Articles from the November 3, 2016 edition


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  • Lady Centaurs Move on to CIF Finals

    George Laase|Nov 3, 2016

    The Centaurs swept the Quartz Hill (27-3) Lady Rebels 3-0 25-18, 25-18, 25-19. Lena Johnson was named Player of the game. She led the Centaurs with 10 kills and 8 digs. Jessica Stewart and Megan Shimoda each had 10 assists. The Centaurs played one of their best matches so far this season and just had 5 receiving errors, while serving 10 aces and making 17 blocks on the much larger Quartz Hill team. La Reina (21-7) of Thousand Oaks lost only two sets while going undefeated (12-0) in the Tri-Valley League. The Regents beat Alemany in a five-set...

  • Lady Centaurs Headed to CIF Finals

    George Laase|Nov 3, 2016

    The Centaurs swept the Quartz Hill (27-3) Lady Rebels 3-0 -- 25-18, 25-18, 25-19. Lena Johnson was named Player of the game. She led the Centaurs with 10 kills and 8 digs. Jessica Stewart and Megan Shimoda each had 10 assists. The Centaurs played one of their best matches so far this season, having only 5 receiving errors, while serving 10 aces and making 17 blocks on the much larger Quartz Hill team. The Centaurs move on to play Tri-Valley champion, La Reina, this Friday at Cerritos College at...

  • Rams' Woes Continue

    Fred Altieri|Nov 3, 2016

    Four consecutive losses and counting. The now 3-5 Los Angeles Rams have reached the halfway mark in the 2016 NFL regular season in a serious funk as they lost to the Carolina Panthers, 13-10, on Sunday, November 5. One can safely say that "the entertainment capitol of the world" was not impressed with either team's offensive performance. The game also marked the unofficial awakening of the boo birds for the first time at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since the team relocated from St. Louis...

  • Tax Hikes, Charter Changes Greet Voters in Culver City

    Stephen Hadland|Nov 3, 2016

    If you can get past the Presidential Election and the 17 statewide propositions on the ballot, Culver City faces several important decisions in Tuesday's election. First and most importantly is the measure called the Culver City Safe/Clean Water Protection Measure (CW). According to the ballot argument it is meant to protect public health/groundwater supplies and prevent toxins and pollutants from contaminating local waterways, creeks and beaches, by improving storm drains/infrastructure to...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Culver City High School Centaurs Crush Beverly Hills

    Nov 3, 2016

    The Culver City Centaur football team defeated Beverly Hills Friday night by a score of 63 - 8. Be sure to read Fred Altieri's recap including interviews with the coaches in this week's Culver City Observer....

  • CHICAGO CUBS: 2016 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS

    Mitch Chortkoff|Nov 3, 2016

    There’s a big difference between having a good team and going all out to have a championship-caliber team. The 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs illustrate that point remarkably well. The Cubs hadn’t won a World Series in 108 years but accomplishing what seemed impossible became the goal that surfaced in 2009 when the Ricketts family bought the team for $845 million and Tom Ricketts began running the show. You may be familiar with the Ricketts family. They’re heavily involved in polit...

  • CLEVELAND INDIANS: 2016 WORLD SERIES RUNNNERUP

    Mitch Chortkoff|Nov 3, 2016

    In a great World Series someone has to lose. This year it was the Cleveland Indians but they should be proud of their performance in a classic series that wasn’t decided until the extra inning of the seventh game. Terry Francona is a manager who is probably headed to the Hall of Fame. He guided the Boston Red Sox to two World Series championships and came close this time. His work this season was superb. The Indians lost some key players early in the season including two important pitchers. F...

  • Affair Of The Arts Is Coming Culver City

    Nov 3, 2016

    The 7th AFFAIR OF THE ARTS in Downtown Culver City will be held on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 18 – 20, and will feature fine and functional art, music, activities for kids and an interactive art project titled “Sacred Water” which is in support of those protecting our water and protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. This art project illustrates the critical role art can play in social justice and bringing people together to explore important issues -- intentional planning by the event’s producers from TheWhol...

  • Election Burnout? How To Recover

    Carole Bell|Nov 3, 2016

    I'm sick of the election and don't want to write about it anymore. So today I'm writing about compassion, which we will all need regardless of what happens next Tuesday. Five decisive days to go, how will we get through it? 50% of Americans will be unhappy with whoever wins the most caustic election we’ve had. Unhappiness, anger, and the fears that drive us; this is what will surround us next week. How to cope? You do know that a year from now, say two, to be safe, it’s likely we’ll worry about...

  • It Will Be A Long, Long Complex Election Day

    Neil Rubenstein|Nov 3, 2016

    This election on November 8 will be so long, what with federal offices, judges, propositions, bonds and taxes, and the “facts” mailed by the pro and anti camps, you just have to wonder how many mail carriers will get hernias and go on state disability. Over the past few months I have made Theodorsia’s and my recommendations regarding judges and the city hall power grab of placing the police and fire chiefs under the city manager. To the people at city hall who want to grab power in that manne...

  • The Backstage the Munchkins called Home is celebrating 80 years

    Nov 3, 2016

    The Backstage Bar & Grille, an icon in Culver City, is turning 80 and the owner Ben Myron and his staff are pulling out all the stops to celebrate. Thursday, November 10. The Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz partied at the Backstage after filming across the street which was MGM Studios at the time. Prices will be rolled back 80 years to 1936 with 25 cent sliders and 25 cent beer (PBR) from 4 pm until 6 pm on Thursday November 10. Everyone will get free birthday cake. The Backstage is also home...

  • Fineshriber Family Foundation Plants More Seeds

    Nov 3, 2016

    At the October 25 school board meeting Culver City Education Foundation (CCEF) President Wendy Hamill presented the School Board of the Culver City Unified School District with a check for $75,000- representing three new grants CCEF has received from the Fineshriber Family Foundation. Ten thousand dollars of this gift will pilot Culver Needs, which will build on programs for neediest students (i.e., Culver Closet, Backpacks for Kids, Project Prom) to ensure that all CCUSD children have the...

  • Mermaid Costume Winner at CCHS Halloween Contest

    Nov 3, 2016

    Angeline Wacker is the winner of the Halloween costume contest at Culver City High this year. She is wearing a custom crafted Mermaid costume she made of hundreds of hand applied shells and pearls to the tiara, matching shoes and bra top. Also braided into the hip length pink wig are shell and pearl strands hand tied to fishing line. The full length turquoise skirt has a feather waistband which looks like seaweed. The feathers also were used on the sleeves and shoes to tie in the ensemble. Angeline is a graduating senior and her costume was...

  • Dear Editor

    Letters|Nov 3, 2016

    Dear Editor. For your reading edification or disdain, the following will be my votes on the 17 propositions on this year’s California ballot. Prop 51 – Yes: Authorizes $9 billion in bonds for construction and modernization of K-12 schools, charter schools and community colleges. Education is the base on which we build our future, it deserves our funding. Prop 52 – Yes: The Medi-Cal Hospital fee is a current, successful program that saves California money and funds hospitals. It expires in 2018 a...

  • UCLA Womens' Volleyball Climbs To Top Of Pac-12

    Steve Finley|Nov 3, 2016

    Last Sunday the UCLA women's volleyball team showed why it is ranked No. 9 in the nation when they eliminated No. 21 Utah 3-0 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins are now 18-4 and 9-3 in the Pac-12 which is good enough to tie Washington for the best record in the conference. The Bruins' next challenge is this weekend on the road when they battle Arizona today (Friday) at 6 p.m. and Arizona State on Saturday at 6 p.m. They continue their road trip the following week when they face California...

  • USC Faces Oregon In Saturday Football

    Steve Finley|Nov 3, 2016

    The USC Trojans are hoping to keep pace with the rest of the Pac-12 elite teams with a win over the Oregon Ducks this Saturday at the Coliseum. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. Although the Ducks are having a down year they are still an explosive offensive team. The Ducks come into the game with an overall record of 3-5 and they are tied for last place in the Pac-12 North Division at 1-4. The Trojans are 5-3 overall and currently in third place in the Pac-12 South Division with a record of 4-2. Right...

  • Culver Football Beats Santa Monica For Fourth Straight Time

    Fred Altieri|Nov 3, 2016

    Senior Night 2016 at Jerry Chabola Stadium started off with a bang as the Culver City High football team rolled over visiting Santa Monica High, 56-20 on a clear and cool Friday evening, October 28. Appropriately, the Centaur seniors played a prominent role in the fourth consecutive victory over their Ocean League archrival. "Overall I'm pleased on how we played as a team. I thought our offense was clicking on all cylinders. The defense did a good job causing turnovers and played one of their be...

  • Highest Community Debt Ever Looming

    Letters|Nov 3, 2016

    Dear Editor, I’m wondering if the city made the school district aware of the looming cost of the Clean Water Act when school board members were deciding how much bond money to ask from the community. In discussing how much bond money, local board members failed to heed the voices of the fiscal conservatives in the community, such as myself, not to spend our community deeper in debt beyond what we could afford or was absolutely necessary. Board members decided on asking for $106M including 12 i...

  • Let's keep our Police Chief and Fire Chief more directly accountable to the people

    Letters|Nov 3, 2016

    Let's keep our Police Chief and Fire Chief more directly accountable to the people by keeping them directly responsible to the City Council, rather than transferring this power to a City Manager. 1. True democracy holds elected officials responsible for major decisions. Ten years ago the Culver City Charter Committee (comprised of residents from a cross-section of the political spectrum) spent almost a year assessing what form of governance best suits the needs of the people in Culver City. The...

  • Former Mayor's Endorse Charter Change

    Letters|Nov 3, 2016

    As former Mayors of Culver City we urge Culver City voters to join us in supporting Measure CA on the November 8 ballot In 2006 the voters approved changing our City Charter and our system of governance to a Council-Manager form of government, in which the Council hires, supervises and fires a professional full-time City Manager to run the affairs of the City. The City Manager, in turn, hires, supervises and disciplines the department heads. The part-time City Council focuses on policy matters...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: AMERICAN PASTORAL

    debbie lynn elias|Nov 3, 2016

    It has long been a running banter between myself and Ewan McGregor as to when he would move from in front of the camera to behind the lens. His response has consistently been, "When I find the right project." Well, the "right project" finally came along with the adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning AMERICAN PASTORAL. Often described as a complex and challenging work, and rightly so, this 1997 Roth work is perhaps the hallmark of his prolific career. And while many of Roth's works...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: SULLY

    Debbie Lynn Elias|Nov 3, 2016
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    Nice to know that should Clint Eastwood choose to continue directing, he has a future career with Lifetime movies as that is exactly what his latest big screen foray with SULLY is. That's not to say there's anything wrong with Lifetime movies. I have watched more than my fair share over the years as I am sure many of you have. While solid workmanship, there's a reason those films are "made for tv" and that's exactly where SULLY belongs; on tv and not on the big screen. We all know the story of...

  • Centaurs To Host Valley View High In 2016 CIF Football Playoffs

    Fred Altieri|Nov 3, 2016

    The Culver City High football team will host Valley View High in Round 1 of the 2016 CIF Southern Section Division 11 Playoffs at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, November 11, at Jerry Chabola Stadium. The Centaurs ended the regular season with a 7-3 record, successfully defended and earned a share of the Ocean League title at 4-1 with El Segundo High and Lawndale High. The Valley View Eagles, located in Moreno Valley east of Riverside, finished 3rd in the Inland Valley League with a 3-2 league record...

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