City Manager's Update
November 5, 2015
City Clerk’s Office
• IndieCade - The 2015 IndieCade Games Festival took place last weekend. Included were newly developed, free games
• Asian World Film Festival – This Festival will take place at the ArcLight Cinemas in Culver City October 26 through November 2, featuring films from countries all across Asia. The festival provides a unique opportunity to showcase Asian films to the Oscar® Academy, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and all Guilds for enhanced exposure and awards consideration. The films are open to the public, and students with valid ID will be admitted free. All films will have English Subtitles. For more information and a schedule go to http://www.asianworldfilmfest.org.
• Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - The City hosted a planning meeting with CDBG administration staff on October 21 to discuss programming for CDBG fund allocations for Fiscal Year 2016-17. The next annual CDBG Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for 6 pm Thursday, November 12 in the Dan Patacchia Room at City Hall.
• Hayden Tract – Economic Development staff met with a large production company in the Hayden Tract to discuss parking operations and issues in the area. The production company's existing permit will be revised to reflect new conditions that are intended to address the impacts.
• Commercial Properties and Public Facilities – Staff received quotes from various companies for pressure washing and tree trimming at Media Park and is working with Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department staff on the landscape of the park. In addition, Economic Development staff coordinated with Marina Landscape, Inc. on maintenance issues at the Washington-Centinela project and the Baldwin property.
• Culver City Arts District – At the October 26 City Council Meeting the City Council will consider initiating the first step in the formation of a Business Improvement District for the Culver City Arts District. This meeting is the first of three meetings in the formation process.
• California Great Shake Out – On October 15th, City Staff and local schools participated with 10.5 million Californians in the Great ShakeOut. At 10:15 a.m., City staff practiced how to drop, cover, and hold on. Staff then evacuated from their respective buildings taking with them their assigned emergency backpacks and met in pre-designated meeting places.
• Citywide Disaster Drill – On the evening of October 15 the Culver City Fire Department, the Culver City Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CCARES), and City residents participated in the Annual Citywide Disaster Drill. Participants also practiced how to drop, cover, and hold on and how to activate their family disaster plans. Additionally, CCARES volunteers responded throughout the City to simulate and practice their emergency communications with the City Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
• Emergency Preparedness Drill - On October 15 the Culver City Fire Department conducted a back-up communications drill with Los Angeles County’s Office of Emergency Management. Should phone lines go down during a disaster, the City can use Countywide Integrated Radio System (CWIRS) radios, satellite phones and ham radios to communicate. All systems worked successfully. City staff members were able to communicate clearly with the County and all 88 cities in the region via the CWIRS radios and satellite phones.
• Halloween Safety Tips – As you prepare for Halloween this year the Culver City Fire Department wants you to keep a few safety tips in mind to ensure a fun time for all.
Purchase costumes made of flame resistant or flame retardant material.
Provide children with glow sticks or flashlights to help them to see and to be seen by drivers. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.
Remind children to cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right, and left again before crossing, and walk (do not run) across the street.
Keep decorations far away from all open flames and heat sources.
It is safest to use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o’-lanterns.
When driving, slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
More tips are available on the City’s website. http://www.culvercity.org/Government/PublicSafety/Fire/News/HalloweenSafety2015.aspx
• Daylight Saving Time Reminder – Daylight Saving Time ends November 1st. The Culver City Fire Department reminds you to change your clocks and change your batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Human Resources Department
• Student Worker Program – In collaboration with the Culver City Unified School District, the Human Resources Department has rolled out a new Student Worker program. The program is designed to provide Culver City High School students with work-related skills and experiences and to introduce them to the rewards of working in local government. There are three sessions offered with each session lasting six weeks. The first session, consisting of 11 students, began on Monday, October 12. Each student has been assigned a mentor in a City department based on his or her expressed area of interest.
Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department
• Annual Disability Awareness Month Kids Carnival – The annual Kids Carnival celebrating October’s Disability Awareness Month was held on Sunday, October 18. More than 400 people enjoyed fun games, live entertainment, a photo booth, puppeteers, live rap performances, food & drinks, a petting zoo, resource tables from the community, a visit from the Culver City Fire Department and much more! A big thank you to the event sponsors, the Culver City Exchange Club and the Culver City Senior Citizens Association. Partnerships with the Disability Advisory Committee and the Culver City Neighborhood Girl Scouts also ensure this event is a success every year.
• Culver City Senior Center Health Seminar – The Culver City Senior Center presented a health seminar entitled “Eat Smart, Live Strong.” Learn about easy ways to make smart food choices, what to make with seasonal fall produce and get tips on how to buy healthy and organic foods on a budget. This seminar took place on Tuesday, October 27 at the Senior Center. All education programs are free to the public age 50+.
• Senior Center Medicare Information Program – On Tuesday, October 27th at 10:00 am, the Culver City Senior Centerl presented “Medicare 101.” This educational presentation is about the four parts of Medicare (A, B, C and D); who is eligible, what Medicare does and doesn’t cover, and when you can make changes to your plan.
• S.T.E.A.M. Nation - On October 10 the Police Department’s Forensics Unit participated in one of the largest single day events in Los Angeles County celebrating the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math education (STEAM) program. 1st - 8th Grade students from underserved communities participated in a free day of exciting shows, hands-on workshops, and exhibits.
This event is designed to give community members an opportunity to come together, to inspire children, to help youth see themselves as part of a national movement, and to ignite a passion in the future thinkers and creators. The event was held at West Los Angeles College.
• Culver Crest Neighborhood Watch- On October 20 Lieutenant Sam Agaiby attended the Culver Crest Neighborhood Association meeting. Lieutenant Agaiby presented the group with recent crime trends for their neighborhood.
• Culver City Rotary Club Honors Chief Bixby - On October 14 the Culver City Rotary Club presented Chief Scott Bixby a Certificate to become a Paul Harris Fellow, an honor awarded “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.” When $1,000 is donated in a person's name they become a Paul Harris Fellow. This recognition is named after the founder of Rotary International, Paul Harris.
Public Works Department
• Safe Routes to School Summit – On October 21 Council Member Meghan Sahli-Wells (pictured below) addressed attendees at Metro’s Regional Summit to support the Countywide Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Initiative. This initiative supports, promotes, expands, and encourages collaboration among SRTS efforts in Los Angeles County including walking, bicycling, carpooling and transit for school travel. An objective of this program is to expand mobility choice and improve health and safety of children and their families.
The goals of the Regional Summit included identifying activities, programs, and responsibilities as part of a Regional SRTS Program; matching specific partner organizations with feasible and implementable activities and programs; increasing local capacity and knowledge for implementation of SRTS and related programs; identifying short-, mid-, and long-term strategies for implementation, which will be incorporated into Metro’s Active Transportation Strategic Plan; and identifying strategies to increase competitiveness of Los Angeles County for successful grant funding opportunities in the future.
• Culver City Receives $2.6 Million Grant for Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Project– The City of Culver City has been awarded a $2.6 million grant for the Washington-Culver Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Project. The funds were awarded through the Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 2 Grant.
Proposed Cycle Track on Elenda Street
• Culver City Reduces Energy Use from September 2014 to September 2015 – City Hall’s energy consumption in September 2015 is 10% lower compared to September 2014. This is the result of energy efficiency projects implemented over the last year.
• Drought Forum Held on October 9 – Mayor Micheál O’Leary addressed attendees of the Drought Forum for Elected Officials hosted by the West Basin Municipal Water District held at Culver City’s Courtyard by Marriott. The Mayor presented information on the City’s water conservation program that was created in response to the drought and upcoming storm water treatment projects. The Forum included several speakers from State and local government who presented up to date information on recent El Niño developments along with water reclamation and treatment projects.
L-R: Mayor Micheál O’Leary, Terry O’Day, Council Member Meghan Sahli-Wells and Council Member Jim B. Clarke.
Mayor O’Leary demonstrates how easy it is to use the system.
• ation Survey wit Move LA – A new transportation funding measure is under discussion, and people across Los Angeles County are talking about which projects they would like to see funded with revenues from the Measure. Move LA is working with Metro on formulating the agency's Long Range Transportation Plan — which increases the likelihood that particular projects will get funded — and trying to understand priorities across the county. Move LA is seeking input from people living in the County about how the public would prioritize investments in rail, bus, bike lanes and wider sidewalks, freeway improvements, road repairs.
Move LA’s online survey (link below) takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. The public can weigh in on the particular projects that are being discussed for funding. A red asterisk indicates a mandatory question. Once completed, press send and you can also share with others using the social buttons.