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Mayor Dear Explains Why He Wants the City Clerk’s Job


Jim Dear did not flinch when an old Gardena High School classmate, who is black, asked him why he, as a white man, would run against the first black city clerk in the history of the city of Carson next March. “Look, I have been mayor for over a decade,” Mr. Dear told the newspaper. “There are a lot of problems in the city clerk’s office in the city of Carson."read

Ficus Trees Crisis: City’s Favorite Response Is to Do a Study


By Jerry Green. Second in a seriesOur group was formed to protest the damage done to our neighborhood by the city's ficus trees and to state our feeling that the city's response to our pleas over a number of years now have been met with a blind eye and a deaf ear. I am part of the Carlson Park Coalition, and I addressed the mayor and the City Council on Nov. 10. The ficus trees were planted by the city, or contractors hired by the city, many years ago. They are on city property. Their roots lift up our sidewalks, making the walks unsafe for

Why Would a Mayor Want to Become the Next City Clerk?


First in a series. Early this afternoon, an intriguing message arrived from Basil Kimbrew of the California Friends of the African-American Caucus: Some one please call me, and tell me why Mayor Jim Dear of Carson, wants to run against the first female African American city clerk of Carson. Better yet call and ask him directly at Why would he give up being mayor of a city to be city clerk?read

Why Is the City Council Not Interested in Ficus Trees’ Issue?


By Jerry Green. First of two parts. Based on the background of how acted as an activist news outlet for the events earlier this year surrounding the Culver City Ice Arena, maybe it will be interested in publishing issues of the ficus trees, including the apparent non-response of the City

Timing of Obama Oration Was the Most Intriguing Part

Editor's Essays

The breathtaking arrogance of President Obama, frequently found crouching off the living room behind lace curtains, was on chest-pounding display in his gimmick-strangled, easily dissected Free the Illegal Aliens speech last evening. The most revealing aspect of the worst 14 minutes in recent Presidential history, however, was his

I Sit Here Fatigued by the Church-Farragut Controversy


By George Morton. Jeepers creepers! I am tired of reading about this. Just do the freaking traffic study. If it is as bad as the Farragut Drive neighbors contend, it will

Low Fat Ice Cream -- Hmmm


After five attempts at making low-fat ice cream, I succeeded. Today I scooped out some strawberry ice cream. No, it did not taste the same as Haagen-Dazs or Good Humor. It had no minute ice chips in it, just smooth and somewhat tasty. Here’s my low-fat, low-sugar recipe

Despite Media Moral Equivalency, Israelis Are Strongly Upbeat


Dateline Jerusalem - I am home after a 15½-hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv. For the first time in 7½ years, I was not physically searched at the airport. One of my two pieces of luggage was physically inspected, though, according to a card from TSA left inside my suitcase. Either security is getting lax -- I do not think that is the case -- or they finally realize I am just a grandmother, not a threat to

Does Mr. Gotz Want Special Favors for Special People?


By Cary Anderson. It was interesting to read Michael Gotz’s letter. Somehow he thinks a “traditional community institution” should have rights over homeowners in a residential neighborhood. He seems upset that homeowners “… are afforded some (really stupid and selfish) legal rights…” Mr. Gotz doesn’t seem to realize that residential parking permit programs are a legal right not only in Culver City, but a lot of other Southern California

Here Is My Definition of True Activism


By Less Greenberg. “Actives” rule. “Inactives” should be thrown under the Big Green Bus. We learn a lot about Michael Gotz from his recent letter to the editor. First, that he believes that the actions of persons who are “active” in Culver City should not be impeded by “really stupid and selfish” laws. Second, Culver City is owned only by those who “share certain community values.” Third, “actives” do not

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