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Meghan Is a Yes on Ice, but Clarke Says Vote Won’t Save Rink


The mayor this morning sounded like one glowing vote in support of the central item on this evening’s City Council agenda – Designating the shut down Culver City Ice Arena for specifically “Significant” historical status, the middle rating. It does not figure to be controversial, and if there is opposition on the dais, it has been

Secret of Hypnosis – Only If You Want to Do It


Hypnosis cannot make you do something you do not want to do, not anything you wouldn’t do in a waking state. A gentleman recently called me to help his girlfriend quit smoking. It was no surprise to me when he called again to cancel. Something had come up with her children. He said he would rebook. He has not. He wanted his girlfriend to stop smoking, but, she came up with excuses. More than two months later, we can conclude she did not want

Here Is a ‘No’ Vote on Tonight’s Ice Rink Debate


Opposition to the central item on this evening’s City Council agenda has risen and spoken out. Contending that the shut down Culver City Ice Arena, wildly popular until recently, “no longer is an ice rink,” former Councilman Steve Rose declared this morning he disagrees with the recommendation to grant the building the city’s second highest historical status. He would compromise with a lower ranking, downgrading it from the mid-level “Significant” to “Recognized,” the lowest of the three pondered by the advisory Cultural Affairs Commission. He would prefer

The Parabolic Trajectory of a Dynamic New Author

General Art

The best thing about attending a convention like L.A.’s Comikaze or San Diego Comic-Con isn’t the big-ticket events and vendors, as exciting as they are, but the opportunity to meet dazzlingly creative independent artists. I never fail to be impressed by the diverse, idiosyncratic visions of talented individuals having a go at sharing their work with the public. One example comes from last year’s Comikaze, where I came across

A History Lesson from Israel While Under Fire


Dateline Jerusalem – Updating Sunday’s events, all has been quiet on the local front, my neighborhood. Unfortunately, though, I cannot say that for the rest of Israel. Hamas asked for another "humanitarian" ceasefire. When Israel agreed to it, Hamas immediately started sending rockets into Israeli cities. Not unlike a child going through the terrible twos, if Hamas does not get all its demands met, it continues in a tantrum. Only a Hamas tantrum is

Takahashi Seeks to Rally Rink Fans for Council Meeting


Shannon Takahashi, whose family was the face of the Culver City Ice Arena until last winter, is rallying friends and supporters to participate in this evening’s 7 o’clock City Council meeting at City Hall. Urging former rink patrons and fans to rally in the Courtyard of City Hall between 5 o’clock and 6, Ms. Takahashi is hoping to create sufficient impetus to reopen the 52-year-old rink. It has been dark for 5 ½ months, traceable to a variety of disputes. The single action item on the Council agenda is consideration of a Cultural Affairs Commission recommendation to grant special historical status to the slumbering, currently closed

Earning a Living Lying on Their Backs, Journalistically

Editor's Essays

It may as well be the year 1665 for the blind, ignorant, mean-spirited manner that the Hamas-Israeli war is being covered by American newspapers – and television has been as useless as an engagement ring for a lifetime celibate. The Civil War – millennials should be informed this was before television or radio – was covered with far more precision, immensely less prejudice. From the July day the Hamas terrorists provoked Israel into war, left-wing journalists have not been this excited about doing damage since they got a weightless black man with no adult qualifications elected President of the United

Stouvenel Offers Accessible Solution to Blind Riding Busses


The ardent No. 1 critic of Culver City’s slightly controversial blind-ride-free bus policy said this morning that he has a panacea that would end the present two-month dispute: “Every blind person now riding the Culver CityBus system,” said James Stouvenel of Palmdale, “should switch to Access Services, where they, and everyone else, can ride for free on Access’s Fixed Route

McKenna Pleads for Opponent to ‘Stop Smearing Me’


As some readers probably have heard, my opponent (for the First District seat on the School Board) is engaging in a dirty smear campaign against me. (Full coverage in Thursday's LA Sentinel). They are so unethical that they are even pressuring newspaper editors to censor columnists critical of their dishonorable tactics. (Read the unpublished Soulvine columns: #1 and #2 that have appeared in

The Pearson Middle School Legacy – Parent Involvement


Fifth in a series. Jon Pearson is one of those unusual school administrators whose legacy – now that he is gone – will be at least as much parent-centric as student oriented. Oh, he was popular enough with students, and that is not such an unusual trait. But from his first week, Mr. Pearson sensitively, electrically connected with moms and

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