Does ‘45 Percent Renters’ Withstand Scrutiny?

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Steve Rose

When City Councilperson Meghan Sahli-Wells, the only incumbent in the April 12 election, casually mentioned last week that 75 percent of minimum wage workers are single mothers, loyal allies rushed to her defense. There were two problems with the sources of Ms. Sahli-Wells’s defenders: One citation was remarkably imprecise, rejected here before the assertion was publicly questioned. The other was … Read More

Frankly, My Dear, You Look Like Groucho

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Frankly, one of Groucho’s most recognizable poses. Photo: Kravis Center

First in a series.  [Editor’s Note: One of Us and the Other of Us stepped inside the legendary 92-year-old Pasadena Playhouse last Saturday evening for a lifetime-scale performance, Frank Ferrante, in his 30th season of a one-man show, as The One, the Only Groucho!]  Dateline Pasadena – Did we just see Groucho Marx, the most distinctive, if not distinguished, comedian … Read More

Summer Projects Can Be Done Later

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At Education Foundation event, Supt. LaRose with JoNellia Gionn, center, Classified Employee of the Year, and Asst. Supt. Leslie Lockhart

Third in a series.  Re: “It Ain’t as Easy as It Looks”  School District Supt. Dave LaRose was in the middle of explaining why this has been a quieter than expected summer regarding improvement projects to be paid for by last year’s $107M bond measure. “Part of the holdup,” said Mr. LaRose, “has been being clear on identifying the projects, … Read More

Robins Tells McVarish Science Lab Problems

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Scott McVarish

[Editor’s Note: In part three of his For Great Schools series, Scott McVarish, co-founder of the United Parents of Culver City, interviews School Board member Sue Robins. A former teacher, she talks about science labs, professional development, career paths for students and strengthening the connection between Culver City schools and businesses. See]  Mr. McVarish: Sue Robins has been on … Read More

No Need to Wait for Water Rules, Says Herbertson

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Charles Herbertson

July dawned a few hours ago, still without officially signed orders from the state on precisely how Californians should practice water abstinence indoors in response to the four-year-old drought. The only must-obey orders in place so far in Culver City regard outdoor irrigation, restricted to two days a week, between the low-heat hours of  7 p.m. and 8 a.m. This … Read More

Goldberg Confirms Her School Board Exit

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Nancy Goldberg

Re: “Laura Says No to Second Term”  Fresh from a brief medical procedure, School Board President Nancy Goldberg confirmed yesterday she will not seek re-election when her term expires near the end of the calendar year. Her declaration of intention came just hours after Board colleague Laura Chardiet announced she would not be a candidate for a second term because … Read More

Say No to Billboards – Any Version

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Re: “Open House Thursday on Freeway Signage”  Our city has done a very good job at both managing growth and limiting overdevelopment. It is not an easy task, but our stewards deserve kudos. This includes the city staff and many current and former City Council members. Because of their efforts and foresight, Culver City sits in an envious position. Our city … Read More

Six Cops Sue City Over Quota Retaliation

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Attorney Matthew McNicholas.

Dateline Whittier — Six Whittier police officers have filed a retaliation lawsuit against the City of Whittier for refusing to participate in a traffic ticket-and-arrest quota system the officers claim is illegal. The lawsuit alleges that the Whittier Police Dept. imposed an unlawful citation and arrest quota in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 41600 on its officers. City Manager … Read More

Who Knew? Clarke in Final Term

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Jim Clarke, left, with new County Sheriff Jim McDonnell.

This won’t take long, did it? Who knew? Few people. Jim Clarke, the most unusual blended City Councilman in recent times – a devout wonk, also truly a man of the people – is in his final term on the dais. That old devil term limits. But, you say, he only has served three years. Re-elected last spring to his … Read More

Clarke’s Term Covered. Says So Right Here

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Culver City's City Hall. Photo: Culver City Times

Ever since he came to the City Council six seasons ago, the paternal Andy Weissman has been in charge of the Setting the Record Straight Dept. at City Hall. As he did again this time. There is no controversy, Mr. Weissman said, over colleague Jim Clarke serving a two-year term, a four-year term, and then being term-limited as if he … Read More