City Manager’s Office
CicLAvia - Culver City Meets Venice presented by Metro
CicLAvia heads back to one of its fan-favorite routes for the first event of 2017! On March 26th, Culver City, Mar Vista, and Venice will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.
The CicLAvia press event will take place at 8:30 am at the intersection of Main Street and Culver Boulevard in Downtown Culver City. Join us and pick up your free commemorative "CicLAvia is for neighbors" button! There’s more information in this report about the route, and feel free to visit the CicLAvia website to learn more!
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The City of Culver City Welcomes Kaizuka Sister City Participants in the Los Angeles Marathon
The Culver City Sister City Committee hosted Shogo Uraguchi and Chiaki Kishimoto from our Sister City of Kaizuka in Osaka, Japan! They had a great time running the L.A. Marathon, learning about Culver City, and taking in the sights of the region.
Culver City Celebrates its Centennial with 1988, Four Site-Specific Dance Performances by the Award Winning Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
1988 features four site-specific dance performances by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, centering on six featured artworks from Culver City’s public art collection. The 1988 event series celebrates the 1988 adoption of the Art in Public Places Program Ordinance and will highlight the public art and performing arts programs as primary components of the ordinance.
The series will begin on Sunday, April 23 with Cloud, the permanent artwork by merge conceptual design located at Access Culver City. This intimate viewing performance will feature one dancer, Teresa ‘Toogie’ Barcelo, and live musician, composer Joe Berry (M83) performing on and around the sculpture exploring the earth’s water cycle both above and below the earth’s surface that the sculpture intends to embody. The artists, Claudia Reisenberger and Franka Diehnelt of merge conceptual design, will begin each performance with an introduction to the sculpture. The performance is outdoors, 30 minutes long and is free and open to the public though reservations are required.
Performances will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 4PM, 5PM, 6PM (Half Hour Performances) at Access Culver City, 8770 W. Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232.
Because the Heidi Ducker Dance Theatre perform outside of proscenium stage settings, they find frequent opportunities to engage the community while they are in residence. Rehearsals are open to the public, which provide opportunities for community members to experience the choreographic process. Cloud rehearsals at Access Culver City are: Saturday, March 25 from 3-6PM; Wednesday, March 29 from 2-6PM; Friday April 21 from 4-7PM. Admission is free. Space is limited. Click here to reserve a ticket. This performance series is made possible with major funding from the City of Culver City Cultural Trust Fund. Additional sponsorship made possible by The Culver Studios, Lapis Press and The Culver Hotel. Photo Credit: Mae Coo and Ron Smoire.
Community Development Department
Building plans were submitted on March 7, for a 352 square foot tenant improvement to convert storage to retail coffee sales at 5890 Blackwelder Street. Meet and Greet was conducted with the business owner/operator prior to and during the conversion.
Building plans were submitted on March 6 for an 8,134 square foot office tenant improvement at 300 Corporate Pointe Suite #550.
Building plans were submitted on March 15 for a 71,541 square foot office tenant improvement at 900 Corporate Pointe.
A final building inspection was completed on March 8, for a new restaurant at 9343 Culver Boulevard. Meet and Greet was conducted with the business owner and operator during the Chamber’s ribbon cutting.
City of Culver City
A building permit was issued on March 8, for a 330 square foot CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) Fueling Station at 9815 Jefferson Boulevard.
Building plans were submitted on March 14, for a retail tenant improvement at 6000 Sepulveda Boulevard, #2420, Westfield Culver City.
Lodge Bread Co.
A final building inspection was completed on March 9, to add restaurant space to the existing food/bakery/retail/office space at 11918 Washington Boulevard. Meet and Greet will be conducted with the business owner/operator in April.
Orchard Supply Hardware
A home improvement/gardening supply business opened at 11441 Jefferson Boulevard. Meet and Greet will be conducted with the business operator during the Chamber’s ribbon cutting on 3/24.
Ann upscale boutique is opening at 8870 Washington Boulevard (Platform). Meet and Greet will be conducted with the business owner/operator in April.
West Washington Investors LLP
Building plans were approved on March 9, for a 2,173 square foot office tenant improvement at 12211 Washington Boulevard, #102.
Building plans were submitted on March 7 for a new mixed use structure with 97 unit apartments (86,501 square feet), retail and restaurant space (13,687 square feet), with one level of subterranean parking (35,313 square feet) at 11924 Washington Boulevard.
Department of Finance Long Range Property Management Plan
City staff will ask the Oversight Board to approve the transfer of the leases for the Ivy Substation and Media Park from the Successor Agency to the City during the April 13 Oversight Board meeting.
A premium indoor cycle facility opened at 4130 Sepulveda Boulevard (Culver Crossroads). Meet and Greet was conducted with the business owner/operator business owner/operator during the Chamber’s ribbon cutting. Council Member Thomas Small was on hand to help with the ribbon cutting ceremony!
The Developer has submitted plans for review and application fees.
Hayden Tract Spur
Surplus construction funds have been returned to the project participants.
Baldwin Site / Axis-Mundi
The City is drafting a 13th Implementation Agreement for the Project. The City has approved the schematic drawings for the Project. The City has received and approved revised design documents for the subterranean encroachment area.
The City has drafted a new Right of Entry Agreement with Hackman and updating the timeline per the DDA, to do pre-construction surveying and studies of the property.
Virtual Reality Meet Up
On Wednesday March 15, 2017, the Economic Development Division hosted its first Virtual Reality Meet up at Father’s Office. The goal of the meet up was to engage with virtual reality companies in the City and start a conversation about what these emerging technology companies need to grow in Culver City. There were 10 attendees, including City staff and Steven J. Rose, President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce.
Reimagine Fox Hills
On March 21, 2017, the Economic Development Division hosted its third stakeholder meeting with property owners in the Fox Hills Office Park. Staff presented the plan to engage property owners as an effort to create a Master Plan for the area. Approximately 25 property owners were present and many expressed interest in participating in the Master Plan process moving forward.
Water First Program
The City would like everyone to have an emergency water supply! In April, Culver City residents can purchase a 55-Gallon Water Storage System at a discounted price with free delivery to our drill yard for pick-up. The system allows you to fill a 55-gallon drum with water, which is good for 5 years. More Prepared has created a special landing page on their website for Culver City residents to place their orders in April. For more up-to-date information about the program, visit the Fire Department’s Website.
The Culver City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has provided Refresher Skills Training for Current CERT Members for the past two Saturdays at the Culver City Fire Department Training Facility. Special thanks to the volunteer CERT trainers and CCFD truck captains for making this training such a great success!
If you are interested in “refreshing” your CERT skills, there is one class left this Saturday, March 25. Check out the Culver City CERT website for details. Interested in joining CERT? Two Basic CERT Training courses will be offered in June and October 2017.
Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
Disability and Social Services Office Caregiver Agency List
Did you know that the Disability and Social Services Office maintains a Caregiver Agency list? This document contains valuable information about what to consider when hiring a caregiver or companion for yourself of a loved one, along with a suggested contract form. The brochure contains contact information for 12 Culver City based caregiver agencies as well as several caregiver referral programs operated by nonprofit organizations. For a copy of the brochure, email Darren Uhl at email@example.com or call 310-253-6729.
Culver City Teen Volunteer Resource Information
As Spring Break nears and the end of the school year gets closer, it’s a great time for Culver City teens to think about volunteer opportunities in the community. The City is a great Volunteer Resource with information that includes an ongoing twitter feed with upcoming volunteer opportunities, a teen volunteer directory, reference tools with links to various searchable online volunteer databases and more.
Veterans Memorial Complex Rental Operation
The Veterans Memorial Auditorium stage is open and available for performances, exhibitions, presentations, religious services and other events. 4Wall Entertainment replaced the antiquated dimmer system with a new system that includes a pre-set station for more standard stage lighting request. Power Source replaced the upstage power panel with a new Show Switch, which allows renters to access more power for larger stage rentals. Power Source also installed a new emergency lighting system for the Auditorium. Technology Artists consulted on the purchase of new theatrical lighting equipment as well as prepared and hung a general light plot for the stage. LA ProPoint repaired and replaced sections of the stage rigging system and cleaned and replaced the stage curtains. The renovation of the stage provides expanded services to renters and enables more performances to be produced in Culver City. Thank you to the Public Works Department, which has been an important and essential partner on this renovation project since the beginning. For booking information, please contact Rental Staff via email or by calling the rental office at 310-253-6625.
Culver City Spring Day Camp
Just 4 Kids Spring Day Camp has begun. Spring Camp will feature field trips to Knott’s Berry Farm and Camelot Golfland. Spring Camp is held for two weeks, Monday through Friday, March 27th through April 7th. Registration will remain open until camp begins or until all openings have been filled. For more information, contact the Recreation Office at 310-253-6650.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Senior Center
The Culver City Senior Center hosted another fun party - this one celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! Featuring a live band, hot lunch (corned beef of course!), a hopping dance floor and wonderful staff and volunteer hosts, the party was enjoyed by more than 250 attendees. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful events at the Senior Center.
March 7, 2017 Joint Meeting of the City Council and the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commission (PRCSC)
On March 7th there was a Joint Meeting of the City Council and the PRCSC. At that meeting, Department Director Dan Hernandez announced that the 2016 Outstanding Project Award for Fiesta La Ballona was awarded to PRCSC Chair Kay Heineman and him on behalf of the City at the recent 47th Annual California Association of Parks and Recreation Commissioners and Board Members (CAPRCBM) Awards Dinner. The award, which features a wood carving of a humming bird, was displayed at the meeting. In addition, Director Hernandez announced that PRCSC Chair Heineman was recently appointed to the CAPRCBM State Board of Directors.
During a discussion of the Culver City segment of the Park to Playa Regional Trail, which runs through Culver City Park, the PRCSC recommended to the City Council that the City (1) move forward with establishing the "Ballona Creek Connection ADA Accessible Designated Dog Path," which will serve as a link to provide an ADA accessible path for dogs and their handlers between the Ballona Creek Bike Path and the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Gateway; (2) add a second alternate path extending the existing Culver City Park Designated Dog Path from the Lower Ball Field southeast parking lot up to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Gateway through the use of the existing road and the trail behind the fence that is the eastern boundary of Upper Ball Field #1; and, (3) that staff come back to the PRCSC with assurances, finished drawings and the full concept for final approval. The City Council accepted the PRCSC recommendation with the provision that the City Council wants the assurance from staff that for both the "Ballona Creek Connection ADA Accessible Designated Dog Path" and the extension of the existing Culver City Park Designated Dog Park that there is adequate signage, a sufficient number of trash receptacles, the ongoing availability of dog waste disposal bags, and a plan to enforce applicable Culver City Municipal Code provisions regarding the care and handling of dogs in public areas.
The City Council and the PRCSC also held productive discussions regarding (1) City Council Policy Statement 2301 (Use of Veterans Memorial Auditorium) and the initial comments/recommendations of the Ad Hoc City Council Policies Subcommittee and City staff related thereto; (2) the initial recommendations from the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission to the City Council for the Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department Budget; and, (3) the powers and duties of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission as provided for in accordance with the Culver City Municipal Code.
Criminal Justice Career Fair – Recruitment
On Thursday March 16th from 10 am to 2 pm, Sergeant Allen Shepherd along with Stephanie Condran from Human Resources participated in the Criminal Justice Career Fair hosted by California State University Long Beach. Allen and Stephanie talked to many potential career minded applicants with diverse cultural backgrounds who expressed an interest in a career in law enforcement.
Academy Graduation – New Police Officers
On Friday March 17th, Chief Scott Bixby and Assistant Chief Ron Iizuka attended the graduation ceremony for Officers Ryan Lassner and James Barraza at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy Biscailuz Training Center. Officers Lassner and Barraza were members of Class #419 and endured 22 weeks of training that included physical fitness, firearms qualifications, emergency vehicle operations, search and seizure, laws of arrest, as well as lessons on handling subjects with mental illness. Staff would like to congratulate Ryan and James on their achievements and welcome them to the Culver City Family.
Public Works Department
Westside Regional Repair Café to Take Place Saturday April 1
The Cities of Culver City and Santa Monica, in collaboration with Transition Culver City and Our Time Bank again will host the Westside Regional Repair Cafe on Saturday, April 1, from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Building – Multipurpose Room, 4117 Overland Ave., in Culver City.
A Repair Cafe is a free event. Volunteer “fixers” are available to help repair broken items free of charge, with the exception of the cost of replacement parts. Visitors to the Repair Cafe can bring damaged items from home including toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys- anything that is broken is welcomed and our “fixers” will attempt to restore it to its original glory.
By promoting repairs, the organizers aim to help reduce waste throughout the region. Visit the Repair Cafe with your broken items or simply spend some time meeting your neighbors and learning how you can volunteer as a “fixer” at the next event.
Looking to volunteer? Members of the community handy at making repairs in the areas of sewing, furniture, electrical appliances, electronics, bicycles, blade sharpening, small engines, tools, ceramics, and more are welcome. Please contact Catherine Vargas at 310-253-6411 for more information on volunteering.
Tree Trimming on Hold until After Nesting Season
As part of its continuing practice of recognizing the beginning of the bird nesting season, the Public Works Department will not be scheduling any tree maintenance work (i.e. trimming and removals) during the months of April and May. Only emergency trimming or removals will be scheduled in addition to tree plantings during this period.
Culver City Celebrates Arbor Day with Tree Planting Ceremony on Thursday, March 30
Come celebrate Arbor Day with Council Members, staff, and visitors from the Senior Center on Thursday, March 30, at 10:30am. The tree planting ceremony will take place on the Culver Blvd. side of the Senior Center. This celebration will be a great way to recognize and celebrate the City’s ongoing commitment to nurturing a resilient urban forest.
Bus Operator Recruitment
Culver CityBus is seeking applicants for the positions of full and part-time Bus Operators. Those who are selected can earn as they learn. Selected candidates will be required to attend training for approximately six to eight 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. Bus Operator Trainees will earn $16.50 per hour. Health benefits are provided upon successful completion of a six-week training program. After completion of training, RPT 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. 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.
New Kiss and Ride Location for Transit Riders
Effective Tuesday, March 21st, a temporary Kiss & Ride location was added at the Culver City Metro Station. The Kiss and Ride Area is designated for 3 minutes or less temporary stopping (no parking please) to pick up and drop off transit riders.
CicLAvia Culver City Meets Venice – Special Service
On Sunday, March 26, 2017, Culver CityBus Line 1, 3 and 7 will run special detours to provide service as CicLAvia heads back to fan-favorite Culver City for the first event of 2017! Culver City, Mar Vista, and Venice will host the country’s largest open streets event. Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space. For more information about CicLAvia click here. For more information about Culver CityBus detours, please call 310-253-6500 or visit CityBus Website.
Beginning March 1, 2017 sidewalk access will be closed due to Ivy Station Development Construction. The closure is anticipated to remain in effect until project completion in 2019. Bus stops located in these segments of the sidewalks will be relocated, and pedestrian access to the bus stops on Robertson Boulevard and Washington Boulevard will be impacted. Please find below the affected sidewalk area. Please call 310-253-6500 for more information or visit the Culver CityBus Website.
- Eastbound Venice Boulevard sidewalk between Robertson Boulevard and National Boulevard; and,
- Southbound National Boulevard between Venice Boulevard and Washington Boulevard.
Culver City Station Parking Lot Closure and Alternative Parking
Metro’s Culver City Station parking lot (between Washington, National, and Venice Boulevards) officially closed on Monday, February 13, 2017 to make way for scheduled construction on the new development, Ivy Station. The construction for the development is scheduled to last 30 months, with anticipated completion in 2019. During the construction period, parking will be available for Metro riders at the nearby Ince Parking Garage (9099 Washington Boulevard) as an alternative parking option. Parking fees at the Ince Parking Garage will be $3/day for patrons with a recently used TAP card. In response to the parking lot closure, Culver CityBus has established two temporary bus stops near the Ince Parking Garage for Lines 1 and 7. Service for these new stops will began on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Existing bus stops at Culver/Main will not be affected. Please call 310-253-6500 for more information or visit the CityBus Website.
Limited Edition Centennial TAP Cards – While Supplies last!
Centennial TAP (Transit Access Pass) cards 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