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How Rink Designation Makes Life More Complicated for All


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As the senior member of City Council in dating birthdays, Jim Clarke has been an earthling long enough to remember in the previous century when Lifesavers were hot. As a sale item, not in taste. He did not want last evening’s heavily pro-Reopen the Rink crowd to think he and his colleagues were lifesavers, that they were going to capture the shuttered Culver City Ice Arena from its owner and fling wide the doors one more time.read

The Eyes of Taxes Are on California and Our Town


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Three enterprising UCLA students last evening at the City Council meeting unfurled a proposal being circulated throughout the state that they say would reform the perceived unfairness of 36-year-old Prop. 13. While this proposal may be unique, it joins a lengthy parade of putative reforms that have been floated, unsuccessfully, since the afternoon that 13 passed. Although some persons in Council Chambers understood the students’ plan to be tailored specifically for Culver City, it was not.read

Hey, Pal. Gotta Smoke I Can Borrow? I’ll Pay Ya Back


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Before the City Council sits down in an anti-smoke-filled room to bat around the evils of smoking – here is where everyone inhales – the community is invited to comment on a fairly radical proposal – here is where the people exhale. At the City Council meeting of Monday, Aug. 11, they will debate a proposed ordinance regulating smoking in multi-unit housing and a discussion of e-cigarettes.read

5-0 Vote for Rink Status – Meaningful or Poof?


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The unanimous vote last evening by which the City Council affirmed the recommended historical status for the Culver City Ice Arena was deceptive because outright enthusiasm for the project was limited to two members, the mayor and the vice mayor. The more interesting scenario was the substantial gap between an outpouring of tee-shirt- wearing ice rink supporters who hope to reopen the building and the sober Councilpersons who undertook the vote as a matter of bookkeeping.read

Father and Daughter Talk About Future of Ice Arena


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Richie Takahashi, whose four-member family dedicated decades of employment to the Culver City Ice Arena, watched from a distance the pre-City Council meeting rally his daughter Shannon had organized last evening in front of City Hall. Her cheering leaders were hollering “Save the Rink,” but Ms. Takahashi’s father, off to the side, was of a different mindset.read

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


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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 whisper-soft.read

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


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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 ...read

Takahashi Seeks to Rally Rink Fans for Council Meeting


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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 rink.read

Stouvenel Offers Accessible Solution to Blind Riding Busses


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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 program.read

The Pearson Middle School Legacy – Parent Involvement


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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 dads.read


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