Articles from the December 7, 2023 edition


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  • Mc-McMorrin Elected Mayor

    Stephen Hadland, Culver City Observer Editor & Publisher|Dec 7, 2023

    The annual rotation of the Mayoral position took place at thee city council meeting on Monday December 1 when the council elected councilwoman Yasmine Imani McMorrin to become the city's next mayor. She becomes the first woman of color to be Culver City's Mayor. McMorrin has served as the Vice Mayor for the previous year. Councilman 'Dan Brien was elected Vice Mayor at that meeting. The election takes place by the sitting councilmembers and the vote was unanimous. The mayor leads the city counci...

  • Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

    Dec 7, 2023

    Neighbors watch out for neighbors! If you will be staying home or traveling, help keep an eye out for suspicious activity and report it to your local law enforcement. This makes communities safer. Let someone you trust know when you're traveling. Have them watch your house and retrieve any newspapers and collect your mail. If you are going to be gone long, contact your United States Postal Service and put your mail on hold. When out shopping, stay vigilant! Park in a well-lit area. Avoid...

  • The play of Nacua is helping to keep the Rams in the playoff picture

    Steve Finley, Sports Editor|Dec 7, 2023

    This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Los Angeles Rams, but they have surprised a lot of people with a hard fought 6-6 record. That record is keeping them in the playoff picture. On Sunday they take on a very good Baltimore Raven team on the road at 10 a.m. One of the reasons the Rams are surprising some people is the play of rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua. The 6'2, 200-pound player has taken the NFL by storm and is electrifying Rams fans all over the world. In the history of the...

  • ERBA Markets Specials in West Los Angeles

    Dec 7, 2023

    Visit ERBA Markets for this weeks SPECIALS!!!...

  • Singleton is the new Culver City High School boy's head basketball coach

    Steve Finley, Sports Editor|Dec 7, 2023

    It's a new basketball season at Culver City high school and the Centaurs have a new head boys basketball coach, Ray Singleton. Singleton was an assistant coach last season to head coach Michael Cooper, so he is familiar with the basketball program at Culver City. That makes the transition a lot easier. New coaches bring in their own system and that is exactly what he is doing. Although he said he learned a lot from the former Laker star Cooper, Singleton is implementing a different approach...

  • Washington is headed for the playoffs after beating Oregon

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|Dec 7, 2023

    In what has been a fun and entertaining season for the Pac-12 conference, the Washington Huskies defeated the Oregon Ducks, 34-31, in the Pac-12 conference football championship game. The game was played last Friday Night, December 1st, before a sellout crowd of 61,195 fans at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The stadium was rocking with what seemed to be an even split of fans from both sides. The Huskies and Ducks, besides having two of the best teams in the nation, have two of the best...

  • Andrews saves the day as the Bruins defeat the Highlanders

    Bill Seals|Dec 7, 2023

    For the first time in a long time, the UCLA Bruins were on the verge of losing on their home court. The University of California at Riverside (UCR) Highlanders trailed 55-44 with 8:27 left at the TV timeout on Thursday, November 30. The Highlanders rallied, taking the lead in the last minute of the game and had a 65-64 lead with ten seconds remaining in the game. Bruin's sophomore guard Dylan Andrews then saved the day. With 9.5 seconds left in the game, Andrews took the in-bound pass and went c...

  • Juju Watkins nets fifth 30-point game in win over San Diego

    Eric Lambkins II, Sports Reporter|Dec 7, 2023

    LOS ANGELES - She is a modern-day Rembrandt painting in vivid hues through a remarkable streak at the start of this season. JuJu Watkins is weaving a narrative that's turning heads. For the fifth time in seven games Watkins has scored 30 points or more for the 7-0 Lady Trojans basketball team. Last Sunday, the No. 6 ranked Southern California team cruised to an 89-58 victory over San Diego, led by the phenomenal Watkins. She's already etched her name in USC lore, surpassing the legendary Lisa...

  • U.S. Agency for International Development Seeks Input from Los Angeles Community College District

    Dec 7, 2023

    U.S. Agency for International Development Seeks Input from Los Angeles Community College District Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is looking to leverage the strengths of both organizations to create a positive impact on education, community development, and economic empowerment with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This collaboration hopes to shed light on the work USAID is doing and to build new partnerships in areas that are impacting people...

  • CCPD Seeks Suspects in Marijuana Heist

    Dec 7, 2023

    On Wednesday, December 6, approximately 7:35 pm Culver City Police responded to a call for service of an armed robbery that had just occurred at a marijuana dispensary located at the 3700 block of Robertson Boulevard. The victim reported that he was unloading an estimated one hundred and twenty pounds of marijuana from a vehicle when two suspects exited a vehicle with handguns. Suspect one is described as a Male, Black, approximately six feet tall, 20-30 years of age, wearing dark colored...

  • When Santa's Sleigh Will Visit Your Neighborhood

    Dec 7, 2023

    Once again this year The Culver City Police Officers' Association (CCPOA) is helping spread joy throughout the holiday season by bringing Santa's Sleigh to the city. On multiple nights throughout December, Santa's Sleigh will make stops from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The CCPOA invites all to stop by, say hello, and take photos with Santa. Also, Santa's reindeer have a new look this year! Tour Schedule: Wednesday, December 6 Anticipated stops are at Farragut Street (between Madison Avenue and La...

  • The Soraya Turns It Out with Tiler Peck and Friend

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Dec 7, 2023

    On Sunday at The Soraya, American international dancing sensation Tiler Peck performed her outstanding "Turn It Out with Tiler Peck and Friends" project to the thrill of all of her adoring fans. Hailing from Bakersfield, and now living in New York as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet (NYCB), Peck brought with her a highly accomplished cast of dancers and singers. She is filled with love and joy for her craft and that is evident on stage through her passionate body movements and...

  • CCUSD Board of Education Selects Brian Lucas, Ed.D.,

    Dec 7, 2023

    as the After conducting a nationwide search and receiving extensive input from district employees and the community, the Culver City Unified School District Board of Education is honored and excited to announce the unanimous decision to appoint Brian Lucas, Ed.D., as the finalist for the position of CCUSD Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Lucas was chosen from a pool of 25 applicants recruited by Leadership Associates that included superintendents, deputy and associate superintendents, assistant...

  • Council to Select New Mayor

    Dec 7, 2023

    The main item on the city council agenda on Monday night December 11 will be the selection of a new mayor. The mayor is selected amongst the city council members and rotates every year. As per council policy Vice Yasmine-Imani McMorrin is expected to be elected and fill the largely ceremonial position re[;ace current Mayor Albert Vera who will continue to serve as a member of the city council. Councill will then select a new Vice Mayor....

  • New York City Man Sentenced to Nearly 26 Years in Prison

    Dec 7, 2023

    f U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California New York City man was sentenced today to 310 months in federal prison for kidnapping a 68-year-old woman with dementia at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center in July 2021, then obstructing an FBI investigation into the abduction. Johnny Ray Gasca, 53, of Bronx, New York, was sentenced by United States District Judge André Birotte Jr. At the conclusion of a six-day bench trial, Judge Birotte on June 13 found Gasca guilty...

  • Culver City teens travel to Bogota, Columbia for a cultural exchange with profound lesson

    Dec 7, 2023

    Austin Jones, Kenny Jones, Max Mahon, Ross Borden and chaperone Keith Jones travelled to the mountain town of Tenjo, Columbia just outside of Bogota last summer. They utilized the universal language of sports to embark on a life-changing journey. Leveraging their love for lacrosse, they partnered with the nonprofit organization Lacrosse the Nations who is dedicated to using lacrosse as a tool to uplift communities and bridge cultural gaps. They coordinate trips for teens in the US to Colombia, N...

  • Thieves Net $200 in Armed Robbery

    Dec 7, 2023

    On Monday, November 20, at 11:48 pm, Culver City police officers responded to a reported armed robbery at the 3900 block of Sepulveda Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers discovered that the suspect had entered a business at the location, brandishing a handgun taken from their waistband. The suspect demanded the victim open the cash register, to which the victim complied. The suspect absconded with two hundred dollars from the register. Subsequently, an attempt to coerce the victim into opening a...

  • Ocean Water Use Warning for Los Angeles County Beaches

    Dec 7, 2023

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health cautions residents who are planning to visit the below Los Angeles County beaches to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters As of December 5: BEACH AREA WARNINGS: · Inner Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro The entire swim area. · Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica 100 yards up and down the coast from the pier. · Mothers Beach in Marina Del Rey The entire swim area. These warnings have been issued due to bacterial levels exceeding he...

  • Encountering Polar Wonders: A Churchill, Manitoba Adventure

    Helen Argyriou and Robert Zirgulis|Dec 7, 2023

    Deciding to witness the majestic polar bears in the polar bear capital of the world proved to be a challenging yet rewarding endeavor. Despite planning five months in advance, securing accommodations in Churchill, Manitoba, proved to be a monumental task. After booking Via Rail train and flight tickets, it became evident that planning at least a year ahead is advisable for this unique adventure. Churchill, Manitoba is located approximately a 4-hour flight from Los Angeles, followed by a 7-hour...

  • The Willows Community School

    Dec 7, 2023

    The Willows Community School, located in Culver City, is a developmental kindergarten through eighth grade independent school enrolling 475 students annually. Recognized as a balanced, progressive educational leader, the strong academic program incorporates experiential learning, critical thinking, thematic instruction, and social emotional learning into cutting-edge curriculum and integrates STEAM, technology, maker, design thinking and the arts into the classroom. Character and heart are also...

  • Road Trip into the Heart of Africa: Uganda and Rwanda

    Robert Zirgulis and Helen Argyriou|Dec 7, 2023

    The allure of Africa's natural wonders and captivating wildlife is an irresistible call to adventure. The journey to visit the mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, and chimpanzees in Uganda and Rwanda is a challenge that beckons the intrepid traveler. From permits and visas to enchanting wildlife encounters, this expedition is a true safari of a lifetime. Visas, Permits, and Your Trusty Car Your journey to the heart of Africa begins with meticulous planning. Securing permits for the Mountain...

  • Acclaimed Award-Winning Performer Audra McDonald As 2024 Tournament Of Roses Grand Marshal

    Dec 7, 2023

    Audra McDonald was announced as the 2024 Grand Marshal by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® President Alex Aghajanian. As the embodiment of the theme "Celebrating a World of Music," Audra McDonald stands as a testament to the global resonance of melodies. Her illustrious career in theater, music and television is a harmonious tribute to the universal language that unites cultures worldwide. The announcement was a celebratory event, just 30 days before the 135th Rose Parade® presented by...

  • Council Continues Virtual Input at Council Meetings

    Stephen Hadland, Editor & Publisher|Dec 7, 2023

    The Monday night, Culver City Council Meeting on November 13 council voted unanimously to continue to allow public comments to be heard at meetings via virtual participation. Vice Mayor Yasmine McMorrin requested that a statement be prepared by Human Resources, so that if another 'hate speech' call were to intrude at a future meeting, the council would have a statement prepared to handle the situation. While comments need to be available, there is simply no legal way to pre-screen speakers for...

  • OMAHA STEAKS

    Dec 7, 2023

    OMAHA STEAKS GIFTS FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL...

  • Dozens of Locations in Romania Targeted in Connection with LA ATM Skimming Fraud

    Dec 7, 2023

    On November 23, Romanian law enforcement, in coordination with the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office, conducted enforcement operations targeting 84 locations in Romania tied to an organized crime group engaged in ATM skimming and money laundering. During this operation, Romanian law enforcement arrested 48 subjects, seized approximately $1 million USD worth of various currencies, and seized 11 vehicles. This is the culmination of a three-year investigation conducted by the FBI and Romanian...

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