Articles from the December 16, 2021 edition


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  • Daniel Lee Named Culver City's First African-American Mayor

    Dec 16, 2021

    Culver City made history this week as it selected Daniel Lee as its first African-American Mayor. Sticking to its mayoral rotation tradition, the Culver City Council voted Monday night to hand over the mayoral duties to Lee, who has been serving as vice mayor. But the vote was not unanimous. Council member Goran Eriksson abstained during the voting after commenting that Lee – who is running for Congress next year – may not have time to devote to his mayoral duties. But his four colleagues dis...

  • 2021 NFL Power Rankings – Week 15

    Bill Seals - Fred Altieri, Sports Reporters - PFWA Members|Dec 16, 2021

    1. Green Bay Packers (10-3): The Packers are the No. 1 seed in the NFC after the Cardinals loss to the Rams. With a balanced offensive attack and a future Hall of Fame quarterback, the Packers should be favored to get homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, for the second consecutive season. Next: -5.5 at Baltimore Ravens - Sun, Dec. 19 – O/U 43.5 (ATS: 11-2 – O/U: 5-8) 2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-3): The Buccaneers can clinch their division this weekend with a victory. Wide Rec...

  • CC Police Arrest Kidnapping Suspect After 3-Hour Standoff

    Dec 16, 2021

    After a three-hour standoff, local police on Monday arrested a man who barricaded himself in a Culver City home after allegedly holding his ex-girlfriend hostage overnight. Culver City police were called at 7:32 a.m. on December 13 to conduct a "welfare chase" at a residence in the 4000 Block of Lincoln Avenue, according to the Culver City Police Department (CCPD). Police officers were met by a woman who related that her ex-boyfriend broke into her home on Sunday night and "held her hostage...

  • Culver City Arts Foundation Awards Over $10,000 to Local Artists on #GivingTuesday

    Dec 16, 2021

    Culver City, November 30, 2021 - The Culver City Arts Foundation (Culver Arts), which supports the arts and culture in Culver City, announced a successful second round of the Arts Resiliency Fund. As is being asked of everyone to counter the commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping sprees, Culver Arts is getting into the spirit of #GivingTuesday by awarding micro-grants of up to $1,000 each to 13 local artists, totalling over $10,000. In response to the economic hardships many...

  • Man Killed in Crash On 405 Freeway in Culver City

    Dec 16, 2021

    A man was killed in a multiple-vehicle crash on an on-ramp to the 405 Freeway in Culver City on Monday morning, authorities reported. The deadly accident was reported 2:50 a.m. on the Jefferson Boulevard on-ramp to the southbound San Diego Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol. Witnesses told the highway patrol a big rig and two sedans were involved in the crash, CHP Officer Elizabeth Kravig said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP said. His identity was not immediately released. A SigAlert was issued after the crash...

  • Boat Beached Near Marina Del Rey

    Dec 16, 2021

    A boat was found beached near the Marina Del Rey Thursday. According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division, the incident was reported Thursday morning around 6 a.m. "Lifeguard units responded to the beached vessel just South of Marina Del Rey Harbor," LACo Lifeguards said. According to officials, 1 person aboard was safely ashore with no reported injuries. Three lifeguard boats were able to secure a towing line and remove the vessel from the beach. "A small Craft Advisory...

  • HOLIDAY SAFETY BEGINS AT HOME

    Dec 16, 2021

    Between now and New Year's Day, first responders see an increase in 9-1-1 calls for emergencies related to carbon monoxide alarms and poisoning, electrical fires, and fires caused by unattended candles or through the improper use of space heaters. This past Saturday, Los Angeles County firefighters and sheriff's deputies rescued three residents, including a child, after responding to a fire in a Florence area home caused by a space heater. All three patients were transported to a local area...

  • Build more Homes For Everyone

    Letters|Dec 16, 2021

    Dear Editor, I acknowledge our presence on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples. When this is expressed, some people think, “so give your house back”. Maybe. Maybe we all do it so we live in a society that owns its atrocities. For now let’s start with more educational support for Native people and more just housing policy. When my kids were little I used to drive through Culver City to get them to day care. Cruising at pedestrian safe speeds, I loved...

  • CULVER CITY DEMOCRATS OPPOSE RECALL

    Letters|Dec 16, 2021

    Dear Culver City Voters, You may have heard about a proposed recall of Council Members Alex Fisch and Daniel Lee. The Culver City Democratic Club opposes this campaign. We urge you to not support it. If you have signed the petition, please consider contacting the City Clerk’s office at city.clerk@culvercity.org to have your name removed. The California Democratic Party, the largest Democratic organization after the national party, passed a resolution on August 29 condemning recalls as u...

  • New Residents Financially Unwelcome

    Letters|Dec 16, 2021

    Dear Editor, My wife and I moved to Palms in June 2020. We were interested in the area's walkability and proximity to Culver City, and I was a big fan of the Expo Line access, since I was about to start the Master of Public Policy program at USC. Today, I'm close to graduating, and we are preparing to eventually buy our first home. After getting to know the area, we would love to put down more permanent roots in Culver City specifically. As I'm sure Culver City residents know, it's a great...

  • ADUs are Not the Answer

    Letters|Dec 16, 2021

    Dear Editor, In response to the affordable housing crisis, California’s lawmakers have changed single-family zoning as we knew it. In 2019, it became easier for owners to build both a full-size Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) (1,200 sq. ft) and Junior ADU (800 sq. ft) on residential lots. In January 2022, Senate Bill 9 (SB9) takes effect. SB9 allows for duplexes to be built on any residential lot. It also allows for lot splitting, in which a current lot can be divided into two. This means that i...

  • Herbert shows off special traits against Giants

    Eric Lambkins II, Sports Reporter|Dec 16, 2021

    What does an Most Valuable Player that plays the quarterback position look like? According to Chargers head coach Brandon Staley, "It looks like the guy that plays for us." The mythology surrounding Justin Herbert is brewing. Herbert is a genuine article. The NFL's greatest players, particularly quarterbacks, have helped teammates raise their game. They inspire players on the fringe of the roster to raise their level of play. They imbue teammates to believe that victory is within their clutches...

  • The Chargers are 2-0 in December, they played the Chiefs last Thursday

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|Dec 16, 2021

    December football has not always been kind to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers entered the month of December with a 6-5 record, knowing that this December had to be different if they were going to win a division title or make the playoffs. So far, so good for the Chargers this December. The Chargers followed up on their 19-point rout of the Cincinnati Bengals on December 5th with a 16-point rout of the New York Giants this past Sunday to improve their record for the month of December to...

  • The Culver City girls soccer team is currently 4-3-1 and they travel to Torrance this weekend to play in a tournament against South Torrance and West Torrance.

    Dec 16, 2021

    Front Row (l-r) Natalie Gonzales, Mia Egure, Maren Brown, Lia Agapitos, Luna Chavez, Valentina Maceira, Kayla Wiedner, Diana Chavez, Karina Stuart, Tia Lucas. Back Row: Head Coach Peter Bartell, Kayley Parrales, Rahel Stone, Alyssa Daggett, Yahira Ruvalcava, Rylee Bickerton, Christine Chu, Ella Weil, Sarya Mirasol, Isabella Casillas, Micha Kennedy, Annabelle Koff-Gilmore, Grace Weil. Not shown: Varsity Team Manager - Tesla Schainen Photo by George Laase...

  • COVID hits Rams hard this week after win over Cardinals

    Fred Altieri, Sports Reporter|Dec 16, 2021

    The Sonoran Desert continues to be an oasis for the Los Angeles Rams as they beat the Cardinals for the seventh consecutive year at State Farm Stadium in Glendale Arizona. The 30-23 urgent victory seemed unlikely six hours before the NFC West Monday Night Football Showdown, when five Rams became unavailable due to positive COVID tests. Yet, behind defensive tackle Aaron Donald and quarterback Matthew Stafford the Rams climbed back into the Division race. However, by mid-Tuesday the mood was...

  • Showtime comes to Culver City High School boys' basketball

    Steve Finley, Sports Editor|Dec 16, 2021

    Back in the 1980's the Los Angeles Lakers were know as the Showtime Lakers because they were the most entertaining team in basketball history. One of the stars on that team was high flying Michael Cooper. Fast forward to 2021 and that same Michael Cooper is the new Culver City high school boys' basketball coach. How did one of the greatest players in NBA history end up coaching at Culver City? "My son use to go to Culver City Middle School so I was familiar with Culver City," said Cooper. "A few...

  • Lakers may have found their formula for success

    Eric Lambkins II, Sports Reporter|Dec 16, 2021

    Ferruccio Lamborghini had his engine schematics. Mansa Musa had the stars and after their 117-102 victory last week at the Staples Center over the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers may have found their blueprint for success. The quandary at hand is will Los Angeles adhere to what works moving forward. Anthony Davis meandered through the first half like a disinterested art critic at the Getty Center at the start of the game. He went one-for-three, scoring only three points in the first...

  • Animal Liberation

    Dec 16, 2021

    DxE claims they have a "right to rescue." What this means in practice is that they can–as effectively vigilantes–come onto your property and seize your animals Direct Action Everywhere burst into the scene a few years ago by being so radical they make PETA look reasonable. The Berkeley, CA-based animal liberation group made a name for themselves by harassing people eating in restaurants, heckling grocery shoppers, and even stealing animals from farms. And it's the last bit that has landed the...

  • Bad News Travels Fast

    Dec 16, 2021

    By David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer The word of a shooter at Santa Monica High School (there was no actual shooter), also caused an evacuation 3 miles up the road at Pacific Palisades High School (Palihi). When parents and students arrived at PaliHi Monday morning at 8:00 am, they found LAPD officers waiting out front. Apparently, word of a rumored school shooter had reached authorities as to PaliHi as well. Students were sent home from PaliHi later that morning. The press of students all rushing to leave school ahead of the rumored but...

  • Council Approves New Uses for Shore Hotel

    Dec 16, 2021

    by Alyssa Erdley Observer Staff AP File Photo of the Shore Hotel on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. 12.10.21: The Santa Monica City Council, in a 4-3 vote, approved new uses sought by the Shore Hotel. The hotel, located across from the Santa Monica Pier, wanted to open an 80-seat restaurant, a massage service for guests, and a 14-room "micro-hotel." The approval was opposed by the Unite HERE Local 11 union and also by residents who recalled the Shore Hotel's violation of California Coastal...

  • Fourth Omicron LA Case

    Dec 16, 2021

    Alyssa Erdley Observer Staff Writer 12.9.21 - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced a fourth case of Covid-19 via the Omicron variant today. "This latest case is a possible result of local transmission," according to the press release. That means they are unable to trace the infection of another location, such as travel from West Africa or the East Coast, as they have done with the previous three infections. The present individual with the Omicron variety of Covid has mild symptoms. They are not only vaccinated, but...

  • Gascon Indicates Some Victims - Rich and Famous Ones - Deserve Justice

    Dec 16, 2021

    By Corva Corvax A Logical Opinion 12/7/21 - LA County District Attorney George Gascon proudly announced yesterday the charging of a Los Angeles man with the murder of Jacqueline Avant. This particular press release was a vast departure for the "criminal justice reform" DA, whose press releases rarely involve boasts about catching violent criminals. His more recent press releases include information about a restorative justice project, an anti-racism initiative, and moves to reform juvenile three...

  • Horse Rescued From Riverside Co. Ravine

    Dec 16, 2021

    TEMECULA (Fox11 News) - Sunny the horse is on his way to safety after he spent days trapped in a ravine. "He's my world I slept with him for two nights and three days to make sure he was safe. He's one of kids," said Sunny's owner Kaity Mialma. Mialma was trail riding the 4-year-old Thoroughbred Wednesday in Lake Skinner View Estates in Temecula when the horse got spooked. "He went up the hill and then came back down again and then went up again and he flipped me off." Mialma jumped on the back...

  • Local Briefs

    Dec 16, 2021

    Polar Bear Plunge on January 2, 2022 After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the annual Polar Bear Swim returns to the Annenberg Community Beach House on Sunday, January 2, 2022, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  The swim kicks off 2022 with a plunge into the Pacific Ocean and a 300-yard swim around a buoy and continues with access to Annenberg Community Beach House heated pool and amenities. Check-in is at 9 a.m. at the Guest Services office, followed by a short walk to the shoreline with the first plu...

  • School "Shooter" Arrested

    Dec 16, 2021

    By Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer 12/6/21 - On Monday morning, the Santa Monica Police Department investigated two separate threat incidents, one at Saint Monica's High School on the north side of the city and the other at Santa Monica High School (Samo), just south of the 10 Freeway. SMPD says the two incidents were unrelated. In investigating the threat related to Saint Monica's, police determined the threatening message both originated at and was aimed toward Elk Grove High School, which is located in Northern California. At some...

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