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Drug Overdoses on the Rise

In the United States the number of deaths from drug overdoses has more than doubled in the last 16 years. Prevention magazine published a report October 2017 stating more than 52,000 Americans died...

 

Transparent California Reveals Cost of Top Brass at City Hall

The Culver City Jewish War Veterans Post 617 mentioned in a recent newsletter the USS Arizona is in a bad state of repair and will remain closed indefinite. Have you ever head of Cloud Break Communiti...

 

The Call for Female Firefighters

I am truly amazed with the Mayor, the Honorable Meghan Sahli-Wells for not speaking more forcibly as it relates to the lack of lady firefighters in our city. Perhaps the fire chief should institute...

 

California Budget to Top $101 Billion

California Governor Newsom will soon announce his budget for 2019-2020 and guess what the latest projection claims total spending of $101.6 billion. The Los Angeles Times said weeks ago this is a...

 

Let School Board Members Pan For Gold

I have a great idea to get money to the Culver City Unified School District, so the people won’t need to raise taxes again this year. Over the past 10 or 15 years, the Board of Education must have...

 

Fox Hills Residents Still Disenfranchised

Why does it seem (rightly or wrongly) the City of Culver City always likes to tweak Fox Hills nose? I guess one of the main reasons is that area has approximately 5,000 people but no one has ever...

 

'Imagine A Day Without Water' Coming to Culver City in 2020

Have the members of the Culver City Police Department read this want ad from the Brunswick News? The City of Nahunta, Georgia is now accepting applications for a full-time police chief. We are...

 

Elimination of Natural Gas Could Cost Consumers

By Jon Switalski Before Culver City rushes headlong into following the City of Berkeley and eliminating natural gas hookups from residential buildings, it should carefully consider the consequences. In particular, for a city so concerned with social...

 

Transparent California releases data CalPERS, Pensions and Public Pay

Transparent California, California’s largest public pay, and pension database said recently nearly 900 percent increase in CalPERS benefits dwarfs economic growth, taxpayers’ ability to pay. The...

 

Teachers Union Proposes Another Foolish Plan

In 2013-14, according to the LA County District Teacher Salary Survey, Culver City Unified was ranked 40th out of 48 districts--about $3,280 or 3.9% below the median salary. In order to achieve the district-union partnership’s goal of raising...

 

Veterans to Recieve Free Charted Flights as They Visit War Memorials

Folks, the information I requested have not arrived. Today, I am devastated is to put it mildly but eventually it will be here. Until then some resumes should be updated. Every year the Honor Flight...

 

California Outlaws Fur Trapping

Starting in November 2019 Phoenix, Arizona library system will drop overdue back fees. It wasn’t that long ago the California Legislature passed and the governor signed a bill to ban commercial fur...

 

Retired LA County Sanitation Worker Makes $345,417 Per Year

Friends, I have been working feverishly on an article for next week “they don’t want you to know about, until it’s too late for the citizens; in my opinion to stop or slow down.” As such...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    October 31, 2019

Cumulus Project Presents Danger to Eastside of Culver City

by Charles and Susan Deen Special to The Culver City Observer The first Cumulus high-rise, glass-covered tower that is looming over the Culver City eastern town limits has a most glaring and major...

 

Will Culver City Unified School District Request More Bond Money From Residents

A study in the Journal of Medicinal Food found lighter coffee roasts had higher levels of chlorogenic acid= what acts as an antioxidant than darker coffee roasts and light roast extract was better at...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    October 17, 2019

Poetry at the DMV

By Jane Marla Robbins It’s 2019. I’m at the DMV in Culver City. Waiting. Lines around the block. I’ve reserved ahead so it’s only an hour wait. I’m tired, so the photo they take of me has...

 

Payroll Hit the High Note Over at City Hall

I am so very proud to be a resident of Culver City since 1974 or thereabouts. Yes, siree bob; our little city of 40,000 with its own police force, fire department and bus system are just amazing....

 

Get Ready for a More Militarized Police Force

Some of us just might remember when President Barack Obama’s executive order prohibited law enforcement agencies from obtaining military equipment. Just recently President Donald Trump rescinded tha...

 

Report States California Has Highest Teachers' Salaries

I read with interest Teacher Salaries By State, https://www.payscale.com/teacher-salaries-by-state. According to the website California’s teachers are at the top of the list and are making almost...

 

Vacationing and the Need for Female Firefighters in CC

For the very first time in many years we took a four-week vacation and traveled to Canada and upstate New York. If you haven’t been you should go to Niagara Falls (U.S. and Canadian side) to see...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    September 19, 2019

Environmental Science Should be a Requirement in our Education System

During my junior year of high school, I took AP Environmental Science and it changed my view on the amount of responsibility I have toward the condition of our planet. One thing my teacher always...

 

Stormwater Runoff Costs Not Always Appropriate

California Controller Betty Yee released a report a while back which said in part that the Golden State taxpayers are on the hook for more than $91.5 billion to provide health and dental benefits to...

 

CCUSD Spending on Salaries Gone Wild

Last year, our school district had to pay over $6.20 million in state-mandated CalSTRS contributions. A million dollars of that payment included additional costs mostly due to the board approving overly-generous raises to certificated staff and...

 

CCUSD Postal Expenditures to Pass Parcel Tax

Mother used to say, “Money doesn’t grow on trees”, so I asked the Culver City Unified School District in the beginning of 2018 how much money they spent to pass the forthcoming Parcel Tax...

 

CCUSD Salaries Skyrocket

It is common knowledge among educators that most school districts nation-wide spend about 80% of their revenue, either to pay salaries or on behalf of their employees for their services. In 2018-19, C...

 

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