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  • City Planner Susan Herbertson Retires

    Feb 22, 2024

    After 23 full years, Culver City Senior Planner Susan Herbertson has retired. She reflected on helping grow and guide the City over more than two decades. "To say simply, it means a lot. I am so grateful to have helped shape the City to where it is today in terms of city planning. This was and is the best place to be a planner. I've learned so much about the community, about city planning, about co-workers. It's definitely a blessing to have worked here this long and to have got to know the...

  • LA Escrow Association Honors Coopersmith

    Dec 28, 2023

    Our Features Writer, Sandra Coopersmith, is shown holding the Lifetime Achievement Award she received on Nov. 18th at the annual Los Angeles Escrow Association installation dinner held at Killer Shrimp in Marina Del Rey. She was president of the association in 1973 and created the Alice in Escrowland cartoon featured since 1971 in each issue of CEA News, a publication of California Escrow Association....

  • Germany Kent Honored with Shero of the Year Award

    Feb 9, 2023

    After a remarkable year of career breakthroughs and humanitarian efforts, Germany Kent is getting shown big love for her many contributions to the Los Angeles County community, and beyond. The hall of fame media communications professional, renowned celebrity host, producer, entrepreneur, and activist was recently honored as the “Shero of the Year” by Two-Lifestyles, Inc. Women’s Empowerment. The award is given to a member of the Los Angeles-area community who has given her time and talent to Two-Lifestyles Inc., the local community she serve...

  • City of Los Angeles and HACLA to be recognized in All-America City Award Presentation

    Feb 9, 2023

    Who: Doug Linkhart, President, National Civic League Doug Guthrie, President & CEO, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) Councilmember Curren Price, Council District 9, Los Angeles City Council LAUSD Board District 7 Josh Myles, Senior Director, Starry Internet Patricia Hernandez, Resident Advisory Committee President, Avalon Gardens What: The All-America City Award (AAC) is a national prestigious award given to 10 cities annually by the National Civic League to recognize communities that have successfully leveraged civic...

  • JACKSON LEWIS ELEVATES BENJAMIN C. LAU TO PRINCIPAL IN LOS ANGELES

    Feb 2, 2023

    Nationwide employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. is pleased to announce that Benjamin C. Lau of the firm's Los Angeles office has been elevated to principal, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Ben focuses his practice on representing employers in corporate law matters, including global mobility issues and developing internal immigration policies. He assists employers in navigating the complexities of U.S. immigration law, including international travel and long-term immigration planning. Ben has...

  • Culver City's Torrington & Kiang Graduate from Emerson College

    Jul 28, 2022

    Emerson College, the nation's premier institution for the arts, communication, and the liberal arts, awarded more than 1,000 undergraduate degrees during its 142nd Commencement at Agganis Arena in Boston, MA on Sunday, May 8. Alexander Torrington from Culver City received a BA in Media Arts Production. Harrison Pettit Kiang from Culver City received a BA in Media Arts Production. During the ceremony, the College honored three award-winning artists, innovators, and Emersonians for their contributions and efforts to the arts, communication, and...

  • Memorial Celebrating Judge Cherness' 100th Birthday

    Jul 28, 2022

    The Cherness Family will be having a commemorative ceremony on Thursday, July 28th, at 2:00 pm in honor of the 100th birthday of Judge Harold I Cherness. The event will take place at the Judge Harold I. Cherness Memorial Parkway, located at 4130 Overland Avenue in front of the old Municipal Courthouse. If you have any questions, please contact Darryl Cherness at 310-570-8406....

  • Culver City Resident Celebrates 110th Birthday

    Jul 28, 2022

    Culver City resident turns 110 years old. Connie Lucero with her grandson Caniel Riperti celebrating her one hundred tenth birthday. She was born on July 7th 1912 in Texas on July 7, 1912. She had been a long-time resident of Venice. She has outlived 4 of her ten children....

  • Olé, Lynne Davidson!

    Sandra Coopersmith|Jun 23, 2022

    Life just came full circle for that 12-year-old girl who worked part-time clearing tables at Tito's Tacos, her grandfather's restaurant, in the summer of 1966. One day, exhausted after several hours of running to the tables to clear them before new customers arrived, she discovered someone had left a tip of 50 cents – twice her hourly wage! – with a note: "For the cutest little waitress." That did it, and the restaurant business has played an active, all-encompassing role in Lynne Dav...

  • LA City Council Wants to Ban Homeless Encampments 500 Feet from Schools

    Jun 9, 2022

    The Los Angeles City Council this week supported a proposal by five council members to amend the city's law against homeless encampments in certain areas of the city to extend to within 500 feet of all schools and day care facilities. The ordinance already restricts sleeping and encampments within 500 feet of schools and day care facilities after each individual location is approved for enforcement by the City Council. On Tuesday, the council voted 13- 2 to have the city attorney draft an...

  • Coping Creatively Through POPS Clubs

    Sandra Coopersmith, Features Reporter|May 26, 2022

    Enlightening, thought-provoking, intriguing, profound, insightful, funny, heartbreaking, hopeful, inspiring – you name it. That describes Dear Friends, which was published in April and is the eighth annual anthology from POPS the Club, (https://popsclubs.org/). POPS stands for “pain of the prison system,” so this is not just any book. It delineates the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of students with incarcerated loved ones, who have created their stories, poetry, and artwork mainly in is...

  • CONGRATULATIONS, DR. HOULT!

    Sandra Coopersmith|May 12, 2022

    The Energizer Bunny could likely learn a thing or two from Dr. Janet Cameron Hoult who, on Monday, May 9th, was presented a commendation by the City Council as 2022 Senior of the Year. She has traveled, lived, and taught all over the world and, luckily for Culver City, where she has been active on many boards and committees, she has resided here since the 1970s. In fact, she told her late husband, Charley, that acceptance of his marriage proposal was contingent upon his moving here. Culver City...

  • WWII Airman's Request for 100th Birthday

    May 5, 2022

    Victor Butler is believed to be the last surviving Tuskegee Airman in Rhode Island. The veteran turns 100 on May 21, and he has only one wish: birthday cards. He’s asking people from around the country to send him birthday cards. It’s a small wish from a man who made a big impact. The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of Black military pilots who made history fighting in World War II. He told CNN, “Being in Tuskegee, Alabama, it wasn’t very acceptable to white people for Black soldiers to be walking around.” These days, he passes time putting t...

  • Broadway to Freeway: Life and Times of a Vibrant Community 2022

    Apr 14, 2022

    April 1 – December 23 In the mid-20th century, the Broadway neighborhood was a thriving, tight-knit community in Santa Monica. Built by African American, Mexican American, and immigrant communities, the Broadway neighborhood was a haven for those who were excluded from other parts of the city by racist and anti-immigrant policies and practices. This exhibition tells the story of how residents built Broadway into a flourishing community of color – and how the Interstate 10 freeway destroyed it in the 1960s. The vibrant lives of pioneering ind...

  • Death of a Security Guard

    Apr 7, 2022

    Stan Greene 4.1.22: Malibu sheriffs were left with a mystery after Tuesday morning's discovery of a body in the back parking lot of Trancas Country Market, an upscale shopping mall along the Pacific Coast Highway across the street from Zuma Beach. Inge Baumbach, a 58-year-old overnight security guard who patrolled the shops, was found dead. Homicide detectives are now calling it a suspicious death. Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said Baumbach was found unresponsive by another employee...

  • Will Smith Resigns From Academy Following Slap Heard Round the World

    Apr 7, 2022

    (AP) Will Smith resigned Friday from the motion picture academy following his Oscars night slap of Chris Rock and said he would accept any further punishment the organization imposed. Smith in a statement released Friday afternoon said he will "fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable." Film academy president David Rubin said Smith's resignation was accepted. "We will continue to move forward...

  • Former Culver High Grad Thomas Killed in Bike Accident

    Mar 24, 2022

    The family of Thomas "Tom" Ron Thomas sadly announces his passing on February 26 after a traumatic bicycle accident. Tom is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ann; daughters: Katie, husband Mike Vernoy; Elizabeth, husband Guillermo Peralta, their children Skyler and Lluvia; Maggie, husband Ryan Murphy, their children Alia and Kira; sisters Patricia McMorrow and Tina Miranda, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley and Ron Thomas, and his brother Dave....

  • Human Trafficking and The Super Bowl

    Feb 17, 2022

    By Alita Arose, Observer Staff Writer Due to an increase in both traffic and demand during the super bowl, anti-trafficking organizations are working double time to increase city wide awareness and efforts to combat the supply of there being underage girls and boys for sale. Republican and Democratic conventions, along with car trade shows are also events which inspire increased momentum from these human rights organizations. Theresa Flores, founder of SOAP (standing for Save Our Adolescents...

  • WorldWar II Veteran Lessner Honored with Quilt From Blue Star Mothers

    Feb 10, 2022

    On Saturday, January 29, a WWII 102-year-old veteran and Culver City resident EUGENE L. LESSNER was presented a Veteran's Honor Quilt by Army LTC Marc Yim. The quilt was from Blue Star Mothers of America (South Bay Chapter 5), South Bay Quilt Guild, and The Embroidery Station. Lessner joined the Army when he was 24 years old on June 10, 1943 and served through November 6, 1945. His military occupation was "Fire Control Instrument Operator, Field Artillery." Eugene served as an artillery Officer...

  • 'Encampments to Homes' Program Helps Westchester Park Homeless Move Indoors

    Nov 18, 2021

    Fifty-six homeless people living at Westchester Park have moved indoors in the past three weeks and are on a path to permanent housing, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin announced this week. The park residents participated in Bonin’s “Encampments to Homes” program, which offers homeless people a pathway to permanent housing and appropriate services to help them succeed. Bonin said that an additional 31 homeless people from Westchester Park were brought indoors in August and September throu...

  • Kid Reporters Watch as President heads Back to Washington D.C.

    Nov 11, 2021

    Charlotte Dichter, age 12 Kid's Scoop Media On September 14th, I arrived at a private section of Long Beach Airport to cover the departure of Air Force One as a member of the press reporting for KidScoop Media. President Biden was leaving California after he had campaigned to vote "No" on the recall of California Governor Gavin Newsom. This was later determined as a success. I walked into a gated area to see many different reporters readying their papers and statements. I was surprised to see...

  • MORE THAN 150 CHILDREN TO BE ADOPTED DURING VIRTUAL NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY EVENT

    Nov 11, 2021

    On Saturday, Nov. 20, judicial officers from the Superior Court of Los Angeles County will join pro bono attorneys from the Alliance for Children’s Rights and Public Counsel, along with officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Families (DCFS), to perform virtual adoption ceremonies for 165 children in foster care as part of the 2021 National Adoption Day. For the second year, families will appear remotely during National Adoption Day for the finalization of uncontested a...

  • Homeless in Brentwood Veteran's Row Moved

    Nov 11, 2021

    By Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer Nearly 100 homeless people have decided to move from their encampment along San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood and from their tents in Westchester Park to temporary housing, Los Angeles city and county officials announced this week. At least 50 homeless veterans who were living in the Veteran's Row homeless encampment in Brentwood for the past several months have moved to transitional housing as crews from the County of Los Angeles finished clearing up the encampment along San Vicente on Monday, county...

  • Westchester Park Homeless Moving Indoors

    Nov 4, 2021

    Nearly three dozen homeless people have so far decided to move from their encampment in Westchester Park on Lincoln Boulevard to temporary housing, Los Angeles city officials announced this week. “More than 30 residents of the park have moved indoors and into temporary housing and on a path to permanent housing,” tweeted LA City Councilman Mike Bonin on Tuesday, a day after implementing an “Encampments to Homes” effort in Westchester Park, which offers homeless people a pathway to permanent housing and appropriate services to help them succeed...

  • Herrera Graduates with Bachelors Degree in Computer Science

    Jul 29, 2021

    Dante Herrera, of Culver City, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science during the 2021 Commencement Ceremonies of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, held on Sunday, May 16. Herrera is the child of William A. Herrera and Paula Amezola de Herrera. Having persevered through an unprecedented academic year, 514 undergraduates and 10 master’s candidates received their diplomas during an in-person ceremony held on the Hobart and William Smith campus. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden L.H.D. ’21 delivered the Commencement Add...

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