Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program
As part of the 2017 Performing Arts Grant Program, the Culver City Chamber Orchestra will present a Culver City Centennial Celebration Concert on Saturday, May 27 at the Turning Point School. For ticket information, call (310 397-2490 or visit www.ccchamberorchestra.org.
Benita Bike’s DanceArt (at right), presents Explore Dance: Culver City on Sunday, June 4 at 1:30 pm at the Culver City Senior Center. This performance is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.danceart.org.
These performances are made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Hillside Development & Mansionization Standards
At the May 30, 2017 regular City Council meeting, the City Council will consider a contract award to John Kaliski Architects to conduct studies and prepare recommendations for R-1 neighborhood development standards to address the communities’ mansionization concerns, as well as hillside grading design standards.
CivicSpark Water Fellowship
Culver City has been awarded a CivicSpark Water Fellowship to assist with the Ballona Creek Revitalization Project. All Civic Spark fellows are AmeriCorps members selected through a highly competitive national application process. The fellowship begins in September 2017 and provides two fellows for 11 months. The fellowship willsupport both Community Development and Public Works Department staff and work directly with the Advance Planning Division to ensure that work on the Ballona Creek is well integrated with the City’s long range planning efforts.
The 2017 Car Show was held on Saturday, May 13 at Veterans Memorial Park. The event featured more than 350 cars, live music, beer garden and vendors. More than 10,000 people attended the event on Saturday. Automobile Magazine also covered the event.
Be ready to save a life! The Culver City Fire Department will host a FREE Sidewalk CPR Training Event on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Visit www.culvercity.org/fire for more details.
The life you learn to save is likely to be someone you know and love. Bystander CPR (hands-only) provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can up to triple a victim’s chance of survival. In just 15 minutes, you can learn this life-saving skill.
Ready for Wildfire
Did you know that a small portion of the City falls within the State’s “Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone”? Each year the Department sends out letters to homeowners and posts brush disposal bins within the community for brush clearance purposes. Please visit www.culvercity.org/fire for more information.
Fire Service Day
Thank you to those who stopped by to celebrate Fire Service Day with us. During the course of the open house, Culver City Firefighters saw close to 200 visitors and trained approximately 60 community members on how Hands-Only CPR. Thanks for joining us! We are looking forward to bringing back the pancake breakfast next year!
Fiesta La Ballona
The Fiesta La Ballona Committee is currently accepting sponsorships for this year’s Fiesta La Ballona, Culver City’s annual “Party in the Park”, which will be held from August 25-27 at Veterans Park. The weekend will feature carnival rides and games, live performances, over 100 booths spotlighting local organizations as well as featuring artisan wares and other vendors, a petting zoo and pony rides, a beer and wine garden, food trucks and a food court, and other special events. Sponsorships are available at all levels and provide businesses the opportunity to support Culver City’s largest community event as well as promote their business or organization. Sponsors enjoy promotional benefits through a robust marketing and social media campaign. More information on unique and tailored sponsorship opportunities is available by emailing email@example.com or by calling (310) 253-6667. To learn more about Fiesta La Ballona or to sign up to be a volunteer, visit the website at www.fiestalaballona.org.
Pianos Available for Rent at Veterans Memorial Building
The pianos in the Veterans Memorial Building and Senior Center have been tuned, cleaned, and repaired over the last three weeks. Four of the pianos are located in the Veterans Memorial Building: a Kawai upright, a Sherman Clay upright, a Schafer baby grand, and a Baldwin concert grand piano on the Auditorium stage. The Senior Center has one Kawai upright as well. All the pianos are available to rent for practice, rehearsals, performances, receptions and other meetings and events. For booking information, please contact Rental Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-253-6625.
PRCS Commission Hosts a Student-Based Conversation on Race and Culture
At the May 2, 2017 Culver City Parks, Recreation & Community Services (PRCS) Commission meeting, the Commission hosted a Community Conversation on “Growing Up Intercultural in Culver City: A Student-Based Conversation on Race and Culture.” The event, which had approximately sixty attendees, was organized by the members of the Community Conversations Ad Hoc Subcommittee, PRCS Commissioners Scott Garland and Will Rickards. In their opening comments, the Ad Hoc Subcommittee members stated that the goal of the Community Conversation was to encourage on open discussion regarding the very important topic of cultural diversity and to promote a greater understanding of how those with intercultural backgrounds experience life within our community.
The panel discussion was moderated by Carlos Valverde, Ed. D., a teacher of Intercultural Studies at Culver City High School and a mentor to most of the students who participated in the panel discussion. The students featured on the panel were Taylor Perkins, Maria Sernas, Jimmel Ebanks, Arely Hernandez, Suhail Abbas, Quinn Guy, Joshua Bhumsuko and Fatima Malik. Each student began by stating his or her cultural identity and then sharing insights into what it meant to them to be a part of the Culver City community. When the discussion was opened to audience participation, there was on emphasis on finding new ways to move harmoniously and successfully into the future, both as individuals and as a community.
Some of the notable community leaders who attended the event included Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) Superintendent Dr. Joshua Arnold, Assistant Superintendent Mike Reynolds, Assistant Superintendent Tracy Pumilia and CCUSD Board of Education Members Dr. Kelly Kent Marin and Summer McBride. Reverend Carolyn Wilkins who is associated with the Agape International Spiritual Center and the Culver City Interfaith Alliance, and Shafqat Malik, a member of the King Fahad Mosque in Culver City, contributed to the discussion. This was one of the best-attended and most significant Community Conversations that the PRCS Commission has held over the past several years.
Police Recruit Graduates from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy Class #420
On May 5, Police Officer Recruit Jack Witter successfully completed 22 weeks of basic law enforcement training and graduated from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy. Officer Witter began the academy on December 1, 2016 and his courses of instruction included numerous topics such as, search and seizure, laws of arrest, cultural diversity, mental health awareness, firearms training and physical fitness. Assistant Chief Ron Iizuka, Captains Jason Sims and Sam Agaiby along with members of the management team were present to congratulate Officer Witter and welcome him to the Culver City Family.
Annual Alley Clean-up and Maintenance to Start on July 10, 2017
The Public Works Maintenance Operations Division will begin its annual alley clean-up/maintenance on July 10, 2017. Clean up and maintenance of all alleys in the City will take approximately 3 months. The maintenance generally begins in the alleys in the western portion of the City and progresses through the eastern and southern portions during the 3 month period. The maintenance includes grading unpaved alleys, weed abatement, abandoned item pick-up, and pothole filling. The work will not include paving of alleys. Vehicle access will not be restricted during the work.
To ensure the clean-up effort is successful and pursuant to Culver City Municipal Code Section 9.08.010, property owners are required to remove or cut back any vegetation from their property that may encroach or overhang into the public alley, obstruct, or interfere with the scheduled clean-up by NO LATER THAN JULY 7, 2017. Vegetation includes, but is not limited to, vegetation, weeds, trees, branches, limbs, and/or bushes that encroach into the public alley. Failure to comply may result in an Administrative Citation being issued.
Should you have any questions in regard to the above, please contact Eric Mirzaian, Maintenance Operations Manager, at 310-253-6444.
Hetzler Road Walking Path Nearing Completion
The project to construction a walking trail parallel to Hetzler Road is nearing completion. Retaining walls and paving of the concrete path are complete and installation of the cable fence is underway. Completion of the project is scheduled for the end of May. A grand opening will occur in June. With its completion, the new walking path will provide a safer alternative to State Park users by allowing pedestrians to stay off of Hetzler Road thereby eliminating potential conflict between vehicles and pedestrians. Culver City Public Works took the lead on this managing the construction of this project to assist the State Park in a truly cooperative effort that also involved funding from the Baldwin Hills Regional Conservation Authority, State Parks (Land & Water Conservation Fund and California State Parks Foundation) and Santa Monica Mountains and Recreation Conservation Authority.
Bike to Work Day in Southern California
On Thursday, May 18, 2017, Transportation Director Art Ida and Council Member Meghan Sahli-Wells supported bike commuters at a Bike to Work Pit Stop. Held at the Duquesne entrance of the Ballona Creek Bike Path the pit stop was sponsored by the City Of Culver City, Bike Culver City, and Culver CityBus and provided coffee, snacks, transit information and SWAG. Riders were also able to check out the new bike left turn lane installed on Duquesne earlier this month. Fun fact, the transportation headquarters are in the background!
Bus Operator Recruitment – Culver CityBus is seeking applicants for the position of full and part-time Bus Operator.
Those who are selected can earn as they learn. Selected candidates will be required to attend training for approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Candidates who successfully complete training will be appointed to Regular Part-Time (RPT) positions.
Full-Time positions will only be made available to eligible RPT employees, as vacancies occur.
Trainee: Bus Operator Trainees will earn $16.50 per hour. Health benefits are provided upon successful completion of a six-week training program.
Regular Part-Time (RPT): After completion of training, employees are appointed into a benefited RPT position earning from $18.5479 to $20.4940 per hour. Employees in RPT positions must be available for part-time, at-will work and will be scheduled to work any time between the hours of 4:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., seven (7) days a week, including holidays, working up to 39 hours per week.
Full-Time: Employees in full-time positions earn from $20.4940 to $27.6063 per hour.
The recruitment information can be found here. Initial review of filed applications will take place on June 16, 2017.
Centennial TAP Cards – While Supplies last!
Centennial TAP (Transit Access Pass) cards are now available for $2 at either of our two physical sales locations. Come visit us in person at our City Hall or Transportation offices. Cards only available while supplies last. Get yours today!
Image, courtesy of the Culver City Historical Society, shows the 1922 Culver City offices