Articles from the March 8, 2018 edition


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  • Services Held For Former Mayor Steven Rose

    Stephen Hadland, Observer Publisher|Mar 8, 2018

    When I received the call on Monday at 2:40 pm that my good friend Steven Rose had succumbed to leukemia it felt like someone took the air out of the room I was in. Like many others in Culver City we relied on Steve and the loss was deep. Steve served as Mayor of Culver City and was elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2004 to serve on the Culver City Council. He led the Culver City Chamber of Commerce as President/CEO for 30 years. He was 71. Steve, a lifelong Culver City resident, planned to...

  • Trojans Beat Bruins in Local Baseball Classic

    G Laase, USC Baseball|Mar 8, 2018

    Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo High) hit the game-winning homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to help the USC baseball team to a 3-2 victory over their cross-town rivals Bruins at Dodger Stadium last Sunday afternoon. The Trojans and Bruins closed out the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic with another classic of their own. With the win, USC moves to 9-4 and the #11 UCLA drop to 10-4. SC fell behind early after a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the third, but that lead didn't last long as...

  • Smart And Spicy - Who's A Funeral For?

    Carole Bell, Observer Columnist|Mar 8, 2018

    "This funeral is not for your mother. It's for you to say goodbye to your mother." That's what my friend P. said when I called her at three am. I'd just been told my mother died; I didn't know what to do. P. knew all about funerals; her husband died while she was pregnant; plus she and a friend planned the friend's own funeral when he learned he was dying, laughing merrily as they decided to buy theater tickets for all his friends so they'd remember him. Should you feel good after a funeral?...

  • Young Culver Baseball Team Starts Fast

    Fred Altieri|Mar 8, 2018

    Despite fielding the youngest team in a number of years the 2018 Culver City High baseball team is off to a nice start. Behind a one-hitter the Centaurs took care of Campbell Hall High, 6-0, in the fourth game of the Southern California Invitational Tournament to improve its early season record to 3-1. Having won their first two games of the tournament, the Centaurs lost their first game of the season at Granada Hills Charter, 8-3, last Thursday, March 1. It was a two-run ballgame until the...

  • Culver Track Has A Spectacular Start

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|Mar 8, 2018

    On your mark... The 2018 Culver City Invitational Relays can only mean one thing: high school track and field is in season. The meet continues to gain in popularity as 25 Southern California schools representing 12 leagues participated at Culver City High on Saturday, March 3. Girls and boys varsity and frosh/soph teams competed for medals in 48 total events under partly cloudy, slightly windy but ideal temperature conditions. For the Culver High squads under Head Coach Jahmal Wright and Girls...

  • Kevin Love's Panic Attacks Are Real

    Mitch Chortkoff, Sports Editor|Mar 8, 2018

    After covering the NBA for almost 50 years I learned something today that had never crossed my mind. It is possible for these superior athletes to suffer like anyone else. Yes, they can experience panic attacks while playing a game that is admired by millions of fans. Kevin Love, the former UCLA star, has told us he has suffered panic attacks and tells anyone who has done that should take it seriously. He says he’s now paying attention to his mental health. Love isn’t playing right now bec...

  • UCLA and USC men's basketball need wins to reach Tournament

    Steve Finley, Sports Reporter|Mar 8, 2018

    It’s that time of the year. Its win are go home for a lot of teams and it’s no different for UCLA and USC men’s basketball. If both teams expect to make it to the 2018 NCAA Division I Tournament they need to win games in this week’s Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. The tournament starts on Thursday for both teams. The No. 4 seeded Bruins will take on the winner of last Wednesdays’ game against California and Stanford at 12 p.m. and the No 2 seeded Trojans will play the winner of the Oregon an...

  • Sunkist Park Hosts Council Hopefuls

    Mar 8, 2018

    The Sunkist Park Neighborhood Watch and Association will be hosting a candidate's forum on Wednesday March 14 a 7pm. The meeting will be held in the school cafeteria at El Marino Elementary School 11450 Port Road in Culver City. To Submit questions for the candidates please email them to sunkistparkneighbors@gmail.com...

  • Culver High Students Plan Walk Out on March 14

    Mar 8, 2018

    On March 14 students from Culver City High School, Culver Park High School and Culver City Middle School will participate in a nationwide walkout to voice their opinions about gun violence and honor the victims of the Parkland shooting. At 10 a.m. students will congregate on the CCHS football field to rally and deliver speeches expressing their views on the issue. The demonstration will end promptly at 11 a.m., and students will return to class. Inspired by the protests organized by the...

  • Yes Let's Do It But Let's Do It Right

    Neil Rubenstein, Observer Columnist|Mar 8, 2018

    An email received from Congresswoman Karen Bass. Recently teachers returned to Florida high school where gunman opened fire earlier this month. We ask a lot of teachers these days. Many pay for their own classroom supplies out of pocket. They’re responsible for young people navigating an increasingly complicated and connected world. The last thing we need to be asking of them is carry firearms in preparation for confronting school shooters. Add your name and tell Donald Trump that arming t...

  • Sustainable Certification in Culver City

    Mar 8, 2018

    In March 2017, the City of Culver City kicked off its new Sustainable Business Certification Program (Certification Program), which was developed under guidelines established by the California Green Business Network (CAGBN). Implementation of the Certification Program is Culver City's next bold step toward attaining its sustainability goals. "We are pleased that one dozen Culver City businesses took advantage of the opportunity to receive hands-on assistance to become more sustainable! The City...

  • Public Invited To Potluck Honoring Marathon Runners From Japan And Culver City

    Mar 8, 2018

    The Culver City Sister City Committee invites all interested residents to attend a potluck “meet and greet” on Sunday, March 18, from 6 pm to 8:30 p.m. at the home of David and Kathleen Winslow, 11074 Rhoda Way, Culver City. The event is honoring our visitors from our Sister City of Kaizuka, Japan, Rie Minamida and Hiro Ishihara, who are running in the L.A. Marathon that morning, as well as our local runners, Jessica Dorsey and Iyob Tessema, who ran in last month’s Senshu Marathon in Japan. Ms. Dorsey was the winner of the women’s divisio...

  • Community Coalition Endorses Lee and Fisch for City Council

    Mar 8, 2018

    Culver City Community Coalition has endorsed candidates Daniel Lee and Alex Fisch in their bid for election to the Culver City Council. Lee and Fisch are among four candidates vying for two City Council seats in a race that will culminate Tuesday, April 10, election day. All candidates were invited to take part in Community Coalition's endorsement process. Daniel Lee, Alex Fisch and Marcus Tiggs participated; Albert Vera did not. "It is an honor to receive the endorsement of the Culver City...

  • Honoring our Own-Culver City Police and Fire Bravo Luncheon

    Mar 8, 2018

    The Culver City Rotary and Exchange Clubs are proudly sponsoring a luncheon to honor members of the Culver City Police and Fire Departments for their outstanding service to the community. The event will be Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Culver City. Community members are invited to support these heroes. Along with honorees from the Police Department there will be a special acknowledgement of a Community hero who courageously helped others in need. The honorees have been selected for their d...

  • Chamber Endorses Tiggs And Vera For 2018 City Council Slate

    Mar 8, 2018

    Hosted by the Exceptional Children's Foundation/Kane Eras Center, the Culver City Chamber of Commerce, its Board of Directors in concert with the CulverPAC hosted the 7th candidate's forum of the season. Well attended by members of the Culver City Business Community and residents, the four candidates were provided an opportunity to respond via writing to a series of questions and a live debate forum to discuss and share their perspectives on their stance and vision for economic and business...

  • Olé For Benny's Tacos!

    Sandra Coopersmith, Features Writer|Mar 8, 2018

    Aficionados of Mexican food in Culver City and surrounding areas can consider themselves very fortunate. About two months ago Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie, with popular sites in Westchester and Santa Monica opened a restaurant in the Culver City/Palms area at 10401 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90034, (424) 298-8327. Patrons craving authentic Mexican food that’s amazing and affordable can readily satisfy themselves seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. See BennysTacos.com for add...

  • Spring Has Sprung For Recreation Activities

    Mar 8, 2018

    Spring will soon be here and the Culver City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is gearing up for another exciting season. From recreation classes to sports to day camps, there's so much to do here in Culver City! Check on the latest Spring 2018 edition of the Culver City Living recreation brochure online at: http://www.culvercity.org/live/community-neighborhood/parks-recreation-culture/recreational-activities Class registration for Culver City residents starts Saturday, March...

  • L.A. Council President Wesson Endorses Albert Vera

    Mar 8, 2018

    Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, a longtime resident of Culver City who represented the area as the Speaker of the California State Assembly, has announced his endorsement of business owner, Civil Service Commissioner and lifelong Culver City resident Albert Vera for Culver City Council. "I'm urging everyone in Culver City to vote for Albert Vera on April 10," Wesson said. "Al Vera is the type of man who knows how to get things done. He's the type of man who puts 'we' first ......

  • CRE Outreach presents the World Premiere of Lost In The Light

    Mar 8, 2018

    CRE Outreach is proud to announce the Grand Opening of its new theater, The Blue Door, in the heart of Culver City! The Blue Door is the first theater of its kind for individuals with disabilities, military veterans, and underserved youth. Home to Theatre by the Blind, Rex and Friends, Film by the Blind, Veterans Empowerment Theatre, Creative Youth Theatre, and Outreach Through the Arts, these signature programs of CRE Outreach enhance self-esteem, encourage self-expression, and allow individual...

  • CCHS Girls Lacrosse Team Scores Win

    Mar 8, 2018

    The Culver City High Girls Lacrosse team defeated Beverly Hills High 15-5 today (Saturday)...

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