Articles from the October 22, 2020 edition


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  • Culver City Measure RE: Fair Property Transfer Tax? Or 'Millionaire Mansion Tax?'

    Oct 22, 2020

    When Culver City residents cast their ballots in the next two weeks, they will also decide the fate of Measure RE, which would increase the city's real estate transfer tax (RETT) for sales above $1.5 million. If approved, Measure RE would generate approximately $6 million per year by establishing a marginal tax rate with four brackets, based on sales price. The tax measure would also shore up the city's financial state which has been "slammed by the pandemic-induced recession," city officials said. Opponents of this measure have labeled it...

  • Young Adults Still Driving Covid-19 Cases; Culver City's Infection Rate Slowing Down

    Oct 22, 2020

    Public health officials this week reported that young adults are still driving up L.A. County's Covid-19 cases but the rate of inflection is slowing down, especially in Culver City. Throughout the pandemic, people between18 and 49 years old have had the highest number of Covid-19 cases but now they account for 58% of all the infected, the County Health Department noted in a press release. "When you add teenagers, a group who may be out socializing, individuals between the ages of 12 and 50 now...

  • Robbery Suspect Arrested

    Oct 22, 2020

    On Saturday October 18, at 3:24 PM, Culver City Police Officers responded to a radio call of a vehicle break-in in progress in the 3400 block of Cattaragus Avenue. During the incident, the owner of the vehicle confronted the suspect, at which point the suspect physically assaulted him and fled on foot with property belonging to the victim. A perimeter was quickly established by responding officers and the suspect was found hiding in a backyard. The suspect ultimately surrendered and was...

  • Burglary at Samy's Camera

    Oct 22, 2020

    On Sunday October 18 at 10:14 PM, Culver City Police Officers responded to a call of a possible burglary in progress at Samy's Camera located 4411 Sepulveda Boulevard. The reporting party noticed the suspect on the roof of the business, throwing boxes down toward the suspect vehicle, which was idling in the alley. The reporting party went home and called the police. The officers established a perimeter and conducted a search for the suspect, utilizing a drone to search the roof of the business....

  • CCUSD Named Third Most Diverse District in the State

    Oct 22, 2020

    Niche, a website that helps parents discover schools and neighborhoods that are right for them, has named Culver City Unified School District the third most diverse school district in California. The site also identified CCUSD as the 29th best place to teach in California (among 690 districts) and ranked the District No. 37 on its 2021 list of Best School Districts in California. Using a wide array of statistics, Niche's 2021 rankings are based on rigorous analysis of demographic and student...

  • Rams Host Bears on heels of 49ers loss

    Fred Altieri|Oct 22, 2020

    Not quite ready for prime time. The Los Angeles Rams are looking to rebound from a lack of execution in their 24-16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers during the past Sunday Night Football clash at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Yet, the team will have a quick opportunity to redeem themselves when they host the Chicago Bears this Monday, October 26, in the very first ever Monday Night Football game at SoFi Stadium. For the second time this season, the Rams failed to show up in the first half...

  • Chargers face a must-win scenario against the Jaguars

    Bill Seals|Oct 22, 2020

    The Los Angeles Chargers will return to action this weekend after a much-needed bye week. They return to the field with a 1-4 record and a four-game losing streak to greet the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are taking a cross-country flight to Southern California to try and snap their own losing streak. The Jaguars are 1-5 and have lost five in a row. Both teams won their opening game of the season and have not seen a victory since. The season has reached a critical point for both teams where...

  • 2020 NFL Power Rankings – Week 07

    Bill Seals - Fred Altieri, Sports Reporters - PFWA Members|Oct 22, 2020

    1.Seattle Seahawks (5-0): The Seahawks are coming off a bye and will now face the toughest part of their schedule. The next five weeks they play the Cardinals on the road, then get the 49ers at home, followed by the Bill in Buffalo and the Rams in Los Angeles, with the tough five game stretch ending with the Cardinals at home. Next: -3.5 at Arizona Cardinals – Sun, Oct. 25 – O/U 56 2. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-0): The Steelers became the second team in league history, joining the 1985 New York Gia...

  • Angel City Football Club Officially Joins NWSL

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|Oct 22, 2020

    It's official, Folks! Today, October 21, 2020 will go down as a landmark date in Los Angeles sports history as Angel City Football Club confirmed its name and officially joined the National Women's Soccer League. The newest member of Southern California's acclaimed professional sports franchises, Angel City is scheduled to take the pitch starting in Spring 2022. Just as LAFC's Inaugural debut in 2018 ignited the city and Major League Soccer, ACFC is expected to have the same effect on the NWSL....

  • CLIPPERS NAME TYRONN LUE HEAD COACH

    Oct 22, 2020

    The L.A. Clippers have named Tyronn Lue as the team's head coach, it was announced today by Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. Lue will become the franchise's 26th head coach after serving as an assistant coach for the Clippers during the 2019-20 season. Before joining L.A., he was the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2016-18, amassing a 128-83 record, taking the team to three consecutive NBA Finals, and winning the franchise's first NBA title in 2016....

  • Pac-12 special date football television selections announced

    Oct 22, 2020

    The Pac-12 Conference and its television partners ESPN & FOX Sports have announced network designations and potential kickoff times for all "special date" football games occurring on Fridays this coming season. The Conference previously announced its 2020 football schedule, featuring a seven-game Conference-only lineup commencing on Saturday, Nov. 7, will culminate the weekend of Dec. 18-19 with the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, presented by 76®, and a full slate of Pac-12 games for...

  • Condo for Under $1,000,000

    Oct 22, 2020

    By Miguel Covarrubias Gary Limjap at the Santa Monica Montana office of Coldwell Banker Realty, has listed a townhome for $999,000. Located at 1420 Princeton St., Unit 5, in Santa Monica, Calif., the approximately 1,300-square-foot townhome includes two bedrooms and three bathrooms. "Inside a well-maintained five-unit complex built in 1991, this bright and spacious townhome has been beautifully renovated," said Limjap. "Centrally located in the heart of Santa Monica, this home is just minutes...

  • Corona Prison During Covid

    Oct 22, 2020

    by Ms. Amber S. Jackson, Lucky Lifer Editor introduction: Ms. Jackson wrote to us from C.I.W. asking if she could write a regular weekly column about life in prison. After growing up in foster homes, she entered prison at age 20 when she disfigured someone. She spent the next 16 years in prison, where she now awaits a parole that may not be for another 4 years. "I want to make people think," Jackson wrote us. "When it comes to foster kids, most of them end up in prison at some point! Yes! Now, that is no excuse...I own every mistake I've made....

  • Spa Owner Pleads Guilty to Mask Hoarding

    Oct 22, 2020

    The owner of the luxury spa where Gwyneth Paltrow famously recommended a 'vaginal steam' has landed in hot water with the courts. Niki Schwarz, 55, owner of Tikkun Holistic Spa in Santa Monica, plead guilty in US District Court to hoarding and then selling N95 masks for eleven times list price, said the US Department of Justice in a press release. Schwarz, who was last week charged in federal court with one count of hoarding and price gouging, agreed to plead guilty to the misdemeanor offense....

  • Keep Summer Blue: Lake Tahoe, the Perfect COVID Vacation - Part One

    Oct 22, 2020

    By Kat Thomas This summer multiple members of the Edible Skinny family were lucky enough to vacation in Lake Tahoe, CA! As anyone in 2020 knows, COVID-19 was the hurdle to this year's summer, with many metropolitan dwellers searching for the perfect relaxable place, ideally somewhere that was easily drivable so you could nix a plane ride and embraced the world of social distanced activities. And thus Lake Tahoe, with the pine-scented atmosphere and its multitude of summertime water sports, becam...

  • SMPD Chief Quits

    Oct 22, 2020

    SMPD Chief Cynthia Renaud is retiring following intense criticism of her department’s response to looting and arson of businesses during a George Floyd protest march on May 31, 2020. A city statement credits her with cutting crime and other achievements. It says she decided to quit because recent events in Santa Monica and around the nation have strained community-police relations. Which is probably an understatement. Renaud, the Police Department and city leaders have been criticized for focusing on protests while looters came into town and r...

  • Seabrooks Appointed Acting SMPD Chief

    Oct 22, 2020

    Former Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks will resume the role of interim chief until a permanent replacement is found. In a statement released last week, the city cited “strained community-police relations” as contributing to her decision. “Recognizing that recent events both here in Santa Monica and around the nation have strained community-police relations, Chief Renaud has made the decision to step aside so that the Santa Monica Police Department can continue to move forward,” the statement read. Renaud will take on the role of...

  • Starbucks on Main Street Closes

    Oct 22, 2020

    It was opened sometime in the 1990's. But Starbucks on Main Street has closed permanently. Staff were offered transfers to one of Santa Monica's ten open locations. "As part of Starbucks' standard course of business, we continually evaluate our business to ensure a healthy store portfolio," Allison Clark of Starbucks said in a statement. "After careful consideration, we determined it was best to close the store at 2671 Main Street in Santa Monica, CA. Our last day at this location was October...

  • Laughter Supports a Clothing Drive For The Homeless

    Oct 22, 2020

    By Christine Peake Finally, a good news story that not only brings a few good laughs but also the generosity of some of the leading comics in Los Angeles who collectively have joined together - not too closely of course, to put in a socially distanced/mask wearing show to share a few jokes, and to accept donations to help the problematic ever increasing homeless community. Attendees are encouraged to bring clothing to donate to the homeless. Award winning actor and comedian Jimmy Shin, who when...

  • Storage Wars

    Oct 22, 2020

    By Samuel Alioto It may not go down as the most significant endorsement of the political season, but a local storage unit operator has come out against Proposition 15. "Normally, we do not communicate with our customers about ballot measures," writes "Your SoCal Self Storage Team." We prefer to talk ab out our Nice customer service, cool organizational tips, rainbows, and sunsets. But Prop 15, also known as the Schools and Communities First initiative, has us REALLY concerned." reads a letter sent to all storage customers. "Prop 15 threatens...

  • World Champion Dodgers to Hold Celebration At Later Date

    Oct 22, 2020

    LOS The World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers today issued the following statement: This season was everything we believed it could be. It was just missing one thing: The best fans in baseball. While the wait for a World Championship is finally over, a celebration worthy of our great fans and the City of Los Angeles will unfortunately have to wait until it is safe to do so. We can't wait to celebrate together! The Dodger Stadium team stores will be closed today as World Series Championship...

  • Covid-19 Affects Fundraising Activities For Advisory Council

    Oct 22, 2020

    Instead of preparing to celebrate another school year, we continue to react in real-time to the exigencies of a global pandemic, civil unrest, and the deepest recession in recent memory. Unfortunately, one of the results of the Corona virus is the shut-down of our schools for health and safety reasons. The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) has a major responsibility to raise funds for resources and equipment that will enhance the children’s educational experience creatively and academically. Since the pandemic has limited our ability to engage i...

  • Parking Enforcement extended

    Oct 22, 2020

    To make every effort to help people stay home and slow the spread of OVID-19, the City of Culver City will continue relaxed parking enforcement through November 14 and will be subject to extensions as warranted by Public Health orders. Not enforced: - Relaxed enforcement of street sweeping restrictions in residential areas - Relaxed enforcement around closed schools - Moratorium on ticketing and towing for abandoned vehicles and oversize vehicle overnight parking fines - Freeze on parking fine...

  • UCLA Study on Covid-19

    Oct 22, 2020

    UCLA is seeking people who were tested for Covid-19 no more than 5 days ago and were positively diagnosed, who still have symptoms but haven't been hospitalized. Or those close contact with someone who has Covid-19 no more than 3 days ago, who don't have any symptoms. UCLA and Johns Hopkins University are conducting a medical trial, to determine whether antibodies from people who have recovered from Covid-19 can help others overcome or avoid the illness. "The researchers want to make sure older...

  • You can bet on Betts to come through in the clutch

    Steve Finley, Sports Editor|Oct 22, 2020

    For the past five or six years the Dodgers have put together some very good teams. All they needed was a clutch and energetic player to bring out the best in the rest of their stars. That player is Mookie Betts. One announcer on Fox called Betts a six tool player which means he has an extra gear that no other player in major league baseball has. If you are a complete baseball player then you are a five tool player which means you hit home runs and base hits, you have speed to steal bases, you...

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