Articles from the June 4, 2015 edition

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  • Carol Layana Sucumbs at 80

    Jun 4, 2015

    Carol Layana longtime Culver City resident and Associate Publisher of the Culver City Observer has died after a brief illness. Layana had a long career with the Culver City News and Culver City Observer. She rose from the ranks of the circulation department to General Manager of the Culver City News. She subsequently joined the Culver City Observer as Associate Publisher when it began publishing 12 years ago. She had recently celebrated her 80th birthday with family and friends. A full story on Carol's life and career will follow in this...

  • Services Scheduled For Carol Layana

    Jun 4, 2015

    Services have been scheduled for Carol Layana who passed away on Monday. Services will be held on at 11am on Monday June 22 at Saint Augustine Church, 3850 Jasmine Avenue in Culver City. A celebration of life will follow in the Parish Hall....

  • 'Losing the West' Aims to Lasso Awareness

    Sandra Coopersmith|Jun 4, 2015

    By Sandra Coopersmith Features Writer Look up "dedication," commitment," "resourcefulness" and "perseverance" and you may just find a picture of Alex Warren. This Santa Monica resident is the very definition of those words, having long been involved in conservation and humanitarian causes. Get ready for a memorable and meaningful evening. On Tuesday, June 9 the Kirk Douglas Theatre at 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City will screen her documentary, "Losing the West," a film she wrote, directed...

  • CicLAvia – Culver City Meets Venice Presented by Metro

    Jun 4, 2015

    Fresh off a tremendous first event in Pasadena, CicLAvia announces that Culver City and Venice will be the coolest spots of the summer when CicLAvia returns to the Westside for the first time since 2013. CicLAvia – Culver City Meets Venice Presented by Metro will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 9. The route will be a six-mile variation of the previous CicLAvia Westside route, allowing participants to explore more of Culver City's neighborhoods, eclectic businesses and d...

  • Awards Banquet Completes Culver Baseball Season

    Fred Altieri|Jun 4, 2015

    By Fred Altieri Sports Reporter It was a packed house on Monday evening as the Culver City High baseball program held its annual awards banquet at the Elks Lodge #1917 just east of Sepulveda Blvd. on Washington Place. The event showcased the 2015 season, touched on the summer season approaching and honored six special senior classmen. Parents, family members, coaches and players from the Centaur frosh/soph, junior varsity and varsity squads enjoyed a SoCal styled outdoor barbeque menu of...

  • Cast Named For 'Girlfriend" At Douglas Theatre

    Jun 4, 2015

    Casting is set for "Girlfriend," which will begin previews at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City on July 12 with the opening slated for July 19. Featuring a book by Todd Almond and music and lyrics by Matthew Sweet, the rock musical about first love will continue through August 9. Reprising their roles from the 2013 Actors Theatre of Louisville production of "Girlfriend" will be Ryder Bach (Randy Newman's "Harps and Angels" at the Mark Taper Forum) and Curt Hansen...

  • Playwriting Prizes Are Available

    Jun 4, 2015

    As a part of their new partnership PLAY LA, Center Theatre Group and Humanitas will be accepting submissions starting June 1 for the Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize, which supports Southern California playwrights. Submissions will be accepted until June 30. Three finalists will be notified in mid-December and the winner will be announced at the 41st Annual Humanitas Prize Awards Luncheon in February of 2016. This is the first year Humanitas and CTG are awarding this annual prize. The annual Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize will be awarded to...

  • Warriors vs. Cavaliers: A Classic NBA Final

    Mitch Chortkoff|Jun 4, 2015

    By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor There’s a suggestion going around on radio sports talk shows that LeBron James should play for a different NBA team every year to spread out the championships. It’s silly of course. He isn’t going to change teams every year. But considering that he will be participating in an NBA Final for the fifth consecutive year, three with Miami and two with Cleveland, which was horrid before he joined them, you get the point. Put him on any team and that team becomes elite....

  • AT&T Pays Huge Fine After Customer's Accounts Raided

    Neil Rubenstein|Jun 4, 2015

    By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist The Federal Communications Commission is about to raise the fees on Internet service. So, what else is new? I do not give the bad guys a chance when it comes to stealing my I.D. and raiding my accounts, but no matter how hard I work to protect us, I see companies like AT&T giving information away. The American Telephone and Telegraph Company has agreed to pay a $25 million fine because 280,000 U.S. customers had their information stolen by people working in...

  • Angels Haven't Clicked But They're Not Far Behind

    Mitch Chortkoff|Jun 4, 2015

    By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Because this newspaper is on the Westside we tend to care more about the local teams. More Dodgers coverage than Angels, for example. But it was different last year and it continues to be different this year because Angels telecasts draw three times as many viewers as Dodger telecasts. That’s what surveys show as 70 percent of the potential Southern California audience can’t get Dodger telecasts that are available only on Time Warner. It’s evident that a lot o...

  • Annual Garden Club Show Coming This Month

    Jun 4, 2015

    The Culver City Garden Garden Club, a non-profit organization founded in 1953, will hold its 62nd Annual Show & Plant Sale on Saturday, June 27, 11 am to 4, and Sunday, June 28 from 10 am to 4 pm. It will be held in the Culver City Teen Center, 4153 Overland Ave. (near Culver Blvd.). Admission is free and there is lots of free parking. There will be a locally-judged Exhibition of homegrown plants, flowers and edibles; a Club plant sale table; two workshops each day on gardening & plant topics;...

  • Police Chief Bixby To Speak At Democratic Club

    Jun 4, 2015

    Scott Bixby, Culver City's Chief of Police will be speaking at this months Democratic Club General Meeting at 7 pm on Wednesday, June 10. The meeting is free and open to the public at the Rotunda Room of Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave. Refreshments will be served at 6:45. Chief Bixby is a long time resident of Culver City and veteran of its community Police Department. As a youth he attended Braddock Elementary School, El Rincon, Culver City Junior High, Culver City High School an...

  • Culver Spelling Champion Shares His Experience

    Cooper Komatsu|Jun 4, 2015

    (MOTHER'S NOTE) We are so amazed and proud about how far he went, and grateful for the community support. He intends to try again next year as an eighth grader. --- Deborah Komatsu By Cooper Komatsu My name is Cooper Komatsu. I started in spelling bees when I was in fourth grade at El Marino. I got sixth place, going out on the word "surveyor." Over the next three years, I participated in several more bees and got better at it. This year, CCMS held a Scripps-eligible spelling bee. After winning...

  • Between You And I

    Kimberly Berg|Jun 4, 2015

    (EDITOR'S NOTE) Kimberly Berg will write a weekly column for the Observer beginning today. She was born with the ability to read energy fields. She works as an intuitive coach while creating psychic fortunes for people all over the world on the side. Her work has been featured on American Idol, Entertainment Tonight, W Magazine, Angelino Modern Luxury and several radio programs both local and nationally. Send your questions to Kimberly at these email addresses

  • City Manager's Update

    John Nachbar|Jun 4, 2015

    By John Nachbar City Manager City Manager’s Office • Los Angeles Mayors Convening – On May 4 the City Council, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Sony Pictures Entertainment welcomed a group of Los Angeles-area Mayors who regularly gather to discuss issues of regional significance. The group is pictured below beneath the Sony Rainbow. Mayor Micheál O’Leary, Mayor Garcetti, and Keith Weaver, Executive Vice President, Global Policy and External Affairs of Sony Pictures Entertainment were on...

  • NOT HERE-McMansions

    Lynne Bronstein|Jun 4, 2015

    By Lynne Bronstein Observer Reporter Residents of Culver City are becoming part of a growing movement against what is called "Mansionization" of neighborhoods-the building of residences that are too large for the lots they stand on and too big in contrast to other structures in the area. Other cities in Southern California have already passed or are in the process of restricting, the size of buildings in residential neighborhoods. Los Angeles adopted a temporary restriction on March 26 that...

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