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City Council Take Steps to Phase Out Oil Drilling in Culver City

Culver City Council has unanimously voted to draft a plan to phase out oil extraction and gas wells in the city's 78-acre portion of the Inglewood Oil Field. At a special meeting last Thursday, the...

 

9 Council Candidates on the Ballot

The field of candidates for Culver City Council grew to 9 as Heather Wollin filed her papers on deadline day. Joining Wollin on the November 3 ballot are Mayor Goran Eriksson, Albert Vera, Yasmine...

 
 By Fred Altieri    Sports    August 20, 2020

Training Camp Continues for the Rams

Pro football is heating up in east Ventura County. The temperature was quickly approaching the 100-degree mark as the Los Angeles Rams wrapped up their morning workout in Thousand Oaks. It was a...

 
 By Fred Altieri    Sports    August 20, 2020

LAFC Sees Organizational Changes in 2020

As the Los Angeles Football Club prepares for the eighth edition of El Trafico against the L.A. Galaxy at Banc of California Stadium starting at 3:00 p.m. this Saturday, August 22, there was a major...

 
 By Bill Seals    Sports    August 20, 2020

Chargers hope to ride their defense to the playoffs

There were times last season when the Los Angeles Chargers just needed someone to make a play. They were 2-9 in games decided by seven points or less. It was a combination of a key penalty or an...

 

Virtual Fiesta La Ballona - August 21-23

The Culver City Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) Department and Fiesta La Ballona Committee will host a Virtual Fiesta La Ballona the weekend of August 21-23, 2020. Although COVID-19...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    August 20, 2020

Rent Contol Questions for the Culver City Council

Dear Editor, These are the ecomments I submitted to the city council regarding Action Item a last Monday evening, 8-17-120: "Honorable Mayor, vice mayor and members of the council. Given that permanen...

 

No sooner did President Trump fire them, then the late stand-up comics Bud Abbott and Lou Costello leaked their classic "Who's on First" transcript of Joe Biden's April 6 private phone call to the president. Here is an exclusive excerpt.

Biden: Good of you to take my call, Mr. President, I hear you’re having problems with WHO. I think I can help. Trump: With what? Biden: With WHO. Trump: The Who, the rock group? Biden: No, just WHO. Trump: Who what? Biden: WHO. The World Health...

 

Death Valley's 130°F All Time World Record Temperature

California sizzled to a triple-digit temperature so hot that meteorologists need to verify it as a planet-wide high mark. Death Valley recorded a scorching 130°F (54.4 degrees Celsius) Sunday, which...

 

SM at Risk for Power Blackouts

by Alyssa Erdley News with Attitude Over the weekend, the state's California Independent System Operator, the overseer of the state's power grid, instituted the first rolling blackout due to power...

 

Dogtown Lives On

by Mary Leipziger, Observer Senior Reporter ZJ Boarding House, another skate board store on Main Street in Santa Monica, closed Sunday. While there is still a Skateboard store at Lincoln and Marine...

 

Airbnb Bans Party Houses

Airbnb announced that it will ban all parties and events at its global listings, including capping capacity to 16 people, until further notice amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Users under the age of 25...

 

AMC Theaters Reopen

For the first time in roughly five months, AMC Theatres will pop the popcorn, dim the lights, and start the show. But will anyone buy a ticket? AMC, the world’s largest movie theater chain, is reopening more than 100 US locations on Thursday after...

 

Scam Phone Call Warns of Arrest

Santa Monica police are warning locals about a recent phone scam in the area, urging them to avoid fraudulent calls. "SMPD staff [members] have received multiple reports from community members who stated that someone contacted them falsely claiming...

 

Why is the Mail So Slow?

There is little question that the Post Office is slower than usual this summer. Local residents have reported that their mail is not delivered every day. The Post Office is busier than usual because...

 

360 Fires Burn across California.

Hundreds of wildfires are burning across California leading thousands to evacuate - amid a blistering heat wave that is now in its second week. As of Thursday, blazes threatened thousands of homes...

 

How many fires are there?

According to Newsom, firefighters are battling 367 known wildfires across California, including 23 that are considered major fires. But of those 367 fires, "the prospect of that number going up is...

 

One dead, dozens injured

One helicopter pilot died in a crash, while battling one of the state's smaller fires in Western Fresno County in central California on Wednesday, according to Cal Fire officials. As of Thursday afternoon, 33 civilians and firefighters had been...

 

Tens of thousands evacuated

In all, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), more than 50,000 California residents have evacuated due to fires that are burning some 780 square miles across the state. That's an area equal to about half...

 

Nearly 11,000 lightning strikes, excessive heat sparked fires

Many of the wildfires burning in California today were caused by a perfect storm of extreme heat and consequential lightning. The heat was generated by a strong ridge of high pressure over the western U.S., which also produced an onslaught of...

 

Climate Change

“California has a really flammable ecosystem,” University of Colorado fire scientist Jennifer Balch told the Associated Press. “People are living in flammable places, providing ignition, starting the wildfires against a backdrop of a warming...

 

Recovery efforts

In efforts to contain the blazes, some firefighters were working 72-hour shifts instead of the usual 24 hours, said Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox. “We’re in the unfortunate position where firefighters are going to be spending several days out...

 

"Up All Night" A Provocative, Tale of Ted Turner and CNN'S Historic Birth

by Rachel Ganz Following a zoom conversation last week with author Lisa Napoli about her new book "Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN and The Birth of 24-Hour News'' I immediately ordered my copy on...

 

Rent Control, Tenant Protection

The City Council this week continued its effort to establish a permanent rent control ordinance in Culver City. At its Monday meeting, Councilmembers spent nearly 3 hours evaluating rent control and...

 

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