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  • 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...

  • City Council Gets Gun Safety Report

    Jul 4, 2024

    Update on City's Homeless Efforts at this Week's Meeting The Culver City Police Department provided a presentation on Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO). A GVRO is a civil court order requested by law-enforcement officers and select civilians, such as immediate family members, employers, or co-worker, when a person poses a danger to themselves or others. It prohibits controlling, possessing, purchasing, or receiving firearms, ammunition, and magazines. When used properly, a GVRO is one of...

  • City Council Appoints Members of Commissions, Boards, Committees

    Jun 20, 2024

    The City Council made dozens of appointments across 12 Commissions, Boards, and Committees. In total, 105 applications were received. At the beginning of June, the City Council held a Special Meeting to conduct interviews of all CBC applicants. The following people were appointed: • Civil Service Commission – Chi Ming Gong • Cultural Affairs Commission – Damon Willick • Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commission – Marci Baun • Planning Commission – Jackson Brissette • Advisory Comm...

  • City Council Approves $382.2M Budget for Fiscal Year 2024-25

    Jun 20, 2024

    On Monday, the City Council approved the City of Culver City's annual budget for $382.2 million for Fiscal Year 2024-2025, which begins July 1st. The City's budget anticipates $330.9 million in revenue. The City's General Fund revenues are expected to increase in this upcoming fiscal year, to an estimated amount of $170.2 million, driven primarily by increased business license tax receipts. Ongoing General Fund expenditures total $175.9 million exceeding projected revenue by $5.7 million. The...

  • City Council Moves Forward for Dedicated Bike Lane on Overland Ave

    Stephen Hadland, Culver City Observer Editor & Publisher|May 30, 2024

    In a 4 to 1 vote, the City Council approved conceptual plans for the Better Overland and Safer Fox Hills Project. Mayor Yasmine-Imani McMorrin, Vice Mayor O'Brien, and Council Members Vera Jr. and Puza voted in favor of the motion. Council Member Eriksson abstained. City staff will now pursue grant funding for the Project. The Project's goals are to improve travel for everyone, including those who use a wheelchair, walk, bike, take transit, or drive. It begins at the intersection of Overland...

  • City Council Weighs Use of Former Gun Shop

    May 30, 2024

    City Council Weighs Use of Former Gun Shop On Tuesday, the City Council discussed the direction on determining the future use of the former Martin B. Retting gun shop, which the City purchased in September. Since the acquisition, the building was vacated in January and its exterior was then repainted by the City. A mural project, which was completed by the City's Artist Laureate Katy Krantz, added vibrant new artwork to the site. More than a dozen community members spoke, suggesting various...

  • Council Rejects Renaming Alley After Bruce Lee

    Apr 4, 2024

    Renaming a local alleyway after martial arts icon Bruce Lee, proposal did not meet the city's stringent requirements for commemorative street naming and the council rejected the proposal. The Asian World Film Festival's bid to change "A Street" to "Bruce Lee Alley" hit a wall as the council stood firm on policies such as 20 years of local service, and 75% resident petition support, among others, which the group has yet to fulfill, according to official city reports. The city expressed their...

  • City Council Approves Culver Steps Signs

    Mar 14, 2024

    City Council Approves New Signage at Culver Steps City Council met on Monday, March 11. The City Council unanimously approved two static monument signs highlighting businesses located within the Culver Steps promenade. The Steps Owner has offered to donate the one-time capital cost of the fabrication and installation, which will cost approximately $95,000 for the fabrication of two static signs. The total costs would also include installation of the signs, which are estimated to be $20,000. The...

  • City Shares Update on Local Homelessness Emergency

    Mar 7, 2024

    The City Council received another update from Tevis Barnes, Director of Housing and Human Services, on Culver City's homelessness emergency. Barnes spoke about the recent Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. While numbers were not yet released, Barnes noted the number of individuals on the streets in Culver City were lower than previous years. Since the Homelessness Emergency was ratified by the City Council in January 2023, the City has dedicated over $15 million address homelessness for Fiscal...

  • City Council Does Not Take Action on Bike Culver City's Request

    Feb 29, 2024

    The City Council did not take action on providing a letter of support to "Bike Culver City" for its grant application, though Mayor Yasmine-Imani McMorrin and Council Member Freddy Puza offered support after reading through the grant request and requirements. That application is for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Go Human Community Streets Program. According to the SCAG website, the program aims to "build street-level community resiliency and increase the safety of...

  • General Plan, Zoning Code Amendments Discussed

    Feb 29, 2024

    The City Council received an update on the Draft General Plan and Zoning Code Framework from Planning and Development Director Mark Muenzer and his staff. The General Plan Update was initiated in 2019 and is planned for completion in Fall 2024. The process, which was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and staff vacancies, studied existing conditions to identify issues and opportunities to be addressed by the Plan. An extensive community outreach and visioning program resulted in the project's Vis...

  • Updates Public Records Policy, Provides Update from Closed Session on MOVE Project

    Feb 22, 2024

    The Culver City City Council adopted a resolution amending the Public Records Request policy. Policy 2401, which was adopted in 1996, is out of date. Today the City uses an online, web-based public records request system NextRequest. The amendment will provide a simplified overview of the definition of public records, the requirements of the Public Records Act, the process for submitting a public records request, and the City's obligations to respond to those requests. In the coming months,...

  • City Council Begins 2024 Year with Council Appointments to Committees

    Jan 11, 2024

    Names, Creates and Updates a Number of Committees Council Members Chosen to Represent City on Agencies and Subcommittees The City Council approved Council Members to represent the City on various "outside agencies" and on City Council Subcommittees. Some of the outside agency boards require the adoption of a resolution to make Culver City appointments to their bodies. The appointments include: Los Angeles County City Selection Committee – Mayor Yasmine-Imani McMorrin, Vice Mayor Dan O'Brien L...

  • Council to Reconvene January 8

    Jan 4, 2024

    The first city council meeting of the new year is scheduled for January 8 at 7p.m.at city hall. Regular Meeting of the City Council, Successor Agency to the Culver City Redevelopment Agency Board, Culver City Parking Authority, Redevelopment Financing Authority, and Culver City Housing Authority Board. The city's YouTube channel. The meeting can be attended in person . on cable television or The agenda for the meeting is not yet available....

  • City Council Awards Construction Contract for MOVE Culver City Modifications, Sidewalk Business Fees, Municipal Code Revisions

    Stephen Hadland, Culver CityObsever Editor & Publisher|Jan 1, 2024

    The MOVE Culver City project will see modifications in the coming months as City Council approved a contractor's bid on the planned work. Modifications will merge the bike and bus lane into one along the downtown corridor portion of the pilot project. In a 3 to 2 vote, the City Council awarded the contract to Sterndahl Enterprises LLC for $1,465,075. Vice Mayor Dan O'Brien, Council Members Albert Vera and Goran Eriksson voted in favor of the motion. Mayor Yasmine-Imani McMorrin and Council...

  • 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....

  • Condemnation of Recent Israel Attacks

    Nov 26, 2023

    The City Council discussed, modified, and approved a resolution condemning the recent attacks on Israel and standing in solidarity with Israel and its people, as well as expressing deep concern for the innocent civilians in Gaza. The City of Culver City will also send a letter with a copy of the adopted resolution to President Joe Biden, the Secretary of the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Culver City's Elected Representatives. Council unanimously agreed to update certain...

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