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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 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Confessions of a Concerned Citizen

By Ron Bassilian I suppose my name has gotten out a bit ahead of me. In the past few months I’ve gone from casual observer of Culver City politics, to concerned citizen, to specter of the "Alt Right" that the City Council must defend against in...

 

Los Angeles Firefighter Earns Half a Million Via Overtime

How one LA firefighter turned a $90,000 salary into $1.6 million over four years. Overtime pay that was at least triple his regular salary in each of the past four years allowed Los Angeles...

 
 By Bill Seals    Opinion    June 7, 2018

OPINION

The NFL needs to take a stand. The NFL just wants to be loved. In a recent Gallup poll, American football was picked by 37% of U.S. adults as their favorite sport to watch. The next-most-popular sports are basketball, favored by 11%, and baseball, fa...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Smart And Spicy

Just as exotic spices and Marco Polo were at the crossroads of civilization, importing culture today, as well as the films that influence our culture, can shape lives. Ideas have a profound impact;...

 
 By Kelly Kent PhD    Opinion    May 17, 2018

Take It to The People

Like other Culver City residents, I love our town because of its sweet, little village feel, in the middle of the looming and vast Los Angeles metropolis. And when I think of maintaining Culver...

 
 By Paul Jacobs    Opinion    April 26, 2018

DEATH OF NONPARTISAN LOCAL ELECTIONS?

During the last few weeks Culver City residents have had the opportunity to attend more than 15 candidate forums throughout our neighborhoods where they were able hear our council candidates speak about Culver City issues and residents could ask ques...

 

Remembering Our Warriors National-Vietnam War Veterans Day Created

As you recall, it was mentioned in this column last year President Trump signed legislation creating March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. In recognition the Exchange (PX) offered lapel pin...

 

How Many Zero's is $13.9 Trillion (Current National Debt)

For those who read my commentary years ago remember I wrote about an experimental stem cell treatment to be used on patients with spinal cord injuries. It now appears Rancho Los Amigos will partner...

 

High School Students Present "Culver For A Cause" charity Run

Culver City High School Associated Student Body Presents” Culver for a Cause run for Better Education”. What: Come be a part of the Culver for a Cause 5K Charity Run! There will be food, live...

 
 By Jim Clarke    Opinion    March 29, 2018

Councilman Decries Lack of Civility

Last week, we were witness to a vulgar display of free speech. I wish to repudiate in the strongest terms the profane language used against my fellow Council colleagues and the men and women of the...

 

More CCUSD Pension Costs Unearthed

The election to fill the unexpired Terms of Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas will be Tuesday, April 3, 2018. At that time, we have the opportunity to send to Sacramento a lady who will be able t...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    March 8, 2018

Smart And Spicy - Who's A Funeral For?

"This funeral is not for your mother. It's for you to say goodbye to your mother." That's what my friend P. said when I called her at three am. I'd just been told my mother died; I didn't know what...

 

Yes Let's Do It But Let's Do It Right

An email received from Congresswoman Karen Bass. Recently teachers returned to Florida high school where gunman opened fire earlier this month. We ask a lot of teachers these days. Many pay for their...

 

Oprah Winfrey Is Richer Than Trump

What’s happening with the mosquito borne virus known as Zika? According to Bloomberg Oprah Winfrey age 63 has a net worth of $3.7 billion while President Trump, age 71 is worth $2.9 billion. Can...

 

The Farragut Parking Problem Isn't Getting Better

Residents of the 10700 block of Farragut Drive, who banded together to oppose efforts to lift the Permit only parking restrictions to facilitate easy parking for the adjacent businesses refer to...

 

Temporary Housing For The Homeless? Maybe

Tom Lloyd of Culver City may be onto something to provide affordable temporary housing for the homeless and for victims of disasters, a proliferation of which have occurred locally in California as...

 

LET SCHOOL BOARD FIX ITS OWN MESS

In 2012 board members were bamboozled by the local teachers union and its own administrative-insider and teacher-advocate, Superintendent David La Rose--into agreeing to a five-year plan to raise teacher salaries to the LA County median salary. The...

 

Wall Street Journal Has Problems To Solve

My ears nearly fell off my head when I read in the Wall Street Journal the postal service has drained its $15 billion line of credit with the Treasury and defaulted on $34 billion in retiree benefit p...

 

Remember Parcel Tax Measure EE?

The last time the community voted on a parcel tax it was back in 2009 when our state legislature thought it wise to drastically under-cut education funding to balance its own budget. That’s when the state forced our school board to turn to local...

 

Vietnam War Veterans Get Their Day

It’s official. March 29th is permanently recognized as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. The statute was signed into law by President Trump. Please don’t be upset when I tell you the Council and...

 

Time to Focus on School Choice in Culver City and Across America

Later this month schools, homeschool groups, organizations, and individuals in California and across America will work together to raise awareness about the importance of opportunity in K-12...

 

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