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Some colleges and universities consider a parent’s home-equity when doling out loans or grants for incoming students, but others don’t even ask. DEAR DAVE: Our son is a senior in high school and...

 

'Hot Wheels' Collector Tracks Back to Westside

Larry Webb, who grew up in Culver City during the 1960s and '70s before fleeing to picturesque Northwest Oregon, finally came back to L.A.'s Westside this month. He didn't return to stroll our local...

 

Updates on some Infamous Haunted Properties

DEAR DAVE: Is the house that was the setting for “The Amityville Horror” movie still standing? ANSWER: Yes, the three-story Dutch Colonial is still standing in the village of Amityville in the...

 

Limits on Flags at Home Raise Legal Issues

DEAR DAVE: I live in Orange County but read your newspaper on the internet. I put a large American flag on my front-lawn earlier this month to mark Columbus Day but was soon issued a citation from...

 

AVOID THESE 'TOP 10 BUYER TURNOFFS'

Homeowners who want to sell quickly and for top-dollar should first clean up their house, a survey says. Other big turnoffs include uncontrolled animals and odors from last night’s dinner. DEAR...

 

Culver Icon Frank Russell Parker Passes at 79

Frank Russell Parker, a longtime Culver City resident whose heartfelt version of the National Anthem stirred the hearts of thousands of attendees at Culver's Fourth of July fireworks show over the...

 
 By David W. Myers    News    October 4, 2018

Big Rush for Cannabis Retail Permits

Twenty-three applicants filed to obtain one of three coveted permits that Culver City officials will issue to open the first retail cannabis-selling storefronts within City boundaries. The deadline to...

 

Tips for Owners with Loved One Afflicted by Dementia

Real Estate Corner Tips for Owners with Loved One Afflicted by Dementia By David W. Myers DEAR DAVE: I quit my full-time office job last year and started working from home so I could care for my mom,...

 
 By David W. Myers    News    October 4, 2018

Renovated Robert Frost Opens to Huge Crowd

More than 200 Culverites and others attended a gala event Saturday to celebrate the opening of the lavishly remodeled Robert Frost Auditorium, a multimillion-dollar project that has turned the...

 

City Cuts Tax Deal with Airbnb

Who Use Nearly 75 local residents showed up last week to discuss possible new regulations on short-term rentals with City officials. Most of the attendees said they were already renting out all or...

 

Culver Weighs Regs on Short-Term Rentals

Culver City officials and local residents were gathering at press time this week to begin formulating a plan to regulate short- term vacation rentals in Culver, fresh on the heels of a study by a...

 

Homeowners, New Buyers should Double-Check Insurance

DEAR DAVE: We received a letter from the company that provides our homeowners insurance policy, urging us to upgrade our current “actual cash value” coverage to something called “replacement...

 

Emblem Club Holds Fashion Show

Nearly 75 members of the Culver City Emblem Club and their friends attended the organization's annual charity fundraising fashion show and lunch this week at the local Elks Lodge, dining on gourmet fo...

 

Culver Weighs Regulations on Short-Term Rentals

Culver City officials and local residents were gathering at press time this week to begin formulating a plan to regulate short- term vacation rentals in Culver, fresh on the heels of a study by a...

 

City Hikes Efforts to Curb Coyote Invasion

Culver officials are ramping up their efforts to curb the City's growing problems with coyotes roaming local neighborhoods, including the establishment of a "dedicated coyote hotline" to report...

 

Time to get Ready for Colder Months Ahead

With Autumn almost here, homeowners should act now to make sure that their property is ready to “weather” the rain that (hopefully) lies soon ahead. DEAR DAVE: I recently noticed that the paint...

 
 By David W. Myers    News    August 30, 2018

Residents Asked to Increase Another Sales Tax Hike

Culver City officials have set Oct. 22 as the deadline to register to vote in the crucial Culver special election on Nov. 6 that could result in higher local sales taxes and, possibly, another major...

 

Real Estate Corner

DEAR DAVE: My husband and I are getting divorced. He has a good job and wants to keep our house, so he says that he’ll make all of the future mortgage payments if I agree to sign a “quitclaim deed...

 
 By David W. Myers    News    August 30, 2018

Drones Heading to Culver City

Dozens of Culver City residents showed-up recently at the Seniors Center to learn more about the Culver City Police Department's controversial plan to launch a fleet of "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles."...

 
 By David W. Myers    News    August 23, 2018

Details Emerge of Shooting Death in Culver

Law-enforcement officials have identified the knife-wielding man that was shot and killed last week in Culver City by officers as Michael Harrison, age 30. The shooting occurred shortly before 2 p.m....

 

'COMFORT LETTER' MAY SMOOTH LOAN PROCESS

DEAR DAVE: My employer was nice enough to give me a full year off of work when my husband and I had our first baby in April of last year. Now I am back at work and we want to buy our first home, but t...

 

State has Limits on Small Claims Lawsuits

DEAR DAVE: How much can I sue a real estate contractor or other person for in Small Claims Court? ANSWER: Limits vary from one state to the next. In California, it’s generally capped at $10,000 but...

 
 By David W. Myers    News    August 9, 2018

'National Night Out' Draws More than 1,000 Visitors

More than 1,000 Culver City residents and other Westsiders joined dozens of local police officers and firefighters this week to celebrate "National Night Out," the annual countrywide event that's gear...

 
 By David W. Myers    News    August 2, 2018

'Birdwatchers' Flock to See Demo of New Scooters

Dozens of Culver City residents and other Westsiders flocked to The City's main transportation facility on Jefferson Boulevard this week to learn more about Bird, the rent-a-scooter company that's...

 
 By David W. Myers    News    July 26, 2018

Culver Police May Get Rid of its 'Boneyard'

By David W. Myers Managing Editor After weeks of debate, the Culver City Council has approved the Police Department's request to spend up to $650,000 to outfit its Duquesne Avenue headquarters with...

 

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