Articles from the May 26, 2016 edition


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  • Verdi Chorus Presents Outstanding Spring Performance

    Steven Lieberman|May 26, 2016

    There was song and dance as The Verdi Chorus took the stage for their spring performances this past weekend at the acoustically-sound First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica. This is the chorus' 33rd year of showcasing glorious operatic repertoire and continues to be one of the jewels of the Los Angeles opera scene. The Chorus showed the audience why as they presented two flawless performances that were themed "Italian Passions." Before the show began, chorus president Frank Strauss spoke...

  • Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher's Post-OTA Comments

    May 26, 2016

    Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher – Post-OTA – June 1, 2016 "Yesterday, we started our OTAs with a team meeting and you go through the administrative stuff, and I talked to them about the three players that were not here in yesterday's meeting and wouldn't be there. One is (RB) Tre Mason who has been excused for personal reasons, we're in contact with Tre. Second is (S) T.J. McDonald, and that's also the case – he's been excused for personal reasons and we've been in touch with T.J. And l...

  • Rams Running Back Todd Gurley's Post-OTA Comments

    May 26, 2016

    RB Todd Gurley – Post-OTA – June 1, 2016 (On how it feels to be back out at practice) "If feels good being back out here. Last year this time I wasn't. Starting off pretty good, trying to keep it rolling." (On how much he thinks it helps him to be doing everything this time of the year compared to last year when he wasn't able to because of his injury) "Most definitely helped me out a lot more than not being able to do anything last year and to just to get back on the field and do football stu...

  • Rams Quarterback Jared Goff's Post-OTA Comments

    May 26, 2016

    Rams QB Jared Goff Post-OTA – June 1, 2016 (On how the first two days of OTAs have been) "Good. A lot of learning. Trying to catch up with the speed and learn as best as I can. I feel like every day I come out here and get a little bit better, a little bit better – learn a little bit more. It's gone really well so far." (On if he has to remind himself not to get too worried about learning everything right away because it takes time to adjust to the professional level) "Absolutely. I think rig...

  • Schools on Lockdown Due To UCLA Shooting

    May 26, 2016

    The Los Angeles Unified School District reports that Fairburn and Warner elementary schools and Emerson Middle School, all of which are located near the UCLA campus, were placed on lockdown. The UCLA Administration has asked all professors to call or email students advising them to cancel classes for at least the next few hours. Meanwhile the Los Angeles Police Department has been placed on Tactical Alert....

  • Police Investigating Shooting on UCLA Campus, 2 Dead

    May 26, 2016

    Police are investigating a shooting in Engineering IV. Police and Paramedicsare on the scene and report that there are two victims. Both Victims are dead. The campus remains on lockdown. People are being asked to shelter in place....

  • Justin Hayward Is Coming Here to Perform

    Steven Lieberman|May 26, 2016

    The Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward, out on his latest U.S. solo tour, will be making a stop at two concert venues in Los Angeles -- The Rose in Pasadena on June 11th, and The Canyon Club on June 12th. The 69-year-old singer/guitarist/composers' excursion has been dubbed the Stage Door tour, which is named after a tune from his 1975 debut solo effort, Songwriter. The Stage Door tour title reflects his journey from young boy hanging out by the stage door without a ticket to the artist going...

  • Culver High's Chodosh Graduates from Macalester College

    May 26, 2016

    Lydia Houston Chodosh, the daughter of Joshua Chodosh and Perrin Pleninger of Los Angeles, , graduated from Macalester during the college's Commencement exercises on May 14. Chodosh received a liberal arts degree in English (Literature). Chodosh is a graduate of Culver City High. . Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg presented diplomas to 491 graduating seniors. Commencement ceremonies included an academic procession led by the Macalester Pipe Band, flag bearers representing the 39...

  • Crowds Celebrate Metro Extension To The Beach

    Lynne Bronstein|May 26, 2016

    At 9:45 a.m. on May 20 a gray and yellow light rail train came into Downtown Santa Monica Station at 5th and Colorado. Media people snapped pictures and took videos, an audience cheered, and a number of city officials and Metro employees exited the train. The full-length Expo Line, from downtown Los Angeles to the sea, had finally opened. The Expo Line now constitutes 15.2 miles across the Los Angeles basin, with 19 stations. Work on the Expo Line began in the early 2000s, with community meeting...

  • FANTAASTIC: LA To Host 2021 Super Bowl

    Mitch Chortkoff|May 26, 2016

    The first Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles in 1967. The 55th one will be hosted by Los Angeles in 2021 in the LA Rams’ new stadium in Inglewood. This is not trivial news. It is, in fact, fantastic news. If you’re a fan of National Football League games or not, be happy for all the fans of the sport and all the local businesses that will profit from the event. Thousands of visitors will arrive for a week-long party preceding the game. They’ll spend millions of dollars. LA was also biddi...

  • Mistakes Are Being Made On VA Claims

    Neil Rubenstein|May 26, 2016

    Are you a veteran? Have you been denied benefits or is your disability rating too low for your actual symptoms? The Inspector General for the Department of Veteran Affairs issued a report last spring showing its San Diego office had a 53 percent error rate and the Los Angeles office made mistakes on a whopping 71 percent of its claims. I must admit at first blush I was surprised to hear about the new legislation being pushed through New York City’s city council. The legislation, if approved, wou...

  • Culver-Palms Offers Program on Central American Child Refugees

    May 26, 2016

    On Sunday, June 12 from noon until 1:30 pm Culver-Palms United Methodist Church will present a program on "Unaccompanied Minors and Their Families: The Central American Refugee Crisis." The speaker will be Guillermo Torres, a faith-rooted organizer with CLUE (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice). In the summer of 2015, Mr. Torres joined an interfaith delegation at the Guatemalan-Mexican border to observe first-hand the dangers these child migrants face. He will discuss what motivates...

  • Assessor Jeffrey Prang To Host Community & Real Estate Professionals Forum

    May 26, 2016

    Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang is hosting a forum of real estate professionals in Culver City on Thursday, June 2 at Veterans Memorial Complex’ Garden Room.. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss ideas and challenges faced by real estate professionals when interacting with the County property tax system. The forum is open to the public and is free to attend. “This forum is an opportunity for real estate professionals to better understand the Los Angeles County property tax system and the services my Office offers,” said...

  • City Manager's Update

    John Nachbar|May 26, 2016

    • Expo Grand Opening Ceremony – Council Members Göran Eriksson, Meghan Sahli-Wells, and Thomas Small joined Mayor Jim B. Clarke who addressed a VIP group at the Grand Opening Ceremony for the Metro Expo Line to Santa Monica. On Saturday, May 21, in partnership with Metro, the City hosted a community celebration at the Culver City Expo Station to continue to mark the grand opening of the Expo Line from Culver City to Santa Monica. This event was free and open to the public. Please visit http...

  • Drake Myers Grads from Berkeley,Heads to Teach in Baltimore

    May 26, 2016

    Drake D. Myers, a longtime Culver City resident and honors graduate from Culver City High in 2012, has received his Bachelor's Degree from UC Berkeley in the fast-growing field of Cognitive Sciences but will eschew a high-paying job in Silicon Valley to instead head east to teach math in Baltimore's inner-city schools. Myers, 21, has been accepted by the prestigious Teach for America program. After his two-year stint, Myers may pursue a law degree, a Master's in Business Administration-or just...

  • A Pickle Walks Into A Bar...

    Carole Bell|May 26, 2016

    Except it wasn't a pickle, it was a writer. And it wasn't a bar, it was a movie theater...but -- there was a pickle. Well, it wasn't a real pickle: it was a pickle pen: A phallic look-alike with a ball-point pen point sticking out. I walked into a movie lobby...and this guy hands me a pickle pen. Why? Sheldon Cohn told me he wrote a movie about a pickle. Now I was curious. "The Pickle Recipe" is a sweet comedy, and hugely funny. A young guy who works as a DJ desperately needs money when his...

  • Two Playoff Wins Add To Culver's Remarkable Streak

    Fred Altieri|May 26, 2016

    The 2016 Centaurs are playing baseball like the gears of a fine watch keeping time. Culver City High advanced into the CIF Baseball Playoff Quarterfinal Round for the first time since 2011 season when the team reached the semifinal round. The Centaurs won a tense 2-1 game on Tuesday, May 24 against the San Luis Obispo Tigers in a second round playoff matchup. Southpaw starter Eli Saucedo's undaunted performance kept the Tiger batters off-balance for six innings. Tomas Saucedo's mad dash and...

  • UCLA, USC Baseball Teams Hit The Road

    Steve Finley|May 26, 2016

    The UCLA and USC baseball teams are down to the most important part of their season. Both schools need to win their last three Pac-12 games if they expect to make the NCAA playoffs. USC is 26-27 overall and 13-13 in the Pac-12 and UCLA is 25-28 and 12-15. The good news is the rest of the conference is in the same boat. “We are fighting for our playoff lives right now,” said UCLA head coach John Savage. “There are a lot of teams fighting to get into the playoffs and we are one of them.” The first...

  • UCLA Softball Advances To Super Regional

    Steve Finley|May 26, 2016

    The UCLA softball team is right where it wants to be after advancing to the NCAA Super Regional this weekend. The No. 12 Bruins travel to Oregon to face the No. 5 Ducks on Saturday and Sunday in a two out of three series. Saturday’s game will start at 6:30 p.m. and the game on Sunday will start at 4 p.m. If a game three is necessary it will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday. The winner of the series advances to the NCAA championships. The Bruins are led by leadoff hitter and college player of the y...

  • Olympians Dominate AVP Huntington Beach Volleyball

    May 26, 2016

    The 2016 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour crowned two champions Sunday at the Huntington Beach Open. #1 ranked Kerri Walsh Jennings & April Ross dominated yet again on the women’s side while #2 Jake Gibb & Casey Patterson were tested in a straight set final in the men’s bracket on the tour’s second stop of the year. Olympians Walsh Jennings/Ross dispatched of Angela Bensend & Geena Urango in a crisp two-setter while fellow Olympian Gibb and his partner, Patterson, played a thrilling see-saw match against brothers Taylor & Trevor Crabb. The four-...

  • Youth Volleyball Summer Camps Coming To Culver Middle And High Schools

    May 26, 2016

    Week long progressive volleyball camps for boys and girls, June 20, July 11 and July 18, will be conducted by the Culver Volleyball Club at the Culver City middle and high school gyms. Former Culver City High volleyball head coach and athletic director Marty Siegal and his staff will offer more advanced levels of instruction each succeeding week of the camps. “Last summer the improvement of our day campers was phenomenal. Participants went from no volleyball experience to making school teams and earning roster spots on high-level club t...

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