

Just before 1:30 this afternoon, Santa Monica Fire Engine 2 was en route to another unrelated call when they encountered an accident involving a pickup truck and a train at the intersection of Colorado Avenue and 11th Street. They reported that the driver was still inside and possibly trapped. Minutes after this report, first responders arrived on the scene and confirmed that the driver was still inside but did not need to be extricated from the vehicle. The driver was checked out by...

Judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's 'Rust' case after defense claims evidence was withheld

n a stunning turn of events, a New Mexico judge dismissed Alec Baldwin's "Rust" case Friday, on day three of his manslaughter trial. The judge granted the defense's motion to dismiss the case, in which they claimed live ammunition that came into the hands of local law enforcement related to the investigation into the deadly on-set shooting was "concealed" from them. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer said the state's discovery violation regarding the late disclosure of a supplemental report on the...

Sparks show promise despite losing most of their games

Eric Lambkins II, Sports Reporter

Los Angeles Sparks head coach Curt Miller reflected before one of the Sparks recent home games the game. "There's no simple way through it." The Sparks must work through their growing pains as a young team, even as some of their young pieces nurse injuries. In the Sparks have a clear vision and direction, but they struggle to close out games right now. They can and do compete with the WNBA's best for three and a half quarters but rarely four. When the pressure mounts in the fourth quarter, they...

Sparks are hoping to turn close games into victories

Amyn Bhai, Sports Reporter

While there are no moral victories in sports, the Los Angeles Sparks are several possessions away from having a respectable record instead of being 5-17 this season. It was evident once again in their last four games. Their Tuesday game against the Washington Mystics (5-17) at Crypto.com Arena on July 2, the Sparks went into the 4th quarter with a double-digit lead, only to find themselves down by two points when the final buzzer went off. That loss extended the Sparks losing streak to eight...

LA Clippers Sign Derrick Jones Jr.

The LA Clippers have signed forward Derrick Jones Jr., it was announced by President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank. "Derrick is an incredible athlete and a versatile defender who excels in transition and attacks the rim," said Frank. "As we experienced firsthand in the playoffs against Dallas, he can change a game with his length and activity. We are going to have a tenacious defense this season and DJJ will be a huge part of it." Jones Jr., 27, averaged a career-high 8.6 points, 3.3...

Dodgers To Host Alumni Weekend, August 9-11

Dodgers Alumni Weekend, a three-day celebration of many of the team's key players since the club moved west in 1958, will take place at Dodger Stadium from Friday, August 9 through Sunday, August 11, during the team's series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Dodgers will commemorate nearly 40 integral members of their franchise history, along with new recognitions for Hall of Famer and former Dodgers owner Walter F. O'Malley and outfielders Dusty Baker and Matt Kemp. On August 9, before the...

Dodgers Recall James Outman And Gus Varland

The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled outfielder James Outman and right-handed pitcher Gus Varland, optioned left-handed pitcher Nick Ramirez and placed outfielder Jason Heyward on the injured list with a left knee bone bruise. Outman, 27, returns for his second stint with the team after playing in 36 games for the Dodgers this season. In his first stint, he hit .148 with three homers and 10 RBI. He played in 38 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City, slashing .279/.393/.531 with nine homers and 21 RBI....

A Clippers Announce Summer League Roster

The LA Clippers have announced their roster for NBA 2K25 Summer League 2024 in Las Vegas, which takes place Friday, July 12, through Monday, July 22. Led by coach Dahntay Jones, the Summer League team will feature Clippers' draft choice Cam Christie (46th overall) along with returning Clippers Kobe Brown, Moussa Diabaté and Jordan Miller. The first Summer League media availability for the Clippers will be held at Honey Training Center on Sunday, July 7, at approximately 10:15 a.m. and will...

Centaurs Look To Stay Unbeaten This Summer On The Gridiron

Steve Finley, Sports Editor

Culver City high school's varsity football team with try to stay unbeaten this summer when they battle a group of talented schools in the Culver City Invitational Passing Tournament that starts this Saturday at 9 a.m. at Culver City high school. The Centaurs are 12-0 this summer after going 7-0 in the El Rancho Tournament and 5-0 at the Redondo Union Tournament on June 22. The Centaurs appear to have talent at every position according to head football coach Jahmal Wright. "I am excited," said...

LAKERS ANNOUNCE 2024 SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER AND SCHEDULE

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers have announced their roster for the upcoming California Classic in San Francisco held July 6-10 and NBA 2K25 Summer League 2024 in Las Vegas spanning July 12-22. South Bay Lakers Head Coach Dane Johnson will serve as the team's head coach for both summer events. The Lakers will tip off the California Classic with back-to-back games against the Sacramento Kings on July 6 at 1:30 p.m., followed by a matchup with the Golden State Warriors on July 7 at 3:30...

La Clippers Sign Nicolas Batum

LA CLIPPERS SIGN NICOLAS BATUM The LA Clippers have signed forward Nicolas Batum, it was announced by President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank. "It's hard to find a better connector with a higher IQ than Nico," said Frank. "We didn't want to lose him last year and we felt his absence. He plays the game the right way, which our fans appreciate, and so do we. We're thrilled to welcome back the battalion." Batum, 35, appeared in 60 games for the Philadelphia 76ers and Clippers last...

  • Mitchell Blasts Supreme Court on Homeless Arrests

    Holly Mitchell, Los Angeles Ciounty Supervisor, Second Sistrict

    Supervisor Holly Mitchell provided the following statement in regard to the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of City of Grants Pass v. Johnson: "This morning the Supreme Court ruling on Grants Pass unfortunately opens the door to penalize people who are unhoused. The ruling came on the same day that the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) reported a slight decrease in the number of people across the Los Angeles County. LA County is leading with what works – connection...

  • Ukulele Concert & Strum-along with Cali Rose & the CC Strummers

    Santa Monica Public Library invites you to experience the joy of making music with others at an uplifting ukulele concert, strum-along and sing-along on Saturday, July 20, 2024, from 2-3:15 p.m. The event is free and takes place in the Main Library's Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Cali Rose and The CC Strummers will perform a set of popular songs, from Broadway to the Beatles to the 12-bar blues. The audience can then join in strumming and singing tunes that are...

  • Gas Tax Increased to 59.6 Cents Per Gallon on July 1

    California's excise tax on gasoline will increase from 57.9 cents per gallon to 59.6 cents per gallon July 1, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration announced via a notice to retailers. The excise tax on diesel fuel will increase from 44.1 cents per gallon to 45.4 cents per gallon. The gas tax has more than doubled since June 2017, when it was 27.8 cents per gallon. In addition to the excise tax, California motorists pay a federal fuel tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, and state...

  • Summer Music Series Returns for the Summer

    The City of Culver City will host a free summer music series on Thursday evenings at Town Plaza at the Culver Steps. The family-friendly events will run every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. until August 29. Seating for the series is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are encouraged to bring small picnic blankets and low-back chairs to designated areas as space permits. The City invites visitors to explore the nearby restaurants in and around the Culver...

  • H5N1 Bird Flu, Current Situation

    • H5N1 bird flu is widespread in wild birds worldwide and is causing outbreaks in poultry and U.S. dairy cows with four recent human cases in U.S. dairy workers. • While the current public health risk is low, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is watching the situation carefully and working with states to monitor people with animal exposures. • CDC is using its flu surveillance systems to monitor for H5N1 activity in people. CDC and state and local health departments monitor people...

  • Researchers discover a new neural biomarker for OCD

    A recent study from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital has identified a specific neural activity pattern as a novel biomarker to accurately predict and monitor the clinical status of individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who have undergone deep brain stimulation (DBS), a rapidly emerging therapeutic approach for severe psychiatric disorders. The study, led by led by Drs. Sameer Sheth and Wayne Goodman along with co-lead authors, Drs. Nicole Provenza, Sandy...

  • John Riordan Dies at 96

    Longtime business owner and Culver City philanthropist has passed away. He was named citizen of the year in 2017. John was a generous contributor to numerous community organizations such as: Culver City Little League, El Marino Elementary Language School, Culver City High School Vanguard Program, Culver City Education Foundation, Culver City Firefighters, Los Angeles Police Explorer Scout Program, Culver-Palms YMCA, The Senior Coalition, Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Jeffrey Foundation,...

  • Don Ericson 1940-2024, Former Culver City Police Officer

    Don Ericsson was born on March 31, 1940 in Texas and passed peacefully on June 13, in Culver City. He is survived by his devoted partner, Darlene Larsen, son Dean and daughters in law Patti Ericsson (wife of Dean) and Shannon Burton Ericsson (widow of Daniel), brother Eric and sister Alesta. He is preceded in death by loving wife Carolyn Sue Ericsson and son, Daniel. At a young age Don journeyed with his mother and two siblings from Texas to California where he established his roots and embraced the community he lived in and served in Culver...

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