Articles from the May 31, 2018 edition


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  • Brown Act Violation?

    Stephen Hadland, Observer Publisher|May 31, 2018

    The City Attorney of Culver City this week addressed the controversy that was sparked at the City Council installation and the alleged Brown Act violation. In a carefully worded statement, the city attorney issued the following: "The City Council has determined that no Brown Act violations occurred; therefore, there is no need to cure or correct its actions. " "The Council has directed me, the City Attorney, to prepare a written response" to complainants "in accordance with such determination,"...

  • Smart And Spicy

    Carole Bell, Observer Columnist|May 31, 2018

    By Carole Bell Do you know what Garifuna is? It's the most unusual film festival I've ever been to. This weekend, try to go to GIIFF, the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival. You are likely to come away feeling quite literally blessed. What they do is make you feel you are one with humanity. Your heart will feel lifted; your passion for what other people are going through will surprise you. The flavor of this film festival was different from any other I've been to. It's in Venice; a...

  • Longtime Culver Resident Robert (Bob) C. Plaice Dies

    May 31, 2018

    Robert (Bob) C. Plaice, age 79 died in Auburn, Ca on May 5, 2018. Born September 3, 1938 in Salinas, Ca. Bob was one of five boys born to Ralph and Phyllis Plaice. Bob was a member of the Navy serving during the Korean War. He graduated from Culver City High School in 1956, where he lettered in varsity track. A longtime resident of Culver City, Bob relocated to Sacramento, Ca and Sparks, Nevada before settling in Rocklin, Ca. He was a published author and cartoonist and he enjoyed reading and drawing in his later years. He had a great sense of...

  • Summer Water Polo Classes for Kids

    May 31, 2018

    Come have a blast learning water polo: a beginning class starts June 19, and meets two hours every Tuesday and Thursday for eight weeks. The class incorporates incorporating swimming skills, safety, and teamwork. Swimmers must be at an American Red Cross "Learn to Swim" Level 5 or higher to participate. Limited places. Registration is first come, first served. The fee for the 8-week class is $160 for Culver City residents and $192 for non-residents. Register online or in person at the Parks,...

  • New Principal for La Ballona Elementary School

    May 31, 2018

    Luis Ramirez will be the new Principal of La Ballona Elementary School. The announcement by CCUSD also named Vanessa San Martin as CCUSD'S Director of Child Development. Both appointments were approved unanimously by the CCUSD Board of Education on May 22. Ms. San Martin starts effective June 4; Mr. Ramirez begins effective July 24. "Both Vanessa and Luis bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their positions. We are pleased to welcome them to the CCUSD family and look forward to the...

  • Commencement Ceremony at West LA College

    May 31, 2018

    West LA College will create history June 5; when it gives more degrees than any other community college in California. Guest speakers include State Senator Holly Mitchell; Assembly member Sydney Kamlager-Dove; LACCD Chancellor Dr. Francisco C. Rodriguez, and LACCD Board Member Dr. Gabriel Buelna. The June 5 Commencement Ceremony starts the college's 12-month golden anniversary. It will be held Tuesday, June 5, at 6 p.m., at 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City. West expects to award 1,500 degrees...

  • Marijuana Taxes So High, Users Might Seek Former Providers

    Neil Rubenstein, Observer Columnist|May 31, 2018

    If you are into Gospel Music than you need to get to the California African American Museum in Exposition Park before August 26th, 2018 to see “How Sweet the Sound”. The museum uses vintage photographs and video recordings to create a global phenomenon. Just a stone’s throw away is the Ray Charles Foundation Museum at 2101 West Washington Blvd in Los Angeles. As I suggested a while ago the tax on marijuana is in the opinion of many so high, users might return to their former “prov...

  • CC High Honors Athletes of the Year

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|May 31, 2018

    The best and the brightest senior student athletes from Culver City High were honored at the school’s 2017-18 Athlete of the Year Awards. Hundreds of people participated in the banquet, including students, parents, coaches, teachers and administrators. It was held Wednesday, May 23 in the school cafeteria, which was decorated in Centaur blue and white. Culver High Athletic Director Tom Salter led proceedings, along with Assistant Principal DuBois McMillan. Each of the respective program head c...

  • LA Chargers: New Schedule and Hopes

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|May 31, 2018

    The Los Angeles Chargers will begin their second season in Los Angeles in a much different place than they did one year ago. At that time, coming off a 5-11 season in 2016, Vegas prognosticators picked the Chargers to finish last in the AFC West in 2017. Now, after a 9-7 season in 2017, the Chargers are favored to win the AFC West in 2018. The Chargers won nine of their last twelve games in the 2017 season in impressive fashion, and that has clearly influenced the prognosticators in 2018. The...

  • Elegant ... Empowered ... Exciting!

    Sandra Coopersmith, Features Writer|May 31, 2018

    By Sandra Coopersmith "Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future." Coco Chanel To find vibrant, outgoing and elegant women, you need look no further than the Culver City Senior Center, where seven very capable representatives impressed the audience and judges Sunday afternoon, May 20, as Culver City Senior Citizens Association and Culver City Exchange Club presented their search for Ms. Culver...

  • Kids Visit to Melania at White House

    May 31, 2018

    A Girl's View By Colette Presant Kid Scoop Media My name is Colette and I am 10 years old. I am reporting for Kid Scoop Media. I flew to Washington D.C. to go to the White House to attend 'BE BEST' a campaign to address the major issues facing children today created by First Lady Melania Trump. Mrs. Trump's goal is for children to 'BE BEST' in their own life. Walking into the White House was an amazing experience. First, we had to walk up to a big black gate and tell the security guards who we...

  • Senator Mitchell Endorses O'Leary for Board of Equalization

    May 31, 2018

    State Senator Holly Mitchell has endorsed Micheál [Me-Haul] O'Leary in his bid for the Board of Equalization, District 3, weeks prior to the June 5th State Primary Election. "Micheál O'Leary has shown true leadership and commitment to the public interest, and I know he's the most qualified candidate for the Board of Equalization. He'll be a strong advocate for the district," said Senator Mitchell. Earlier this year, O'Leary obtained the endorsement of every council member in Culver City (...

  • CC High Baseball: CIF Wild Card Playoffs

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|May 31, 2018

    For the second time in the past four years, Culver City High baseball ended its playoff season at Palos Verdes High. Once again, the final resting place overlooked the beautiful Pacific Ocean moments before the fading sunset dipped below the horizon. The Centaurs lost 9-2 to the Sea Kings in their 2018 CIF Division 3 Wild Card Playoff game on Wednesday, May 16. Culver City also lost a 2-1 heartbreaker in the bottom of the seventh inning at P.V. High in 2015. Yet it was a very successful season...

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