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Culver CityBus Celebrates 90 Years of Continuous Service on Saturday

Image is the number 90 inside a red circle with white background.On March 3 the Culver CityBus will have provided 90 years of continuous bus service to the Culver City Real Estate area. In honor of that accomplishment Culver City is offering free bus rides today as well as a community celebration tomorrow March 3.

The Culver CityBus began running on March 3, 1928 after Mayor Reve Houck began exploring options for city transportation that would be more cost effective than those offered by Pacific Electric. Houck and the Board of Trustees discovered that, under a provision of the California constitution, a city could operate its own transportation service and created the Culver CityBus. It is the second oldest municipally owned bus line in the state of California.

According to Houck’s daughter, Alene Houck Johnson, Mayor Houck financed the first CityBus himself. The Culver City community quickly supported the idea of a community bus service however and a bond financed the rest of the bus line.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor was interested to learn that the Culver CityBus boards approximately 5.8 million passengers each year. The buses in the fleet are powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), making them safer for the community and more energy efficient. In 2012 the CityBus was named the 3rd Best Municipal Fleet in North America, out of 38,000 fleets.

As a way to say thank you for allowing the Culver CityBus to serve the community, all commuters have the opportunity to ride free today and check out what the transportation service has to offer.

Image is the inside of a city bus.The public is also invited to celebrate the CityBus anniversary tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Transportation Headquarters at 4343 Duquesne Ave. The celebration will include giveaways, free food, caricature artists, a DJ, Mayor and Council Member speeches, photo booth, and pictures. The Anniversary Wrapped Bus will also be present.

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, hopes to see everyone there.

Four Candidates Qualify for 54th District Assembly Special Election in April

Image is a close up of the California Capitol building.For those like Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, who have been following the latest news on the special election, four candidates have qualified to appear on the ballot on April 13. They are Tepring Michelle Piquado, Sydney K. Kamlager, Grayson A. Pangilinan, and Glen Ratcliff.

The special election on April 13 is being held to fill the Assembly seat left vacant when Sebastian Ridley-Thomas resigned earlier this year due to health concerns. Ridley-Thomas had represented the 54th Assembly District in the California State Legislature. The 54th District includes the Culver City Real Estate area.

Piquado, an Educator/Scientist, Kamlager, an Occupation Trustee, and Pangilinan, a Green Energy Entrepreneur, are all Democrats. Ratcliff, a small business owner, is the lone Republican running in the race.

It appears, from paperwork filed with the state, that Democrat Steve Dunwoody will also be running as a write-in candidate.

To qualify to run in the special election candidates “must be a United States Citizen, a resident of California for three years, a resident of the legislative district for one year and a registered voter in that district by the time nomination papers are filed.” Prospective candidates must also pay a filing fee of $1072.42 by February 8. Write in candidates have until March 20 to file.

Per California Special Election rules, “If a candidate receives a majority of the votes in the primary election, he or she will be declared the winner. If no candidates receive a majority, the top two vote-getters will advance to a special general election on June 5, 2018.”

Image is of the Los Angeles area coastline.With three Democrats running and one Republican, it is likely that any runoff race held in June would be between two Democrats.

The Governor must call a special election, and elected officials only fill the remainder of the unexpired term. The regular election will still take place in November and any candidate wanting to serve a full term will have to run again.

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, notes that the normal term for elected Assemblymen begins on December 3.

Culver City Sister City Committee to hold Membership Dinner

Image is a stone Japanese lantern in a garden.The Culver City Sister City Committee (CCSCC) is having its quarterly membership dinner on Wednesday, March 7 at the Del Rey Yacht Club. The dinner is a way for the CCSCC to highlight the club’s activities and will include a presentation by the two delegate runners who recently took part in Japan’s Senshu Marathon. Membership in the club is not required in order to attend the dinner.

One of the Culver City Sister City Committee activities for the year is the Kaizuka Marathon Exchange. The exchange involves the CCSCC sending two runners to Kaizuka Japan to take part in the KIX Senshu Marathon in Osaka and Kaizuka City sending two runners to Culver City to take part in the Los Angeles Marathon. This year Iyob Tessema and Jessica Dorsey, both from the Culver City Real Estate area, represented Culver City in Japan. Dorsey won the open Women’s Division, the first ever exchange participant to do so.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, remembers that last year’s Kaizuka runner, Shogo Uraguchi, placed 61st (out of over 30,000 runners) at the LA Marathon.

According to Dorsey, “I had a tough day out there and was in more pain than usual, much earlier in the race. The incredible support of our hosts, the Mayor and City Council, as well the residents lining the streets along the course with signs, noisemakers, and chants of “ganbatte!” made the discomfort bearable, and motivated me to not give up. I 100% owe the win to my new forever friends in Kaizuka.”

Tessema, who has completed over 65 marathons, had medical issues at mile 18. He spoke fondly of the opportunity he and Dorsey were given to tour historical sites in and around Kaizuka City.

“Japan is a beautiful country with many historical sites that are very well maintained. During our tour I observed how meticulously hard working the people, and was especially impressed how their senior citizens take pride in keeping their streets & recreational parks very clean,” said Mr. Tessema.

Image is of runners legs' in a marathon.This year’s Culver City Sister City Committee dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. with no-host cocktails. Dinner is scheduled at 7. Entrée choices are fillet of sole, broiled filet mignon and vegetarian pasta primavera. Appetizers will be provided and complimentary wine will be served with dinner.  Cost is $45 per person for sole or filet mignon and $35 for pasta.

The Del Rey Yacht Club is located at 13900 Palawan Way, Marina Del Rey. RSVP to Colleen Jones at 310-463-2627 or call for more information.  Martin Feinberg, Realtor, notes that payment must be received by Friday, March 2.

For further information on the Culver City Sister City Committee, visit the website:  www.culvercitysistercitycommittee.org or e-mail ccscc.inc@gmail.com.

Jim B. Clarke to be Honored by the Sandy Segal Youth Health Center

Image is a close up of a table setting at a fancy dinner party.Councilman Jim B. Clarke will be honored be the Friends of the Sandy Segal Youth Health Center at their annual fundraiser. The event will take place tomorrow, February 24, at a private location in Marina Del Rey.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, is interested to see that the theme for this year’s event is “Let Their Dreams Sail.”

According to a Center Rep, “Mr. Clarke’s dedicated support and advocacy of the Health Center helps make it possible to meet the goals of maintaining and improving the health of Culver City students.”

Jim B. Clarke has been active part of the Culver City Real Estate area for many years. He has been on the Culver City City Council since 2012 and served as Mayor of Culver City from 2016-2017. Clarke was also the founder and president of the Culver City Centennial Celebration Committee. The Committee helped organize many special events last year in celebration of Culver City’s 100th anniversary.

The Sandy Segal Youth Health Center—located on the Culver City Middle and High School campus—is operated by the Venice Family Clinic and provides free health care for Culver City Students. It offers a variety of services such as physicals, immunizations, vision and hearing tests, care for ongoing illnesses and conditions, and prescription medications. Mental health counseling is also provided by the Los Angeles Child Development Center.

Image is an illustration of a girl standing next to a doctor.The Friends of Sandy Segal Youth Health Center Fundraiser will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday with appetizers, a silent auction, no-host bar, and music by Ronnie Jayne. Dinner will follow with more music, a program, and a live auction.

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, notes that the cost to attend the event is $100 per person prior to February 16 or $110 at the door. All proceeds go to the Sandy Segal Youth Health Center.

For more information about the event honoring Jim B. Clarke, contact Sarah Carpenter at 310-837-3734. For more information about the Health Center visit the group’s website www.sandysegalyouthhealthcenter.org or email Sarah Carpenter at sarahssyhc@gmail.com.

Culver City Chamber of Commerce Focuses on Busy February

Image is an arrow pointing up with the word "success" inside of it.Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, would like to draw readers’ attention to two dates this month that are important to the Culver City Chamber of Commerce. First, on Friday February 23 the Culver City Chamber of Commerce will be holding an Open Candidate Forum in preparation for Election Day on April 10. Also, they would like to remind Culver City business owners and operators that Business Tax Certificates must be renewed by February 28.

The Open Candidate Forum, which will take place at 7:30 at the Exceptional Children’s Foundation in the Kayne Eras Center at 5350 Machado Road, gives Culver City citizens the opportunity to hear from the four candidates running for City Council seats. The Forum will be run in a debate format and each candidate will answer questions on important issues facing the city in coming years.

The Culver City City Council is a five-person council and currently there are four candidates running for two available City Council seats.

After the debate concludes the Culver City Chamber of Commerce board of directors will vote on possibly endorsing one or two candidates that they believe would best represent the Culver City Real Estate area and its business needs.

The event will be filmed and made available at a later date for viewing by the public for those who can’t attend the live forum.

Besides being aware of the upcoming Open Candidate Forum, The Culver City Chamber of Commerce reminds business owners to renew their tax certificate by the end of February.

Existing business tax certificate holders should have received a renewal notice in the mail in December. The Chamber advises owners to refer to their Renewal Notice for instructions specific to their business activity.

Image is a 2018 desk calendar with sticky notes around it with words like "goal" "future" and "concept" around it.Additional instructions on processing your Renewal Notice and making an online payment can be found by visiting http://www.culvercityselfservice.org/paybl. Paying online can speed up processing and enable businesses to receive their tax certificates more quickly.

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, notes that all payments must be processed (if online) or postmarked by the USPS (if by mail) on or before February 28, 2018 to avoid late payment penalties.

The Culver City Oil Drilling Subcommittee to Host Informational Meeting

Image is a calendar planner open to February with the words "save the date" circled in red.The public review period on the Inglewood Oil Field Draft EIR and Draft Specific Plan ends on March 14. In preparation for that date, the Culver City Oil Drilling Subcommittee is holding an informational community meeting to address the review process. The meeting will be held this Wednesday, February 21.

The Inglewood Oil Field (IOF) is located in Los Angels County and impacts a small portion of the Culver City Real Estate area. Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor previously addressed the topic in October when the community hosted its first informational meeting on IOF and again when local residents requested a review period extension.

Per the Culver City Oil Drilling Subcommittee website, the goal of this meeting is to “clarify how oil-related activities would be affected if the Draft Specific Plan were to be approved, present an overview of the Draft Specific Plan and Drilling Regulations, and facilitate the public’s understanding of the document, thereby allowing for focused public comments on the Draft EIR.”

The Subcommittee also notes that the February 21 meeting is not a public hearing. “Questions may be addressed, but no oral public testimony or comments will be taken. All comments on the Draft EIR must be submitted in writing. “

The meeting will take place at the Veterans Memorial Complex Rotunda Room at 4117 Overland Ave. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Image is a drawing of a man in a hardhat with papers standing next to an oil pumping unit.The EIR draft documents are posted on Culver City’s website for review at www.culvercity.org/inglewoodoilfield.   Written comments must be received by the City on or before March 14 at 5:30 p.m. They should be labeled “Subject: Inglewood Oil Field Specific Plan Project” and should be emailed to IOFSpecificPlanProject@culvercity.org.

They can also be faxed to (310) 253-5664 or mailed to the City at City of Culver City, City Attorney’s Office, Attention: Heather Baker, Assistant City Attorney Subject: Inglewood Oil Field Specific Plan Project 9770 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232.

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, encourages all interested citizens to stay involved with the Culver City Oil Drilling Subcommittee and make their voices heard.

Paratransit Services provide Disabled and Senior Citizens with Transportation Options in Culver City

Image is the inside of a public transportation bus.The Culver City Real Estate area offers many different amenities to community members, one of which is its Paratransit Services. Paratransit is a curb-to-curb public transportation service for those with disabilities who cannot use regular fixed-route forms of public transportation.

Paratransit services offer many different options for senior citizens or disabled residents to help increase their mobility, independence, and opportunity to interact with the community. Martin Feinberg, Realtor, notes that these services include Access Services, the Dial-A-Ride program, the Taxi Coupon program, Thursday Transportation Program, a Transit Access Pass (TAP), and the Westchester Playa Village organization.

Access Services is the “ADA Complementary Paratransit service for functionally disabled individuals in Los Angeles County.” It operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day in most areas of Los Angeles County and is a “shared ride service that operates curb-to-curb and utilizes a fleet of small buses, mini-vans and taxis.”

Dial-A-Ride is a “shared curb-to-curb transportation service for Culver City residents that have a physician-certified disability, which prevents the use of regular public transportation.” It is available 8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m., Monday– Friday, but reservations must be made a day in advance. A 50-cent donation each way is suggested and passes can be purchased at the Senior Center Monday-Friday 9-4.

The Taxi Coupon Program allows participants to travel anytime the taxicab company is available and supplements the Dial-A-Ride program. To purchase discount coupons “participants must be approved by the Disability Services Specialist located at the Senior Center.

The Thursday Transportation Program is a part of the Senior & Social Services. It “teaches new users the ins and outs of public transit through guided outings. The program meets in the Senior Center lobby every Thursday at 11 a.m.”

A TAP card is a “fare card that you can use again and again on fixed-route public transportation. The durable plastic card contains a smart chip that allows you to buy and electronically load stored value and passes for use on Culver CityBus, Metro and several other TAP participating agency bus lines. You may purchase or reload stored value onto your TAP card at the Culver City Transportation Department, Culver City City Hall or anywhere TAP cards are sold.” TAP cards costs $2.

Finally, the Westchester Playa Village is a “non-profit organization that helps older adults remain active and independent in their own homes so they may remain engaged in the neighborhoods they live.  One of the services they provide is volunteer transportation.  Service areas include Culver City, Playa Vista and Westchester.  Annual membership fees apply.”

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, hopes that every eligible citizen will take advantage of Paratransit services and all the help it provides. For more information please contact John Adams, Disability Services Specialist at (310) 253-6729, (310) 253-6711 (Fax) or email at john.adams@culvercity.org.

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Cedar-Sinai Opens Another Facility in Culver City in Westside Expansion

Image is a red heart with a white medical cross in the center.Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, was interested to learn that Cedar-Sinai has opened a second facility in the heart of the Culver City Real Estate area. The new primary care office opened last week and is located across the street from Sony Studios.

Cedar-Sinai medical center was founded in 1902 with its main hospital and health and science center located in Los Angeles. The center began to expand to other campuses in 2015 though. Cedars-Sinai opened an Urgent Care clinic in 2015 in Culver City and this new facility is situated down the block from that building. This move to Culver City is an example of Cedar-Sinai’s drive for more Westside expansion meant to better serve community members.

Four family medicine physicians and a physician assistant, who can treat a variety of patients from newborns to seniors, staff the newly refurbished 5,500-square-foot primary care office.

Onsite imaging and minor in-office procedures such as skin biopsies and joint injections are also offered at the new office.

According to Colleen M. Ryan, MD, “As highly trained family medicine providers, we’re bringing primary care closer to a large spectrum of patients who live and work in this growing community.” Ryan is a physician at the new location.

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, notes that the new facility accepts most forms of insurance, including HMO, POS, PPO, and Medicare.

Image is a medical chart with a pen and a stethoscope sitting on top.The US News and World Report rank Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles No. 11 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll.  Nationally, Cedar-Sinai is ranked in 12 adult specialties and rated “high performing” in nine adult procedures and conditions.

The new facility is located at 10458 Culver Blvd., Suite A, on the corner of Culver Blvd. and Le Bourget Ave. in the Carlson Park neighborhood. The office can be reached at (310) 423-0006. For more information about Cedar-Sinai please visit cedar-sinai.org.

Black History Month Celebrations come to Culver City

Image is a picture overlooking the Washington Monument with the "I have a Dream" subscription in the foreground.February is Black History Month in the United States and Martin Feinberg, Realtor, is glad to see that Culver City is offering two ways for community members to celebrate African American culture and diversity. West Los Angeles College is holding a Black Matters exhibition throughout the month of February and STAR Education is holding its 18th Annual STAR African American Art Festival on February 24. Both events are free to the public.

The Black Matters exhibition is located at West Los Angeles College on 9000 Overland Ave. in Culver City. According to the press release it will display “the works of 11 prominent and outstanding black artists, including Charles Mingus III, Fred Eversley, Holley Tempo, June Edmonds and local Culver City artist Pamela Smith Hudson. Other featured artists include Benny Andrews, Sharon Barnes, Lavialle Campbell, George Evans, Michael Massenburg, and Willie Middlebrook.”

Molly Barnes and Pamela Smith Hudson are curating the exhibit. Barnes is an art dealer, curator, radio personality, and artist in residence at West Los Angeles. She often coordinates free exhibits and lectures that are open to the public.

Hudson teaches painting and mixed media courses at LACMA and Otis. Some of her work is currently on display at the event.

Parking for the event is available in the Parking Structure directly next to the gallery for $2 but exact change is necessary to access it.

The other event taking place within the Culver City Real Estate area for Black History Month is the STAR African American Art Festival. This festival is meant to “celebrate diversity and culture” and will include African drumming and dancing, a BBQ, local vendors, children’s art exhibits, games, live entertainment, and interactive art projects.   Artwork from local artists will also be available for purchase.

The Festival will take place on Saturday February 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance to the outdoor event is free but tours of STAR Eco Station—an environmental science museum and exotic wildlife rescue facility—are $6 for kids 16 and under, $7 for Seniors, and $8 for adults.

The STAR exhibit will be held at 10101 Jefferson Blvd in Culver City. Visit starinc.org and ecostation.org for more information.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor encourages residents to support these and other Culver City area events this month.

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Culver City Freshman Soccer Team takes the Ocean League Title

Image is a soccer ball in the corner of a soccer field.Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, was excited to learn that the Culver City High School boys’ freshman soccer team finished the season strong by winning the Ocean League title. The team managed the win with a 7-1 league record and 28 goals scored.

According to freshman head coach Krist Colocho, “As we moved into the league season and the players got familiar with each other, the team really took shape and we started to gel.”

Long-time Varsity head coach Louis Espelti agreed with Colocho, adding, “We had a solid crop of younger players coming into the school this year and I think our future looks bright. We should be very competitive for the next few years!”

The freshman team, made up of players from the Culver City Real Estate area, can largely thank their Ocean League title on “the two Jakes”—Sophomore Jake Schultz and Freshman Jake Aigner. Both led the team in goals and assists respectively.

But soccer is a team sport and there were many other vital contributors to the win, including Nico Flores and Jesse Tanahara. Both kept the mid-field in check, employing defense as well as pressure to assist their team and keep opposing teams from scoring. Jack Busnell and Nicholas Stewart both also performed extremely well.

Image is a picture of a soccer player with ball on the green, knees down.“Soccer is a game which really requires players to understand their role on the pitch and what their teammates will do without tipping their hand to the opposition. It’s a relationship. As the season wore on, we got better and better at reading each other and creating a team synergy which was exciting to see!” said Colocho.

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, looks forward to seeing what the soccer team can accomplish next season. Culver City High School sports are always exciting and the student athletes always manage to impress while representing the community with pride.