Articles from the June 26, 2014 edition

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  • Sign of the Times

    Shane Bruce|Jun 26, 2014

    By Shane Bruce Special to the Observer While most teens are updating their Facebook status, preparing for exams, and concerned about dating, brother/sister team, Rachel and Robert Greenberg are concerned with making Culver City a better place to live. During a Sunday brunch in June 2013 at Dinah's Family Restaurant, 19 year old Robert Greenberg cast a gaze across the street to the then dilapidated Culver City sign that sits nestled between Sepulveda Blvd. and the 405 Freeway. Robert turned to...

  • Grimpo Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

    Jun 26, 2014

    The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that Michael Grimpo of Culver City, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Grimpo was initiated at California State University, Long Beach. Grimpo is among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a ch...

  • Swarup of Culver City Makes Dean's List at RIT

    Jun 26, 2014

    Vedant Swarup of Culver City, who is in the industrial design program in RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, made the Dean's List for the Spring 2013-2014 semester. Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean's List if their quarterly GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of "Incomplete", "D" or "F"; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours. Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for...

  • Loraine Norvell Culver City resident, dies at 91

    Jun 26, 2014

    Loraine Jeannett Dunn Norvell (nee Troendly), 91, went home to be with the Lord on June 6, 2014. Born in Lincoln, NE on June 19, 1922, Loraine moved to Southern California with parents Ray and Marie Troendly, and brother Dean, when she was four years old. Loraine graduated from Venice High School in 1940, and soon after married Harry Dunn, of Culver City. Harry and Loraine, with their children Leonard and Carla, moved into their home in Culver City in 1956, where she resided until just late...

  • North Korea, Democratic Club History and More!!

    Neil Rubenstein|Jun 26, 2014

    By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist The North Korean government has officially approved 18 hairstyles for women and 10 for men in an effort to clamp down on Western influences by trimming their hair in accordance with the Socialist lifestyle. INC., in the March 2014 issue, mentioned a Culver City company I never heard of. It’s Media Temple that started in 1998 and does IT services. In 2013 it had 207 employees with almost $50 million in revenue (2012). This company increased head count e...

  • Erlick of Culver City Earns Academic Honors

    Jun 26, 2014

    Miriam L. Erlick, of Culver City, has been named to first honors on the Clark University Dean's List. This selection marks outstanding academic achievement during the Spring 2014 semester. To be eligible for first honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.8 or higher, of a maximum of 4.3 (all A+s). Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a small, liberal arts-based research university addressing social and human imperatives on a global scale. Nationally renow...

  • Culver City Little League Team Advances

    Jun 26, 2014

    The Culver City Little League 10U team advanced to the District 25 Winner's Bracket semifinals with victories on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday, the Culver City 10 U team defeated City of Angels 9-8 in a thrilling walk off victory. On Monday, the Culver City 10 U team blasted Santa Monica West 20-5 en route to the semifinals. Culver City jumped out to an 8-4 lead against City of Angels behind the pitching of Jason Romero and the hitting of third basemen Travers Tobis. In the top of the sixth...

  • Culver City Council-Meeting in a Minute

    Jun 26, 2014

    Here are some highlights from the City Council meeting of June 23, 2014. At this meeting, the City Council: • Approved a two-year extension to the professional services agreement with Marina Landscape to provide landscape maintenance services and additional, as-needed services on a contingency basis for a term ending on June 30, 2016 in an amount not-to-exceed $548,509.50. • Adopted resolutions approving a master agreement regarding retention and expenditure of bond proceeds between the Cit...

  • CCUSD Creates Online "iAcademy"

    Lynne Bronstein|Jun 26, 2014

    Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) has a new school, known as CCUSD iAcademy, that offers a solution to the educational dilemma that “one size doesn’t fit all.” The CCUSD iAcademy is an online school, with a different structure, learning philosophy, and academic emphasis for different student needs while honoring the unique needs of the community. Its goal is to serve students in grades K-12, offering both a full-time program and supplemental instruction. Principal Veronica Monte...

  • Laguna Woods Dumps Redflex

    Jun 26, 2014

    The list continues to grow of cities canceling or deckling to renew contracts with Redflex, the company embroiled in bribery scandals in Chicago and other cities. The Laguna Woods City Council opted not to renew its $105,000 contract with Redflex citing the decline in revenue from the program and court costs associated with challenges to the tickets issues. The Orange County Register reported the city manage stating the city would lose $25,000 on the program this year. The city receives a mere...

  • Redflex Woes Grow

    Jun 26, 2014

    According to the Chicago Tribune the former head of Chicago's red light camera program was arrested last on May 14, less than 48 hours after the Culver City Council approved a new contract with Redflex, the company accused of pay $2 million in bribes to Chicago City Officials. The former head of the program John Bills allegedly “coached” Redflex officials in a series of meetings which created the largest program of its kind in the country. Bills is accused of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash spent on a vacation home, a boa...