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 By George Laase    Opinion    August 22, 2019 

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...

 

Where Are all the Nukes…..See below.

Things are so messed up at our nation’s capital that I hardly believe anyone. Perhaps Cousin Neil would feel better if those scalwags took a blood oath to tell the truth and had their tongues...

 

"Protect Culver City" PAC Formed

By Protect Culver City Political Action Committee On July 15, Culver City residents created a new PAC, Protect Culver City: an association of residents and business owners concerned with the current trajectory of our city council. Our beginnings can...

 

How Much Food Gets Wasted Every Year

I’m getting ready to go and do a series of back flips all the way to the Westfield-Culver City Mall, because I just read researchers in Europe have developed a vaccine against heart disease. Mice...

 

Once Again Fox Hills Overlooked

I really don’t know why but it seems the City of Culver City, in my opinion, treats Fox Hills residents as stepchildren. The latest insult concerns the Voting Center scheduled to be up and running...

 

Harbor Cruises in Marina Del Rey

The Marina Del Rey calendar published in the Log described the KJAZZ Champagne Saturday and Sunday Cruises throughout the year. Harbor views, live music, brunch buffet. (hornblower.com/home/mdr)....

 

Vacancy Taxes: California's Latest Crazy Idea

By Jon Coupal This column has frequently recounted how ideas coming from California’s progressive politicians are not just destructive, but also how most result in outcomes diametrically opposite of what the left actually thinks they will have....

 

Disputes Claim on Teacher Salaries

Dear Editor: In the recently approved California Budget for fiscal 2019-’20, Governor Newsome proposed a modest 3.7% increase in the state’s per/pupil funding bringing it to $12,003. On the occasion, Newsome stated, “But it’s not enough....

 

California Population Nears 40 Million

California’s population was thought to be on January 1, 2019; 39,927,315 from the Department of Finance. California took the first stop to regulate companies who sell your information last year...

 

Small Observation Between California and New York Teachers' Salaries

According to the National Education Association’s latest figures, New York State’s average spending on its K-12 students is about $20,000 per student and its average teachers’ salary is $77,957. California’s average spending per student is...

 

Culver City Should Cut Wasteful Spending

Guest Commentary By Paul Ehrlich Monday Night You Can Demand the CC City Council Chop Off Well Over $1,00,000 of Budget Bloat without Cutting Any Services Let’s face it, being on the City Council requires long hours, with essentially no...

 

Will CCUSD Seek Another Parcel Tax?

Is it possible? I spoke to the President of the Culver City Board of Education at the Clayton Library and Museum on Sunday, June 8, 2019. My question, “Are you going to put another parcel tax for...

 

Disguising a Public Safety Crisis as a Housing Crisis

By Ron Bassilian Another day, another camp. The latest vagrant camp has emerged on Inglewood Blvd. under the 90 freeway, by the very upscale Sunkist Park. First, it's a couple of tents, then more,...

 

Disaster Preparedness, Urban Drilling Should Be Election Issues in 2020

Culver City Fire Chief David White’s recent presentation on “Disaster Preparedness” alarmed many residents because we live near the largest urban oil and gas producing field in the USA. It made...

 

Senator Harris Makes Stop on Campaign Trail

Samantha Gardner - KSM KId Scoop Media - May 19, 2019 A direct quote from Michelle Obama, "Our love, our gratitude, our admiration for our men and women in uniform, our veterans and their families - a...

 

Government Pension Shortfalls Also Hit Oregon

Now that Theodorsia and I have a great granddaughter; I wondered what the most popular baby names were as announced by the Social Security Administration for 2016. Boys Girls 1. William Ava 2. Noah...

 

Disguising a Public Safety Crisis as a Housing Crisis

By Ron Bassilian Special to the Observer Another day, another camp. The latest vagrant camp has emerged on Inglewood Blvd. under the 90 freeway, by the very upscale Sunkist Park. First, it’s a couple of tents, then more, then it becomes a city in...

 

California Ranks Second in Teacher Salaries

According to the National Education Association, in fiscal year 2016-2017 the average teacher salary in California was $78,711, which is the second highest in our country. Our state’s spending per...

 

Senator Harris Makes Stop on Campaign Trail

Samantha Gardner - KSM KId Scoop Media - May 19, 2019 A direct quote from Michelle Obama, "Our love, our gratitude, our admiration for our men and women in uniform, our veterans and their families - a...

 

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...

 

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