Articles from the May 13, 2021 edition


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  • Police Nab Two in Theft of $46,000

    May 13, 2021

    Culver City Police arrested 2 suspects Monday as they were using ATM skimming devices at a bank. Two suspects were Police pursued the two as they attempted to flee the scene. Police recovered 300 fraudulent ATM cards along with ATM skimming devices. CCPD responded to suspicious at about 10 a.m. at the ATM machines in the 5500 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, near Vera Way. They stopped the vehicle near Sepulveda Boulevard and Playa Street and took the suspects into custody....

  • Residential Zoning to be Addressed at June 14 City Council Meeting

    May 13, 2021

    The move was prompted by residents who addressed the Council on residential zoning and the lack of affordable housing in Culver City. Many residents, including members of the group “Culver City for More Homes,” told the councilmembers it was hard for many people who work in Culver City to find housing while others maintained increasing density would help to resolve the housing issue. On its website, the grassroots group said it is devoted to “making housing more plentiful, affordable and equitable for everyone while protecting renters and u...

  • School Board Selects Iowa Firm to Conduct Superintendent Search

    May 13, 2021

    The CCUSD Board of Education this week selected an educational. executive recruiting agency to head the search for the next superintendent. At its Tuesday night's meeting, the Board unanimously voted to approve the Iowa-based firm, Ray and Associates Inc. to find a replacement for the retiring Supt. Leslie Lockhart. The Board is expected to meet in the next few days to approve the contract with Ray and Associates which touted on its website "its commitment to inclusion, equity, social justice...

  • In-Person Services Now Available by Appointment at Culver City Hall

    May 13, 2021

    Culver City has announced that in-person city services at City Hall are now offered on a limited, appointment-only basis. City services will also continue to be available online, through email and telephone. The public is urged to make appointments for the following city services: Building Safety -- general assistance with plumbing, electrical, building and mechanical permits, making payments and picking up issued permits; City Clerk – pick-up services to retrieve documents; Planning -- zoning information, accessory dwelling units, a...

  • Bullets Spray House In Drive by Shooting

    May 13, 2021

    Gunfire rattled Culver City residents this week when at least one suspect drove through a neighborhood and opened fired on several homes. Culver City Police Officers responded to the 5200 block of Slauson Avenue at about 11:25 a.m. Wednesday to investigate reports of bullet holes that were found in a home's garage and interior walls, according to the Culver City Police Department. An ongoing search for the unidentified suspects continued into the evening Wednesday after investigators uncovered bullet holes in multiple homes. Officers and...

  • What is it like to be A Mental Health Police Officer?

    May 13, 2021
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    By Sarah Haufrect On most Tuesday mornings, you can find Officer James Thomas of the Culver City Police Department at the intersection of Venice and Sepulveda Boulevards. For the past year, along with a group of fellow officers and volunteers, he is part of a cleanup team in charge of removing trash and handing out items to the unhoused residents, like bottled water, personal hygiene products and clean socks. He said that in 2020 the department assisted in the clearance of around forty tons of...

  • Sister City Committee to Celebrate 56 Years of Friendship Between Culver City and Kaizuka

    May 13, 2021

    The Culver City Sister City Committee invites all Culver City residents to spend ninety minutes celebrating the 56th anniversary of our city’s twinning with Kaizuka, Japan on Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 p.m. Kaizuka was the second of Culver City’s five Sister Cities, and people in both cities will be meeting via Zoom to share photographs and memories of exchanges, meet local dignitaries and learn about the history of our relationship. The theme of the celebration will be Spring Renewal, a statement of hope for the future of the world and our rel...

  • Culver City teams trying to stay competitive in Bay League

    Steve Finley, Sports Editor|May 13, 2021

    Moving from the Ocean League to the more competitive Bay League has been a challenge for some of the athletic teams this year. Football, boys' basketball, boys and girls track and field and softball have proved to be some of the top teams in the league but other teams have struggled. The football team finished their season several weeks ago with a 4-1 overall record and a 4-0 league record which was good enough for first place. The boys' basketball team currently has a 7-3 overall record and a...

  • No. 2 Bruins Sweep the Cardinal at Home

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|May 13, 2021

    What's better than a weekend of UCLA Softball at the Bruins house in Easton Stadium, capping a four-game sweep over Stanford University on Sunday, highlighted by Senior Day and Mother's Day celebrations among the players, parents and families in attendance? "It's just been amazing with the support that my family has given me, and especially on Mother's Day," said Bruin pitcher Rachel Garcia, who was interviewed by PAC-12 Network announcers, Natasha Watley and Brian Webber. Garcia had just won...

  • LAFC Loans Seven Players to Las Vegas Lights FC for Upcoming Match Against Sacramento Republic FC

    May 13, 2021

    The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) announced today that the Club has loaned Bryce Duke, Danny Musovski, Alvaro Quezada, Christian Torres, Kwadwo Opoku, Tomas Romero and Cal Jennings to Las Vegas Lights FC for their match tonight, May 12 at Sacramento Republic FC at 7:30 p.m. PT. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN+. LAFC (1-1-2; 5 points) returns to action this Saturday against Seattle Sounders FC at Lumen Field at 6:30 p.m. PT on FS1, FOX Deportes, ESPN LA 110AM, ESPN App (Audio) and...

  • Eckhaus and Pait make the Los Angeles Times first team

    Steve Finley, Sports Editor|May 13, 2021

    For the first time in school history two Culver City football players made the Los Angeles Times Southern California first team. Quarterback Zevi Eckhaus and receiver Emari Pait. Eckhaus was also named Back of the Year. Both players are seniors. Normally these awards are given to the top Division 1 schools that are nationally ranked like Mater Dei and St. John Bosco so to have two Culver City players on the first team is really special. Eckhaus, who will be playing in the fall for Bryant...

  • Pac-12 football looks ahead to the 2021 season

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|May 13, 2021

    The past college football season was challenging for many schools due to the pandemic and Pac-12 schools were no exception. The Pac-12 conference played an abbreviated football schedule last season due to the Covid-19 pandemic and it showed in the 2021 NFL draft. The Conference had 28 players drafted, the lowest number for the conference since the 2013 NFL draft. From 2014 through 2020, the Pac-12 has averaged 34 players per year in the NFL draft. The USC Trojans, Oregon Ducks, and Stanford...

  • Martin Jarmond reflects on busy first year at UCLA

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|May 13, 2021

    It has been one year since Martin Jarmond was hired as the Director of Athletics at UCLA. Jarmond took the job under difficult circumstances, with the athletic program shutdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic. One year later, the athletic program has renewed energy and optimism because of the success of the athletic programs this spring. In an email message to the UCLA community, Jarmond talked about the past year, "Believe it or not, next week will mark one year since I humbly accepted the...

  • Wende Museum Reopens Its Doors

    May 13, 2021

    The Wende Museum has reopened its doors to the public. The Museum, located at 10808 Culver Blvd., is now open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and reservations are available through May 31. The Wende collection contains art, artifacts, personal histories and archival documents that record life, expression and political developments in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union during the Cold War period from 1945 to 1991. It comprises a variety of media including design objects, works on paper,...

  • Local Briefs

    May 13, 2021

    3 year old with a gun arrested 5/2: Santa Monica Police Department Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Bay Street to investigate an assault with a gun. When officers arrived on scene at 1:30 AM, they met with two women standing outside a liquor store. They that Blake Josephs Sheets, 21, accompanied by four other males, approached and attempted to speak to them about their vehicle. The victims refused the man's advance and asked to be left alone, police said. After a short argument, the Sheets went to a black BMW with Texas plates...

  • Local Briefs 2

    May 13, 2021

    Fatal Traffic Collision on 10 Fwy 5/5/21 At about 10:30 PM, Firefighters were dispatched to a report of a Traffic Collision on the eastbound Interstate 10 Freeway, east of the Centinela Ave. off ramp. They found “a significant two (2) vehicle collision with five (5) victims, two (2) of which required specialized rescue tools to extricate from the wreckage,” said the SMFD in a press release. It continued: Three (3) patients were treated and transported to local hospitals by SMFD Paramedics with moderate to severe injuries. Tragically, one (1) vi...

  • Early Release for 76000 Inmates

    May 13, 2021
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    By Corva Corvax, a Logical Opinion May 3, 2021 In what is probably not the smartest move by a state official facing a recall election during a year when violent crime is spiking across the region, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order giving extra time off of violent prisoners' sentences for "good behavior." Newsom's order changes a rule that has been in effect since 2017 that shortens sentences by one-fifth for good behavior. Now sentences can by shortened by one-third. There are currently 76,000 incarcerated individuals w...

  • LA County Goes Yellow

    May 13, 2021

    Observer Staff Los Angeles County has met the threshold for the least restrictive yellow tier in the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Today, the State released updated blueprint tier numbers; L.A. County's adjusted case rate dropped from 1.9 new cases per 100,000 people to 1.6 new cases per 100,000. The overall test positivity rate dropped from 0.9% to 0.7%, and in areas with the fewest health affirming resources, L.A. County's test positivity rate dropped from 1.0% to 0.8%. A revised Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will go into...

  • SamoHI, Malibu High Top Schools

    May 13, 2021

    By Jack Simon Santa Monica and Malibu high schools are now among the top 150 high schools in California. Santa Monica was ranked 98 while Malibu placed 146 among more than 2600 public high schools in the Golden State, according to rankings by U.S. News and World Report. U.S. News rankings are determined by college readiness scores, based on demographics, state test scores and college prep exams. Both SMMUSD high schools ranked in the top 1,000 nationally. The publication surveyed more than 17,800 public high schools nationwide for its 2021...

  • City Attorney: Pier Can Catch Fire

    May 13, 2021

    by Corva Corvax A Logical Opinion May 5, 2021 - After public outcry regarding illegal food vendors on the Santa Monica Pier, apparently run by a criminal family gang, authorities cracked down on the activity. According to a statement from Deputy City Manager Anuj Gupta on April 21, police would now accompany Code Enforcement Officers onto the pier. The city also pledged to enforce parking restrictions so that the large trucks hauling the vendor carts would not be able to park in the adjacent lots. Residents were urged to notify authorities if...

  • Unarmed Crisis Response in LA

    May 13, 2021

    By Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer Mike Bonin and the City of Los Angeles is sending out an online survey for residents and others who work in the city soliciting opinions on what types of calls armed police should answer and what should instead by answered by "trained, unarmed responders." The survey may be found online. The proposal to create an unarmed response team was first floated in June, 2020, following the sensational death of George Floyd, who was apparently high on drugs at the time of his arrest for trying to pass a...

  • Homeless Woman Killed On Freeway Ramp

    May 13, 2021

    By Jack Simon An apparently disoriented woman was struck and killed by a vehicle Sunday night as she walked down a 10 Freeway on-ramp in Santa Monica, local authorities said. The incident occurred at 10:33 p.m. on the Cloverfield Boulevard on-ramp to the eastbound Santa Monica Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The Santa Monica Police Department told the CHP the victim was seen stumbling in that area and appeared disoriented on the 2100 block of Delaware Avenue. She wandered away...

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