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  • BREAKING NEWS: CCPD Investigates String of Car Burglaries

    Jul 18, 2024

    On Sunday, July 14, between 12:00 and 2:30 am, a string of car burglaries occurred in Culver City. The incidents occurred at the following blocks: 3800-3900 Prospect Avenue, 10000 Farragut Drive, 4100 Center Street, 11100 Lindblade Street, 4100 Harter Avenue, 10900 Barman Avenue, 11000 Culver Boulevard, 11100 Culver Boulevard, 10800 Barman Avenue, and 11000 Barman Avenue. We urge anyone who may have cameras that could have captured these incidents to contact Public Information Officer Jennifer...

  • Texas Man Sentenced to 9 Months in Federal Prison for Operating Website that Offered Computer Attack Services

    Jul 18, 2024

    A Texas man was sentenced today to 9 months in federal prison for running a website that allowed paying users to launch powerful distributed denial of service – or DDoS – attacks that flooded tens of thousands of targeted computers with information and prevented them from being able to access the internet. Scott Raul Esparza, 24, of Katy, Texas, was sentenced by United States District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald who also ordered two years of supervised release with conditions including a ful...

  • California Law Usurps Parental Notification Rights

    Jul 18, 2024

    California governor Gavin Newsom preempted parental right when he signed legislation Monday barring school districts from requiring that parents be informed of their child’s change in sexuality or gender identity without the child’s permission. he legislation, assembly bill 1955, overrules school boards with policies in place requiring that schools be transparent with parents about their child’s perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, an issue that remains an active subject of debate especially given its potentially life-altering conse...

  • MovieMaker Magazine Names Santa Monica College Among 30 Best Film Schools in the U.S. & Canada

    Jul 18, 2024

    MovieMaker magazine has once again named Santa Monica College (SMC) one of the best film schools in North America. This year, SMC appears on the 30 Best Film Schools in the U.S. & Canada list, alongside institutions such as AFI Conservatory, Columbia University School of the Arts, Northwestern University, New York University, UCLA, and USC, among others. In 2022, SMC was named to MovieMaker's Top 40 in the U.S. & Canada list, as well as its Top 12 in the U.S. West and Northwest list. The annual...

  • Congresswoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove endorses Lachman for Culver City School Board

    Jul 18, 2024

    Congresswoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove, who represents most of Culver City in Congress, endorsed Andrew Lachman for Culver City for Culver City Unified Board of Education. "Andrew has long been a champion for Culver City as a parent, activist, and community leader. He's been an effective bridge-builder who brings people together around what is right. I am proud to support Andrew Lachman for Culver City School Board," said Congresswoman Kamlager-Dove. "Congresswoman Kamlager-Dove has represented Culv...

  • Culver City Chamber of Commerce Names Ed Wolkowitz as Board Chair and Interim CEO

    Jul 18, 2024

    The Culver City Chamber of Commerce has announced that its board has unanimously appointed former Culver City Mayor as board member Ed Wolkowitz as the 2024 Chair of the Board. Wolkowitz will also serve as the Chamber's Interim CEO while the organization conducts an extensive search for candidates to fill the permanent role after the departure of former President and CEO Jesse Nuñez, who left the post to pursue other endeavors. Wolkowitz has been a bankruptcy attorney, trustee and receiver for...

  • Culver City Teachers Endorse Lachman

    Jul 18, 2024

    Culver City Federation of Teachers, the union representing Culver City Unified educators, endorsed Andrew Lachman for Culver City Unified School District Board of Education. "As an incoming middle school parent who has an education, legal, and policy background with experience on CCUSD committees, we believe Andrew Lachman has the right combination to bring people together to focus on the best interests of the Culver City students, teachers, and staff," said CCFT Political Director Pamela Greens...

  • Supreme Court Rules Local Governments Can Cite or Arrest People Living on Public Land

    Stephen Hadland, Culver City Observer Editor & Publisher|Jul 18, 2024

    L.A. Mayor Bass Slams Supreme Court's Ruling By Stephen Hadland Culver City Observer Editor & Publisher The Supreme Court has ruled that the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not prohibit cities from criminalizing sleeping outdoors. City of Grants Pass v. Johnson began when a small city in Oregon with just one homeless shelter began enforcing a local anti-camping law against people sleeping in public using a blanket or any other rudimentary protection against the elements – even i...

  • Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Anti-Camping Laws

    Jul 18, 2024

    Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Anti-Camping Laws The U.S. Supreme Court upheld on Friday anti-camping laws used by cities to stop homeless people from sleeping in public parks and public streets. The ruling that gives local and state governments a freer hand in confronting homeless occupying public land to live on. The justices ruled in the city of Grants Pass, Oregon justices voted 6-3 to overturn a lower court's decision that found that enforcing the ordinances in the city of Grants Pass...

  • Nomination Period for City Council Candidates Begins on July 15th

    Jul 18, 2024

    The City of Culver City's nomination period for City Council candidates will begin on Monday, July 15, 2022 at 7:30 AM. The deadline for filing nomination papers is Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 5:30 PM, pursuant to the State Elections Code. Culver City residents who are interested in running for City Council will need to contact the City Clerk's office to schedule appointments to receive and return nomination papers and to review the requirements and deadlines for becoming an official...

  • Culver Public Market Project Comes Back To Life

    Jul 18, 2024

    The developer behind the long-delayed Culver Public Market is looking to get things back on track, according to a presentation set to be given at a July 18 public meeting in Culver City. Work on the 26,800-square-foot food hall and public market has been stalled since March 2020, when developer Regency Centers halted work on the project as the global pandemic ground business to a halt. Since then, the project site - properties at the northeast and northwest corners of Washington Boulevard and...

  • Vera Officially in Race

    Jul 18, 2024

    Culver City Councilman Albert Vera has officially pulled papers for re-election to the Culver City Council! We've accomplished so much together, but there's still more work to be done. Let's continue to strive for progress and make Culver City an even better place to live. Your support means everything....

  • Six Men Charged in Federal Complaint Alleging Burglary Spree on Federally Licensed Firearm Stores Across Southern California

    Jul 18, 2024

    Six men are anticipated to make their initial appearances this afternoon, facing a criminal complaint alleging that they carried out a 9-month burglary spree throughout southern California using stolen vehicles as rams to gain entry into firearms stores and stealing over 300 firearms. The following defendants, who have been held in state custody, are charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to steal firearms from the premises of a federal firearms licensee and are expected to make their...

  • Trump Survives Assassination Attempt

    Stephen Hadland, Culver City Observer Editor & Publisher|Jul 11, 2024

    While speaking at a campaign event in Butler, Pennsylvania, shots rang out in an apparent assassination attempt on the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump. First reports are thar Trump was wounded and appeared bloodied from the attack. The Washington Post has reported that the shooter has been killed and one audience member is dead another person at the event is in serious condition. No reports on the location or condition of the former President....

  • Update on the FBI Investigation of Attempted Assassination of Former President Donald Trump

    Jul 11, 2024

    The FBI is investigating the shooting incident at the July 13 rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, which resulted in one victim's death and injuries to former President Trump and other spectators, as an assassination attempt and potential domestic terrorism. While the investigation to date indicates the shooter acted alone, the FBI continues to conduct logical investigative activity to determine if there were any co-conspirators associated with this attack. At this time, there are no current public...

  • Culver City Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspects

    Jul 11, 2024

    On June 20, at 1:19 am, an armed robbery occurred on the 5600 block of Sepulveda Boulevard. Two suspects approached the victim while he visited an ATM machine and demanded money and the victim's cell phone. One of the suspects pointed a black semi-automatic rifle at the victim during the robbery. The Initial investigation indicates that the victim visited an ATM at 1:10 am on the 5600 block of Sepulveda Boulevard. He withdrew cash, and while walking back to his vehicle, two suspects ran up to...

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    Jul 11, 2024

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  • Insurance Commissioner to Investigate State Farm's Proposed Rate Increases

    Jul 11, 2024

    State Farm has announced plans to raise rates for homeowners by 30%, condo owners by 36%, and renters by 52%, issuing an ultimatum to the state of California. The insurer has refused to sell new policies in the state in the summer of 2023. “This has the potential to affect millions of California consumers and the integrity of our residential property insurance market,” said Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. As the filings proceeded through regulatory channels, Lara emphasized the importance of a thorough review to understand the com...

  • Supervisors Vote to Put Board Expansion on November Ballot

    Stephen Hadland, Culver City Observer Editor & Publisher|Jul 11, 2024

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, in a 3-to-0 vote, approved Chair Lindsey Horvath and Supervisor Janice Hahn's motion to put forward a charter amendment on the November 2024 ballot – that, if passed by voters – will expand the Board to nine members and create a new countywide elected Executive Officer position. Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, who authored a 2023 motion with Chair Horvath for governance reform that passed with unanimous support, calling for an independent review of the...

  • Culver CityBus Continues the Ride Free Program for CCUSD Students

    Jul 11, 2024

    Culver CityBus Continues the Ride Free Program for CCUSD Students Welcome aboard! Culver CityBus is continuing the pilot program – GoPass - for students in Culver City Unified schools to help students ride transit for free. The partnership with CCUSD offers students unlimited rides at no cost on Culver CityBus, Big Blue Bus Transit, LA Metro bus and rail, and LADOT Dash. Participant Transit agencies are added as the GoPass Program grows, visit Culvercitybus.com often for the latest i...

  • Interactive Digital Kiosks Now Allowed in Culver City

    Jul 11, 2024

    The City is moving toward adding interactive digital wayfinding kiosks, but there are still many steps ahead before they become a reality in the Heart of Screenland. The City Council approved adoption of an ordinance that will allow these kiosks on public property on a 3 to 2 vote. Vice Mayor Dan O'Brien and Council Members Goran Eriksson and Albert Vera, Jr. voted in favor. Mayor Yasmine-Imani McMorrin and Council Member Freddy Puza abstained from the vote. The next step will be a request for...

  • CCPD Arrests 2 for Impaired Driving

    Jul 11, 2024

    Culver City police arrested two drivers on July 5 on suspicion of DUI, according to a Culver City Police Department press release. One driver was stopped for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, while the other was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving due to a combination of alcohol and drugs. Both drivers were booked without incident. The Culver City Police Department announced that it will continue to deploy additional officers to patrol for drivers suspected of being under...

  • Elisa Riborty from Culver City Graduates Summa Cum Laude

    Jul 11, 2024

    Elisa A. Ribordy, of Culver City, CA, received a B.A. degree in English and Latin American Studies Summa Cum Laude during the 2024 Commencement Ceremonies of Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Sunday, May 19. Ribordy studied in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is the child of Chad J. Ribordy and Angelica Mortel. Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn delivered the Commencement Address. She told the Class of 2024 that building connections can be some of the most important parts of people's lives. "My call...

  • Gascon Charges Man in Fatal Metro Train Stabbing

    Jul 11, 2024

    Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has announced that a man has been charged with fatally stabbing a 67-year-old woman who was riding a Metro train on April 22 in the North Hollywood area. "This tragic and senseless act of violence on an innocent Metro passenger has shaken our community as thousands take the Metro daily as a form of transportation," District Attorney Gascón said. "Our hearts go out to the victim's family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time. T...

  • Culver City Police Explorers Shine at State Competition

    Jul 11, 2024

    The Culver City Police Department's Explorer post participated in the Central Valley Explorer Competition which is held each year in Northern California to test the skills. Take a peek at how our Explorers spent the weekend working towards victory! The Explorers and their advisors dedicated hours of training to prepare for the Central Valley Explorer competition, in Ripon, California. They spent the weekend at the competition battling for top finishes against 35 police departments from across...

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