Articles from the February 29, 2024 edition

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  • ERBA LA Specials

    Feb 29, 2024

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  • UCLA struggles in loss to USC, this week they battle the Washington schools

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|Feb 29, 2024

    The USC Trojans had lost nine of their last 11 games and were entering a packed house on the UCLA campus of their cross-town rival before a loud, rowdy crowd last Saturday night. The UCLA Bruins had handed the Trojans one of those nine conference losses, a 65-50 embarrassing defeat at the Galen Center, the Trojans home court, a few weeks ago. The Bruins had won eight of their last 10 games and the sellout crowd of 13,659 fans at Pauley Pavilion was expecting a victory from the Bruins. Despite...

  • Residents to Vote on Hike in Property Taxes

    Stephen Hadland, Culver City Observer Editor & Publisher|Feb 29, 2024

    California voters will head to the polls next Tuesday March 5th for the California Primary election. Voters will choose how many delegates President Joe Biden and Donald Trump will have at the Democratic and Republican conventions, respectively. Voters will also decide the top two candidates, who will advance to the November general election. for the United States Senate seat for California. All fifty two congressional seats will be on the ballot. Ther is no dispute that the school campuses in...

  • Opposes Measure E Tax Hike

    Feb 29, 2024

    Letter to the Editor The Culver City School Board has been severely negligent in handling their budgets for decades. When I was asked to run for the School Board in the 1990's, while I decided not to, I helped someone run instead. As an ex-accountant and business efficiency expert at that time, I did a deep analysis of the School District's budget. What a hot mess. Even back in the 1990s, I found around a million dollars that they had squandered that they could have retained with just a few...

  • Culver City Track Invitational highlights a busy CCHS sports week

    Steve Finley, Sports Editor|Feb 29, 2024

    Culver City high school Spring Sports has just started but one of the biggest sporting events in the spring in the city of Culver City will take place on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. The Culver City Track and Field Invitational will host 40 high schools that will be competing on the Centaur track. It's one of the biggest track invitationals in Southern California. "We are so excited to host this track and field meet," said Culver City's head track and field coach Jahmal Wright last Tuesday...

  • Etiwanda and Harvard Westlake win Southern Section Championships

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|Feb 29, 2024

    In two matchups of the best high school basketball teams in Southern California, the girls and boys CIF Southern Section Open Division Championships were held at the Fowler Events Center on the campus of California Baptist University in Riverside. The games were played on Friday Night, February 23rd. In the first game of the evening, Etiwanda High School Eagles of Rancho Cucamonga easily defeated the Sierra Canyon High School Trailblazers of Chatsworth, 65-44. The win improved the Eagles to...

  • Culver City High School Athletes in Action

    Feb 29, 2024

  • DA Charges Additional Men in Multiple Murders Los Angeles County

    Feb 29, 2024

    Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has announced charges against two additional individuals, 18-year-old Joseivan Mendoza and 17-year-old Deair Fleming Delerence, for their involvement in separate shootings during a multi-city crime spree that killed six people, including a 14-year-old boy, in November 2023 and February 2024. "Last week, our office charged two men in the murders of four innocent people, including a child," District Attorney Gascón said. "This week, we have c...

  • Kentwood Players Presents STEEL MAGNOLIAS

    Feb 29, 2024

    Kentwood Players proudly presents STEEL MAGNOLIAS by Robert Harling. Performance dates are Friday, March 15 through Saturday, April 6, 2024, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm. Saturday matinees at 2:00pm will be added on March 23 and continue through the rest of the run. This is a non-equity, all-volunteer production directed by Jon Sparks and produced by Alison Boole and Kirk Larson for Kentwood Players with rights secured from Dramatists Play Service. Featured in the...


    Feb 29, 2024

    S The Motion Picture Winners are: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role CILLIAN MURPHY / J. Robert Oppenheimer - "OPPENHEIMER" Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role LILY GLADSTONE / Mollie Burkhart - "KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON" Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role ROBERT DOWNEY JR. / Lewis Strauss - "OPPENHEIMER" Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role DA'VINE JOY RANDOLPH / Mary Lamb - "THE HOLDOVERS"...

  • City Council Does Not Take Action on Bike Culver City's Request

    Feb 29, 2024

    The City Council did not take action on providing a letter of support to "Bike Culver City" for its grant application, though Mayor Yasmine-Imani McMorrin and Council Member Freddy Puza offered support after reading through the grant request and requirements. That application is for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Go Human Community Streets Program. According to the SCAG website, the program aims to "build street-level community resiliency and increase the safety of...

  • General Plan, Zoning Code Amendments Discussed

    Feb 29, 2024

    The City Council received an update on the Draft General Plan and Zoning Code Framework from Planning and Development Director Mark Muenzer and his staff. The General Plan Update was initiated in 2019 and is planned for completion in Fall 2024. The process, which was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and staff vacancies, studied existing conditions to identify issues and opportunities to be addressed by the Plan. An extensive community outreach and visioning program resulted in the project's Vis...

  • Forgotten Amusement Park, Found in Los Angeles

    Madison O'Hea, KidScoop Media Correspondent, age 13|Feb 29, 2024

    By , Luna Luna was an amusement park where all the attractions were created by famous artists such as, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Salvador Dalí, Roy Lichenstein, Sonia Delaunay, Jean-Michael Basquiat, and many more. Called the "the world's first art amusement park" It was an idea by artist, peace activist, and pop singer, André Heller who was born in Vienna after World War II. Luna Luna opened to the public in the summer of 1987 in Hamburg, Germany. Almost 300,000 attended to see the rides, g...

  • Culver City Chamber Orchestra Presents

    Feb 29, 2024

    Culver City Chamber Orchestra Presents a double Concerto Concert Sunday, March 17,at 4:00pm featuring concerto soloists, Sara Andon, Flute • Cristina Montes Mateo, Harp, Kevin Anderson, Harpsichord • Deborah H. How, Harpsichord at the Turning Point School Auditorium 8780 National Blvd in Culver City The musicians and concerto soloists will be performing: .S. Bach: Concerto in C Minor for Two Harpsichords, BWV 1060, Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra, Op. 48, Mozart: Con...

  • Tripping Through Vietnam

    Helen Argyriou, Special to the Culver City Observe|Feb 29, 2024

    Embarking on a journey through Vietnam feels like stepping into a realm of wonder and magic. Once marred by the scars of war, Vietnam has evolved into an enchanting destination, offering a spectrum of experiences-from opulent accommodations to embracing the rugged allure of hiking, biking, and backpacking adventures. For a first-time exploration, the key cities to immerse yourself in include Hanoi, where a day or two is well-spent, followed by Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, Hue, Danang, Nha Trang, Ho...

  • How to Cast Your Ballot in Culver City

    Feb 29, 2024

    The Presidential Primary Election will take place on March 5 but you can vote early! Your Vote by Mail ballot has been mailed so be on the lookout for its arrival in your mailbox. In the meantime, you can review your ballot online and decide how you will vote. As a reminder, you may drop your ballot off in any official Drop Box, in the mail (no postage required) or at ANY vote center in Los Angeles County. For convenience, Culver City will have an 11-Day Vote Center at City Hall's Patacchia...

  • Judicial Endorsements by the CC Demo Club

    Feb 29, 2024

    yBy the time voters enter the booth to vote, voters have decide which candidates the want to vote for for national, state and local offices. The opposite is true with judicial positions . Most voters have never heard the names of the people on the ballot so they vote blind. The Culver City democratic has issued a list of the candidates they support. The list is as follows: Superior Court Office 48 Ericka Wiley Superior Court Offi ce 97 La Shae Henderson Superior Court Offi ce 124 Kimberly...

  • New Hoops for Basketball Players

    Feb 29, 2024

    Starting Monday, March 4 work has begun on improvements to the basketball court at Blair Hills Park. During this time, the court area will be fenced off to allow for demolition of the existing court and installation of the new play surface and basketball goals. This project is expected to take two months, weather permitting. For more information, please contact the Parks, Recreation, aCS Department at (310) 253-6650 or by email at Looking for a place to hoop...

  • Rick Caruso, the Oceanwide Plaza towers could use your help

    Feb 29, 2024

    Taggers have graffitied what appears to be more than 25 stories of a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper that's been sitting dormant for several years. Construction on Oceanwide Plaza, a $1 billion mixed-use retail and luxury apartments project with three towering unfinished structures, stalled in January 2019 after the Beijing-based developer lacked the funds to complete it. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times) Taggers have graffitied more than 25 stories of a downtown L.A. skyscraper in the abandoned Oceanwide Plaza development. (Robert Gauthier...

  • Double Feature Of One-Act Gems

    Mona Day, Special to the Culver City Observer|Feb 29, 2024

    LA Opera will present two one-act rarities - William Grant Still's Highway 1, USA and Alexander Zemlinsky's The Dwarf conducted by Music Director maestro James Conlon. Unifying the operas is the theme of unrequited love told through powerful, emotional music. The story of Highway 1 USA follows a hardworking Black couple Bob and Mary, who have scrimped and saved to put Bob's younger brother through college. After the ne'er-do-well Nate attacks Mary for refusing his advances, the couple come...

  • Diane Netzel March 4, 1941 - February 13, 2024

    Feb 29, 2024

    Diane Viscount Netzel passed peacefully in the morning hours of Tuesday, February 13, 2024. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA, March 4, 1941. In her 82 years of living, she touched the lives of so many through her philanthropic work, volunteering, mentoring and, most recently, organizing many activities in her senior retirement community in Reno, NV. After the announcement of her passing, there was a great outpouring of love from around the world that had a common thread. All those who loved Diane...

  • New Demo Club Endorses Chemerinsky for District Attorney

    Feb 29, 2024

    Culver City's newest political club the CCDU has endorsed Jeff Chemerinsky for Los Angeles County District Attorney by 73.9%. This is the first-ever endorsement made by CCDU in any race! As is the custom when a club endorses a candidate, below is information about how to support our endorsed candidate Jeff Chemerinsky in the March 2024 primary and, we hope, in the general election in November 2024. To learn more about Jeff's campaign, please visit:

  • Main Street Closure Has Begun

    Feb 29, 2024

    Main street will be closed to traffic from Wednesday, February 28,through Friday, March 1, From 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM The closure will affect Main Street at Culver Blvd to the City Limit. Culver City Public Works Department will be working on the installation of automatic retractable bollards along Main St at Culver Blvd and at the City Limit. Traffic from Venice Blvd will be allowed to U-turn at the closure. Residents and the public may experience loss of street parking, construction noise,...

  • Federal Indictments Allege International Organized Crime Syndicate Imported and Exported Narcotics Across North America Tuesday, January 30

    FBI-Office of Public Affairs|Feb 29, 2024

    Ten people were arrested in multiple cities over the past day in relation to two federal indictments charging members of an organized crime syndicate who allegedly conspired to traffic and import hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and other controlled substances from Mexico through Los Angeles for export to Canada or re-distribution throughout the United States. Arrest and search warrants were executed this morning by a coalition of international law enforcement partners in various cities,...


    Feb 29, 2024

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to terms with infielder/outfielder Kiké Hernández on a one-year deal for $4 million. Hernández, 32, returns to the Dodgers after finishing the 2023 season with the Boys in Blue. In 54 games with the Dodgers, he slashed .262/.308/.423 with five homers and 30 RBI. He began the season with Boston, batting .222 with six homers and 31 RBI in 86 games. This will be his third stint with the Dodgers, and he is a .242 hitter with 73 homers and 243 RBI with the te...

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