City Manager's Update


December 8, 2016

City Manager’s Office

Mayor Addresses Chamber of Commerce – Mayor Jim B. Clarke spoke at the Culver City Chamber's Issues & Eggs on November 30 at the Courtyard by Marriott. Highlights of his presentation included the City Council’s recent Strategic Planning work with a special mention of the City’s goal to enhance its efforts as a City of Kindness. Council Member Göran Eriksson was also on hand to participate in this week’s Chamber event.

Mayor Clarke with Culver City Unified School District Board Member Sue Robins

Left to Right: Kevin Tamaki, Director of External Affairs for AT&T; Police Chief Scott Bixby; City Council Member Göran Eriksson; Chamber Board Chair Colette Moore; and Chamber of Commerce CEO, Steven J. Rose

Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting – On December 1 Mayor Jim B. Clarke and the entire City Council kicked off holiday festivities in downtown Culver City with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! The Downtown Business Association, the City of Culver City and many others cosponsored this fun, free, annual event. The celebration showcased the talents of many students from local schools who sang holiday songs. A great time was had by all!

Fire Department

Spark of Love Toy Drive – The Culver City Fire Department is collecting toys at all three fire stations through December 24 in support of the Spark of Love Toy Drive. As part of the greater Southern California campaign, the Culver City Fire Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for under-served children and teens in and around Culver City. Feel free to donate toys and sports items at any of our three fire stations:

Station 1 – 9660 Culver Boulevard

Station 2 – 11252 Washington Boulevard

Station 3 – 6030 Bristol Parkway

For additional donation options, events, and donation item suggestions, please visit the Spark of Love Toy Drive 2016 website.

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Training – On November 30 the City conducted an advanced tabletop EOC exercise. Approximately 40 City employees attended this four-hour training to demonstrate their understanding of their EOC responsibilities / functions and practice EOC support operations. This important annual training helps to prepare City Staff to provide information, find and deliver essential resources, and make policy decisions in the event of a major emergency or disaster.

Culver City Fire Department-Hosted Training – Last month, the Culver City Fire Department hosted the California State Firefighters’ Association Burn Trailer. The Culver City Fire Department assisted in providing instruction to over 100 Los Angeles County area fire department explorers, reserves and new recruits. The training included situational awareness and fire attack as well as ventilation operations, firefighter survival, and forcible entry techniques.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department

Culver City Winter Wonderland Camp – Winter Wonderland Camp is fast approaching. Participants can enjoy a fun time with PRCS staff. Week one runs December 19 through the 23rd. The field trip for that week is Mulligans Family Fun Center and we have a luau planned for that Friday so pull out your Hawaiian shirts! Week two runs from December 26 through 30. That week we are going to blast off into space at the California Science Center. Participants will party it up on Friday with our Pre-New Year’s Eve Party with karaoke. Camp costs $135 per week for Culver City residents and $166 per week for non-residents. For more information, contact the Recreation office at 310-253-6650.

Culver City After School Recreation Program (CCARP) – After school sites will be closed during the CCUSD winter break, December 19 through 30. Happy Holidays!

Veterans Memorial Complex Rental Operation – The Rental Office will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017; the Rental Office will be closed on Tuesday evenings and open on Wednesday evenings until 7:30 pm from now through January 2017.

Parks Division – After rain delays and the Thanksgiving holiday the Syd Kronenthal Playground Project is back in progress, with the contractor back on the job and making progress. The old equipment was demolished and removed, and the old rubber surfacing excavated and removed. The new playground equipment is assembled in place, the footings are poured and the accessible ramp is about to be installed. The project is on track to be completed, inspected and reopened before the end of the year.

2016 Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program – The Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre presents “Snowed Under”, a contemporary dance performance at the Helms Bakery District on Saturday, December 10 at 7 pm. A special Culver City resident admission price is available. For more information on the performance and tickets, please visit

Police Department

Police Explorer Graduation – On Saturday November 19 Chief Bixby, Captain Iizuka and Sergeant Sukal attended the Police Explorer graduation ceremony at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Training Center Academy in Whittier. Matheus Dos Santos, Enrique Delgado, and Daniel Acevedo all attended the 18 week academy and successfully completed all aspects of the training that included: Academic Work, Physical Fitness Training, Defensive Tactics, Firearms Safety and Familiarization; and Drills. Congratulations to all of them for their accomplishments.

Public Works Department

Culver City meets Golden State Water’s Local Conservation Target – Golden State Water Company implemented water conservation standards to align with the emergency regulations the State Water Board set in May 2016. These new voluntary standards replaced the previous mandatory standards that were in place when drought conditions were more serious statewide. Golden State’s standards were developed based on supply and usage data and the assumption that the region would experience 3 additional years of drought. In July, Culver City was given a water consumption reduction target of 16% and by October, the City successfully met this goal. Residents and the community adhered to alternating lawn watering schedules and only watered before 8 am or after 7 pm. In addition, many residents have implemented water saving measures, such as drought tolerant landscaping and water conserving appliances, to help the City achieve its water conservation goals.

Slurry Seal and Striping Project to Take Place on Duquesne Avenue - The Public Works Engineering Division announces that due to the impending cooler temperatures, the slurry seal and striping project on Duquesne Avenue from Culver Boulevard to Lucerne Avenue will be postponed. The rubberized slurry seal the City plans to use for the project requires warmer pavement temperatures for successful application. Therefore, the project will be postponed to a date when the weather is warmer.

Transportation Department

Holiday Schedule - As the Christmas and New Year Holidays both fall on Sunday, Culver CityBus will operate weekend service on Lines 1, 3 and 6 on Sunday, December 25, 2016 and Sunday, January 1, 2017. Please call 310-253-6500 for more information or visit

Effective December 9, 2016 Culver CityBus announces the following service change – The Rapid 6 Short Line service will be temporarily discontinued due to the UCLA winter break. The UCLA school session will end on Dec 9, 2016 and resume on Jan 9, 2017. The short line will not operate from Dec 12, 2016 to Jan 6, 2017. This will not impact theschedule of Local 6 and regular Rapid 6 services. Please direct any questions to the customer service line at 310-253-6500 or visit the website at

•Limited Edition Centennial TAP Cards – While Supplies last! - Centennial TAP (Transit Access Pass) cards now available for $2 at either of our two physical sales locations. Come Visit us in person at our City Hall or Transportation offices. Cards only available while supplies last. Get yours today!


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