Articles from the December 1, 2016 edition


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  • DISNEY ON ICE To Present WORLDS OF ENCHANTMENT

    Dec 1, 2016

    Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment in Southern California. This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar's Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney's The Little Mermaid plus the enchanting Academy Award®-winning Frozen. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is performing from December 15 through January 8, 2017 at Staples Center, Anaheim's H...

  • Assemblyman Pérez To Run For 34th Congressional District Seat

    Dec 1, 2016

    Today, former California Speaker of the State Assembly John A. Pérez announced that he is running for the 34th Congressional District, which is being vacated by U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra. Pérez released the following statement announcing his run: “In the aftermath of November’s election nationwide, two facts are clearer than ever. The first is that we need to fight harder than ever to protect the progress we’ve made. The second is that California is the one place in the country where Democrats know how to win, and the one place in the...

  • Kentwood Announces "Big Fish" Auditions

    Dec 1, 2016

    Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for the musical "Big Fish" with Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa and Book by John August, on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 11 am to 2 pm and Sunday, January 15 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Callbacks by invitation only will be held on Monday, January 16 at 7 pm. This is a non-equity, non-paid production led by Director/Musical Director Catherine Rahm with choreography by Alison Mattiza and produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete by special arrangement with Theatrica...

  • BOO, BOO, BOO : Laker Fans Welcome Back Dwight Howard

    Mitch Chortkoff|Dec 1, 2016

    When free agent center Dwight Howard left the Lakers after the 2012-’13 season fans were very angry. Ever since then Howard has been treated harshly at Staples Center from the opening introductions to the final buzzer every time he’s played here. Every time he’s handled the ball in fact. It happened again Sunday night when the Lakers erased an early deficit to defeat the Atlanta Hawks. I don’t expect Laker fans to ease up on Howard because of anything I write. But I’d like to tell you what I th...

  • Gates Kingsley Funeral Directors To Host 'Your Life. Your Legacy.' Seminar

    Dec 1, 2016

    Gated. Kinsley Directors (FD 1016), a local provider of the Dignity Memorial® network, will host a “Your Life. Your Legacy.” seminar to help people plan funeral and memorial arrangements. The seminar will help attendees break down the planning process for end-of-life decisions. The seminar will be held on Saturday, December 3 at 4 p.m at Denny’s located at 10700 Jefferson Blvd. in Culver City. The public is invited to attend. Please note that this seminar will be in Spanish. Gates Kingsley & Gates Smith Salsbury Funeral Directors (FD 1016)...

  • Come Ye All To Culver Rotary's Holiday Luncheon

    Dec 1, 2016

    This holiday season community residents and businesses are invited to celebrate the holidays at a special luncheon to celebrate the season on December 7 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the American Legion Hall. The event will be at the American Legion Hall, 5300 South Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City. The cost is $25 per person Presented annually by the Culver City Rotary Club, this holiday luncheon features a traditional recipe for smoked ribs, along with turkey, ham and all the trimmings, including salads and desserts. There will be music, caroling,...

  • Rep. Bass Calls Death of Fidel Castro "Great Loss"

    Stephen Hadland|Dec 1, 2016

    Fidel Castro, Dictator of Cuba, died last Friday after over 50 years of death and destruction of Cuba. On Monday Culver City Congresswoman Karen Bass issued the following statement from her Washington D.C. office regarding the passing of Fidel Castro. “As Cuba begins nine days of mourning, I wish to express my condolences to the Cuban people and the family of Fidel Castro. The passing of the Comandante en Jefe is a great loss to the people of Cuba. I hope together our two nations will c...

  • Westfield Robbery Leaves 90-Year-Old Man Injured

    Dec 1, 2016

    Police are hunting for a suspect in the November 16 attack at Westfield Culver City. The alleged assault and subsequent robbery happened at 12:20 pm when a 90-year- old male who was seated in the food court of the shopping center had his gold chains ripped from his neck and was thrown to the ground. While the victim was on the ground the suspect took his wallet and fled on foot in an unknown direction. The victim was subsequently taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. The image...

  • Culver School Safe For Illegal Aliens

    Dec 1, 2016

    At its November 22 meeting the CCUSD Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution declaring all CCUSD campuses as “Safe Zones,” saying it won’t allow law enforcement agents looking to deport those without documentation on its campuses without a review process. The language in the resolution makes it clear that CCUSD schools are safe spaces for the diverse students and families the District serves – from every walk, talk, country and religion there is. In fact, CCUSD is widely known as one of the most diverse school districts in the sta...

  • Linwood Howe Elementary Celebrates Disability Awareness Month

    Dec 1, 2016

    Shortly after Linwood Howe Elementary’s PTA formed the first-ever Special Needs Committee* in Culver City the school’s leadership seized on the opportunity to further educate the students about all kinds of disabilities, including physical, emotional and learning, by celebrating Disability Awareness Month in October. “Lin Howe is proud to teach and support students who have disabilities of all kinds, both in regular and specialized classrooms,” said school principal Dr. Kim Indelicato. “Our new Special Needs Committee planned multiple events de...

  • Culver Resident Hoult Passes at 82

    Dec 1, 2016

    Charles P. Hoult of Culver City passed away in his home on November 23 following a long battle with cancer. Hoult was born on December 15, 1933. He is survived by his fourth wife, Janet Hoult, son Howard Hoult, daughter Ellen Hoult, brother David Hoult, granddaughter Sarah Hoult, and several other members of his extensive families. Preceded in death by his sister, Maude Hoult Lorah, daughter, Elizabeth Hoult Fontaine, and granddaughters Catherine and Julia Fontaine. In 1958 Charles Hoult was...

  • Barrage of Plastic Pollutants Enter SM Bay from Rains: Call to Action

    Letters|Dec 1, 2016

    I bumped into local photographer, Fabian Lewkowicz, on the bike path next to the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain this past Monday morning at 7:30am. I was in a hurry to get to work, but took my ninth annual “trashy” video of plastic pollutants at the mouth of the storm drain in front of Shutters Hotel. Lewkowicz one-upped me heading seaward across the sand, and ended up capturing what would become viral footage of a dramatic “third flush” of the storm drain. As of Wednesday, 11/23/16 at 2 pm there were...

  • NHL: Trades and More Trades Even Gretzky Was Traded

    Kay Douglas|Dec 1, 2016

    Twenty-eight years ago the Edmonton Oilers rocked the sports world when they traded Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings for $15 million. The trade also included two or three additional players, and draft picks, but for the cash-strapped Oilers it was strictly a business deal. Every year NHL coaches spend countless hours in offices and on their cell phones, speaking with scores of players, including draft picks and unrestricted free agents who are free to negotiate and sign contracts with any...

  • Rams' Playoff Chances Diminish With Latest Defeat

    Fred Altieri|Dec 1, 2016

    Seasoned reality finally set in for Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, November 27, as the team lost for the sixth time in its last seven games. The bad news: the team is virtually eliminated from the 2016 postseason picture following its worst beating of the season to quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, 49-21. The good news: the Rams still have five games remaining on the schedule for rookie quarterback Jared Goff to prepare for next season and beyond. Goff displayed a strong arm,...

  • UCLA Men's Basketball Battles No. 1 Kentucky Saturday

    Steve Finley|Dec 1, 2016
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    The No. 11 UCLA Bruins will travel to play the No. 1 team in the country, the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Channel 2. The Bruins are 8-0 and the Wildcats are 7-0. Both teams play up tempo basketball. "This has all the makings of a good national television game," said UCLA head coach Steve Alford after his team ran past UC Riverside 98-56 last Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. The Bruins are averaging 97 points per game and...

  • Governor Brown Names U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra California's Next Attorney General

    Dec 1, 2016

    SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today named U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA) to replace Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate last month. The nomination, which is subject to confirmation by the California State Assembly and Senate, will be officially submitted after Attorney General Harris resigns. "Xavier has been an outstanding public servant – in the State Legislature, the U.S. Congress and as a deputy attorney general," said Governor Bro...

  • Paul Anka To Perform at The Saban Theatre

    Dec 1, 2016

    Internationally-famous singer/songwriter Paul Anka will need no introduction when he takes the stage at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on December 10 and 11 to sing all of his hits and holiday favorites. In 1957, when Anka was a 16 year old teenager, his first number one hit, "Diana," made him a star. Soon after, he hopped on the "Cavalcade of Stars" bus with top names of the day in the era of segregation, performing at the Copa Cabana, the youngest entertainer ever to do so, and honing his craft surrounded by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis,...

  • Rachel Robinson To Receive Pioneer Award

    Dec 1, 2016

    The stars will once again shine in Southern California as the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation salutes baseball’s finest at the 14th annual “In the Spirit of the Game” Sports and Entertainment Spectacular, on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Rachel Robinson, the wife of the late, great Jackie Robinson, will be honored with The Pioneer Award in celebration of the 70th anniversary of her husband breaking the color line in Major League Baseball when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. Rachel Robin...

  • Temporary Observer Telephone Number

    Dec 1, 2016

    Due to a problem with our network the CULVER CITY OBSERVER has a temporary phone number. Please call (310) 503-4145. You can also email us at publisher@culvercityobserver.com Sorry for the inconvenience....

  • City to Hire Permanent City Clerk

    Dec 1, 2016

    Culver City has begun advertising to fill the position of City Clerk. Jeremy Green, the deputy city clerk, has been acting in that capacity since Assistant City Manager/City Clerk Martin Cole abruptly left earlier this year. Sources at city hall told the Observer that Cole left after being informed by City Manager John Nachbar that the position of Assistant City Manager was being eliminated but that Cole could remain as City Clerk with no reduction is salary. The position is full time with an annual salary of $129,362.22 to $157,889.30. The...

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