Articles from the February 16, 2023 edition


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  • It's Oscar Season with the Oscar Nominated Shorts Series starting Feb 25th to March 11th!

    Feb 16, 2023

    The Oscar Nominated Shorts Series will be screened at the Terrace Starlight Cinemas starting with Animation Category Feb 25th, Documentary Category March 4 and Live Action March 11th! Buy all 3 nights for $45 San Pedro Film Festival 303 S. Pacific Ave 102, 90731, Los Angeles...

  • Don Coryell is finally elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporters|Feb 16, 2023

    Don Coryell, the pioneering Chargers head coach of the late 1970s and 1980s who led the National Football League into an era of explosive offensive football, has been officially selected for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Hall announced on last Thursday. It was an honor that was long overdue. "Don Coryell has had a tremendous influence on the game we know and love today," said Dean Spanos, Chargers Owner and Chairman of the Board. Whether it was through the coaches he...

  • NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE HOSTS SEVENTH ANNUAL WOMEN'S FORUM

    Feb 16, 2023

    The National Football League will host its seventh annual NFL Women's Forum on February 28 and March 1 in Indianapolis during the 2023 NFL Combine as part of its ongoing, league-wide commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The program will connect 41 women, 60% of whom are women of color, with leaders in professional football to provide insight and networking opportunities for their careers in the areas of scouting, coaching and football operations. There have been 26 NFL clubs that...

  • Anti-Camping Law Adopted by Bitterly Divided City Council

    Feb 16, 2023

    The bitterly divided City Council this week voted 3-2 to adopt an anti-camping ordinance, which allows only bedding and pillows for people sleeping on streets. The dissenting votes were cast by Vice Mayor Yasmine Ismani-McMorrin and Councilmember Freddy Puza, who blasted the ordinance as unnecessary and cruel. The new ordinance – very similar to Santa Monica’s antic-camping law – does not take effect until several goals are met by Culver City over the next few months. According to city officials, these goals include the opening of 73 new units...

  • Deceased Man Identified; Jesse Rankin, 43, Was Found on the Embankment at Lincoln Blvd Exit to the 10 Freeway West

    Feb 16, 2023

    Lincoln Blvd exit to Santa Monica Freeway has been a homeless encampment for years, with occasional deaths there. Update, 2.14.23: "The male was identified as, 42 year old, Jesse Rankin, of Los Angeles," writes Franco Pepi, Public Information Officer for the CHP. "The cause of death is unknown at this time, the LA County Coroner has custody of the body, although they did indicate, preliminary, there is NO foul play suspected. We also do believe the male was homeless. Nothing further at this time," Pepi wrote. 2.12.23: A deceased person was...

  • Culver City girls' basketball knocked out of the playoffs by Leuzinger

    Steve Finley|Feb 16, 2023

    The Lady Centaurs basketball season ended last Wednesday night when a very good Leuzinger team beat Culver City 60-35 in the CIF quarter-finals at Culver City. They finished the season with a record of 23-7 overall and 6-4 in the Bay league. They placed third in league play behind Redondo Union and Santa Monica. Leuzinger is one of the best teams in Southern California and they were at the top of their game against the Centaurs. They used their height and speed to over power Culver City....

  • THE MUSIC CENTER LAUNCHES 44th ANNUAL VERY SPECIAL ARTS FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE CREATIVE EXPRESSION OF ANGELENOS OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES

    Feb 16, 2023

    Following the success of its inaugural expansion in 2022 as a two-day celebration, The Music Center’s 44th Annual Very Special Arts Festival returns on Friday and Saturday, February 24–25, offering opportunities for creative expression to Angelenos of all abilities. The free festival, comprised of arts workshops, dance performances and more, takes place in Downtown L.A. on Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center. The Music Center’s 44th Annual Very Special Arts Festival will be dedicated to school groups on Friday, February 24, providing stude...

  • Mayor Bass Issues Statement Regarding Recent Arrest Following Possible Hate Crimes in West Los Angeles

    Feb 16, 2023

    “These attacks against members of our Jewish community in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood are absolutely unacceptable. “It is my understanding that both the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI are investigating these incidents as hate crimes so I want to be very clear: anti-Semitism and hate crimes have no place in our city or our country. Those who engage in either will be caught and held fully accountable. “At a time of increased anti-Semitism, these acts have understandably set communities on edge. Just last December, I stood blocks aw...

  • Gavin Newsom Declares New Wealth Tax Dead On Arrival In California

    Feb 16, 2023

    Governor Gavin Newsom’s office confirmed this week that Newsom opposes Assembly Bill 259, wealth tax legislation introduced in January by Assemblyman Alex Lee (D). AB 259, if enacted, would levy an annual 1.0% tax on worldwide assets exceeding $50 million. Net worth above $1.0 billion would be taxed at a 1.5% annual rate. Governor Newsom said a wealth tax was “not part of the conversation” and that such proposals were “going nowhere” in California when a state wealth tax was first floated in Sacramento three years ago, albeit at a much lowe...

  • State Treasurer Fiona Ma Appoints Joe DeAnda Director of Communications

    Feb 16, 2023

    State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced the appointment of Joe DeAnda as Director of Communications for the State Treasurer’s Office (STO). As Director of Communications, DeAnda will lead all communications efforts for the State Treasurer, the STO, and its many financing boards, commissions, and authorities. In the role he will develop and execute strategic messaging campaigns, manage the Treasurer’s public engagement efforts across the state, and serve as the office’s main point of contact for the media. DeAnda has nearly two decades of publi...

  • California nurses renew fight for guaranteed health care

    Feb 16, 2023

    Vowing never to back down against the corporate health care industry, the California Nurses Association (CNA) announced today they are renewing their fight to pass CalCare. The legislation, which made historic gains in the Assembly last session, would guarantee free, comprehensive, high-quality health care to all California residents as a human right through a single-payer system. The union of 100,000 California registered nurses – in partnership with Assemblymember Ash Kalra, author of AB 1400 last session and now AB 1690 – plans to spend the...

  • Twitter Will Allow Cannabis Businesses to Advertise

    Feb 16, 2023

    Twitter announced this week that the platform will now allow licensed cannabis businesses to run purchase advertising campaigns—provided that those businesses are targeting only those users who live within a given state market. The sudden move opens a major marketing opportunity for licensed operators. The social media landscape has thus far been hostile to the cannabis industry, with the prime example being Instagram’s routine shut-down of cannabis-related accounts (including our own, @cannabisbusinesstimes). But the cannabis community, otherw...

  • The CBDoil.clinic have teamed up with Happy Hippy Herbals to make ordering the best CBD oil in Australia, fast and easy.

    Feb 16, 2023

    With medical marijuana in Australia being one of the most demanded healing alternatives in recent years, it's fantastic to see Australia's laws have changed to allow everyday Aussies access to premium effective CBD oils manufactured by Happy Hippy Herbals. CBDoil.clinic have a full range of CBD products to suit every member of the family. Perhaps a child is struggling with ADHD and isn't doing too well at school, try the Purple Label oil from Happy Hippy Herbals. 5 drops is all it takes. For tho...

  • Maryland Writer Hopes Debut Novel Will Help Others Dealing with Grief

    Feb 16, 2023

    Upon becoming widowed suddenly at 40, Michelle Paris found writing to be very cathartic. Always a sucker for a happy ending, Ms. Paris decided to write her own. New Normal is a fictionalized version of Paris's own experience with grief. It tells a story of loss through relatable characters who find themselves in situations ranging from devastating to heartwarming and comedic. It took Ms. Paris more than ten years to write and edit the novel. She shopped it around to agents and editors who...

  • Optimum Hires Tracie Blankenship in Key Role of Vice President of Community Management

    Feb 16, 2023

    Property management powerhouse Optimum announced the hire of Tracie Blankenship, a veteran in the regional Southern California community management world, to join its team under the title of Vice President of Community Management. Her addition marks a commitment to supporting and strengthening the core management of the company from the inside out. Blankenship has been employed in the community management industry since 1999. She considers herself to be "homegrown" in the industry, having begun...

  • National Civic League Presents All-America City Award to HACLA and Los Angeles City Partners

    Feb 16, 2023

    On Thursday, February 16, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) joined Councilmember Curren Price of Los Angeles Council District 9 to receive the All-America City Award. Presented by the National Civic League, the All-America City Award (AAC) is a national prestigious award given to 10 cities annually to recognize communities that have successfully leveraged civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness, and innovation to address local challenges. The City of Los Angeles and...

  • Formerly Homeless will kick off a National Campaign to end homelessness and racism in America.

    Feb 16, 2023

    As new efforts are underway to address the homeless crisis in Los Angeles and neighboring Cities, a basic theme must be considered. "Give a man a fish and he will eat today. Teach him to fish and he will eat forever." One organization has established a track record of breaking the cycle. Active Recycling Co Inc has embarked on a "Teaching a Man to Fish" program in addressing homelessness. The majority of homeless in Los Angeles are men and women of color. For whatever reason, this cannot be...

  • California Regulators Offer Grants to Local Governments to License Cannabis Retailers

    Feb 16, 2023

    t's been five years since California launched adult-use cannabis sales in 2018, and nearly two-thirds of the state's cities and counties still prohibit dispensaries within their jurisdictions. To encourage more local governments to host cannabis retailers, the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) announced Feb. 14 that it has launched a Local Jurisdiction Retail Access Grant to provide cities and counties with the resources to develop and implement licensing programs for...

  • Momentum in Minnesota to legalize cannabis

    Feb 16, 2023

    The path for Minnesota to legalize adult-use cannabis in 2023 continued to progress this week as legislation advanced through additional House and Senate committees. Most recently, the Minnesota House Education Committee adopted House File 100 as amended on Feb. 16. That was the ninth committee in the lower chamber to move the legislation forward on its vetting route to the House Floor. The Health Committee is the next stop on Feb. 21. The legalization proposal would allow adults 21 and older...

  • Big 12 Conference Leads the Way on the 2023 Werner Ladder Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year Late Season Watch List

    Feb 16, 2023

    Today, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the 15 members of the Werner Ladder Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year late season watch list. For seven of this year's candidates, this isn't the first time they've vied for the award. Chris Collins (Northwestern), Mick Cronin (UCLA), Sean Miller (Xavier), Nate Oats (Alabama), Matt Painter (Purdue), Kelvin Sampson (Houston) and Shaka Smart (Marquette) are all previous candidates, with Sampson and Smart making the late-season list just last year. Ca...

  • Kevin McCarthy gives Tucker Carlson access to January 6 Capitol security footage

    Feb 16, 2023

    House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has granted Fox News host Tucker Carlson access to all of the US Capitol security footage from January 6, according to multiple sources. The highly unusual move – a House speaker handing over a massive trove of internal government materials to a friendly media outlet – comes after the California Republican faced significant pressure from his right flank to relitigate the work of the House select committee that investigated the January 6, 2021, insurrection. During his bid for the speakership, McCarthy vowed to hol...

  • JOURNALISM - CULVER CITY OBSERVER EDITORIAL

    Feb 16, 2023

    It's a question that most people around the world have been asking for years, with evidence considered for the answer becoming more and more grim. Print circulation had dropped 30 percent in the last 30 years, and the number of newspaper employees has declined by 50 percent in the last 15 years. In those same years, newspaper advertising shrank to less than 20 percent of what it was in 2005. As a result, it's no wonder two thirds of the counties in the United States today have no daily newspaper...

  • Top-Ranked Rahm Takes Riviera

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|Feb 16, 2023

    The Genesis Invitational, The Riviera Country Club and Pacific Palisades' perfect weather delivered once again for the PGA Tour. Spaniard Jon Rahm battled to win for the third time in his last five attempts to punctuate the 2023 West Coast Swing and retake the top of the OWGR standings. The magnitude of the win wasn't lost on Rahm, increasing his No. 1 world ranking to 44 total weeks and tied for 11th on the all-time list. "That putt on 14 was huge. A great par putt on 15 and that shot on 16...

  • Culver City High School Baseball - Marcos McVey

    George Laase|Feb 16, 2023

    Centaur second baseman Marcos McVey stays focused and completes the double play against Leuzinger last Saturday in their season opener. They won that game game 24-2 but lost their game last Tuesday to North Torrance 3-2. Their next home game is Tuesday against Hawthorne at 3:15 p.m....

  • USC men's basketball hopes to move up in the Pac-12 standings

    Steve Finley|Feb 16, 2023

    The USC men's basketball team has five game remaining on their regular season schedule to try to improve their record in the Pac-12 and move closer to the top. At press time, (Wednesday) the 9-5 Trojans were in fourth place behind first place UCLA (11-2), second place Arizona (11-4) and third place Utah (10-5). They face Stanford on Saturday at 7 p.m. at home at the Galen Center. The Trojans have relied on their senior duo of Boogie Ellis and Drew Peterson but if they want to move up in the...

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