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By Neil Rubenstein
Observer Columnist 

Stormwater Runoff Costs Not Always Appropriate

 

September 12, 2019



California Controller Betty Yee released a report a while back which said in part that the Golden State taxpayers are on the hook for more than $91.5 billion to provide health and dental benefits to state government workers when they retire.

Another lady we must acknowledge is Alicia Thompson, office manager of the Stentorians of Los Angeles City, who work every day to get fair and equitable treatment of African Americans by their fire science classes and physical training programs. Perhaps our superintendent and the fire chief will have a meeting with the Stentorians to help our Culver City students.

For additional information (lacitystentorians.org), the ladies received the same physical fitness training as the men, they would be more in the firefighter classification. The Culver City Council, the Culver City Board of Education and the Fire Department are looking to join forces and end discrimination amongst female firefighters.

Should you read your copy of the February 2018 issue of Sunset Magazine? Check out page 50 and you can read their choice of the best places to live in Southern California. Culver City is No. 2 sandwiched in between Carlsbad, Palm Springs and Oxnard.

The population is 39,364, Median home prices $881,200. The 2012 arrival of Metro’s Expo Rail line connecting to downtown L.A. and later to Santa Monica, elevated this suburb to an accessible art and dining destination. Projects popping up along the rail line include Ivy Station. A complex of apartments, shops and restaurants.

Do you or someone you know need a job and has a restaurant background? Buffalo Wild Wings is currently recruiting experienced managers. They are striving to develop future leaders. Many can manage, but not all can lead. (careers@lawildwings.com).

As I mentioned before our family has been devastated by cancer. Two cousins, two aunts, a sister and my mother-in-law all have been affected by the disease. The next time you need a mammogram get an MRI which is accurate 86 percent of the time rather than a mammogram with 50 percent.

There are so many fascinating museums in Southern California that many would enjoy visiting, the Los Angeles Police Museum 6045 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042 has exhibits showing the North Hollywood shootout and SLA are extremely interesting. Also, one can hop on a motorcycle, visit the onion field or even inspect jail cells.

Don’t be fooled by City Hall, because I have a recent editorial from the Los Angeles Daily News. The headline, “California cities risk being sunk by unnecessary stormwater cleanup costs,” but a new report by the state auditor dispute the accuracy of that narrative.

The report recommends the legislature amend state law to direct the State Water Board to assess whether the safe level of a pollutant in a specific body of water. As an example, it cited a study of the Los Angeles River that found a higher limit of a pollutant was safe saving over a billion dollars. The auditor is right pollutant control plans must be based on appropriate local studies, accurate costs information and considerations of the economic impact of the regulations. In my opinion, when this tax increase passes the city may pad the books with administrative expenses? Until more information is available double check findings for corrections.

For those who didn’t read Georgie Washington 1790 letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Rhode Island it begins by stating the Government of the United States “gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” Jewish Journal.

Like many of you, I read the Culver City Observer’s July 12-18, 2018 edition. The Observer did a fantastic job in pointing out just some of the facts. In my opinion the wing nuts in City Hall have messed with the books and contracts. Good employees have told me their union agreement for those in middle management and below gets poo pooed while the big shots get a gold-plated wheelbarrow and a Brinks truck to take their checks to the bank. For a city of 40,000 we have some earning wages plus benefits of over $390,000 per year. We pay many retirees over $200,00 per year pension.

The citizens are facing a massive deficit might be because of the crazy pensions which I have been screaming bout for ten years. We don’t deserve this situation and we need a Century City CPA to audit the books- I just don’t believe the greedy big shots.

To give you an idea of my extensive background material in the cabinets in my office, I recently found my draft card. That’s an article or two for another time.

A while back Maria “AKA” The Wild Gypsy Lady and I were walking through the former Fox Hills Mall (now Westfield Culver CIty). We remembered when the May Company, the Broadway and J.C. Penney all had restaurants. We remembered over the goldfish pond and yes, forgetting where I parked and was darn near ready to call the cops.

The United States Army is hoping to expand its ranks and is looking to add 4,000 soldiers per year to be above 500,000 recruiting goal by sometime in 2022. The pentagon also has approximately 500,000 in the National Guard and Army Reserves, according to the Army Times.

If you are a veteran, Sizzler will give you a 15 percent discount. Lowe’s near 120th and Crenshaw will give you 10 percent on everything including sale items.

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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