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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.

CC Strummers Provide the gift of Music at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA

Image is a close up of a ukulele against a wood floor.The CC Strummers, a Culver City Real Estate area ukulele group headed by Cali Rose, visited the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA on January 23 to performed for patients and their families. Martin Feinberg, Realtor, noticed that the visit was one of many bimonthly trips to the hospital that began in 2016.

Michael Kohan explained how the group initially got involved with volunteering at the Mattel Children’s Hospital. After receiving a donation to help with the tech needs of the group, Kohan decided, “it should be used for charitable purposes.”

“Following discussion it was turned over to the Ukulele Kids Club (theukc.org). Following the donation I was contacted by Corey Bergman, who initiated the club after his young son died,” Kohan continued. “Mattel was one of the places he suggested where we could entertain sick children.”

The Ukulele Kids Club’s mission is to harness the healing power of music by supporting music therapy programs. It provides ukuleles to hospital-based music therapy programs so that children in need can be sent home with the gift of music for life. To date over 5,000 ukuleles have been gifted to hospitalized children.

Participating with Cali Rose and Michael Kohan during the January 23 visit were Ed Daniel, Mollie Wine, Ann Cooper, and Barbara Kernochan. Jenna Bollard, the hospital’s music therapist, joined the group once they arrived.

The CC Strummers don’t touch the child or allow the child to touch their personal ukuleles. All interaction is between the music therapist and the children.

The Ukulele Kids Club program includes instrument lessons, sing-alongs, live music, and music improvisation. The music therapists who assist are board-certified members of a multidisciplinary care team working to achieve specific clinical goals aligned with the children’s care plans. Jenna Bollard can be reached at (310) 267-9426 and jbollard@mednet.ucla.edu,

Kohan commented, “I find it to be an immensely gratifying experience because in most cases we’re brightening the day for kids who are going through some very traumatic circumstances. Almost always the children get a big smile on their faces, especially when we hand them their own ukulele.

“Not only does it uplift the child but we also see how it lifts the spirit of the family members who are there. I’ve had a good amount of experience in hospitals for my own ailments, so I’m able to look past what the kids are going through and focus on the greater good we’re doing.”

Cali Rose also explained, “in addition to the bimonthly stint at Mattel every other month we play for the seniors at Opica Adult Day Care Center in West Los Angeles. With the help of the able staff we get folks dancing and singing along in a very robust way. We are doing music therapy. The seniors experience rhythm, melody, harmony and the blessings of community because we all sing and dance together! Several of our members also volunteer at the Marina Del Rey Middle School.”

Image is a cartoon of a male nurse with two injured but smiling children behind him.“As of August 2017 we have donated over $1,000 to the Ukulele Kids Club. That’s a lot of ukuleles . . . and a lot of smiles. And I must mention that we owe our lives to the Culver City Senior Center and especially our fiercest advocate there, Debbie Cahill, Senior Program Specialist, for supporting us and our work in the community.”

“We know how music heals,” Rose added. “It may not cure, but it changes something inside and that gives us a chance to ‘be’ with ourselves – and the world – in a different way. It gives us a second wind, a fresh start, new eyes to see and an open heart to feel and love.”

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, appreciates the service the CC Strummers provide for the Culver City community.

The Miss Los Angeles County & Miss Culver City Pageant is Coming

Image is a golden tiara.This year’s Miss Los Angeles County & Miss Culver City Pageant will be held at the Kiyoto Ken Nakaoka Community Center in Gardena on February 24, and Culver City is gearing up for the big event.

The biggest part of the pageant, which represents those living within the Culver City Real Estate area, is its scholarship program. The Miss California Scholarship Organization (MCSO) manages this program. In the past the MCSO has provided monetary scholarship awards ranging from $600 up to $1,500.

Scholarships won by pageant contestants can be applied to trade schools, colleges, or universities. Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, appreciates how the scholarships give recipients options in achieving their personal goals.

Besides the scholarship money received by pageant winners, financial assistance is also provided to many contestants. The Miss Los Angeles County & Miss Culver City Pageant gives away thousands of dollars in scholarship assistance to pageant participants annually.

Glenn Mitchell, the Miss Los Angeles County & Miss Culver City Pageant Program coordinator, explained that this pageant is often a contestant’s first step toward becoming Miss America.

Mitchell stated, “A lot of girls come from other pageants because they may be first runner-up in one pageant and then come to our pageant and then become a winner and then go on to compete for the Miss California crown and then those winners go on to compete for Miss America.”

Mitchell also acknowledged that this would be the first year that the pageant will not be held at the Morgan-Wixson Theater in Santa Monica.

“[Morgan-Wixson theater in Santa Monica] is a children’s theater and the board of directors decided that they had too many children’s programs online and that they could no longer allow us to use the theater because [the pageant] is an adult program,” Mitchell said.

Image is of Miss America pageant contestants.The Miss California Scholarship Organization was established in 1945. Martin Feinberg, Realtor, notes that without it the Miss Los Angeles & Miss Culver City Pageant Scholarship Program would likely not exist.

For more information on the Miss Los Angeles County & Miss Culver City Pageant or on the scholarship program, please visit www.misscalifornia.org.

City of Kindness Initiative Begins in Culver City with Free Posters

Image is a chalk drawing on asphalt that says Be Kind.Free posters proclaiming Culver City as a City of Kindness are now available to all Culver City businesses. The posters are a part of a new initiative recently approved by the City Council and can be picked up at the City Clerk’s Office.

Culver City Mayor Jeffrey Cooper promoted the new posters. He hopes that they will generate increased dialogue in the Culver City Real Estate area. Martin Feinberg, Realtor, noted that the posters are specifically aimed at promoting tolerance and helping people to embrace diversity within the community.

Mayor Cooper stated, “I brought this item to my colleagues on the City Council, because I think it is important for everyone who comes to Culver City to shop in a store, eat in a restaurant, or visit any of our service related-retailers to feel that they will be treated equally.”

This new initiative is a part of achieving the broader goals outlined in Culver City’s 2016-2021 Strategic Plan.

Per the City’s website, “The City of Culver City is committed to achieving its goals set out in the 2016-2021 City Council Strategic Plan adopted by the City Council on November 14, 2016. Goal Number Six of this plan is to enhance the City’s reputation as a City of Kindness by creating a coalition of individuals, organizations, and City officials to work together and inspire kindness in Culver City. By implementing a kindness strategy within City Government, conducting outreach to schools, organizations and businesses, and officially becoming a City of Kindness with the help of http://cityofkindness.org/, Culver City can make great strides in enhancing its reputation as a city that both values and exemplifies kindness.”

Other initiatives and official positions meant to make Culver City a City of Kindness include, a 2016 City Council resolution to condemn violence and hate speech, expressing solidarity with Muslims and others targeted because of their ethnicity, race, religion, or sexual orientation, and a 2017 resolution declaring the Culver City as a Sanctuary City.

In the future, the City Council is planning to conduct further outreach to businesses to “promote the practice of kindness.”

Any Culver City business interested in picking up the free 13” x 19” City of Kindness poster for display in its storefront should visit the City Clerk’s Office on the first floor of City Hall at 9770 Culver Blvd. Posters are available while supplies last so Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, encourages business owners not to delay.

To find out other ways to participate in the community’s City of Kindness programs, please visit www.culvercity.org/cckind.

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Culver City Receives Grant to help with Food Waste

Image is the produce section of a grocery store.Culver City was awarded almost $500,000 in grant money on Monday to help fight climate change. Specifically, the money will go towards eliminating food waste. Ironically, the Culver City Real Estate area is located in Los Angeles County, which is known for being the most food scarce county in the country.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, learned that seven Los Angeles charities along with Culver City were awarded a total of $2.1 million from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. The money came from the department’s new Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program.

Each organization that received a grant has been asked to find and implement strategies for getting rid of the estimated six million tons of food waste that ends up in California landfills each year. At the same time, each organization must find ways to get more food onto the tables of those in need.

The new program is a part of California’s plan to fight climate change. It provided 31 projects with more than 9.4 million from CalRecycle to eliminate food waste and therefore cut down on those greenhouses gases caused by decomposing food.

According to Feed America, 12.2% (or nearly 1.3 Million) Angelinos go hungry each day. They also discovered that there are more children in Los Angeles County living without adequate food than anywhere else in the United States.

CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline stated, “Bolstering California’s food recovery infrastructure will help feed communities in need, create new jobs, and result in significant greenhouse gas reductions. Our hope is that these programs will inspire similar efforts throughout California.”

Image is a bulldozer working in a landfill.Martin Feinberg, Realtor, notes that the other Los Angeles County grant recipients are:

  • — Food Finders Inc., $100,000
  • — Food Forward, $500,000
  • — Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, $386,960
  • — St. Francis Center, $100,000
  • — The Midnight Mission, $100,000
  • — City of Culver City, $497,144
  • — Los Angeles Conservation Corps, $375,206
  • — Strong Food/L.A. Kitchen Inc., $389,387

New Veterans Memorial Park Playground Equipment is Officially Open

Image is of playground equipment.The new playground at Veterans Memorial Park officially opened last Wednesday January 17. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by members of the public as well as several city officials and Culver City Mayor Jeffrey Cooper and former Mayor Jim B. Clarke.

The new playground was funded with money from the Proposition and Maintenance and Servicing Funds. It includes a butterfly helix tower and slide as well as a Kidnetix Twirl—a climbing and spinning structure that enhances a child’s balance and coordination. The new playground is suited for children five to 12, but the adjacent playground for ages two-five is also open for play.

According to Corey Lakin, director of the Culver City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, reaction to the new playground has been positive. “The first couple of weeks, the playground was absolutely packed. If you drive by on the weekends, it’s been slammed the last few weeks, weather permitting.”

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, was interested to learn that once the parts were delivered it only took a little more than a week to install the new equipment. The project cost $160,000.

“Anytime you’re able to upgrade and replace dated equipment, one, its beautification for the park, for the neighborhood, two, hopefully more modern equipment means safer equipment and for me playgrounds are an opportunity for kids to really use their imagination and interact with other children,” Lakin said.

Patrick Reynolds, Parks Manager/City Landscape Architect for Culver City Parks, Recreation and Community Services, first went to his park commissioner after multiple repairs were needed on the old Veterans Memorial Park playground.

“We were not happy with the number of repairs we were constantly experiencing with it,” Reynolds said. “[The playground equipment] turned out to be substandard from a durability standpoint.”

Reynolds stated that the public has been very happy with the new improvements. He said, “Everyone who has driven by here has seen nothing but kids swarming on it like kids on an anthill. They’re just all over it, which is great to see. They’re stretching the limits of what their body can do to try to figure out ways to climb on the stuff, it’s hilarious.”

The next park slated to receive new playground equipment is Blair Hills. After that it will be Tellefson Park. Reynolds plans on getting all the improvements done by the end of 2018.

Cartoon of little kids happily playing on a green lawn.Veterans Memorial Park is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Overland Avenue and Culver Boulevard.  Free parking and the new playground are accessible via Culver Boulevard.

Veterans, along with Blair Hills and Tellefson, are all within the Culver City Real Estate area. Martin Feinberg, Realtor, is pleased to see community parks being so well taken care of.

For more information on the new equipment at Veterans, call the Culver City Parks and Recreation Department at (310) 253-6655.