Week of June 13, 2024

City Council Appoints Members of Commissions, Boards, Committees

The City Council made dozens of appointments across 12 Commissions, Boards, and Committees. In total, 105 applications were received. At the beginning of June, the City Council held a Special Meeting to conduct interviews of all CBC applicants. The following people were appointed: • Civil Service Commission – Chi Ming Gong • Cultural Affairs Commission – Damon Willick • Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commission – Marci Baun • Planning Commission – Jackson Brissette...

CCPD Mental Health Evaluation Team Recues Homeless Woman

Culver City Police Mental Evaluation Team worked with the VA and LASD Mental Evaluation Teams in our City. The Culver City Mobile Crisis Team was able to direct them to an unhoused woman who had been offered services on a bus bench on Overland Avenue a few weeks ago. Fortunately, when the team reached out to the woman on Overland Avenue again today, she was receptive to services and is currently on her way with VA staff to receive resources. This is an example of multiple city departments...

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Genicoff Named to Spring 2024 Dean's List at Hofstra University

Aaron Genicoff of Culver City excelled during the spring 2024 semester at Hofstra, achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 to earn a spot on the Dean's List. Aaron's major is Writing for the Screen. Hofstra University's primary mission is to provide a quality education to its students in an environment that encourages, nurtures, and supports learning. At Hofstra, new ideas take shape through collaboration, engagement, and interaction. Hofstra students create their success with small classes and...

Sony Pictures acquires movie-dining company Alamo Drafthouse

Company Town Sony Pictures acquires movie-dining company Alamo Drafthouse Michael Kustermann will remain Alamo CEO and head the company’s new experiences Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and is creating a new experiences division of the motion-picture company, the company announced Wednesday. Culver City, Calif.-based Sony Pictures, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corp., said Michael Kustermann will remain as CEO of the Austin, Texas-based Alamo...

Laguna Niguel Man Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Shoot Down Orange County Sheriff's Department Helicopter

An Orange County man was arrested on a federal grand jury indictment alleging he repeatedly fired a rifle at an Orange County Sheriff's Department helicopter after his birthday party acrimoniously ended earlier this year. Justin Derek Jennings, 39, of Laguna Niguel, is charged with one count of attempting to damage, destroy, or disable an aircraft. Jennings was arraigned this afternoon in United States District Court in Santa Ana and pleaded not guilty to the charge against him. A federal...

Ocean Water Use Warning for Los Angeles County Beaches

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: · Santa Monica Canyon Creek at Will Rogers State beach. Near Will Rogers Tower 18. 100 yards up and down the coast from the creek. · Inner Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro The entire swim area. · Marie Canyon Storm Drain at Puerco...

CCPD Goes High Tech to End High Speed Pursuits

The City Council approved the Culver City Police Department's request for pursuit mitigation technology from Staircase to prevent vehicle chases. In 2023, CCPD saw 55 pursuits, a 40% increase from the previous year. Forty of those were canceled, either based on the severity of the alleged crime or the dangerous driving patterns of the suspect. The StarChase system allows an officer to remotely affix a GPS tracking device to a pursued (or about to be pursued) vehicle using an air pressure system...

Tax Delinquency Notice in Mail

NEWS Treasurer and Tax Collector Elizabeth Buenrostro Ginsberg 437 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 May 30, 2024 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector Mails Notices of Delinquent Current Year Payment(s) Due Si desea obtener información adicional sobre este aviso o si necesita la información traducida en español, por favor llame al 1(213) 974-2111 entre las 8:00 a.m. y 5:00 p.m. Tiempo Pacífico, de lunes a...

Naomi Ash Named to Dean's List Honors for Spring 2024 Semester

Naomi Ash of Culver City, CA, 90230 earned Dean's List honors from Emerson College for the Spring 2024 Semester. The requirement to make Dean's List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher for that semester. Ash is majoring in Media Arts Production and is a member of the Class of...

City Council Candidates Forum at Elks Lodge

The Culver City Elks Lodge #1917 is having a forum for Culver City Council candidates where the public can learn about the candidates running for City Council. The forum will be held on Wednesday, June 26, from06:00 PM to 09:00 PM. This in-person forum is a great opportunity to hear directly from the candidates and ask them questions about their platforms. Don't miss out on this chance to be an informed voter and make your voice heard in our community. Culver City Council Community Candidate...

Culver City Police Capture Murder Suspect after Brief Chase

Sunday afternoon, June 5, an automated license plate reader camera (ALPR) systems alerted Culver City Police to a vehicle wanted by another law enforcement agency in connection with a homicide. When officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the driver fled. After a brief vehicle pursuit, the suspect bailed out of the car near the 5900 block of Green Valley Circle. After a short foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect arrested by Culver City Police is believed to be the...

NBA icon and Hall of Famer Jerry West passes away at 86

He was the first significant player in Los Angeles basketball history whose all-around skills took him to the Hall of Fame and then whose success in basketball management made him the measurement for general managers. Jerry West was known by an honorable title that underlined his legend, both on the court and in the front office: Mr. Clutch. And so, the NBA is now missing a major contributor who helped shape the league. West died Wednesday at age 86. “I valued my friendship with Jerry and...

Irvine Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Firebombing Planned Parenthood Clinic

.An Orange County man was sentenced today to 72 months in federal prison for firebombing a Planned Parenthood clinic in Costa Mesa in March 2022 and planning to attack an electrical substation in Orange. Tibet Ergul, 22, of Irvine, was sentenced by United States District Judge Cormac J. Carney, who also ordered him to pay $1,000 in restitution. Ergul pleaded guilty on February 29 to one felony count of conspiracy to damage an energy facility and one misdemeanor count of intentional damage to a...

More Than 182,000 Signatures Submitted For La County Fire And Safety Ballot Measure

More Than 182,000 Signatures Submitted For La County Fire And Safety Ballot Measure Backed by the Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014, the measure will provide critically necessary funding for wildfire response, 911 call center upgrades, paramedics, firefighting engines and aircraft LOS ANGELES, CA — Today, Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014, the union representing over 3,400 firefighters and paramedics from the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), submitted...

City Council Approves $382.2M Budget for Fiscal Year 2024-25

On Monday, the City Council approved the City of Culver City's annual budget for $382.2 million for Fiscal Year 2024-2025, which begins July 1st. The City's budget anticipates $330.9 million in revenue. The City's General Fund revenues are expected to increase in this upcoming fiscal year, to an estimated amount of $170.2 million, driven primarily by increased business license tax receipts. Ongoing General Fund expenditures total $175.9 million exceeding projected revenue by $5.7 million. The...

Zoning Code Change Approved to Pave Way for Digital Kiosks

Digital wayfinding kiosks could come to Culver City in the future. The City Council, in a 3-2 vote, approved a zoning code amendment that could allow for interactive digital kiosk to be installed on public property. Vice Mayor Dan O'Brien and Council Members Albert Vera Jr. and Goran Eriksson voted in favor of the ordinance. Mayor Yasmine-Imani McMorrin and Council Member Freddy Puza voted against. The kiosks would be permitted to provide public information and other messaging selected by the...

City Council Opposes Referendum Challenging Prohibition of New Oil & Gas Wells

The City Council made it clear that it opposes an upcoming referendum challenging new oil and gas wells that will appear on the November ballot. The California Oil and Gas Well Regulations Referendum will challenge the 2022 law prohibiting new oil and gas wells near homes, schools, and hospitals. City Council unanimously approved its position in support to "keep the law" of Senate Bill 1137. SB 1137, passed during the 2022 legislative session, introduces several new regulations for the oil and...

Three takeaways from the Sparks season after their first 11 games

Mykell Mathieu, Sports Reporter

The Sparks knocked off the defending champion, Las Vegas Aces 96-92 last Sunday before heading on the road for nearly a month. The Sparks are currently 4-8 and with a quarter of the season finished here are some takeaways from what I've seen so far. Turnovers and bad point guard play has plagued the team The Sparks have had their struggles so far this year and one of the key reasons is turnovers. Los Angeles averages the most turnovers in the WNBA with 16.6 per game. The Sparks have six games...

The Chargers sign rookie first round offensive tackle Joe Alt

Bill Seals, Sports Reporter

The Los Angeles Chargers reached agreement on a four-year contract with rookie offensive tackle Joe Alt, the fifth overall pick in the first round. The contract is a four-year deal for $33.1 million dollars, with a signing bonus of $20.9 million. Alt played three seasons at Notre Dame, where he started at left tackle. He will be moving to right tackle with the Chargers. Head coach Jim Harbaugh has indicated at this point that the starting offensive line will consist of Alt at right tackle, Trey...

Looking back on another successful CCHS athletic year

Steve Finley, Sports Editor

First, the Culver City newspapers, the Culver City News and the Culver City Observer would like to thank one of the best sports photographers in the Los Angeles area, George Laase. For many years Laase has made Culver City high school sports come to life through the lens of his camera. When it comes to Culver City high school Laase never says no. There is an old saying in journalism, a Picture is worth a thousand works. Once again, the Centaurs produced a lifetime of memories on the field,...

Dearica Hamby Named Western Conference Player of the Week

Sparks forward Dearica Hamby is the WNBA's Western Conference Player of the Week for June 3 through June 9, the league announced today. Hamby is the fourth player to win the award this season, joining Napheesa Collier, Kahleah Copper and A'ja Wilson. Hamby led the Sparks to a 2-1 record the past week, including a defeat of the two-time defending champion Las Vegas Aces, averaging 19.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. Among WNBA players scoring 19 points-or-more per...

VOTING FOR AT&T WNBA ALL-STAR 2024 NOW LIVE

LOS ANGELES–– WNBA All-Star voting 2024 has officially tipped off and will conclude on Saturday, June 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET, giving fans, players and media the opportunity to vote for the All-Stars. All active players on WNBA rosters can receive votes and the 2024 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game rosters will be announced on Tuesday, July 2. The link to vote can be found here. The 2024 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game, already announced as a sellout at Footprint Center in Phoenix, will showcase the WNBA's...

Sparks Forward Dearica Hamby Signs Contract Extension

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Sparks today announced that WNBA Champion, two –time All-Star, and two-time Sixth Woman of the Year Dearica Hamby has signed a contract extension through the 2025 season. In two seasons with the Sparks, she has averaged 11.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and shot 47.6 percent from the field. "I'm grateful for finding a home in LA with an ownership group and organization that believes in me and has been nothing but supportive since the day I got here," said Hamby. "I look...

STADIUMLINKS COMING TO DODGER STADIUM, JULY 12-14

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that Stadiumlinks, a one-of-a-kind participatory golf event merging golf with an iconic ballpark, will come to Dodger Stadium from Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14. Fans can sign up to the early interest list starting now, for access tee times to play a round of golf throughout Dodger Stadium, swinging from different levels of the Stadium toward custom greens on the field below. The experience comes with enhanced access to a clubhouse...

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  • Claims the California Legislature is transparent are bogus Claims the California Legislature is transparent are bogus

    Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

    “Transparency in government is paramount,” said Assemblywoman Gail Pellerin, D-Santa Cruz, proving that hypocrisy in government is clearly the rule in California. As chair of the Committee on Elections and Redistricting, Pellerin praised “transparency” as she voted to kill a bill that would have banned non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) from the bill-making process. The bill, Assembly Bill 2654, was in response to a report by KCRA’s Ashley Zavala, who broke the news that special...

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  • Best pizza places in 25 major cities

    Stacker, Cynthia Rebolledo

    Pizza holds a special place in the heart of American cuisine, transcending regional and cultural boundaries to become a beloved staple across the nation. Its popularity is vast and undeniably widespread. So just how much do we love our pizza? A study conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Amazon Fresh found that Americans could eat about five slices of pizza in one sitting by themselves. A quarter love pizza so much, they would even consider serving it at their weddings. This love for "za"...

  • Celebrate Dad at Cantalini's this Father's Day

    Cantalinis Salerno Beach Staff

    Celebrate Dad this Father's Day, Sunday, June 16th at Cantalini's Salerno Beach Restaurant for lunch or dinner. Enjoy plenty of great dishes and chef specials in our casual ambiance with either dine-in or heated outdoor dining options. All weekend show Dad the love and treat him to a delicious dining experience. Thinking of Sunday Lunch join us from 11:30am to 3:00pm. Start with an ice-cold imported beer, prosecco mimosa or any of our fine wines by the glass or bottle. Executive Chef Lisetta...

  • Summer Movie Vacation Series

    Save the date and celebrate movie magic at the first ever Summer Movie Vacation Series at The Culver Theater! Enjoy the return of popular family titles on the new state of the art 4K HDR LED screens. The series is presented by The Culver Theater and sponsored in part by the City of Culver City. The series will run every Saturday from May 27th through July 29th with screenings at 11 AM and is open for all ages! Tickets are $3 per person and guests can enjoy...

  • Turandot Magical at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter

    It took 30 years, but Giacomo Puccini's Turandot finally made another successful and phantasmagorical splash-down at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for Los Angeles Opera. The production was boosted by artist David Hockney's scenery brilliance and Ian Falconer's lush costume design. Hockney hit a home run with his color choices, paintings and shapes as it relates to Chinese-themed designs. And leading the way was conductor James Conlon who is a veteran of Puccini operas. Turandot is his 200th...

  • Culver City Symphony Orchestra and Marina del Rey Summer Symphony

    In 2022-23, the Culver City Symphony Orchestra made musical news with its first full season since the pandemic and a major talent search for a new conductor. Each of the finalists for the position had an opportunity to conduct the Orchestra during the 2022-23 season, and each also conducted a Marina del Rey Summer Symphony concert in 2022 or 2023. The Board of Directors of the SoCal Symphony Society is pleased to announce two new Music Director-Conductors: Clyde Mitchell will be the Music...

  • Open Auditions For Misery at Westchester Playhouse

    Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for MISERY, a thriller by William Goldman based on the novel by Stephen King, on Saturday, July 20 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, and Sunday, July 21 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Callbacks will take place by invitation only on Monday, July 22 beginning at 7:30pm. This non-equity production is directed by Kathy Dershimer and produced by Jenny Boone and Harold Dershimer for Kentwood Players with...

  • Montenegrin classical guitarist Goran Krivokapic holds solo recital at the home of Greg Castelnuovo-Tedesco

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter

    Brilliant Montenegrin classical guitarist Goran Krivokapic made a special appearance in solo recital at the home of Greg Castelnuovo-Tedesco, grandson of the late Italian famous composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco in West Los Angeles, a Mother’s Day treat. Krivokapic was invited to perform as part of William Jenks’ U.S. Classic Guitar Series that he founded 20 years ago. Krivokapic, the virtuoso, is the winner of 19 international classical guitar competitions and is known to create his own...

  • Public Health Monitors Small Signs of Increasing COVID-19 Transmission

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reminds residents to take common-sense precautions to avoid becoming ill with COVID-19 as data shows small increases in the number of reported COVID-19 cases, virus concentrations in wastewater and the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests for the past four weeks. With traveling and gatherings increasing during summer, protection from COVID-19 infection remains important as a new group of variants has begun to circulate nationwide. The so called “FLiRT” variants, including KP.2 and KP.3...

  • Public Health Monitors Small Signs of Increasing COVID-19 Transmission

    he Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reminds residents to take common-sense precautions to avoid becoming ill with COVID-19 as data shows small increases in the number of reported COVID-19 cases, virus concentrations in wastewater and the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests for the past four weeks. With traveling and gatherings increasing during summer, protection from COVID-19 infection remains important as a new group of variants has begun to circulate nationwide. The so called...

  • On behalf of Karen West and family…

    We are overwhelmed by the love, support, and appreciation we have received from friends, colleagues, and basketball fans around the world. Jerry took incredible pride in his life-long association with the NBA. He felt fortunate to have been a player, coach, and executive during a time of explosive growth in the league. Above all else, Jerry cherished the close friendships and mentorships he formed with teammates, coaches and players throughout his 64-year-career. We want to thank you, basketball fans everywhere, for supporting him. You fueled...

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