Articles from the July 7, 2016 edition

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    Stephen Hadland|Jul 7, 2016

    The Culver City Council will decide on Monday if they wish to put a parcel tax on the November ballot for voters to approve or reject. The 1972 Clean Water Act established the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program to regulate the discharge of pollutants from point sources to waters of the United States. In 1990 Phase 1 of the NPDES Program established a framework for regulating municipal and industrial discharges of storm water and non-storm water. The program addressed...

  • Laker Girl Tryouts Attract 216 Hopefuls

    Observer Staff Report|Jul 7, 2016

    Every July there is summer excitement brewing at the Toyota Sports Center, the Lakers headquarters and practice facility in El Segundo. No, it wasn't the news that Brandon Ingram, the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, was practicing at the Lakers’ facility. On Saturday, the excitement involved about 216 capable young women from all over the country trying-out to become a dancer for next season's Laker Girls dance squad. It was an open audition, a cattle call. The only requirements - be at least 18 years of age, have eight years of d...

  • Services Planned For Elaine Goodyear

    Jul 7, 2016

    Elaine Goodyear's celebration of life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 4427 Overland Avenue, Culver City, this coming Saturday, July 16 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers donation can be made to a secured website,

  • Culver City Public Theatre announces its 18th season

    Jul 7, 2016

    The season opens on July 16 with Frog Tails, an original play as part of the Children’s Popcorn Theatre series. Long time company member Eric Billitzer has once again combined and updated two Grimm folk tales for a comedy of mistaken identities, magical spells, royal romance, and talking animals. Directing is Nicola Henry, Vice President of CCPT. Nicola trained in London's Covent Garden securing a BA Honours Degree in Drama and set up her own theatre company and acting school in the UK for children and adults, Imagine Theatre Company. C...

  • Shrek The Musical Coming To Vets

    Jul 7, 2016

    Shrek the Musical, Jr is coming July 14, 15 and 16t from dee-Lightful Productions at the Vets Auditorium. Better than the book, better than the movie, Shrek the Musical has ogres, donkeys, fairy tale creatures, and princesses of several kinds. Songs! Jokes! Belching! (He's an ogre, you know -) Thursday the 14th and Friday the 15th at 7 pm, and two shows on Saturday the 16th at 3 pm and 7 pm. Tickets available at the door, All seats $10. For more info, go to, or like us on Facebook....

  • Happy Sparks Add Chemistry To The Mix

    Steve Finley|Jul 7, 2016

    The Los Angeles Sparks are winning, smiling and laughing on their way to the best record in the WNBA. They are 16-1 at press time and the six new players they signed in the off season have added talent and chemistry to a team that already had some of the best players in the league. During their 77-67 win over the New York Liberty last Sunday All-Star forward Candace Parker played defense against her own teammate Kristi Toliver during the last few seconds of the game. Now that's having fun....

  • Having USC Helps Coliseum Staff Prepare For The Rams

    Fred Altieri|Jul 7, 2016

    As General Manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Joe Furin oversees all the operations for what happens at the stadium's events. He and his staff are implementing procedures to accommodate two football teams for the next three years: the Los Angeles Rams and the building's permanent tenant, the legendary USC Trojans. "We host USC football as everyone knows so this was not anything out of the ordinary," he said. "We knew we could handle football games. Adding the NFL on wasn't a stretch...

  • Unfortunately, Hackers Are Keeping Busy

    Neil Rubenstein|Jul 7, 2016

    As noted by Time Magazine, New York City police must now give a “receipt” to people they stop and frisk. The change, put forth by a federal monitor, is meant to prevent abuse of power; however, the police union said it will only increase crime. Have you read the October 2015 issue of Sunset Magazine yet? I have and the article called “The Best of Wine Country: New places to taste, stay and play in Napa, Santa Barbara and Oregon” has gotten me so jazzed that I’m on the way to Costco to fill up t...

  • Library To Feature Firefighters

    Jul 7, 2016

    The Culver City Friends of the Library Present July Storytime with Culver City Fire Fighters on Tuesday, July 12at 7 pm. Join us for July storytime with Culver City Firefighters. Fun arts and crafts project to follow. For more info: email The Culver City Friends of the Library Present July Storytime with Culver City Fire Fighters! Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM Join us for July storytime with Culver City Firefighters Fun arts and crafts project to follow. For more info: email Culver City Julian Dixon Library...

  • Fiesta La Ballona Set For August 26-28

    Jul 7, 2016

    The Fiesta La Ballona Committee announces that it is currently accepting sponsorships for this year’s Fiesta La Ballona, Culver City’s annual “Party in the Park”, which will be held on August 26-28 at Veterans Park.4117 Overland Avenue. The weekend will feature carnival rides and games, live performances, over 100 booths spotlighting local organizations as well as featuring artisan wares and other vendors, a petting zoo and pony rides, a beer and wine garden, food trucks and a food court, and other special events. Fiesta La Ballona is bicycle...

  • Karen Bass To Join Achievable Foundation's Summer Speaker Program

    Jul 7, 2016

    The Achievable Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with intellectual / developmental disabilities (I/DD) in L.A. County through specialized support and healthcare services, will host a Summer Speaker program featuring Congresswoman Karen Bass and Dr. Clarissa Kripke, UC San Francisco Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine, on Wednesday, June 29, 6 pm. The event will take place at The Achievable Health Center, 5901 Green Valley Circle,...

  • Rabbi Shapiro Reflects on Legacy of Elie Wiesel

    Rabbi Zachary Shapiro|Jul 7, 2016

    "The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference." ― Elie Wiesel It is hard to imagine a world without Elie Wiesel. He was a connection to darkness. And he was a connection to hope. He was a window into inhumanity. And yet he magnified the significance of each human soul. He taught us about hate. And he inspired us to e...

  • Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel

    Jul 7, 2016

    Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor and who was awarded Nobel Peace Prize died on the morning of July 2, at his home in Manhattan at the age of 87. [In May 1944, the Hungarian authorities, under German pressure, began to deport the Jewish community to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where up to 90% of the people were exterminated on arrival. After he and his family were sent to Auschwitz, his mother and his younger sister were killed. Wiesel and his father were later deported to the...

  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Out Of This World™

    Jul 7, 2016

    Prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family fun as the ultimate circus experience launches into the future with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Out Of This World™. Audiences will take the helm to join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil that will let imaginations run wild with unexpected surprises and thrills at every turn. This all-new, immersive production debuts on the West Coast for the first time in the 145-year history of Ringling Bros., marking the national tour’s World Pr...

  • CCUSD Names Tracy Pumilia Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Mina Shiratori Principal of El Marino

    Jul 7, 2016

    The Culver City Unified School District Board of Education has announced that it has selected El Marino Language School Principal Tracy Pumilia to serve as the District’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction. The Board also announced that El Marino Assistant Principal Mina Shiratori would take over Pumilia’s position as principal of the school. Pumilia has led El Marino since 2007 and brings 26 years of service as a bilingual educator, coordinator and principal to her new CCUSD role. During her time at El Marino, Pumilia has successfully tra...

  • Culver's Rice receives University of Iowa degree.

    Jul 7, 2016

    Alexander Rice, a native of Culver City, received a MA-Psychological and Quantitative Foundations degree from the University of Iowa at the close of the spring 2016 semester...

  • West L.A. College Fields Undergo Repairs

    Jul 7, 2016

    This summer West L.A. College will be refurbishing its track. This will result in the football field and track being closed for a number of weeks. Although the closure is expected to happen sooner rather than later, a specific date has not yet been determined. Tentatively, it will be closed from mid-June to late-July. For updates please visit

  • Elaine Goodyear Passes Away

    Jul 7, 2016

    On June 4th, 2016, at 10:25 am Elaine Goodyear passed away at her home on Motor Avenue in Culver City. Her caregiver and her son Greg were at her side. Elaine had been in failing health for the past several years and suffered from heart disease and dementia. She was 89 years old. She was preceded in death by her mother Virginia Caroline Wellman Hackett Fitzgerald and her beloved husband of 54 years, Culver City High School Coach and Athletic Director Del Goodyear and was survived by her son...

  • Holocaust Survivor & Iconic La Developer Dies At 88

    Jul 7, 2016

    Jona Goldrich, founder of Goldrich & Kest, a 60-year-old real estate development and management firm with residential, commercial and other projects in California has died at 88. A holocaust survivor who escaped the Nazi invasion of Poland with his younger brother but whose parents and older brother perished, Goldrich arrived in LA with $50 in his pocket and parlayed that into one of California’s most successful privately owned real estate companies. Under Goldrich and partner Sol Kest’s leadership, the company built a portfolio including 120...

  • Once Again Elite Free Agents Tell Lakers No

    Mitch Chortkoff|Jul 7, 2016

    In discussing NBA free agent possibilities with colleagues who cover teams in other cities I find a consensus. My colleagues agree with me that the Lakers are kidding themselves by believing they might land the elite free agents. In recent years they’ve talked about LeBron James, they’ve interviewed LaMarcus Aldridge, they tried to make an appointment with Kevin Durant but didn’t even get an interview. Since every NBA team has a new $20 million to spend the Lakers, like most of them, were assur...

  • Durant Joins Warriors Hoping For A Championship

    Mitch Chortkoff|Jul 7, 2016

    Kevin Durant played for the Seattle Sonics for a year and eight for the Oklahoma City Thunder for the last eight without winning a championship. He liked Oklahoma, he gave a million dollars to the city following a devastating tornado, he contributed other money, the fans loved him. So why is he leaving? How were the Golden State Warriors able to lure him away? The answer is simple. He wants to get a championship on his resume. NBA players are very well paid. That’s well known. What a lot of p...

  • Culver Little League Wins Again

    Jul 7, 2016

    Culver City Little League's Major All Star Team scored an 11-5 tournament victory over host Malibu Little League last Thursday. The Culver City bats were alive as batters reached base safely 21 times in the six inning affair, highlighted by 15 hits. Starting pitcher Oliver Frye homered for the second time in the series and pinch hitter Martin Lucero sent a Malibu fastball far over the centerfield fence for a two-run home run. Culver City scored a solo run in the first when Jesse Tanahara...


    debbie lynn elias|Jul 7, 2016

    The first word that comes to mind on watching writer/director Matt Ross's CAPTAIN FANTASTIC is "intelligent", quickly followed by "humor" and "heart", culminating in "beautiful storytelling." Ross captures our attention and imagination not only with the opening titles but with the first frames. A lush, thick wooded forest. Glimmers of sunbeams filter through the massive height of the trees. An audible stillness fills the senses with the sounds of nature. A softly babbling brook. The soft rustle...

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