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Dunwoody Gains Endorsement of Americans for Democratic Action

Image is of scrabble tiles spelling the word Politics.Americans for Democratic Action of Southern California (ADA SoCal) has officially endorsed Steve Dunwoody in his run for the California State Assembly. Dunwoody had previously announced his intent to become the representative for the 54th Assembly District following the surprise resignation of Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, notes that the 54th Assembly District includes the Culver City Real Estate area as well as parts of Los Angeles, Inglewood, Ladera Heights, and View Park-Windsor Hills.

Clifford Tasner, President of ADA SoCal, stated, “Steve Dunwoody is exactly the kind of activist that ADA SoCal admires. He’s a veteran who has used his voice to speak out on environmental issues and economic justice. He went up and down the state with Bernie Sanders trying to help pass Prop. 61, which would have reduced the cost of prescription drugs for Californians. He’s an example of someone who talks the talk and walks the walk. He campaigns for this assembly seat not out of any sense of long-held desire for the seat, but because he sees a deep societal need and wants to help fill it. ADA SoCal looks forward to working with Steve Dunwoody when he gets to Sacramento, to continue building a more equitable, sustainable, just society and world!”

Dunwoody, for his part, graciously accepted the endorsement, stating, “I’m beyond humbled to have the support and endorsement of the ADA, here in Southern California, as we continue to show that our campaign is the leading progressive voice in the race. For decades, the ADA has been the tip of the spear on progressive solutions to the issues that face us. From Eleanor Roosevelt to today’s leaders, the ADA has been the home of America’s most stalwart progressive voices. It is my hope that our campaign will follow in the tradition of those leaders, and I look forward to fighting alongside the ADA in this campaign, and in Sacramento.”

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, is excited to see how the election plays out over the coming months and wishes all the candidates luck.

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Culver City Bicycle Action Plan to be Updated in 2018

Image is a silhouette of a man with a helmet riding a bike.Martin Feinberg, Realtor, is glad to see that the City of Culver City is updating its Bicycle Action Plan and is seeking input from residents. The current plan was adopted in 2010, and at the time, featured many important improvements, including new crosswalks, five miles of new bike lanes, and safer routes to school. The Culver City Real Estate area has continued to grow however, and a new plan is needed to accommodate all of the changes that have happened and will continue to happen.

According to the Culver City’s website, “Changes have occurred in our community: the Expo Line opened to Downtown Los Angeles and was extended to Santa Monica, we have recovered from a recession and are seeing new jobs and housing growth in many parts of the city, and biking and walking to school and work have grown too. To accommodate all of these changes and prepare for the future, we need a new plan. To help us with this effort, the City has hired a team led by Alta Planning + Design to engage our community and develop ideas to take Culver City’s walking and biking infrastructure to the next level. At the direction of Council, we are also exploring Vision Zero, which is an international initiative to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in traffic collisions.”

Image is a yellow caution sign with a picture of a bike on it and a "share the road" sign underneath.Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, encourages concerned citizens to make their voices heard. To participate in revising the Bicycle Action Plan, residents should visit culvercity.bikepedplan.com.

Per that site, “Throughout 2017 and 2018, we are asking for the public’s input and inviting residents and visitors to help shape our plan in a variety of ways. The project includes identification and prioritization in the winter of 2017, followed by conceptual planning in the spring and summer of 2018. The plan will be finalized and adopted in December 2018. This project depends on community feedback and support for successful.”

Those interested in more information can also check out bikeculvercity.org or watch a YouTube video here.

West Basin Municipal Water District Offers free Rain Barrels to Residents

Image is a close up of a water droplet in a pond.On Saturday January 20, the West Basin Municipal Water District will be providing eligible Culver City residents with rain barrels that will enable the collection of rainwater.

According to the West Basin website, “Collecting rainwater and storing it in a rain barrel can help offset drinking water used for outdoor purposes. Using rainwater helps reduce the amount of pollution which flows into nearby storm drains, sewers and waterways and then eventually into the ocean. Rain barrels also contribute in making sure that local water supplies are being used more efficiently. West Basin provides eligible residents in the service area with an alternative way to use water resourcefully.”

Each rain barrel is approximately 24 inches wide and 40 inches tall and weighs about 16 pounds. They have a 55-gallon capacity. Each barrel includes a 2-3 foot long flexible downspout, water hose connector, overflow fitting, and built-in mosquito screen. West Basin rain barrels are constructed from recycled food barrels and may be available in black or terra cotta colors.

Those Culver City Real Estate area residents who are interested in receiving a rain barrel must meet the requirements and follow all guidelines listed below:

  • Must be a resident in West Basin’s service area.
  • Limit two (2) rain barrels per household, while supplies last. This may be reduced, based upon demand.
  • Rain Barrel must be installed within 30 days, and may be subject to verification and inspection by West Basin and/or the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
  • Recipients must email photo(s) of installed rain barrel(s) within 30 days of receiving barrel(s). Email: JeremiahS@westbasin.org.
  • The rain barrel must be mounted in a way that allows it to receive water unimpeded from a rain gutter.
  • Should not block or restrict access to walkways or pathways.
  • Should be elevated six (6) inches off the ground with a cinder block or another solid foundation.
  • Should be secured in place with straps for safety.
  • Home must be equipped with rain gutters and downspout(s).

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, reminds interested citizens that registration is required to participate in this event. However, rain barrels are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and registration does not guarantee the reception of a rain barrel. For those wishing to purchase their own rain barrel or cistern, rebates are available from Metropolitan Water District.

Image is a rain barrel on stone courtyard.To register go to here and click on the Details button next to the January 20 rain barrel distribution event. Then hit the register button and fill out the appropriate information. Call (310) 371-4633 for more information.

The rain barrels will be handed out at West Los Angeles College, 9000 Overland Ave. in Culver City, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Martin Feinberg, Realtor, encourages citizens to bring a vehicle that will be capable of transporting the rain barrel.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is coming to Culver City

Image is of three Hello Kitty gingerbread cookies above a pink bow.The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be making its first Culver City Real Estate area appearance on Saturday January 13 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, noted that the truck will be parked near Forever 21 and Macy’s at the Westfield Mall and will offer exclusive treats and limited edition collectibles.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck debuted in October 2014 in Los Angeles and attended the Hello Kitty Con that same November. The café and vehicle was created by Sanrio and was its first food-related venture.

David Marchi, Sanrio’s Vice President of Branding Management and Marketing, stated, “We at Sanrio have always wanted to create a Hello Kitty dining experience.”

Since the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck opened it has been appreciated by thousands of fans from all across the United States. It has traveled to over 60 cities across America and on both coasts, including Seattle, Houston, Chicago, New York, and Florida. It typically draws hundreds of Hello Kitty fans at each stop.

Sanrio is planning on adding even more stops in 2018, and Hello Kitty fans can hope to join in the experience in Burbank California, Gilbert Arizona, and Albuquerque New Mexico, as well as other yet unnamed places.

Image is a red tin of Hello Kitty strawberry cream candies.Fans who decide to check out the truck in Culver City can expect to see all new boxed cookie sets, stainless steel Hello Kitty Cafe thermal bottles, pocket pies, key chains, and bow-shaped water bottles. Fans can also pick up a 4-piece petite fours box set, 5-piece macaron box set, bow headband, bow-handle mugs, and Hello Kitty Cafe T-shirts in youth and adult sizes.

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, enjoys all of the unique experiences that Culver City has to offer and is pleased that the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be a part of the area’s legacy. Culver City fans that want to know more should follow Hello Kitty Cafe Truck on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

54th Assembly District Seeks new Representative after Ridley-Thomas

Image is a white clipboard and pencil inside a blue circle.State Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, who previously represented the 54th Assembly District, has officially resigned due to health concerns, and new candidates have wasted no time in throwing their hats into the ring to replace him. So far, four candidates are seeking the honor: Sydney Kamlager-Dove, Steve Dunwoody, Joey Hill, and Ashlee Marie Preston. Martin Feinberg, Realtor, notes that each is a registered Democrat.

Sydney Kamlager-Dove is currently president of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees and district director for California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell. She just announced her candidacy.

Kamlager-Dove stated, “I’m excited about the prospect of representing Los Angeles and Culver City residents of the 54th Assembly District in the State Capitol. I intend to promote an agenda centered on workforce development, providing career opportunities for men and women and ensuring strong environmental protections. I will continue my goal to make public college education more affordable and accessible and to end criminal justice disparities.”

U.S. Representative Karen Bass and Senator Holly Mitchell, both of who represent those living within the Culver City Real Estate area, support Kamlager-Dove in her run.

Steve Dunwoody works as the California Director of the Vet Voice Foundation of VoteVets.org, a national organization of 500,000 veterans, family members, and active military. He is also a member of the Sierra Club, Community Coalition and the Black Cooperative Investment Fund. He serves on the Young Professionals Council of the LGBT Center and National Association of Black Veterans and was named Democrat of the Year for the 54th Assembly District.

Ashlee Marie Preston is a transgender activist and previously served as the editor-in-chief of Wear Your Voice magazine.

Joey Hill is a legislative staff member and ran against Ridley-Thomas in 2013 before backing out of the race to support Sebastian prior to the election.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has not stated exactly when the election for the 54th Assembly District will be held, but it is expected that he will call for a special election soon. According to California rules, the race will begin with a primary election. If no candidate receives 50% of the vote however, it will be followed by a runoff between the top two candidates.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, wishes all the candidates luck in their endeavors.

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Recycle Coach App Offers easy Access to Recycling Services Information

Image is of a white recycling can icon against a green backdrop.For those with a smartphone or tablet, the City of Culver City now offers a free downloadable app that gives residents instant access to waste, recycling, and organics services information. Even better, the information is tailored to the individual’s neighborhood and street address. Recycle Coach developed the app.

According to Culver City Mayor Jeffrey Cooper, “This is a new way for us to connect with residents about Culver City recycling programs. City staff will be able to update the information on the mobile and web app as necessary during the year, so it will always be current. Residents will never forget a collection day, and that should lead to increased recycling diversion rates. Everybody wins!”

The free app gives those living within the Culver City Real Estate area access to information that was previously only available via the City’s website or its printed collection schedule.

The app will make it easier for residents to find information about regular collection days, but Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, was especially impressed with how it would improve the ability to know of special collections. Events for household hazardous waste and e-waste days, for example, will no longer catch citizens by surprise.

Per the City’s website, “Special features of the Recycle Coach mobile and web app include a search function that lets residents quickly find information about what to do with a regular or out-of-the-ordinary item, plus there are tips for reducing and recycling waste in apartments and condominium buildings.”

For those still not sure if the new app is worth the effort, Martin Feinberg, Realtor, also noted that it includes a “Report-a-Problem” feature.

Image is of a hand holding a smartphone open to the App Store.“The Culver City Recycle Coach Mobile and Web App also includes a special “Report-a-Problem” function that enables residents to report non-emergency municipal problems like missed collections, illegal dumping, overflowing public garbage or recycling bins, potholes, burned out traffic or street lights and more. The Report-a-Problem feature connects the user to ACCESS Culver City. It uses the smartphone’s GPS positioning system and built in camera. All people have to do is select the Report-a-Problem function, take a picture, and the problem is automatically emailed to City staff.”

To download the app, visit the Apple App Store or Google Play and search “Recycle Coach.”

Expo Line Developments Cause Concern for City Council Candidates

Image is of an apartment complex under construction.As new mixed-use and commercial developments are completed and come online in the next few years, two candidates for Culver City Council seats are concerned with the added traffic that will come with them. Martin Feinberg, Realtor, understands that traffic congestion around the Expo line in Culver City will impact everyone within the light rail corridor. Both Marcus Tiggs and Daniel Lee want to face that issue head on.

The Wesley, a dual-use project planned for Washington Blvd near the Expo Line station, would bring in 234 new apartments and 45,000 square feet of business space to the area. This will join another new nearby office complex slated to house cable network HBO and cooking supplies Surfas Culinary District, as well as Access Culver City Apartments at 3434 Wesley St, which is already impacting traffic congestion.

The biggest project in the mix though is the $300 million Ivy Station Complex—a transient-oriented development that will also have apartments, retail stores, a restaurant, a hotel, an office building and underground parking—which will greatly increase interest in that part of the Culver City Real Estate area.

Candidate Marcus Tiggs, a former Culver City Planning Commissioner, stated, “I’m concerned about what’s going to happen to the (nearby) Arts District (a few east of the Helms Bakery District). How is traffic going to impact that thriving area? Everything seems to be happening at the same time.”

Daniel Lee also acknowledged that future Culver City projects near the Expo Line would increase vehicular traffic in the Washington Blvd/Wesley Street corridor.

Lee stated, “There will be a period of congestion due to all of these developments. In the future, there needs to be better planning so that we can get people out of their cars.”

Both Tiggs and Lee believe that a rewrite of the City’s general plan will be necessary so that future developments can go in with better understanding of their impacts by citizens and neighborhoods.

“The key is to get people energized about the general plan and how it will affect not just the city but their neighborhoods as well,” Tiggs stated. “People need to feel like they have a reason to come out.”

Lee and Tiggs both support new developments in certain areas, including transit-oriented projects.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, notes that city leaders have repeatedly stressed that new developments are needed to generate sale and business tax to offset the loss of revenue during the 2007 recession and the loss of Redevelopment Agency dollars years ago.

Image is of Los Angeles traffic as viewed from inside a car.“There’s a lot of enthusiasm for development in that area. It makes sense to have some type of development near the light rail station,” Lee said.

Tiggs especially wants the public to be more involved, stating, “We need to listen to the public when they come out to hear. I think that’s what people sometimes feel is missing.”

According to Culver City News, Alex Fisch, who is also running for a seat on the Culver City City Council, could not be reached for comment.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Donates Digital Projection System

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The City Council of Culver City presented Sony Pictures Entertainment a Commendation in recognition for its donation of a digital projection system for the auditorium in Veterans Memorial Building. The Commendation was presented to the company on December 11 as an acknowledgment of Sony’s longstanding tradition of generosity towards Culver City.

Culver City Mayor Jeffrey Cooper stated, “Sony Pictures Entertainment has been a generous partner and sponsor for many of the City of Culver City’s distinguished programs and events. This contribution of a new projection system for the Veterans Memorial Building will be a tremendous asset for the City.”

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, was excited to learn that the new equipment includes a digital projector and lens, perforated projection screen, Blu-ray player, portable sound system, and all other related hardware necessary to present screenings in the auditorium.

Per Mayor Cooper, “the user-friendly digital projection system will benefit residents, businesses, and visitors as well as attract film festivals and more special events to the City.”

The City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department accepted the equipment, and Sony Pictures Entertainment Worldwide Global Policy and External Affairs and Media Services Departments helped City Staff with set up and installation.

“As a longstanding member of the Culver City community, Sony Pictures Entertainment saw an opportunity to maximize the potential of this wonderful space. With the help of Lane Burch and our impressive Media Services Team, we were able to add the equipment and expertise to transform the facility into a world-class screening room that hundreds of people can enjoy,” said Janice Pober, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Social Responsibility, Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Image is an illustration of a film projector and film.Martin Feinberg, Realtor, is impressed with the way that the Culver City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is constantly striving to meet the needs of those living within the Culver City Real Estate area. For more information visit the Department’s website.

For those interested in more information on the Veterans Memorial Building and other buildings and rooms within that complex, visit the Veterans Memorial Building Rentals page. The Rental Complex includes many facilities and all are available for rent for concerts and other performances, workshops and conferences, film and television shoots, private parties, community meetings, trade shows, and other events.

Assemblyman Ridley-Thomas to Resign from California State Assembly

Image is of the California Capital building.Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas announced this week that he is resigning due to health reasons. The resignation will be effective in four days. Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, noted that Ridley-Thomas has represented the 54th Assembly District since elected in 2013. This district includes Westwood, Crenshaw, Baldwin Hills, and Culver City, comprising the Culver City Real Estate Area.

Ridley-Thomas stated on his website, “While it has been a great honor to serve as a member of the California State Assembly for the past four years, I have decided to resign from my post effective December 31, 2017. The reason for this difficult decision is that I am facing persistent health issues. On December 18th, I underwent surgery for the fifth time this year. Although I expect a full recovery, my physicians advise that I will need an extended period of time to recuperate.”

Also according to Ridley-Thomas’ website, he notified Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon of his plans on Tuesday, “with great reluctance, but even greater respect for the office, which involves constant travel, an unrelenting schedule and high stress.”

In that letter the Assemblyman wrote, “Unfortunately, at this point, I am no longer able to deliver the effort that you deserve. When I resume public life, I intend to remain active in civic affairs, where my passion lies. Following recuperation, I will return to the work of political empowerment, millennial civic engagement and inspiring the next generation of leaders.”

Image is of a committee meeting room in the California Capital Building.Ridley-Thomas’ father, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley- Thomas, released a statement saying their “family is dedicated to public service, and Avis and I are extremely proud of how our son, Sebastian, has represented California’s 54th State Assembly District and served as a role model for the greater African American community and his generation. Yet we, more than anyone, have seen him struggle with health challenges this year, and we fully support his decision to step down from the state Legislature so that he can recuperate with complete rest, in accordance with his doctor’s orders.”

Eventually a special election will be held to fill Ridley-Thomas’ seat but no date for that has been set. According to Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark Gonzalez, “the timeline to fill the 54th Assembly seat begins at Governor (Jerry) Brown’s desk. He will set a date for a special election in 2018 and the process for the Democratic Party to endorse a candidate for the 54th Assembly District will follow suit.”

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, wishes Assemblyman Ridley-Thomas all the best during his recovery.

Park your Tree Program Returns to Culver City Through January

Image is a decorated Christmas tree.Culver City has brought back its Park your Tree program this year for Culver City residents. Those living within the Culver City Real Estate area will be able to drop off their trees at different locations to have their tree composted for free.

Residents may bring their trees to one of four parks beginning on December 26, 2017. These parks are: Fox Hills Park at Green Valley Circle and Buckingham Parkway, Culver City, Veterans Memorial Park, 4117 Overland Ave., Syd Kronenthal Park, 3459 McManus Ave., and Culver West Alexander Park, 4162 Wade St., Los Angeles.

Culver City Environmental Programs and Operations staff will provide large bins at each park site and will regularly collect the trees placed in those specific containers. All trees must be placed in the appropriate bins in order to be collected. The program will run until the end of January 2018.

For those residents who prefer to handle their own trees, they may still place chopped-up trees in their green organics container on scheduled collection days.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, reminds residents who wish to recycle their trees that all decorations, lighting, and tree stands must be removed prior to disposal.  Flocked trees and those coated with fire retarded will also be accepted.

Image is a green recycling symbol against a white background.Recycling holiday trees is a great option, not just for the environment but for the safety of your home and family as well. According to the Culver City Public Works Department and the Culver City Fire Department, dry trees are dangerous and contribute to house fires every year. Live Christmas trees should be disposed of after Christmas as soon as possible to cut down on fire hazards, thus making the Park your Tree program not just convenient but also smart.

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, encourages those who are looking for more information on the Park your Tree program to please call Julianne Zuccardi, Environmental Programs & Operations Business Recycling Specialist at 310-253-6423.