Articles from the April 18, 2019 edition


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  • Mayor Small Gives 'State of the City' Address

    Stephen Hadland, Observer Publisher|Apr 18, 2019

    Culver City Mayor Thomas Small was beaming as he delivered his "State of the City" address to more than 600 members of the community. "Our city remains socially, culturally and economically diverse while our school district was recently named the fourth most diverse in the country," Small said during last week's address, which was presented in the evening at the newly-remodeled Robert Frost Auditorium. Small talked about his tenure on the Council and the city's accomplishments and major...

  • Culver High Freshman Wins Tennis Championship

    George Laase, Culver City High|Apr 18, 2019

    Culver High Freshman, Gregory Troyan won the Ocean League's Single's Championship last week at Santa Monica High. After easily beating SaMo's Nino Collias in the first round in a Pro set format, 8-2, Troyan advanced to the round of sixteen to play his fellow Culver City teammate #2 singles player, Noah Tyau. Since they practice together, they knew each other's game very well. Troyan defeated Tyau in straight sets: 6-1, 6-1. Advancing to the next round of eight, Troyan took on the #1 Singles...

  • Affordable Homes Project on Globe Ave

    Apr 18, 2019

    Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles continued the project to build 10 new homes to be offered at affordable prices. Culver City is a partner with Habitat LA on this project and generously donated the vacant land and waived all building permit fees for these homes. Saturdays "built" was hosted by Albert Vera, owner of Sorrento Italian Market. This project features six new detached single family homes with three bedrooms and two bathrooms and four new attached homes with three bedrooms...

  • A Love Story

    Stephen Hadland, Observer Publisher|Apr 18, 2019

    Herb Rosenberg left us on April 2, 2019, but he and his wife Diane left us a legacy of love, commitment and a sense of devotion many of us strive to achieve. Like so many people the Rosenberg's and I were bound together by this place called Culver City. Friendly and affable they were always happy to greet me and Herb was especially fond of talking about his beloved wife Diane. Rarely in my life have I seen a couple so devoted to each other. The facts and statistics do not tell the complete...

  • Jerry Brown Endorses Mitchell For County Supervisor

    Apr 18, 2019

    Former California Governor, Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr. endorses one of the most effective representatives in the state legislature in addressing the social and economic challenges Californians face; Senator Holly J. Mitchell, for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. "Holly Mitchell has been a real leader on behalf of the people of Los Angeles. She's negotiated state budgets, championed criminal justice reform and fought to make government work better for everyone – I'm glad to e...

  • Woman's Club Holding Spring Fashion Show

    Apr 18, 2019

    The Culver City Woman's Club is having a Spring Fashion Show on Saturday, April 27th at the Dressbarn, 5373 W. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles (in the Ladera Center). The doors open at 9:00am and a continental breakfast will be served. The show will begin at 9:30am. There will be raffle prizes and discounts on all purchases. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance, or $25 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the local charities that the club supports. For tickets or more information please call...

  • Jon Anderson and Fab Four Headline at Saban

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Apr 18, 2019

    Two concerts that you don't want to miss are landing at The Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. On April 26, living legend Jon Anderson, former lead singer, songwriter, and co-founder of Yes will be treating his adoring fans to his distinctive vocal excellence, one of the most recognizable voices in the history of music. Anderson was the author and a major creative influence behind the ground-breaking album 'Fragile' as well as the series of epic, complex pieces such as "Awaken," "Gates of...

  • Culver City Nurse Spreads Love and Hope Around the World

    Apr 18, 2019

    Few employees can boast that they've worked in every hospital department, but in her 33 years at Southern California Hospital at Culver City, Enid McKenzie, RN, can do just that. McKenzie's career began when she joined the hospital after moving from Belize in 1973. She always loved helping people medically; but 20 years ago, she transferred to behavioral health where she found her niche-a place where she could partner both her medical skills with her desire to help those with mental health...

  • Glickman of Culver City Awarded Summer Research Grant in India

    Apr 18, 2019

    Wesleyan University student and Culver City native Claire Glickman will conduct laboratory research in India this summer as a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education's Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program (UISFL) grant. Glickman will work at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai. She will be working in the laboratory of Sudipta Maiti, professor in the Department of Chemical Sciences. Glickman previously attended Culver City High School. "In my mind, what is particularly exciting about thes...

  • Winter Writing Contest Winner

    Apr 18, 2019

    Honorable Mention This Week We feature the first 2 Honorable Mentions in the contest The Culver City Observer believes that a fundamental part of life is learning how to write. Last week we featured the first-place winner. This week we feature the 2nd place winner Andrew Oda. We will be featuring the writing of other winners in the upcoming weeks. The ASB sponsored this year's contest. The first-place winner received a $50 Amazon gift card and the 2nd and 3rd place winners received $25 Amazon...

  • UCLA Track and Field Shows Strong Performance

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|Apr 18, 2019

    The UCLA outdoor track & field team continued a strong 2019 season with some stellar performances at the 17th annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational on Saturday at Drake Stadium on the campus of UCLA. The Bruins, currently ranked in the top 25 in both the men’s and women’s national rankings, were led by sophomore Alyssa Wilson, who won three field events on Saturday. The invitational, which honors two of the greatest track & field athletes in Bruin and Olympic history, was hig...

  • LA Football Club Faces Tough Seattle Team

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|Apr 18, 2019

    Off to one of the quickest starts in MLS history, LAFC (6-0-1) will test its mettle in a home-and-away series versus the hot Seattle Sounders FC (5-0-1) starting this Sunday. The highly anticipated matches comes on the heels of LAFC's third consecutive shutout, a well-earned 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati last Saturday night at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC is leading the highly competitive Western Conference with 19 points, followed by Seattle with 16. City-rival L.A. Galaxy, with five wins in...

  • Culver City High Sports Spring Update

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|Apr 18, 2019

    There are less than two months remaining in Culver City High athletics for the 2019 academic year. Currently seven programs are winding down the regular season in preparation for the CIF postseason in the coming weeks: girls and boys track and field, girls and boys lacrosse, boys tennis, softball and baseball. Both Centaur track and field teams continued to enjoy success in Ocean League, invitational and regional meets this season. Culver City will host the Ocean League track and field Prelims...

  • Clippers Play Warriors Sunday While Lakers Look For New Coach

    Steve Finley, Sports Reporter|Apr 18, 2019

    The Los Angeles Clippers just completed one of the largest comebacks in NBA playoff history last Monday and the Lakers are trying to complete a search for a new coach. Both teams are in positions that no one thought they would be in but that's the nature of the sports world. The Clippers, led by Lou Williams' 36 points came from 31 points down to stun the Golden State Warriors in Oakland. Williams also had 11 assists and Danilo Gallinari had 25 points and Montrezl Harrell scored 24 and grabbed...

  • AFC West Mock Draft

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|Apr 18, 2019

    It is believed by many people around the NFL that the Los Angeles Chargers have one of the best rosters in the NFL. The Chargers apparently believe that as well, as they have been relatively quiet during the offseason. That will change soon with the upcoming NFL Draft, which starts on April 25th. Here is a look at a three round mock draft I created for AFC West division teams - Round 1: #4 Oakland Raiders – Clenin Ferrell, DE, Clemson, 6'4", 264 - The Raiders had the worst pass rush in the N...

  • Culver City Sales Tax 10.25%...Now Second Highest in State

    Apr 18, 2019

    Dear Editor: In response to the Observer’s article, “Culver City Sales Tax 10.25%...Now Second Highest in State,”(4/11/’19) there is another side to the issue: On Election Day, November 6, 2018, 71% of the Culver City voters approved Measure C, the Neighborhood Safety and City Services Protection Sales Tax. The tax, equal to one penny on every four dollars of goods and services purchased within the city raises approximately $4,900.000/year toward maintaining the current level of fire, police and paramedic protections as well as maintai...

  • Kamala Harris Proposes Whopping $13K Increase for Teachers

    Neil Rubenstein, Observer Columnist|Apr 18, 2019

    I read with interest the California Senator and Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris is proposing a salary increase for teachers of darn near $13,000 per year. It seems for every buck received by the districts three dollars would be from Washington and the Feds. Now don’t get me wrong I like instructors, but if we need to reward groups and causes; we could start with Native Americans who have been decimated since the Mayflower by Europeans-can we give them $15,000 each per year? Then $20,000 g...

  • Headliners to Appear at Saban

    Steven Lieberman|Apr 18, 2019

    There are five great concerts coming to the Canyon Clubs. In Agoura Hills, Raul Malo, charismatic frontman for The Mavericks, is taking a break from their tour to take the stage solo on May 9 for a special performance. The Grammy winner is the sole writer of many of their songs and has a hauntingly beautiful and lush baritone voice. Drawing on a mix of classic country and cow-punk standards, Malo, a son of Cuban immigrants, and his genre-defying band have been entertaining their adoring fans...

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