Race, Gender Aside, Tiggs Seeks Seriously Diverse Council

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Mr. Tiggs, left, with former Councilman Paul Jacobs

Second in a series Re “Council Seeker Tiggs Debuts as a Republican” Cloaked in a Republican label for the first time in his political career, City Council candidate Marcus Tiggs was questioned about his strategy for the April election. Is it important to be all over Culver City? To concentrate on certain neighborhoods? To focus on a specific message? Mr. … Read More

A Lady King Who Spits on Jewish History

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Ms. King

Cradling a severed Jewish head in his bloodied right arm, a drooling Tehran imam could not have written a more subjectively inaccurate account of potentially moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem than teeth-baring Laura King did in Friday’s Los Angeles Times. As a well-tested Jew-hater, Ms. King is supposed to tuck her feelings into her purse when … Read More

Council Seeker Tiggs Debuts as a Republican

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Mr. Tiggs, right, with fellow Republican Walter Shuvin

First of two parts No stranger to City Council races, Marcus Tiggs, Republican, inaugurated his new campaign on the loveliest late autumn Sunday of the year with a stunning new distinction polished to a high gloss for the April election. Mr. Tiggs, a soft-spoken bankruptcy attorney, announced he was identifying publicly for the first time as a Republican yesterday, a … Read More

Wheeee! Was That Blur the City Council?

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In its high-speed dash to meet a fog-shrouded deadline as clouded as the subject at hand, the City Council’s second reading of complicated, incomplete new retail marijuana rules is on the calendar for next Monday. “If I were a concerned member of the public,” said a 30’ish concerned member of the Culver City public, “I would say the City Council … Read More

Clarke Sees ??? in Culver City’s Cannabis Future

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Mr. Clarke’s chair was empty at Monday’s City Council meeting. He is due home today from Italy.

At the dawn of the blanketedly mysterious cannabis era, Culver City is not likely to become a magnet, a destination or a cash cow for shoppers, in Jim Clarke’s view. “Everybody wants a piece of the pie,” said the City Councilman who has been traveling in Italy. “By the time it gets down to us, not much will be left. … Read More

And Now, a Word (or a Million) from Meghan

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When Mayor Jeff Cooper polled his City Council colleagues for comments at the outset of Monday’s meeting, Meghan Sahli-Wells’s turn came, and you held onto your seat with both hands. And anyone else’s. Out of respect for her husband, she asked members to adjourn in memory of the 300-plus Egyptian Muslims massacred (by rival Muslims) over the weekend. Playing to … Read More

Council’s Overnight Pot Study Plan Called Appalling

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It is too early to know whether City Councilwoman Meghan Sahli-Wells, erstwhile champion of public comment, will succeed. She is investing her time in deflecting/ignoring/demeaning criticism of the way she and her colleagues are rushing cannabis regulations through a twisting, unfamiliar, unformed process to be ready when the state rings the legalization bell in January. Signs are the community is … Read More

Vera and Lee Take Opposing Pot Paths

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Council candidate Daniel Lee, center front, is flanked by Vice Mayor Thomas Small, Councilwoman Meghan Sahli-Wells, far left, and School Board member Dr. Kelly Kent

April’s two-seat election for the City Council may have become easier for voters to decide on Monday night. Two of the candidates – Albert Vera and Daniel Lee — came down on opposing sides in the heavy but onesided debate over cannabis retail regulations, perils and the belated release of the proposed but far from finalized rules for selling pot. … Read More

On a Rocky Night, Cannabis Rules Are Endorsed

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Meghan Sahli-Wells

Not only was there no doubt that the first reading of massive, thorny, remarkably complex new cannabis regulations was going to sail home a winner last evening, the supremely confident City Council majority repeatedly declared it would not brook criticism of its self-perceived admirable work. Councilmen Jim Clarke and Goran Eriksson could have stayed home. Actually, Mr. Clarke did phone … Read More

O’Leary Says He Stood up When Needed

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Mr. O'Leary, right, with Richard Ochoa, former Civil Service Commission member

Re “Mehaul Is Back Because He Misses Politics” Getting more than a six-month jump on June’s primary election for the state Board of Equalization, Mehaul O’Leary said he is returning to politics “because I have missed being the thorn most. “I mean that in a good way,” said the termed-out two-term former City Councilman. “I know that I was sometimes … Read More