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


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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

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


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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 xxx.xxx.xxxx. Why would he give up being mayor of a city to be city clerk?read

The Last Time She Saw Her Son, in a Courtroom


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First in a series. Forty two years and two weeks ago this morning, Marilyn Ansman gave birth to her son Scott. He grew up to be a career military man – until fatal fate flipped his life upside down. On a sunny Friday afternoon in August 2007, Sgt. Scott Ansman of the National Guard, in a dispute at the Culver City Armory, his workplace, with girlfriend Joanne Crystal Harris, killed her.read

LaRose Talks About Farris and About Timing of Leaving


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Supt. Dave LaRose was reflecting on the career trajectory of Dylan Farrris, who stepped down last month in his third year as principal of Culver City High School for a promotion in the El Segundo Unified School District. “You see somebody who is talented and successful, and who has been successful I his career,” Mr. LaRose said.read

On First Report Card, Culver City Compact Leaders Rate A’s


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Eight months after community leaders representing a wide array of Culver City organizations banded together to sign the Culver City Compact, the same leaders reconvened to assess how the effort is progressing, how to continue the joint commitment to improve students’ lives. “After our first meeting, it is clear that powerful opportunities to harness the goodwill, talent and resources of our community are abundant,” said School Board President Laura Chardiet. “The potential to collectively transform lives of our children and families is awesome.”read

Bixby Answers the Jackpot Question About Ferguson


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Fourth in a series. With the potentially ugly outcome of the Ferguson grand jury verdict in the officer shooting of Michael Brown due at any hour, Culver City Police Chief Scott Bixby was asked: Do you wish today you were chief of the Ferguson Police Dept.? “Wow, that’s tough,” Mr. Bixby said, exhaling as he went.read

Rack up a New Parking Space for Bicycle Racks


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The curtain rises and the wheels touch ground today on a sparkling new – not to mention nostalgic – era in Culver City transportation. Bicycling is as stylish as vaping or tweeting. Culminating a decade of intertwined informal and organized efforts to make the community more bicycle friendly, City Hall-authorized bike racks are bobbing up all over town this afternoon.read

Cooper’s Father Was Her Coach. Any Discomfort There?


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Second in a series. New Culver City High School Principal Lisa Cooper, in her fourth week, was asked if she has been actively pursuing a leap from her assistant principal position or was she patiently waiting to see if-where-when a door would open and beckon her.read

Sorting Out the Trajectory of Carlyle Visioning Process


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Second of two parts. As City Manager John Nachbar begins to poll community opinion on a grand land-and-sign scheme by the Carlyle Group, he says that he is a realist. “You probably never are going to achieve unity, but the goal is to get as close as possible,” Mr. Nachbar said as he opened a campaign that already has attracted heavy pushback from the mayor and other environmentalists. They regard the planned fields of digital signage as ...read

Turning to Nachbar: What Does Visioning Process Mean?


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First of two parts. When the City Council determined the other evening that City Manager John Nachbar would be the drum major for “the visioning process,” a several-month exercise involving crowds of people -- consultants, the general public, the specific public and politicians -- declaring what they think of the Carlyle Group’s latest proposal. The global asset management company, which thinks big, lost Round 1 to City Hall last June. They bounced back, however, with an elaborate if somewhat filmy counter suggestion.read


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