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More Reasons to Reject Measure K

The Los Angeles County Office of Education has just released its annual report of its county-wide Certificated Salary Survey for 2017-'18. On page 45 it showed just how much our Culver City School...

 

After November, Even More Tax Hikes May be Needed

Can little Culver City continue to pay super-large paychecks and pensions to current and former City employees? If so, local taxes will need to continue to rise. No, I’m just not pointing the finger...

 

Teachers Pensions Beat Others by 3-1 MarginBy Neil Rubenstein

In an ironic twist, a recent study by the nonprofit Bellwether Education Partners has found that the rising costs of teacher pension plans are starting to eat into their own salary hikes. Teachers,...

 

Work for City, Make $500,000 per Year

For those who missed my commentary last week, I am once again attaching a chart to this column showing the names, positions, and total amounts that key Culver City employees earned in 2017. The figure...

 

Culver Public 'Servants' Make Big Money

How much do you make each year? Are you, as a popular TV and radio advertisement asks, “financially comfortable”? Perhaps you are not, but many of our taxpayer-funded City employees are....

 

Council to Mull New Housing Plan

COMMENTARY By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist The Culver City Community Development Director of the Housing Division, Tevis Barnes, will soon be presenting to City Council a proposal for three...

 

City Blows Chances for Affordable Housing

It is my firm belief that City Hall over the years has squandered city assets to pay for huge salaries and benefits. Coming soon, a startling expose. No, probably not in your neighborhood but in Fox...

 

Government Pension Coffers Stretch Even Thinner

Last July, our state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) reported that from June 2016 to June 2017, the state pension fund (CalSTRS) had its unfunded liabilities increase by almost 11 percent,...

 

School Board Facing Financial Crisis

The Culver City Unified School District’s annual contributions to CalSTRS and CalPERS, two of the state's largest public-employee pension funds, were expected to rise 215 percent by the year...

 

Changes Needed at Senior Center

When is the Culver City Senior Center administration going to be fair and honor the civil rights of seniors by providing a hearing before an unbiased judge--not staffers who make a complaint--and the...

 

High Court Deals Unions a Blow

The obvious winners from the Supreme Court's decision in Janus v. AFSCME last month are the hundreds of thousands of teachers and other public workers who will no longer have union “agency fees...

 

CCUSD Deficit: $9 Million and Growing

Over five years, from 2011-2012 to 2015-2016, the Culver City Unified School District deficit spent $9 million more than it received in funding. If that wasn’t fiscally scary enough—hold on to...

 

Cities Raise Fees Dramaticallyneil

It’s been almost six months that your friend and our friend Charles Stewart retired from 30 years of dedicated service to our community first with U.S. Rep. Diane Watson then many years with Holly...

 

Los Angeles Firefighter Earns Half a Million Via Overtime

How one LA firefighter turned a $90,000 salary into $1.6 million over four years. Overtime pay that was at least triple his regular salary in each of the past four years allowed Los Angeles...

 

Do You Like Garlic?

The Brandeis Men’s Group meets the third Wednesday at Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium on Overland and Culver Blvd. Listen to dynamic speakers discussing very interesting topics. We fund...

 

Marijuana Taxes So High, Users Might Seek Former Providers

If you are into Gospel Music than you need to get to the California African American Museum in Exposition Park before August 26th, 2018 to see “How Sweet the Sound”. The museum uses vintage...

 

Sad About Norm's Closing

Just remember, “Our Gasoline Tanks” should not be Sacramento’s piggy bank. Perhaps you’ve heard, but I haven’t; what is happening with the prison at Guantanamo? When you are, hungry and...

 

State Senator Hertzberg Proposes New Taxes on Services - Haircuts, Beauty Shops and Veterinary Visits

A memo from our Congresswoman the Honorable Karen Bass. Somewhere in Russia, Vladimir Putin is laughing at us as Paul Ryan and Devin Nunes receive a slap on the back and “job well done” from...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    May 3, 2018

No Representation for Fox Hill

So, there we were Marie AKA "The Wild Gypsy Lady" and myself at our favorite secluded roadside coffee, ice cream and waffle restaurant next door to the De Soto car dealership. Maria overhead a...

 

Will Sacramento Tax Your Drinking Water?

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist After all these years scientists found a new body organ. It’s called Interstitium and just might help to better understand its impact on diseases, such as...

 

Remembering Our Warriors National-Vietnam War Veterans Day Created

As you recall, it was mentioned in this column last year President Trump signed legislation creating March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. In recognition the Exchange (PX) offered lapel pin...

 

Public Invited to Desalination Project Meeting in El Segundo

The voters spoke loud and clear on April 3, 2018 when Sydney Kamlager received 65 percent to assume the 54th District Assembly seat vacated by Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, due to health concerns....

 

How Many Zero's is $13.9 Trillion (Current National Debt)

For those who read my commentary years ago remember I wrote about an experimental stem cell treatment to be used on patients with spinal cord injuries. It now appears Rancho Los Amigos will partner...

 

High School Students Present "Culver For A Cause" charity Run

Culver City High School Associated Student Body Presents” Culver for a Cause run for Better Education”. What: Come be a part of the Culver for a Cause 5K Charity Run! There will be food, live...

 

More CCUSD Pension Costs Unearthed

The election to fill the unexpired Terms of Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas will be Tuesday, April 3, 2018. At that time, we have the opportunity to send to Sacramento a lady who will be able t...

 

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