Articles from the December 14, 2017 edition


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  • 'Tis The Season in Downtown Culver City

    Keira Mohammed, Kid Scoop Media Correspondent|Dec 14, 2017

    Age 11, CCMS student Downtown Culver City was in full festive mode on Thursday, December 7th, as dozens of white-shirted choir students filed onto the stage that sat in front of the large Christmas tree beside the Culver Hotel. As the students began to sing, people crowded the view with their iPhones as they snapped pictures and recorded videos of their children on stage. The students were from La Ballona and Linwood E. Howe Elementary schools. Kicking off the festivities, the children sang...

  • Chargers Win Again! Await Showdown With Chiefs

    Bill Seals|Dec 14, 2017

    Tom Telesco, the General Manager of the Los Angeles Chargers, must be beaming these days with the play of his 2017 5th round draft pick from Iowa. Rookie defensive back Desmond King has become the epitome of being a Charger. He is a player, like his team, who is getting better and better every week. On Sunday at the StubHub Center in Carson, the Chargers crushed the visiting Washington Redskins 30-13, setting up a big division matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday. The victory was the...

  • Get Ready: Ohtani, From Japan to The Angels To Hit And Pitch

    Mitch Chortkoff, Sports Editor|Dec 14, 2017

    Shohei Ohtani is a 23-year-old baseball star who’s been called The Babe Ruth of Japan. He wants to pitch, perhaps rest a day and then play in the outfield the rest of the week. However, the Angels are likely to make him a Designated Hitter at the outset. Playing the outfield will come later according to general manager Billy Eppler. Angel fans better get used to the plan because an international competition ended last week when Ohtani said no to five other finalists and chose the Angels. The D...

  • Rams Drop Game To Eagles - 43-35

    Fred Altieri|Dec 14, 2017

    NFL pro football is alive and well at the Coliseum. Over 67,000 fans saw the Los Angeles Rams lose a wildly entertaining "battle royale", 43-35, to the Philadelphia Eagles on a warm Sunday, December 10th afternoon. However, the biggest news was Eagles' quarterback Carson Wentz suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, effectively ending his 2017 NFL MVP-contending season. The third home loss of the season washed away any hopes the Rams (9-4) had to capture home-field advantage throughout the...

  • Developers to Meet With Fox Hills Residents

    Dec 14, 2017

    Community leaders and the developers, HSH Management have been at odds how to develop the site where Marshalls and CVS are located. The developer is hosting a Community Open House meeting regarding mobilityand transportation. The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel on Wednesday December 20 starting at 6:30 pm. Mobility experts from Sam Schwartz Engineering will be present to facilitate and receive community input on issues of parking, traffic, mobility, transportation demand management and pedestrian/bike safety. Information...

  • Neil's Rebuttal To Anders' Letter

    Neil Rubenstein, Observer Columnist|Dec 14, 2017

    Here’s my attempt at a rebuttal to Bruce Ander’s letter written November 30-December 6, 2017.With so many dozens of brand-new teachers with little or no real classroom experience having been hired by the district in the past three years, one would think that the district’s average cost of its teaching staff would be way down. But, if you check out the CCUSD/CCFT negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreements (on the district’s website under Fiscal Services) covering this and last school years (...

  • New Kids Get New Playground Facilities at Vet's Park

    Dec 14, 2017

    The Culver City Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) Departmentannounced that after a brief delay, the replacement of the large central play structure within the Veterans Memorial Park Age 5 – 12 Playground began on Wednesday, December 13. The contractor is R.E. Schultz, Construction, Inc. It is anticipated that the replacement of the equipment will take approximately two weeks, during which time a construction fence will remain around the project. During construction, all other areas of the Age 5 – 12 Playground and the Age 2 – 5...

  • Nine Sen. Holly J. Mitchell bills helping youths, reforming criminal justice take effect Jan. 1, 2018

    Dec 14, 2017

    Protecting foster children and reforming the juvenile and criminal justice systems to put greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion are among the nine new laws by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell. The measures take effect Jan. 1, 2018, and are among Mitchell's five biggest accomplishments of the past year, highlighted in an end-of-session recap HERE:"Fighting to improve the quality of life for California children and young adults with my #EquityAndJustice package is a...

  • Culver City to Offer Clean Energy Choices

    Dec 14, 2017

    The City Council of Culver City voted on December 11 to join the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy Authority (LACCE), making it one of the first cities in the County to join. LACCE is a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) organization that will purchase electricity on behalf of its member cities for sale to residents and businesses in their communities. Formation of CCAs are authorized under California Assembly Bill 117 (2002) and California Senate Bill 790 (2011), which allow local governments in California to purchase electricity in the...

  • Culver Studios Donates to Culver City Backpacks for Kids

    Dec 14, 2017

    Holiday donation will finance two weeks' worth of food supplies for program At The Culver Studios' recent community holiday party Hackman Capital CEO and President Michael Hackman got into the spirit of the season of giving by announcing a generous donation to the Culver City Backpacks for Kids Program. The gift will finance the purchase of two weeks' worth of supplies for the innovative program that helps insure needy Culver City students have sufficient food for the weekend. "At this time of...

  • Leslie Lockhart Named New School Superintendent

    CCUSD|Dec 14, 2017

    At tonight's CCUSD School Board meeting, the five-member board of education voted unanimously to appoint Leslie Lockhart as Superintendent of the Culver City Unified School District. "Leslie Lockhart has been serving as interim superintendent for these past six months, and has demonstrated that she has the talent, vision, passion, and skills to be CCUSD's next superintendent," said School Board President Kathy Paspalis. "As a long-time employee of CCUSD, she knows the district extremely well,...

  • Culver Fire Dept. Responds to Fires

    Stephen Hadland, Observer Publisher|Dec 14, 2017

    Culver City sent Engine 41 with four firefighters to help fight the Thomas Fire in Ventura County this week. The engine was part of a strike team composed for units from Culver City, Santa Monica and Beverly Hill Fire Departments. As of Thursday morning the Culver City strike team was involved in structure protection in the City of Ventura. According to Culver City Battalion Chief Rob Kohlhepp an additional call came in Wednesday for the Skirball fire burning in Bel Air. Culver City sent a...

  • Text to 9-1-1 Available in Culver City

    Dec 14, 2017

    Mobile users in Los Angeles County, including Culver City, can send text messages to 9-1-1, giving hearing and speech impaired residents, or those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, a potentially lifesaving option. How to Text to 9-1-1 in an Emergency: • Please only use Text to 9-1-1 as a last resort. Call if you can-text if you can't. • Enter the numbers "911" in the "To" field. Do not include any other recipients. • The first text message to 9-1-1 should be brief and conta...

  • Together We Can End Neighborhood Oil Drilling

    Letters|Dec 14, 2017

    Dear Editor, Thank you for your ongoing coverage of the Inglewood Oil Field. The good news for public health and safety is that both the EIR and scientific studies give our city council compelling evidence and legal grounds to adopt important safeguards including: a fracking ban; a 2500 foot buffer from homes, schools and parks; and no net new wells (i.e. an existing well must be safely closed for every new well allowed). The EIR and the science also both reach the same clear conclusion – there...

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