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Vote 'No' on Prop. 10

By Ron Bassillian With less than a month to the election, Prop. 10, the “California Local Rent Control Initiative,” is waking up as the sleeper issue of the state. Prop. 10 is a repeal of the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which protects...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    October 11, 2018 

Dear Editor,

In the fall of 1979 I moved from New York State to Los Angeles. At a party, I asked where I might want to apply to work as a teacher. More than one guest suggested Culver City. I remember them saying...

 
 By George Laase    Opinion    October 11, 2018 

Measure K Puts District First, Kids Second

On the few lawn signs I’ve seen around the community supporting the passage of the School Board’s Measure K, there is displayed a sentimental slogan: “It’s for Our Kids.” The slogan is meant to invoke a heart-felt sentimentality that the...

 

More Reasons to Reject Measure K

The Los Angeles County Office of Education has just released its annual report of its county-wide Certificated Salary Survey for 2017-'18. On page 45 it showed just how much our Culver City School...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    October 11, 2018 

Vote 'Yes' on Measure K Tax Hike

I am writing in support of the parcel tax being voted on Nov. 6. Known as Measure K, it will add $189 to each property owner’s tax bill for each of the next seven years. Five years ago, our Culver...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    October 11, 2018 

Passage of Measure K 'Imperative'

When we think of what’s wonderful about Culver City, our schools are at the top of the list. Our community thrives because of our great schools. New homeowners pay top-dollar to move into our...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    October 11, 2018 

Culver Union Backs Property-Tax Hike

It is with great pleasure that the Association of Classified Employees—Culver City supports Measure K, an initiative that will bring much needed funds into our District. The funds from Measure K...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    October 11, 2018 

More Support for Measure K

My three sons had the benefit of being educated in Culver City at no cost to me and my husband, Ed. California’s Education Code does not allow charging for most K-12 expenses. We were not obligated...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    October 4, 2018

Dear Editor:

California’s Public Employee Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) of 2013 has ameliorated many of the causes of concern about public employee pension costs in local school districts; however, it is a...

 

After November, Even More Tax Hikes May be Needed

Can little Culver City continue to pay super-large paychecks and pensions to current and former City employees? If so, local taxes will need to continue to rise. No, I’m just not pointing the finger...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    September 27, 2018

Putting a Price on Safety

How much is your safety and the safety of your family worth? According to Neil Rubenstein’s two columns earlier this month, if you live in Culver City, you’re paying too darn much. Citing gross...

 

Teachers Pensions Beat Others by 3-1 MarginBy Neil Rubenstein

In an ironic twist, a recent study by the nonprofit Bellwether Education Partners has found that the rising costs of teacher pension plans are starting to eat into their own salary hikes. Teachers,...

 

Work for City, Make $500,000 per Year

For those who missed my commentary last week, I am once again attaching a chart to this column showing the names, positions, and total amounts that key Culver City employees earned in 2017. The figure...

 

Culver Public 'Servants' Make Big Money

How much do you make each year? Are you, as a popular TV and radio advertisement asks, “financially comfortable”? Perhaps you are not, but many of our taxpayer-funded City employees are....

 

Council to Mull New Housing Plan

COMMENTARY By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist The Culver City Community Development Director of the Housing Division, Tevis Barnes, will soon be presenting to City Council a proposal for three...

 

District Needs more Budget 'Homework'

School districts across our state need to encourage and hire new teachers to come into the profession as veteran teachers retire. The average rate of teaching staff retirements found in most school districts is less than 10 percent annually. Having...

 

City Blows Chances for Affordable Housing

It is my firm belief that City Hall over the years has squandered city assets to pay for huge salaries and benefits. Coming soon, a startling expose. No, probably not in your neighborhood but in Fox...

 

Government Pension Coffers Stretch Even Thinner

Last July, our state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) reported that from June 2016 to June 2017, the state pension fund (CalSTRS) had its unfunded liabilities increase by almost 11 percent,...

 

School Board Facing Financial Crisis

The Culver City Unified School District’s annual contributions to CalSTRS and CalPERS, two of the state's largest public-employee pension funds, were expected to rise 215 percent by the year...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    August 9, 2018

Defense of Senior Center

I've been a volunteer at the Culver City Senior Center for over 14 years as their Karaoke DJ on Tuesdays. We have a wide spectrum of personalities who come to the Center, and sometimes it's difficult...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    August 9, 2018

Killer Coyotes

I’m disappointed that there hasn’t been more news coverage, or seemingly any follow-up, to the coyote issue facing various Culver City neighborhoods. There are many community members who still...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    August 9, 2018

Culver City Observer Letters Policy

Letters and Commentaries are the opinion of the individual writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the newspaper. The Culver City Observer takes positions on issues and will be marked...

 

Changes Needed at Senior Center

When is the Culver City Senior Center administration going to be fair and honor the civil rights of seniors by providing a hearing before an unbiased judge--not staffers who make a complaint--and the...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    August 2, 2018

No New Taxes!

Dear Editor, It is unfortunate that the Culver City Council's only answer to rising pension costs is to again tax the City's residents. Other cities have found solutions that do not require raising...

 

High Court Deals Unions a Blow

The obvious winners from the Supreme Court's decision in Janus v. AFSCME last month are the hundreds of thousands of teachers and other public workers who will no longer have union “agency fees...

 

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