Articles from the April 12, 2018 edition

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  • Election Over? Whoa Hold Up a Minute-Second Seat Still a Horse Race

    Stephen Hadland, Observer Publisher|Apr 12, 2018

    Alex Fisch was elected to the Culver City City Council by voters on Tuesday. However with 1548 VBM and Provisional ballots still to be county Daniel Lee's 170 vote lead over Albert Vera could be erased. Fisch's election was never in doubt Tuesday night, after the first precincts began reporting their tallies. He consistently had a comfortable lead. Lee lead most of the evening but Vera pulled into the second spot when Culver Crest and Sunkist Park precincts' totals rolled in. However, the final...

  • Ko and Jutanugarn Share Lead in LA Open

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|Apr 12, 2018

    Jin Young Ko and Moriya Jutanugarn share the third round lead in the 2018 HUGEL-JTBC LA Open at the historic Wilshire Country Club. The LPGA return to the City of Los Angeles for the first time since 2001 was just what the ladies tour was looking for in terms of showcasing talent, putting on a show with World #1 implications. Ko and Jutanugarn, ranked #18 and #17 in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings respectively, are tied at 9-under. Inbee Park (#3), Eun-Hee Ji (#21), Marina Alex (#37), Minj...

  • New Owner for Frank Sinatra's Culver City Hangout

    Apr 12, 2018

    Dear John’s on Culver Blvd has a new owner, Ben Myron. He promises excitement ahead! The iconic sign will stay the same; Myron plans to keep the sign, now decades-old, as a tribute to the bar's history. Frank Sinatra loved the food. He convinced owner Johnny Harlowe, who once graced the silver screen, to open a restaurant. Dear John's was born in 1962. Harlowe had met and befriended Sinatra through his work in the early 60's with the Johnsons’ Boys Club. Dear John’s was a 60's watering hole for celebrities, studio execs, musicians, actor...

  • Public Invited to Desalination Project Meeting in El Segundo

    Neil Rubenstein, Observer Columnist|Apr 12, 2018

    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. Sidney’s background will allow Kamlager to hit the floor running - she ran the district office for Holly Mitchell when Holly was both the Assembly member from Culver City, and also State Senator. These figures from the information sent to Sacramento by the Culver City Unified School District and T...

  • St. Paul Easter Baseball Tournament

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|Apr 12, 2018

    Spring Break 2018 served Culver City High baseball well. The Centaurs won four of five games to earn third place in the 24-team St. Paul Easter Tournament. The Centaurs will take their successful 11-2 pre-league record heading into Ocean League action beginning this week with a two-game series against the always-tough El Segundo High Eagles. The game of the tournament was Culver’s thrilling extra-inning come-from-behind 7-6 victory over Ontario Christian High. The win propelled them into the s...

  • Driver Killed in Crash on Washington Blvd

    Apr 12, 2018

    Carlos Gausman, 25, of Santa Monica was killed when his car hit a tree on Washington Blvd. April 6 after a hit and run accident he was speeding away from. Culver City Police received a call at 4:20 a.m. saying a single car had collided with a tree on Washington Blvd. between Helms and Sherbourne Avenues. Police officers and the Culver City Fire Department were on the scene. The Fire Department attempted first aid, which was unsuccessful. Lt. Troy Dunlop, Culver City Police Community Relations liaison, said that speed was the primary factor in...

  • Rep. Pelosi Through a Kids Eyes

    Isabel Musselman, Kid Scoop Media Correspondent|Apr 12, 2018

    President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the “TrumpTax,” has been the topic of controversy since its signing on December 22. The TrumpTax caps state and local tax deductions at $10,000, on top of cutting corporate taxes and eliminating most itemized deductions. In a state like California, where the average state and local deduction is $17,000, taxpayers are likely to see a large increase in taxes—not the reduction they were promised. On Wednesday, April 4th, Culver City’s Veterans Auditorium flooded with media and politically minded citizens, a...

  • Chargers First Round Options in the NFL Draft

    Bill Seals|Apr 12, 2018

    The 2018 NFL Draft is less than two weeks away (April 26th through the 28th). The Los Angeles Chargers have a very good roster and really need to use this draft to build depth and to find replacements for players that they could lose in free agency in the future. The Chargers have addressed the offense with the addition of free agent Center Mike Pouncey. Forrest Lamp, the Chargers 2nd round pick from 2017, will be back after missing his entire rookie season with an ACL injury. He will start at...

  • Culver For A Cause 5K Charity Run

    Apr 12, 2018

    Culver for a Cause will hold a 5k race on Saturday, April 14. The race will begin at 9 am at Culver City High school. The event will include food, live music, free t-shirts, and medals. Proceeds will be directed to CCUSD Culver Closet, providing clothing and toiletry items to culver city school families in need. donations will be given to Peruvian women to help them gain access to educational opportunities. Culver City High School is located at 4401 Elenda Street, Culver City. To register or...

  • Sydney Kamlager To Be Sworn in State Assembly

    Apr 12, 2018

    Assemblywoman-elect Sydney Kamlager will formally take her Oath of Office Monday, April 16 at 3 p.m. in the State Capitol Building. Ms. Kamlager will immediately begin to serve the unexpired term of former Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas following the swearing-in ceremony. As incumbent officeholder, she will stand for re-election in the upcoming Statewide Direct Primary Election to be held June 5. Ms. Kamlager will officially resign her elected duties as president of the Los Angeles...

  • Lakers and Clippers Are Out Of NBA Playoffs

    Steve Finley, Sports Reporter|Apr 12, 2018

    For the first time in recent memory, both the Clippers and the Lakers will start their summer vacations early. The Clippers will miss the playoffs for the first time in seven years, although they will finish the season with a winning record. The Lakers will miss the playoffs for the fifth straight year. So for the Los Angeles professional basketball fan this feels different. With so many other sports in Los Angeles it's not so bad but it still hurts. It's like the NBA All-Star game being played...

  • Observer Publisher Files Complaint with State Bar

    Apr 12, 2018

    Culver City Observer Publisher Stephen Hadland has filed a complaint with the California State Bar against attorney Les Greenberg, Esq. for requesting criminal charges be filed against him and Culver City Councilman Jim Clarke. Greenberg sent letters to both City Attorney Carol Schwab and Police Chief Scott Bixby. Schwab has already rejected the request. In requesting the investigation, Mr. Hadland stated: “In each case, Mr. Greenberg, Esq. threatened and requested that Councilmember Clarke and myself be subject to criminal prosecution for e...