Articles from the February 15, 2018 edition


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  • Where Are The Lakers And Clippers Going?

    Mitch Chortkoff, Sports Editor|Feb 15, 2018

    Magic Johnson isn’t the kind of guy who’ll watch opportunities come around and sit idly. We all know from his playing days that competitive spirit is one of his greatest qualities. Now that he’s in charge of making the Lakers’ roster better he had a chance this week to do something bold and create $70 million in salary cap space within NBA limits, in an attempt to sign two elite free agents, even one this year and the other next year. If you’re a Laker fan you’re applauding. You’re happ...

  • Culver Boys Are League Champions

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|Feb 15, 2018

    Culver City High boys basketball captured the 2018 Ocean League championship last Tuesday, February 6 when they defeated archrival Santa Monica High, 78-67, at Del Goodyear Gymnasium. It was the first league title for the Centaurs in decades. However, the Culver boys bid to go undefeated in league was denied as they lost at Beverly Hills High, 56-53, two nights later. Culver City finished with a 9-1 league record. Beverly Hills ended in second place at 8-2, Santa Monica in third at 9-1, El Segun...

  • Will the trades Help or Hurt the Clippers and Lakers?

    Steve Finley, Sports Reporter|Feb 15, 2018

    Professional athletes are traded all the time but when it happens most of the time it’s a shock to the players, families and fans. Unfortunately that is one of the things professional athletes have to deal with. They make a lot of money but on any given day they might have to leave one area of the country and go to another. Two Laker players, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. had to leave sunny southern California and go to cold Cleveland. Former Clipper Blake Griffin was traded to Detroit s...

  • With A Late Season Loss Culver Girls Must Share league Title

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|Feb 15, 2018

    Recapturing the girls basketball Ocean League title was a bittersweet affair for Culver City High. The Centaurs were undefeated and in sole possession of first place before losing a tough road grind to Beverly Hills High, 48-46, in the final league game of the season. The loss left the Culver girls tied with Beverly for the 2018 league championship, each finishing with a 9-1 record. Coincidentally, Culver beat Beverly weeks earlier by the same score. In that game they rallied to beat the...

  • Chamber Hosts Candidates Forum

    Feb 15, 2018

    The Culver City Chamber of Commerce will be holding an Open Candidate Forum on Friday, February 23 at 7:30 am at the Exceptional Children's Foundation - Kayne Eras Center, 5350 Machado Road. April 10 is election day. This election has four candidates running for the two available seats on the five person council. The Candidates Forum, which will have a debate format, will allow you to listen to the candidates' answers to important issues facing Culver City in the coming years. After the debate...

  • Concerned About Drilling 30 New Oil Wells & Fracking Within Culver City Limits?

    Letters|Feb 15, 2018

    Dear editor, On Wednesday, February 21st the City of Culver City invites us all to come learn about its new proposed oil & gas regulations and their environmental impacts review (EIR). This is the time to ask where in the EIR are risks of earthquakes addressed? Can an earthquake be stopped if drilling or fracking may trigger a faultline slipping? What measures does the City's EIR propose to protect us? What research is being used to justify the plan to allow drilling and fracking from 400' to...

  • The Farragut Parking Problem Isn't Getting Better

    Neil Rubenstein, Observer Columnist|Feb 15, 2018
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    Residents of the 10700 block of Farragut Drive, who banded together to oppose efforts to lift the Permit only parking restrictions to facilitate easy parking for the adjacent businesses refer to March 14, 2016 as “THE MIDNIGHT MASSACRE.” That night the Culver City Council Agenda was changed to make discussion concerning Farragut Drive one of the last items to be addressed. Some residents feel that was done because KNBC-TV had expressed an interest in doing a fellow-up to their previous cov...

  • Kindness Takes the Lead in Culver City

    Morgan Stephens, Special to the Observer|Feb 15, 2018

    Culver City is making kindness a priority. “Living in a large urban center, it’s easy to forget that we’re all human beings,” said Culver City Mayor Jeffrey Cooper. “In everybody’s everyday hustle and bustle and in the rush to get from point A to point B, it gets lost in translation.” City officials have recently taken steps to get its 39,000 residents involved in making their city a kinder place to live through its “City of Kindness” campaign. First Lady Rafia Cooper created a Facebook group “Culver City Kind #CCKind” where more than 1,800...

  • Wacker Makes the Deans' List at Azusa Pacific University

    Feb 15, 2018

    Culver City resident and Azusa Pacific University student Amber Wacker made the academic Deans' List at APU. A Graphic Design Major, Wacker is honored for a fall semester 2017 academic standing of a 3.5 or better grade-point average. Wacker is joined by 1,988 other students receiving the same honor. Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 61 bachelor's degrees, 40 master's degrees, 17 certificates, 11...

  • CIF First Round Winners

    Feb 15, 2018

    The Culver City High varsity girls water polo team used brilliant teamwork to win their first round of CIF southern section playoffs against Montebello on Tuesday February 13th. They had endured two overtime periods due to a tie game, winning in sudden death over time with a shot by Yvette DeFelice assisted by Karla Ramirez. Their next game is on Thursday....

  • Exciting Program Planned For CC Symphony Orchestra

    Feb 15, 2018

    Following its much applauded concert at First Presbyterian Church, Santa Monica, the orchestra returns to home-base, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230. The concert features Andy Park, Viola, Intermediate Division Winner of the Orchestra sponsored Parness Concerto Competition. Frank Fetta is the orchestra conductor and music director. The program presents Ravel's brilliant and lively homage to France. A rarity is the solo viola work by Romanian composer...

  • JIM CLARKE HONORED BY FRIENDS OF THE SANDY SEGAL YOUTH HEALTH CENTER

    Feb 15, 2018

    The Friends of the Sandy Segal Youth Health Center will honor Councilman Jim Clarke at their annual fundraiser on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at a private venue in Marina Del Rey. For information on the location please contact Sarah Carpenter at 310-837-3734. This year the theme is Let Their Dreams Sail. Mr. Clarke's dedicated support and advocacy of the Health Center helps make it possible to meet the goals of maintaining and improving the health of Culver City students. Jim has been on the...

  • Former Culver Businessman Chester Ray Webb Passes at 95

    Feb 15, 2018

    On Feb 1, 2018 Chester Ray Webb peacefully passed away at Wasilla Primrose Retirement Home, at the age of 95. Chester was born in Rimbey, Alberta, Canada where he met and fell in love with Ada Zutter and made her his bride. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force he worked as a landscaper and masonry. Upon visiting relatives in California he decided he was going to move his young family down to California. "We traveled down from Canada...

  • Culver Resident Hachigian Dies at 90

    Feb 15, 2018

    Gabriel Hachigian, 90, died February 3, 2018, at his home in Culver City. Born in Chicago on August 23, 1927, Gabriel attended Crane Technical High School where he graduated with distinction. He entered the U.S Army in 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1947. In 1948, across a crowded room, he met Jule Torosian of South Milwaukee and they were married a year later in February 1949. Gabriel, a lifelong Bruin, graduated from UCLA in 1951 with a degree in Theater Arts and later earned a degree in Engineering from USC. For nearly 40 years...

  • Council Candidate Forums Scheduled

    Feb 15, 2018

    It will be a busy week for candidate forums this week. The Culver crest Neighborhood association will present all four candidates or city council on Wednesday February 21 at 7 pm. The forum will focus on issues important to residents of the crest including the oil fields, west Los Angeles College, traffic, development, schools, city government, LAX, wildlife and other issues confronting the city. The forum will be held in the cafetorium at el Rincon School, 11177 Overland avenue. It will be...

  • Sydney Kamlager endorsed by Planned Parenthood Los Angeles

    Feb 15, 2018

    LOS ANGELES – Democratic Party candidate Sydney Kamlager today announced she has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA). Ms. Kamlager said, "I'm very proud to be the only candidate in the race for the 54th Assembly District to have the support and endorsement of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. PPLA's success locally has defined and shaped the health service offerings that provide necessary support for a woman's right to choose. PPLA staff have provided Los Angeles area women a...

  • Here We Go. Genesis Golf To Begin

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|Feb 15, 2018

    The tee times have now been set for the 2018 Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. Defending tournament champion Dustin Johnson, tournament host Tiger Woods and two-time Riviera winner Phil Mickelson are among the 144 golfers scheduled to compete beginning this Thursday, February 15. For the second consecutive year the PGA Tour event is sponsored by Genesis Motor America and for the second consecutive year the tournament is produced and managed by TGR Live, which serves to...

  • Kershaw To Start Eighth Dodger Opener

    Mitch Chortkoff, Sports Editor|Feb 15, 2018

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has announced that Clayton Kershaw will be the team's opening day pitcher on March 29 when the Dodgers open their season against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw, who is turning 30, is tied with Don Sutton and Don Drysdale with seven opening day starts....

  • UCLA finished third in Pac-12 Preseason Baseball Poll.

    Feb 15, 2018

    Updated standings: Rank Team (1st place votes) Points 1. Oregon State (10) 100 2. Stanford (1) 89 3. UCLA 84 4. Arizona 68 5. California 56 6. Oregon 51 7. Washington 50 8. Arizona State 41 9. USC 31 10. Washington State 19 11. Utah 16 UCLA Tabbed Second in Pac-12 Preseason Poll The Bruins were just seven points behind top-ranked Oregon State. The Bruins are coming off a third-place finish in the Pac-12 last season and ended the season with a record of 30-27 to earn a spot in the Long Beach...

  • The Lakers Next Season: Perhaps Better: Perhaps Worse

    Mitch Chortkoff, Sports Editor|Feb 15, 2018

    Magic Johnson isn’t the kind of guy who’ll watch opportunities come around and sit idly. We all know from his playing days that competitive spirit is one of his greatest qualities. Now that he’s in charge of making the Lakers’ roster better he had a chance this week to do something bold and create $70 million in salary cap space within NBA limits, in an attempt to sign two elite free agents, even one this year and the other next year. If you’re a Laker fan you’re applauding. You’re happ...

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