Articles from the June 28, 2018 edition

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  • REO Speedwagon and Chicago Delight Concert Goers

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Jun 28, 2018

    Two Classic Rock bands "keep pushin'" on. REO Speedwagon and Chicago teamed up for a concert tour and landed at the Fabulous Forum on Friday to the delight of all their adoring fans. Nobody can call these guys fossil rockers…they sounded as good as they did when the two bands started making hits back in the '70's. REO got the party started with frontman Kevin Cronin belting out the first song of the set "Don't Let Him Go," and ending with a tribute to the late, great Tom Petty singing "Listen to...

  • Confessions of a Concerned Citizen

    Jun 28, 2018

    By Ron Bassilian I suppose my name has gotten out a bit ahead of me. In the past few months I’ve gone from casual observer of Culver City politics, to concerned citizen, to specter of the "Alt Right" that the City Council must defend against in the interest of all things human. It’s gotten a bit out of control, a bit much for any mortal voter to bear. So, I figure you should all know a bit about me, the man who was behind the June 8th Brown Act complaint against our Council, and how a few simple queries on rent control and policing have met...

  • Former Mayor Corlin Points to Flaws in Council Vote

    Letters|Jun 28, 2018

    Dear Publisher, I hope this email finds you well. Even though after 28 years I do not live in CC anymore, I still follow the politics from time to time. I would agree with your statement below, from the June 21st Observer, if it included "if possible." Despite differences in positions, past Councils have always opted to follow Council policy, so every member of the Council could serve at least once as mayor during their first term. There was no way either Steve Rose or Gary Silbiger could have...

  • A New Day is Dawning

    Letters|Jun 28, 2018

    A new day is dawning! We are awakening! People First participatory democracy is "happening" in Culver City! Former Mayor Gary Silbiger must be thanked for breaking ranks with almost 100 years of patriarchal top-down governance. Silbiger is constantly advocating for residents' active involvement in critical decision-making that directly affects us, and by his breaking with the “ol' boys network,” Mr. Silbiger paved the way for Participatory Democracy. Current Vice-Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells exp...

  • Cities Raise Fees Dramaticallyneil

    Neil Rubenstein, Observer Columnist|Jun 28, 2018

    It’s been almost six months that your friend and our friend Charles Stewart retired from 30 years of dedicated service to our community first with U.S. Rep. Diane Watson then many years with Holly Mitchell while she was member of the State Senate, and as a member of the Assembly. May I mention just one happening? It was in December 2017 when a car dealer wanted to mess around with our auto license plates. Although California DMV couldn’t find the “Bad guys” paper work Charles stuck with calling...

  • Three Former Cents Sign Football Scholarships

    Greg goodyear and Larry Weiner, Special to the Observer|Jun 28, 2018

    Culver City has been very fortunate to have outstanding athletes who have been talented enough to go on to get college football scholarships. This past spring there were three Centaur football players who were able to sign National Letters of Intent to play college football. One was a running back at El Camino College. The other two were defensive standouts at their respective positions: One an extremely hard-hitting linebacker at West LA College and the other a cornerback who played in spring...

  • Culver City's Boulevard Music Summer Festival

    Jun 28, 2018

    Summer breezes… an intimate courtyard… free parking… and great music. Escape to Culver City for the 2018 Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival. Boulevard Music presents 6 free concerts on Thursday evenings at 7 pm from July 12 through August 16 in the palm-lined Dale Jones Courtyard of Culver City City Hall. Curated by producer Gary Mandell of Culver City’s Boulevard Music, Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival offers something for everyone: The sounds of Choro with great vocals from Kátia Moraes and Brazilian Hearts plus...

  • Sony Pictures Entertainment Honors CCUSD Teacher of the Year Debby Ishii

    Jun 28, 2018

    For the past 20 years Sony Pictures Entertainment has awarded the CCUSD Teacher of the Year winner with a donation of $1,000 to further their inspiring work in the classroom. Debby Ishii, the 2018 Culver City Teacher of the Year winner, received her donation June 11 at an award ceremony at La Ballona Elementary School. And it was $2500. In recognition of the 20th anniversary of their sponsorship, Sony had announced that this year's award would be increased to $2,500. In addition, all the...

  • CC Democratic Club To Host July 4th Picnic at Blanco Park

    Jun 28, 2018

    The Culver City Democratic Club will celebrate Independence Day with a picnic from 11:30 am to 2:30 p.m. on July 4 at Blanco Park, located at 5687 Sawtelle Blvd. in Culver City. The public is invited to bring their own food to be put onto the barbecue and a dish to share. The Club will supply watermelons, ice, cold drinks, charcoal for the barbecue, plates and cutlery. For more information, you can visit the club's website at

  • LAFC Resumes Winning Ways

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|Jun 28, 2018

    By Fred Altieri Sports Reporter While the sporting nation is intently focused on World Cup 2018 in Russia, the Los Angeles Football Club has already resumed its winning ways. Following a short hiatus in the schedule by Major League Soccer to allow roster adjustments for players representing their national teams, LAFC swift-boated Columbus Crew SC, 2-0, scoring both goals in the opening minutes. LAFC defender and captain Laurent Ciman powered a low, swerving, 30-yard free-kick inside the right...

  • Real Estate Corner

    David W. Myers, Real Estate Editor|Jun 28, 2018

    By David W. Myers Managing Editor With Independence Day around the corner, it’s interesting to look at the way that U.S. real estate has evolved since 1776. DEAR DAVE: How was property bought and sold in the U.S. during the 1600s and 1700s, before America declared its independence from England? ANSWER: Frankly, there wasn’t much buying or selling for several decades after the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620. But with July 4th just a few days away, I’m devoting this entire column to answ...