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By Neil Rubenstein
Observer Columnist 

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 a severely high fire risk zone that can destroy our homes and all that we own. The poisonous toxic fumes can destroy our health or even kill us. Winds can spread these chemical fires and fumes for miles. Do we need to live with this ever-present threat? No! We can do something about it NOW! Besides clearing the brush around our homes, we need to do what we did in the 2018 Culver City Council election. For the upcoming 2020 elections let’s start talking with neighbors NOW! Let’s start talking to the Supervisor candidates who want our vote to rule us. (Yes, each of the 5 districts Is like a fiefdom with fellow Supervisor following the lead of the one who runs or rules it.) So, let’s make fracking and urban drilling front and center of both the L.A. County District Supervisor election for our District #2, and the upcoming Culver City Council election. Let’s ask each candidate what they have already done to address the ever-present threat to our health, homes and very lives. Climate disruption with ever hotter summers makes these threats even those imminent. Let’s start talking now! What will each candidate promise to accomplish in their first 100 days to shut down! What will each candidate promise to accomplish in their first 100 days to shut down the oil field?

Aretha Franklin became the first woman to earn a Pulitzer Prize Special Award and Citation the Georgia Star. Could it be true? In the State of Delaware Democratic law makes have again introduced legislation allowing school districts to raise taxes without voter approval. U.S.A. Today.

Do you realize Al Seib a columnist for the Los Angeles Times found nearly 330 California jurisdictions have switched to by-district council elections because of a 2002 law.

I just might be wrong but some of us believe the best kept secret in Culver City is the wall of tiles in the Friends of the Sandy Segal Youth Health Center. May I suggest those who donate $250 have the honor of getting four tiles with their name(s) and or design.

According to the Philadelphia Trumpet the world economy is propped up by the U.S. economy, but he U.S. economy is a house built on a bad foundation. The U.S. government collected $3.3 trillion in taxes last year but spent $4.1 trillion. It had to borrow $779 billion just to meet expenses. The national debt rose more than $1.2 trillion to an unbelievable $21.5 trillion. Net interest on this debt rose to $371 billion. The Congressional Budget Office estimates America will be spending more on interest than National defense within a decade.

Rarely do I pick up telephone calls on my cell phone from the are code I don’t recognize. It’s a long story. The American Legion calls it “Robocall epidemic” because 47.8 billion was the number of robocalls in the U.S. in 2018 an increase of over 56% from the year before.

Weaving its way through Congress is H.R.8, Background checks for all gun sales. This Bill is supported by over 70 percent of National Rifle Assn. members as well as over 90 percent of Americans. For all the right reasons Congress needs to pass this legislation. American Legion Magazine.

I just bet our Culver City Fire Chief (Chief White) has on his desk the May 2019 issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine. Could it be the Chief has read reread and read again the exciting article on page 21 as it relates to the self-contained breathing unit firefighters carry into burning buildings. The unit is heavy, bulky and limited in capacity. With a new procedure an air line is run through the hose back to the truck. This eliminates another reason that ladies cannot physically do the job.

If you go to Culver City to see the latest footwear fashions as noted in the April 2019 issue of Los Angeles Magazine you can see them at Bird Brooklyn (8870 Washington Blvd) you will find the latest trend in footwear and at 8840 Washington Suite 106 one will discover classic hats. After shopping enjoy an Italian meal at Roberta’s 8810 Washington Suite 104.

For those who missed an article, all my commentaries can be found at http://www.culvercityobserver.com; strolling down the page and underneath Opinion look for Rubenstein.

 

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