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 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    May 16, 2019 

Fracking, Oil Fields, Councilmanic Districts and More

Fire Chief David White’s recent presentation on Disaster Preparedness alarmed many, because we live near the largest urban oil and gas producing field in the USA. It made me realize that we are in...

 
 By George Lasse    Opinion    May 16, 2019 

Board Members Financially Blew It

Starting in 2013, all school districts around the state--including the CCUSD, have been paying the state-mandated increases in annual percentages set by Gov Brown's program to pay off CalSTRS unfunded liabilities and help fund its future payouts. A d...

 
 By George Laase    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Pension Costs Creating State-Wide Fiscal Crisis

The number of school districts facing insolvency is probably far higher than what is being shown by California’s most recent state-wide annual data, and the reason for this is the districts’ swelling pension costs. According to the survey by...

 

Offshore Drilling: The Coast is Clear

In the coming months, the Department of the Interior will likely issue a new draft of his five-year plan to expand energy drilling in America's outer continental shelf (OCS), the submerged federal land off America's coasts. Unsurprisingly, the plan h...

 

Will Measure a L Tax Increase Follow Measure K's Tax Hike

Mayor Small, did you know Caroline Carpenter became the very first woman to earn honors as the leader for the Los Angeles Fire Department at the Valley Recruit Training Academy 81? “I’m small, ...

 

Parkland Survivors Attends UCI's Pre-Election Rally to Galvanized Young Voters

Kid Scoop Media Mentor By Sharmin Shanur- On November 3, 2018, March For Our Lives, coordinated a pre-election rally starring the Parkland Survivors, Gilbert Cisneros and many other famous faces in an...

 
 By John Aldaz    Opinion    November 1, 2018

City's 'Fiscal Emergency' Claim is Pure Hogwash

Many thanks to Observer columnist Neil Rubinstein for his eye-opening report on compensation figures for 27 Culver City municipal employees, ranging from $284,000 to $539,000 per year! I would have also liked to see a list of the City retirees who...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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