Articles from the January 19, 2023 edition


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  • Why should we trust the 'experts'? They always fail us when it matters

    Letters|Jan 19, 2023

    By Jon Coupal President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association There’s an old joke about the origins of the word “expert.” The story is that it is a combination of the word “ex” – meaning a has-been – and “spurt” – defined as a drip under pressure. Therefore, “expert” means a has-been drip under pressure. Like it or not, we all rely on experts in our daily lives. But Americans are losing trust in experts, according to the Pew Research Center. Trust in scientists and medical scientists, ini...

  • Chargers end season with a stunning playoff loss

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|Jan 19, 2023

    Two years ago, on January 17th, 2021, the Los Angeles Chargers hired Brandon Staley to become their new head coach. Staley was determined from the start to change the culture of the team, to find a way to overcome the culture of losing and failing. For the Chargers team they were trying to find a way to win close games. That process of change has hit several bumps in the road to this point. For the second straight year, the Chargers football season ended on a field goal with no time left on the...

  • UCLA men's basketball team hopes to continue their winning ways

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|Jan 19, 2023

    Freshman sensation Adem Bona and the UCLA men's basketball team are beginning to look like a group that will be playing deep into March. The Bruins extended their winning streak to 13 games after back-to-back home wins over the Utah Utes and the Colorado Buffs. With the two victories, the Bruins moved to No. 5 in the nation in the AP rankings. The Bruins are 16-2 for the season and 7-0 in the Pac-12 conference. The Bruins defeated the Utah Utes, 68-49 on Thursday Night at Pauley Pavilion in...

  • Successful consistency keeps CCHS girls' basketball playing at a high level

    Steve Finley, Sports Editor|Jan 19, 2023

    For the past 11 years Culver City girls basketball has been synonymous with winning. Year in and year out the teams coach by Julian Anderson and his reliable assistants have continued to play at a high level. Even though his teams don’t have size they make up for it by playing fundamentally sound basketball. This year the Lady Centaurs are 14-3 overall and 2-1 in league play and tied for second place with Santa Monica in the tough Bay league. Anderson keeps it simple. He never gets too high o...

  • Georgia Bulldogs win another National Championship

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|Jan 19, 2023

    After losing fifteen players in the 2022 NFL draft, six of which went in the first round, it might have been difficult to imagine that the Georgia Bulldogs could repeat as the FBS national champions of college football. But if you play college football in the Southeastern Conference, commonly referred to as the SEC, you just reload with talent. And there is never a lack of talent in the SEC. The Georgia Bulldog juggernaut finished off an undefeated 2022 season by crushing the TCU Horned Frogs, 6...

  • Chargers head to Jacksonville for a first round playoff game

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|Jan 19, 2023

    The 2022 NFL regular season has finally ended after 18 weeks, and the Los Angeles Chargers are still alive and are headed for the playoffs. The Chargers are the fifth seed in the NFL playoffs out of the seven teams in the American Football Conference (AFC). The Chargers will face the Jaguars, the AFC 4th seed, on Saturday Night in Jacksonville. The Jaguars were 9-8 on the season and won the AFC South division. The Chargers finished the season with a 10-7 record, falling in their final game to...

  • Mixed-Use Project Proposed on Sepulveda Blvd.

    Jan 19, 2023

    A new mixed-used building has been proposed for the southwest corner of Sepulveda and Culver Boulevards Dubbed the St. Mina Center, the project would rise from a property located at 4319 Sepulveda Boulevard and replace a handful of one and two-story structures now occupied by multiple shops and restaurants, according to Urbanize LA. The project site is nearby the landmark Dear John’s. Dr. Ehab Yacoub and Lorine Mikheail are the property owners and applicants who are proposing to redevelop the s...

  • Culver City Welcomes its New Planning and Development Director Mark Muenzer

    Jan 19, 2023

    The City of Culver City is pleased to announce that Mark Muenzer will be the City’s new Planning and Development Director. Mark will join the City on January 30, 2023 and will report to City Manager John Nachbar. Mark will oversee three Division Managers, 21 other employees, and an approximate budget of $6.5 million. He will lead the restructuring efforts of the Planning and Development Department. This newly formed department contains the following divisions: Current Planning, Advanced P...

  • 2023 Performing Arts Grant Program Awards

    Jan 19, 2023

    On December 5, the City Council of the City of Culver City awarded over $213,000 in 2023 Performing Arts Grants as recommended by the City’s Cultural Affairs Commission. Twenty-nine (29) non-profit arts organizations will receive grants to present music, dance, and theatre performances from January to December 2023. These performances will take place at various indoor and outdoor locations throughout Culver City and will be free or have low-cost ticket options. “During this year of pandemic recovery, we are proud to support more arts gro...

  • Smith Named LACCD Equity and Justice Fellow

    Jan 19, 2023

    Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) has named Dr. Regina Smith as its Equity and Justice Fellow. Her assignment began this week. This new appointment will provide leadership and advance the district’s strategies for diversity, equity, inclusion and access, said LACCD, which includes West LA College. “With the District’s laser focus on equity, inclusion, diversity, and outreach, Dr. Smith’s fearless advocacy for students and underserved communities will be a key voice for the district,” said LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez...

  • Assembly Bill to Restrict local Recall Moves

    Letters|Jan 19, 2023

    By Jon Coupal and Scott Kaufman As the Legislature gavels in for another session of taxpayer abuse, we can look back at the last session and cheerfully report, it could have been worse. The Legislature sent Gov. Gavin Newsom 1,166 bills last year. He signed 997 and vetoed 169. Fortunately, the midterm elections served to concentrate the minds of lawmakers, taming many of the Legislature’s more radical proposals. However, several bills that were signed by the governor are still a cause for c...

  • Re. "Government Transparency" letter from C. Alexander published Jan. 5, 2023.

    Letters|Jan 19, 2023

    Dear Editor, In her letter of Jan. 5, 2023, Ms. Alexander belittles the role of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, stating it is “involved in making recommendations on the use of the public right of way”. When I chaired the BPAC we actively tried to support staff who are implementing the Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan adopted by City Council in June 2020. The plan is extensive, and available on our city website. Ultimately of course, the BPAC can only listen, discuss, req...

  • ALL MY SONS At The Westchester Playhouse

    Jan 19, 2023

    Kentwood Players proudly presents Arthur Miller's Tony Award Winning Play ALL MY SONS opening Friday, January 20 through Saturday, February 11, 2023, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. The non-equity, all-volunteer production is directed by Ben Lupejkis, and produced by Alison Boole and Colleen Okida for Kentwood Players with rights secured from Dramatists Play Service, Inc. The cast features (in alphabetical order) Allison Lynn Adams, Christopher Aruffo, Philip...

  • Kids Scoop Covers Karen Bass Swearing In

    Jan 19, 2023

    Charlotte Lotte, Age 11 KidScoop Media Correspondent On December 11, 2022, many political leaders, members of the press, and parts of the general public gathered in the Microsoft Theater to celebrate the inauguration of LA's first woman, and black woman mayor. It was an eventful day, with the inauguration moved into the Microsoft Theater instead of on the steps of City Hall, due to the rain. But bad weather didn't stop the event, and a projection of City Hall was used as a backdrop to the...

  • El Marino Language School Recognized As California Distinguished School

    Jan 19, 2023

    El Marino Language School in Culver City has been chosen for the prestigious 2023 California Distinguished Schools Program. Since its inception in 1985, the California Distinguished Schools Award program honors exceptional schools, districts, teachers, and classified employees for their innovation, talent, and success in supporting students. El Marino will be recognized at the California School Recognition Program Awards Ceremony on Thursday, February 16 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. “It is my pleasure to honor and recognize 356 e...

  • Barbara Ford Succumbs

    Jan 19, 2023

    Born Barbara Green in Mississippi, she was an Air Force brat. Barbara lived in multiple states and in England before settling down in Atwater, CA. She loved being a small business owner and owned businesses for nearly 60 years. She and her first husband Douglas Ford opened DoBar Donuts in Atwater CA and also purchased The White Front Bar in Livingston CA. After moving to Westchester, Barbara purchased and ran Smart Set Travel in Culver City for 35 years. She had a passion for travel and...

  • DODGERS ACQUIRE MIGUEL ROJAS

    Jan 19, 2023

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired infielder Miguel Rojas from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. Rojas, 33, played in 140 games with Marlins in 2022, hitting .236 with six homers and 36 RBI. He joins the Dodgers for his second career stint after making 85 appearances with the club in 2014 and recording 27 hits in 149 at-bats in his rookie season. He has been in the Majors parts of nine seasons, slashing .260/.314/.358 with 39 homers and 269 RBI while playing five different defensive positions. He was origi...

  • Successful consistency keeps CCHS girls' basketball playing at a high level

    Steve Finley, Sports Editor|Jan 19, 2023

    For the past 11 years Culver City girls basketball has been synonymous with winning. Year in and year out the teams coach by Julian Anderson and his reliable assistants have continued to play at a high level. Even though his teams don't have size they make up for it by playing fundamentally sound basketball. This year the Lady Centaurs are 14-3 overall and 2-1 in league play and tied for second place with Santa Monica in the tough Bay league. Anderson keeps it simple. He never gets too high or...

  • Georgia Bulldogs win another National Championship

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|Jan 19, 2023

    After losing fifteen players in the 2022 NFL draft, six of which went in the first round, it might have been difficult to imagine that the Georgia Bulldogs could repeat as the FBS national champions of college football. But if you play college football in the Southeastern Conference, commonly referred to as the SEC, you just reload with talent. And there is never a lack of talent in the SEC. The Georgia Bulldog juggernaut finished off an undefeated 2022 season by crushing the TCU Horned Frogs, 6...

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