Articles from the December 10, 2020 edition


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  • Covid-19 Cases, Deaths Surging In Culver City and LA County

    Dec 10, 2020

    Culver City and L.A. County continue to experience a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths than at any point during the pandemic, health officials have announced. The number of Culver City residents with Covid-19 has shot up to 786 cases, a 50% increase in the past 19 days, as of press time yesterday. Coronavirus-related deaths also rose by 8 over the same period – a 35% increase – and now total 38 in Culver City, the County Health Department reported. County-wide, the total infected with Cor...

  • Services Held fo St Mary's Reverend Vincent Shamo

    Dec 10, 2020

    Our beloved rector, the Reverend Vincent Shamo, set aside his earthly labors and entered into his rest on the feast of St Francis Xavier, December 3, 2020. Fr. Shamo had served as rector of the Parish of St. Mary in Palms since 2005 until his passing. His obituary is here. The Requiem Mass for Fr. Shamo was held on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Due to Covid restrictions, only the family and participating clergy were in physical attendance. A video of the...

  • CC Police Seeking 4 Suspects in Fox Hills Attempted Carjacking

    Dec 10, 2020

    Culver City Police are looking for 4 men in connection with an attempted armed carjacking in Fox Hills. The suspects are described as follows: suspect #1: male, black, approximately 20 years old, 6'0, thin build, with long curly dark hair; suspect #2: male, black, approximately 20 years old, 6'0, thin build, wearing a mask; suspect #3: male, black, approximately 20 years old; and suspect #4: male, black, approximately 20 years old. According to the police report, on November 30 at 5:55 p.m.,...

  • Supervisor Holly Mitchell swearing in

    Dec 10, 2020

    Newly elected Supervisor Holly Mitchell being sworn in REPLACING Mark Ridley-Thomas as Supervisor from the Second District....

  • New Councilmembers to Be Installed Next Monday Alex Fisch Expected to Become New Mayor

    Dec 10, 2020

    Albert Vera, Yasmine-Imani McMorrin and incumbent Goran Eriksson, the three newly-elected members of the Culver City Council, will be sworn in virtually on Monday at the next Council meeting. Vice Mayor Alex Fisch will most likely take over the mayoral reins and current Councilmember Daniel Lee is expected to be elected Vice Mayor, provided the Council follows the rotation policy regarding those two ceremonial posts. Traditionally, city councils have always voted to make sure everyone on their...

  • Rams Rebound Against Cardinals

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|Dec 10, 2020

    Since 2017, the Los Angeles Rams under head coach Sean McVay have been ready, responsive and resilient in games following a regular season loss. Sunday’s win 38-28 win over Division rival Arizona Cardinals improved the team’s record with McVay to 14-4 after suffering a defeat the week before. The victory vaulted the Rams into the virtual lead in the NFC West with the Seattle Seahawks, both with 8-4 records with four games remaining this season. But there’s very little time to savor as the Rams...

  • Chargers Embarrassed in Blowout Loss to Patriots

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|Dec 10, 2020

    Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan played his high school baseball at Alvin High School in Alvin, Texas. He is the most famous athlete from Alvin High School, but he is no longer alone. On Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, Gunner Olszewski, a graduate of Alvin High School and a member of the New England Patriots, had a performance to remember. Olszewski, in his second season with the Patriots, returned three punts for 145 yards, including a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown, and...

  • It's still UCLA against USC in the Rose Bowl on Saturday

    Steve Finley, Sports Editor|Dec 10, 2020

    The show must go on. There will be no fans at the Rose Bowl because of the coronavirus when UCLA will host USC in their annual football but the excitement that surrounds the game will evident. The Trojans are 4-0 and the Bruins are 3-2. If the Trojans win, they will be champions of the Pac-12 South Division which means they will play the winner of the North for the overall conference championship. If UCLA wins it will give UCLA head coach Chip Kelly his first winning season in three years at UCL...

  • A Record Seven Centaurs get College Football Scholarship Offers

    Greg Goodyear|Dec 10, 2020

    This year Culver City is blessed to have at least seven Centaurs, who have been offered Division 1 scholarships. This is most likely the reason why the Centaurs are ranked 24th in the State and 16th in Southern California. The seniors in this group are 6'3" 200 wide receiver/defensive back Makai Cope, who is one of the most heavily recruited players in Culver City history with 17 offers. Emari Pait, safety/wide receiver, 6'2"205 with eight offers and who recently agreed to sign with Fresno...

  • SPECIAL PERFORMANCES AND CELEBRITY GUESTS ANNOUNCED for "The Rose Parade's New Year Celebration presented by Honda" airing on January 1

    Dec 10, 2020

    Get ready to welcome the New Year with stars of the screen, stage and sports! Today the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® announced special performances and celebrity guests for "The Rose Parade's New Year Celebration presented by Honda," airing with our six broadcast partners on New Year's Day. The reimagined celebration of the New Year will feature stellar musical entertainment and exciting celebrity guest appearances. For fans of country music, television, Broadway and sports - there's something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Musical...

  • 2020 NFL Power Rankings – Week 14

    Bill Seals - Fred Altieri, Sports Reporters - PFWA Members|Dec 10, 2020

    1. Kansas City Chiefs (11-1): The Chiefs are not only blessed with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but they also have the wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce, who are two of the best at their respective positions, along with a terrific coaching staff led by Andy Reid. Next: -7 at Miami Dolphins - Sun, Dec. 13 – O/U: 49.5 (ATS: 6-6 – O/U: 5-7) 2. New Orleans Saints (10-2): Quarterback Taysom Hill threw his first two touchdown passes of his career in the win over the Falcons. The...

  • LA Courts Extend Deadlines

    Dec 10, 2020

    In an attempt to limit the spread of Covid-19 in courthouses, the Los Angeles County Superior Court announced Wednesday that it would extend the time for criminal trials and Juvenile Dependency matters. Los Angeles County, which has escaped the kind of coronavirus statistics seen in greater New York, has recently seen diagnosed cases skyrocket to around 5000 per day. The County has closed restaurants, which had only allowed outdoor dining, in an attempt to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Litigants are urged to socially distance in courthouses,...

  • Solving the World in Solvang, One Glass of Wine at a Time!

    Dec 10, 2020

    By Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny "Travel brings power and love back into your life." --Rumi Some say a vacation isn't defined by the length of the distance you go, but the ability to allow yourself to step into another world. And with Covid severely restricting airplane expeditions, the day-trip adventure has become the way to hack travel in 2020. Which is why Edible Skinny delighted in voyaging to the perfect Los Angeles Stand-In for Europe: Solvang, CA. The trip might have been just two hours nort...

  • Tennis for Kids LA

    Dec 10, 2020

    By Myke Williams During the pandemic tennis is one of the safest outside activities for children and adults. It naturally adheres to current social distancing rules while providing exercise, social interaction, and fun. At face value, tennis is a sport uniquely suited for social distancing, as players face off on opposite sides of a tennis court, typically, in an outdoor setting and have little or no close contact with one another. When even walking and running paths tend to be overcrowded by...

  • City Council Installation

    Dec 10, 2020

    By David Ganezer Three New Santa Monica City Council Members Sworn In Tuesday Night via Zoom There's an emergency lockdown in place and the meeting had to be held via Zoom. Nevertheless, Santa Monica did what it has done every two years for 150 years, and swore in a new City Council on Tuesday Night. New members Oscar de la Torre, Phil Brock and Christina Parra were sworn in by Santa Monica City Clerk Denise Anderson-Warren. Also sworn in were Kristin McCowan and Gleam Davis. After going a few rounds, the new Council voted in Sue Himmelrich as...

  • City Hall Annex Gets Award for Not Being Built Yet

    Dec 10, 2020

    by Alyssa Erdley News with Attitude This week Santa Monica officials got exactly what they wanted when they approved a $76.7 million dollar City Hall annex in 2017 - at a whopping cost of $1,528 per square foot. They won an award. Specifically, they won an award for being so gosh-darn sustainable and environmentally conscientious. The U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles awarded Santa Monica's City Hall annex design their Project of the Year award in the Un-Built Category. (Unbuilt? This...

  • Gascon: No More Misdemeanors

    Dec 10, 2020

    By Samuel Alioto LA's new DA will not prosecute women for prostitution. Nor will he imprison people for trespassing, disturbing the peace, driving without a license, or loitering. These are laws which historically are used to discriminate against black and brown people in white areas, says Gascon. He came to office with a mandate to change all that. This is completely in keeping with what Candidate George Gascon said he would do if elected Los Angeles County District Attorney. "Elections have...

  • No Confidence in Ferrer

    Dec 10, 2020

    City Councilmembers in Lancaster unanimously approved a symbolic "vote of no confidence" of Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Thursday, and reportedly decided to eventually break away from the agency she heads and form a new independent department. Dr. Ferrer has faced harsh criticism from some local politicians, business owners, and many of the more than ten million people who live in the nation's most populous county directly affected by her public health orders. She...

  • Sen. Feinstein Said to be Senile

    Dec 10, 2020

    Several sources inside the Senate say Dianne Feinstein, who is 87, struggles to remember briefings just after they take place-and that her cognitive decline has been evident for several years. "They say her short-term memory has grown so poor that she often forgets she has been briefed on a topic, accusing her staff of failing to do so just after they have. They describe Feinstein as forgetting what she has said & getting upset." Reports the LA Times. This is said to be "a sad but necessary...

  • Bank Robbery at WFB on Main St.

    Dec 10, 2020

    Police caught a bank robber who used a shotgun to rob the Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street in Santa Monica Tuesday morning. Aaron Koehler-Marsh, 27, from Bend, Indiana, had used a shotgun to obtain an unspecified sum of money from a teller, just after 9 AM. "Upon arrival, officers observed the suspect inside a vehicle exiting the bank parking lot. Officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop at the intersection of Neilson Way and Bicknell. The as yet unnamed suspect was taken into custody without...

  • SMPD Busts Drugs in NoHo

    Dec 10, 2020

    Three related photos, all courtesy SMPD, show drugs and guns seized by law enforcement. The SMPD announced that it busted into a house in Santa Monica Monday, seizing weapons and drugs from a suspected cocaine dealer in North Hollywood. Guadalupe Zuniga was arrested for narcotics arresting. Zuniga was also arrested in 2019 on the same charge. "Santa Monica PD's Special Investigations Unit (SUI) along with the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) concluded a long-term investigation into a...

  • SM Physical Trainer Kills Kids

    Dec 10, 2020

    By Samuel Alioto A Lancaster father of four has been charged with decapitating his teenage son and daughter and abusing his other two boys last week, LA County D.A. said. For almost ten years, Taylor apparently worked at a physical therapy center in Santa Monica. Recently, his work had been conducted on Zoom due to the worldwide pandemic. He is listed on their website as a physical trainer for VERT Fitness & Physical Therapy at 3011 Wilshire Blvd. "Maurice has been involved in the fitness industry since 2004 and has remained a certified...

  • VFC To Pass Out Food

    Dec 10, 2020

    In Partnership with UCLA Dining, Venice Family Clinic will distribute meals on Tuesday 5/15 at its Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center in Santa Monica. The food distribution is intended to help its low-income patients struggling with food insecurity during the pandemic, says VFC in a press release. "With fewer students on campus to feed and more people facing food insecurity, UCLA has called on the skills of its dining staff to help serve the community by preparing nearly 13,000 nutritious...

  • Westside Businesses Demand Lockdown Answers

    Dec 10, 2020

    Photo: Outdoor dining has replaced indoor restaurant seating, by Mary Leipziger Small businesses fighting to survive the Pandemic are demanding to know why authorities targeted their industries for shutdowns, says Bloomberg news. Paul Tyler, who owns the John O'Groats restaurant in West LA, has no problem with the idea that saving lives must come above profits. But he says policy makers have to be more transparent about how they're going about it. Tyler's business received a $166,000 loan under...

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