Articles from the May 20, 2021 edition


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  • Bryan Holds Lead in 54th Assembly Special election, Still Short of Majority

    May 20, 2021

    Isaac Bryan jumped out to a huge lead Tuesday in the six-candidate race to succeed Sydney Kamlager in the state Assembly. Preliminary results gave Democrat Bryan 49.7% of the votes in the special election for the 54th Assembly seat, though his total fell a bit short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff between the top two finishers, according to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office. . The first post-election ballot count update is scheduled for Friday. The heavily democratic, 54th As...

  • Stolen French Bulldog Reunited with Owner; Suspect Nabbed by CC Police

    May 20, 2021

    Culver City police arrested on Saturday a man who allegedly stole at gunpoint a 10-month-old French bulldog in Fox Hills earlier this week. "The French bulldog was located (unharmed) and returned to its rightful owner," Culver City Police Department said in a press release. The dog snatcher reportedly responded to an advertisement listing the dog for sale. On Wednesday, May 12, the bulldog's owner agreed to meet the man on the 6000 block of Canterbury Drive around 7 p.m. to make the exchange, ac...

  • Culver City Covid-19 Update

    May 20, 2021

    The Los Angeles County Public Health Department has reported the following Covid-19 totals for Culver City and LA County: Cases in Culver City – 2220 as of 5/19 Deaths in Culver City – 110 as of 5/19 Cases in LA County – 255 reported on 5/19 (1,237,899 cases to date) Deaths in LA County – 16 reported on 5/19 (24,117 deaths to date) Currently, there are 352 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized in the County and 22% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly...

  • Missing Oregon Teen May be in Culver City

    May 20, 2021

    A 13-year-old boy from Oregon is missing and maybe in the Culver City or Venice area according to the family. They are asking the public for help finding him and believes he could be living in the Venice Beach or Culver City area. They Scail Thomas Schmalz, 13, went missing April 30 in Medford, Oregon. Kail Thomas his grandmother told Patch. He told his grandmother that he was staying with friends that weekend but never returned home. His family believes he ran away from Oregon to California with a 16-year-old girl and could be living with...

  • Culver City Education Foundation Kicks Off 40th Anniversary

    May 20, 2021

    The Culver City Education Foundation kicked off its 40th anniversary year celebration with a successful "drive in" fundraiser on May 1 that raised $55,000. More than 100 families watched a special screening of Steven Spielberg's classic film "E.T.," at a pop-up drive in movie theater held in a parking lot on the West Los Angeles College campus. "Watching E.T. was a great way to celebrate our anniversary for many reasons including that one of the scenes in the movie was actually shot at Culver...

  • Road Closure

    May 20, 2021

    He Culver City Police Department has closed Higuera St. between Hubbard St. and Krueger St. Due to natural gas leak. Repair crews are on the way, please avoid the area....

  • School Board Approves Contract with Ray and Associates to Conduct Superintendent Search

    May 20, 2021

    The CCUSD Board of Education this week approved the contract with the consulting firm, Ray and Associates, LLC. to conduct the search for the next superintendent. Under the contract, the local school district will pay Ray and Associates a consultant fee of $19,000 plus certain expenses. Last week, the Board selected the Iowa-based, executive recruiting firm to find a replacement for the retiring Supt. Leslie Lockhart. On April 13, Lockhart announced that she was retiring from the district after...

  • The End of Single-Family Zoning?

    Letters|May 20, 2021

    Dear Editor, On Monday, May 10, the Culver City Council voted 3-2 to put on the June 14 agenda a discussion to eliminate R1/single-family home zoning. This was in response to an organized group that incorrectly believes eliminating single-family zoning will create affordable housing and help alleviate racial inequity in Culver City. Their plan would allow developers and land speculators to build up to 4 units (or more?) on almost any single-family home lot. There is an affordable housing crisis,...

  • Unsung heroes make athletic departments shine in the spotlight

    Steve Finley, Sports Editor|May 20, 2021

    Culver City athletic department and teams are some of the bests in Southern California. For the past 50 years the Centaurs have produced competitive and championship teams in almost every sport. During the past 10 years league championships have become routine and add to that Culver City's several CIF team championships and individual CIF champions in track and field. What makes a good athletic department? School administrators, an attentive athletic director, good coaches but probably the most...

  • UCLA softball starts their quest to repeat as champions

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|May 20, 2021

    PAC-12 Champs and circle the Conference wagons. UCLA is hosting the 2021 NCAA Softball Los Angeles Regionals starting this Friday at Easton Stadium, on the heels of winning back-to-back PAC-12 titles. The Bruins swept all three Conference games at the University of Arizona this past weekend to win its 11th overall PAC-12 championship, tying them with none other than the Wildcats for most ever. UCLA will face-off against Long Beach State this Friday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the second game of...

  • Four USC Women's Volleyball Players Earn Pac-12 Honor Roll Notice

    May 20, 2021

    USC women’s volleyball senior middle blocker Candice Denny (Saratoga, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS), sophomore libero Keila Barra (Pasadena, Calif./ San Marino HS), sophomore outside hitter Kalen Owes (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS), and sophomore opposite hitter Emilia Weske (Potsdam, Germany/ Leibniz Gymnasium) were each named to the Pac-12 Conference 2020-21 Fall and Winter Academic Honor Rolls on Wednesday, May 19. The 2020-21 Fall Academic Honor Roll included 725 student-athletes who participated in the sports of football, men’s and wom...

  • Los Angeles Chargers 2021 NFL Schedule

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|May 20, 2021

    The National Football League has announced the 2021 NFL schedule and the Los Angeles Chargers will open on the road for the second straight season. Below is the 2021 seventeen game regular season schedule for the Chargers: Sun., Sept. 12 at Washington Football Team 10:00 a.m. Sun., Sept. 19 Dallas Cowboys 1:25 p.m. Sun., Sept. 26 at Kansas City Chiefs 10:00 a.m. Mon., Oct. 4 Las Vegas Raiders 5:15 p.m. Sun., Oct. 10 Cleveland Browns 1:05 p.m. Sun., Oct. 17 at Baltimore Ravens 10:00 a.m. Sun., Oc...

  • Curtain Falls on Covid, Rises on Ballet

    May 20, 2021

    "Sixty ballet students performed in four private studio workshop showings for friends and family the weekend of May 15th," writes Jewels Solheim-Roe, who also wrote the captions for the photos. "We have updated our Crisis Relief efforts, after losing $20k a month for a year. We have shown immense resilience during a very long thawing winter... and now wish to thrive, not just survive!" The full cast of 60 were COVID tested so they could dance unmasked in their newly upgraded blackbox, 'Theater...

  • City Council Reviews Riot Report

    May 20, 2021

    By Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer The City Council met this week to review the OIR Group’s independent, after-action report on the events connected to the civil unrest in Santa Monica May 31, 2020. The Group’s 116-page analysis does not condemn the Santa Monica Police Department but it does contain 44 recommendations to improve the city and SMPD’s emergency response. At its meeting Tuesday night, the Council directed SMPD to prepare within 60 days a response to the report, setting out a plan for implementation of the recommendations, with...

  • Finding Nemo

    May 20, 2021

    5/12/21: AP-A beachgoer was shocked to discover a rarely-spotted fish, with a monstrous-looking body shaped like a football, washed up near Newport beach last week. Crystal Cove State Park shared pictures of the fish, which is completely black and has extremely sharp, pointy teeth, on social media on Monday. It said the creature is most likely a female Pacific Football Fish, one of more than 200 species of anglerfish around the world, typically found thousands of feet deep in the ocean. "Only...

  • Less Lethal Projectiles Still OK for Police

    May 20, 2021

    by Alyssa Erdley Observer Staff On Monday, May 10, a federal judge modified an earlier injunction restricting the Los Angeles Police Department's use of less lethal 40-millimeter and 37-millimeter projectile launchers as a means of crowd control. Headlines around the region proclaimed that U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall had granted Black Lives Matter LA's request for the injunction against this arsenal in the police's use of force. In reality, the judge expanded the circumstances...

  • Local Briefs

    May 20, 2021

    Three Arrests in BH El Pastaio Shooting In a robbery that made headlines around the world 2 months ago, a jeweler was robbed at gunpoint of a six figure luxury watch. The BHPD have now arrested a suspect in that incident. Beverly Hills police and the FBI on Wednesday announced that three suspects had been arrested in connection to an attempted robbery and shooting at the Italian restaurant Il Pastaio occurring in early March. Malik Lamont Powell, 20, Khai McGhee, 18, and Marquise Anthony Gordon, 30, were arrested Tuesday and charged with one...

  • Santa Monica Fire Chief Bill Walker to Leave Post June 4

    May 20, 2021

    By Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer Santa Monica Fire Chief Bill Walker announced on Tuesday he will be departing his post on June 4 to head up the City of Bedford Fire Department in Texas. A Southern California native, Walker has served as head of the Santa Monica Fire Department since 2016, guiding it through a period of transformation with new technology, four new fire engines, the new Fire Station 1, and Fire Station 7 at the beach, the city said in a press release. "Santa Monica could not...

  • SM-UCLA Hospital Get Mixed Grades

    May 20, 2021

    By Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer Are Santa Monica-area hospitals doing a great job protecting patients from preventable errors, accidents, injuries, and infections? UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center is acing that assignment but not Providence Saint John's Health Center, according to the Leapfrog Group, the national health care watchdog organization. In the Leapfrog Group’s Spring Safety Grades report, released this week, UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center got an “A” while Providence got a “C” assessment. The watchdog group grades hospitals...

  • SM Main Public Library Reopens, Malibu Porch Collapse

    May 20, 2021

    Santa Monica’s Main Library will reopen for limited in-person service on Tuesday, June 1. The Main Library, located at 601 Santa Monica Blvd., will offer the following services: in-person browsing of the first-floor collection, checking out items, holds pick-up, public computer use, printing and brief in-person interaction with staff. “The best way to make the most of your time at the Library is to plan your trip: wear a face mask, know the books or resources you’d like to check out or explore, and if there are any questions you have about...

  • City Wants to Demolish Parking Structure

    May 20, 2021

    by Alyssa Erdley News with Attitude City officials are asking the California Coastal Commission to approve their proposal to tear down Parking Structure 3 in downtown Santa Monica. Officials wish to replace the 337-car structure with "affordable" housing for low-income tenants. Since 1968, the parking structure has served Santa Monica and the tourists who come here. Pre-pandemic, all of the downtown parking structures regularly filled up every day with cars of people shopping in Santa Monica....

  • They're back: Over 50% of Students at SMMUSD Return to Campus

    May 20, 2021

    By Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer More than half of the students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have returned to campus for in-person instruction and the percentage is increasing daily, school officials said on Monday. But SMMUSD parents have until this Friday, May 14, to finalize their decision about in-person or distance learning for their children for the rest of this school year, said Supt Ben Drati in an email to parents. “Following this date, parents will no longer be able to switch between the two options,” he sai...

  • Time to Unmask

    May 20, 2021

    By David Ganezer 5/13/21: We've all become used to covering our faces everywhere, and no longer seeing our neighbors smile. But as announced Thursday morning by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control, and echoed by US President Joseph Biden, there is no longer a need to wear a mask whether indoors or outdoors. “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physically distancing,” CDC Director Rochelle Walesnky told a virtual press conference. “If you are fully...

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