Articles from the February 27, 2020 edition


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  • Measure CC, Culver City Sales Tax Increase to Remain in Place

    Feb 27, 2020

    .Locally Culver City Measure CC which extends the sales tax increase the voters approved in 2012 won the support of extending it for an additional 10 year until 2031. The measure passed with a whooping 75.03 percent voting yes with 24.9 percent rejecting the extension....

  • Wesson, Mitchell Face Runoff

    Feb 27, 2020

    In the hotly contested second district Supervisorial race Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson will face State Senator Holly Mitchell in a runoff at the general election on November 3. Had either candidate garnered over 50% of the vote they would have been elected outright with no need for a runoff. Wesson currently holds a slight lead with 32.09% of the vote with Mitchell with 25.51%. With the large number of mail-in ballots the final totals will know be known for serveral...

  • Primary Elections Next Tuesday

    Feb 27, 2020

    The two hot issues in Culver City are the election to replace Mark Ridley-Thomas in the 2nd Supervisorial District and Culver City Measure CC. Ridley-Thomas has termed out and is running for Herb Wesson's seat on the Los Angeles City Council. The top three contenders in the supervisor's race are Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson, State Senator Holly Mitchell and former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry. Following the pack is Carson City Councilman Al Robles with Jake Jeong, Rene Lore...

  • Meth, Stolen Cars and Credit Cards, Robbery Keep Police Busy

    Feb 27, 2020

    Submitted By the Culver City Police Department A routine traffic stop that yielded a loaded handgun and methamphetamine is among recent crimes committed in Culver City according to the Culver City Police Department. Monday February 10: At 4:36am officers responded to a traffic collision in the 11200 block of Hayter Avenue. Officers discovered that the vehicle was stolen from a nearby street a few minutes prior and the suspects had fled the area according to witnesses. Detectives conducted...

  • Culver City Assemblywoman Gets Ok to Audit Sheriff

    Feb 27, 2020

    A Joint Legislative Audit Committee approves Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager's request to audit three county sheriffs' departments. The Los Angeles County, Alameda County and Fresno County sheriffs' departments will be audited for their use of realignment funds, money given by the state to counties to move incarcerated people from prisons to county jails. Members of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved the audit during the Committee's February 26 hearing at the request of Assemblymember...

  • Pleads to Save Community Garden

    Letters|Feb 27, 2020

    Dear City Council Members and City Clerk: I am a Culver City gardener, a long-term Culver City resident and business owner. On behalf of my fellow gardeners and potential members we implore you to maintain and work with us to find a new location if necessary. Community gardens are vital part of urban life. Our garden members are renters, condominium owners, seniors, families and people with disabilities. The benefits community gardens provide are abundant. We urge you to provide more time...

  • Free Garden and Compost Workshops Return

    Feb 27, 2020

    LA County’s Smart Gardening Program Brings Organic Gardening and Composting Education to Culver City LA County Public Works will offer its Smart Gardening Intro to Composting program at Veterans Memorial Complex from 9:30 to 11:00am on Saturday, February 22nd. Smart Gardening techniques use yard and food waste to build and replenish the soil, consume less water, and grow beautiful gardens. The program teaches residents how to divert waste from landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the simple practices of composting, organic a...

  • Bellflower Rings the Final Bell for Culver City in CIF Soccer Semi Finals

    Feb 27, 2020

    By Rob Aigner A great run into the CIF boy's division 4 soccer playoffs has ended the Culver City boys' soccer season in the CIF playoff semi-final game courtesy of Bellflower High School. The team lost a heartbreaker 2-1 on a corner kick in the waning seconds of added time, thus ending their season on Bellflower's home turf. The good news is that the Centaurs have not been past the second round in 21 years so making it to the semifinals this year was truly a monumental accomplishment for the sq...

  • St. Bernard High Hires of Manuel Douglas

    Feb 27, 2020

    St. Bernard High School today announced the hiring of former Narbonne High School Coach Manuel "Manny" Douglas to take over the reins of the Vikings football program. Douglas, who had been embroiled in a nine-month dispute with Los Angeles Unified School District over alleged academic misconduct at Narbonne, tendered his resignation last week. Douglas, who guided the Gauchos to eight City titles, two state titles and sent numerous players to the college and professional ranks since taking his...

  • USC Football Recruiting Position Nosedives

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|Feb 27, 2020

    In college football, the top teams recruit well. In the 2020 football recruiting class, the top five teams were Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, LSU and Ohio State. Four of those five schools have won national championships in the past six years, with Georgia being the lone exception. The lone school from the Pac-12 conference in the top ten this year was Oregon, who finished 9th in the 247sports.com team recruiting rankings. Missing from the top ten for the second straight year was USC. In 2019, USC...

  • Sports Spring into Action at Culver City High School

    Steve Finley, Sports Editor|Feb 27, 2020

    The birds are singing and the flowers are blooming and that means its spring time. It also means 10 Culver City high school sports are in the starting blocks and are off to the races. Baseball, golf, boys and girls lacrosse, softball, swimming, boys tennis, boys and girls track and field and boys volleyball are looking to have winning seasons and make the playoffs. The bar of success has risen very high at Culver City. In the fall several teams made the playoffs and all five of the winter teams...

  • Boys Baseball Scores Well in Tournament

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|Feb 27, 2020

    The Centaur baseball season is off to another fine start despite losing the 2020 SoCal Invitational tournament Championship game on a comfortable Tuesday afternoon, February 25, at Culver City High. Chaminade High Eagles captured the title, beating the Centaurs, 4-1, in a game where pitching dominated and fielding errors mattered. "Throughout the tournament we played really good defense, we pitched well and had timely hitting. That was the key to getting us to the game here. And I think that's...

  • Colin Hay at the Saban Theatre this Friday

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Feb 27, 2020

    Colin Hay, best known as the lead singer for Men At Work, is making a solo appearance at Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on February 28. Men At Work is the platinum-selling Australian band that topped worldwide charts in the 80s with anthems like "Down Under" and "Who Can it Be Now," among others. Hay is justifiably proud of his place in pop history, but has also experienced tremendous success as a solo artist. Over the past 15 years, Hay has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly...

  • Jose Feliciano a Living Legend at The Grammy Museum

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Feb 27, 2020

    Living Legend, Jose Feliciano, recently made an appearance at The Grammy Museum's intimate Clive Theatre for a sold-out Q & A and performance, moderated by Executive Director Scott Goldman. At age 74, the Puerto Rican multi-Grammy Award-winning musician, singer and composer is still full of vim and vigor, and also a funny joke-teller. He was promoting his new album, Behind This Guitar, which reunited him with famous record producer Rick Jararrd. "There wouldn't be a career for me without Rick...

  • In my opinion, we do not have a homeless crisis in Culver City.

    Letters|Feb 27, 2020

    There is no evidence that any resident of Culver City is homeless and living on the streets of Culver City. Let us end this facade by taking the follow steps: 1. Return the $23 million in federal and state taxes for homelessness. Why? a) We don't have any homeless residents; b) Continuing to accept these funds only forces us to rationalize a crisis that we do not have. There were 236 homeless identified in Culver City in the last count. Of those, who were Culver City residents?; and c) If any...

  • New Mayoral Rotation Flawed

    Feb 27, 2020

    After its 2018 debacle dealing with mayoral rotation, the City Council will consider at next Monday night’s meeting a new proposal to change “council policy” regarding the selection of Mayor and Vice Mayor. In what is commonly called as the “Gary Silbiger retribution act,” the Council two years ago passed over Goran Eriksson to be mayor for the first time in order to install Meghan Sahli-Wells as mayor for the second time. Silbiger, who had served one year as mayor, was passed over for a second chance at mayor by his fellow councilme...

  • Culver Resident Glodney Honored for Career of Distinction

    Feb 27, 2020
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    Culver City resident Carole Glodney, President of Goldrich Kest subsidiary GK Management Co., Inc. has been honored with the National Affordable Housing Management Association's (NAHMA) Industry Statesman Award, which is presented to outstanding leaders in the field who are either in or nearing retirement. The award will be handed out at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in March. Glodney has more than 45 years of experience in the affordable housing industry. "Ms. Glodney' s drive and compassion...

  • Mayor Proposes Tax Hike for Culver City Businesses

    Stephen Hadland, Observer Publisher|Feb 27, 2020

    Buoyed by sales tax initiatives on both the March and November ballots, Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells has proposed a major increase in the business tax. The city, which has a history of using tax incentives to attract and keep larger businesses, has created a committee looking for ways to increase revenues. Proposals being floated could possibly triple the business tax in the next couple of years. Sahli-Wells tweeted out: "There are a lot of major companies that are locating in Culver...

  • Rubenstein Column

    Neil Rubenstein|Feb 27, 2020

    Neil Rubenstein is recovering from surgery and his column will not appear this week. We expect his column to return to the Culver City Observer when he recovers....

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