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Text to 9-1-1 now an Option for Culver City Residents

Image is of black 911 numbers against a white background.People in the Culver City Real Estate area, along with the rest of Los Angeles County, can now send text messages to 9-1-1. This new feature will help hearing and speech impaired residents, as well as those in situations where making a phone call could be dangerous, to access life saving help during emergencies. Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, is pleased to know that community members have this new Text to 9-1-1 option.

To text 9-1-1 during an emergency remember the following:

  • Please only use Text to 9-1-1 as a last resort. Call if you can-text if you can’t.
  • Enter the numbers “911” in the “To” field. Do not include any other recipients.
  • The first text message to 9-1-1 should be brief and contain the location of the emergency and the type of assistance you need (Police, Fire, or Medical).
  • Text in simple words-do not use abbreviations, acronyms or emojis. Do not include photos or videos. Texts must be in English.
  • Push the “Send” button.
  • Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 dispatcher.

Here are a few things to remember concerning Text to 9-1-1 in general:

  • Do not send a test text to the system. Keep the system open to receive emergency texts only.
  • A text or data plan is required to send a Text to 9-1-1 message.
  • Text to 9-1-1 location accuracy varies by cell phone provider and may be unreliable. Text to 9-1-1 is not available if your phone is roaming.
  • If Text to 9-1-1 is not available or is temporarily unavailable, you will receive a bounce back message: “Text is not available, please make a voice call to 9-1-1.”
  • If you are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech disabled, and Text to 9-1-1 is not available, use a TTY or telecommunications relay service, if available.
  • Please do not text and drive.

If there is an emergency, fire, or a life and death situation, then do not hesitate to call or text emergency services. Anytime there is a medical problem or something that requires the Culver City Fire Department, calling or texting 9-1-1 is completely appropriate. During situations that are not an emergency but which require the response of the police, use the local non-emergency 7-digit telephone number.

Image is of a building with the word Emergency on it.Martin Feinberg, Realtor, also reminds readers that calling or texting 9-1-1 when there isn’t an emergency is against the law. It is a “misdemeanor under California Penal Code Section 148.3 for any person to willfully use the 911 system for any purpose other than reporting an emergency. It is a felony if someone is injured or dies as a result of emergency service response to a false call.”

For more information on Text-to-911, please visit http://www.caloes.ca.gov.

Thomas Fire in Ventura County Calls Away Culver City Firefighters

Image is of a wildfire with firefighter and truck.Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, was interested to learn that Culver City’s Engine 41, along with four firefighters, is helping to fight the Thomas Fire in Ventura County this week. The Culver City engine was part of a strike team composed of units from the Santa Monica and Beverly Hills Fire Departments as well.

As of yesterday morning the strike team was mainly involved in structure protection for the City of Ventura.

The Thomas Fire is currently one of six large fires burning in Southern California. It started on December 4, has burned roughly 132,000 acres, and is around 10% contained. The other five notable fires burning right now are the Creek, Rye, and Skirball fires in Los Angeles County, the Lilac Fire in San Diego County, and Liberty Fire in Riverside County.

Due to the extreme fire activity, California is currently in a state of emergency, with mass evacuations ordered in some areas. State officials warn it could get worse before it get’s better.

According to Culver City Battalion Chief Rob Kohlhepp, another call came in Wednesday for the Skirball Fire in Bel Air. Culver City sent another four-man engine—Engine 42—and a Battalion Chief to that scene at that time.

Though Kohlhepp did not think the Bel Air strike team would be needed for very long, Engine 41 is expected to remain at the Thomas Fire through the weekend and possibly until the middle of next week.

Image is of three firefighters against a wildfire background.Though the Culver City Real Estate area has lost two fire engines, Martin Feinberg, Realtor, was pleased to know that it would not affect the town.

Chief Kohlhepp was quick to point out that Culver City remains fully protected, despite the loss of a two engines. He reminded residents that events like this trigger implementation of “Red Flag Staff.” This means that extra staffing is called in to augment the regular staff, keeping the community safe.

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Happening Thursday

Image is an illustration of a decorated Christmas tree against a sparkling red background.This Thursday, December 7, Culver City is holding its annual Holiday Tree lighting celebration. The event will take place at 6 p.m. in the Culver City Town Plaza, at the intersection of Culver Blvd. and Van Buren Pl., next to the Culver Hotel and ArcLight Cinemas. Admission is free.

Downtown businesses will be providing hot cider, hot chocolate, cookies, and other holiday treats during the festivities. The Mayor, City Council Members, and local choirs will be making appearances and providing entertainment. Santa Claus is also scheduled to make a special visit.

The tree for this year’s Holiday Tree lighting ceremony is a “green” and energy efficient artificial Rocky Mountain pine that stands 22-feet tall and is covered with over 7,500 warm-white LED lights.

After the lighting ceremony is over, Martin Feinberg, Realtor encourages participants to stay around and check out what the downtown section of the Culver City Real Estate area has to offer.

According to the press release, “Culver City’s downtown area is Southern California’s best kept secret, featuring a wonderful mix of historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries, and unique restaurants opening on to tree-lined streets.”

For those with some time to spare, staying after the tree lighting for some dinner “at one of Downtown Culver City’s many restaurants” or taking a walk “down the boulevards” could be the perfect ending to the evening.

For those driving to the event, free parking will be available for up to one hour in any of the downtown public parking structures. The Downtown universal valet parking system will also be available. Just drop your vehicle at one of the four convenient locations and pick it up at another one.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, hopes to see everyone there and to be able to “celebrate peace, good will and the holiday season” with many other Culver City community members.

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A Child’s Dream is Holding their Annual Holiday Outreach in Culver City

Image is of multiple Christmas presents.Martin Feinberg, Realtor, knows that the holiday season, while magical and exciting for some, can also mean anxiety and stress for those families that are struggling to stay a head. Every parent wants their family to enjoy Christmas, but not every parent has the means to accomplish that goal. For that reason, Living Waters-West L.A. is hosting A Child’s Dream (ACD) Annual Holiday Outreach for the tenth year in a row.

According to Cassandra Sampson, Founder and Executive Director of A Child’s Dream CA, “in many cases, the average K-12th grade parent can spend quite a bit of money during the holidays. Imagine a family with three or four children, the cost can be overwhelming. A Child’s Dream-CA plans to distribute toys, personal hygiene items, canned and dry goods to 700 children and their families. We want to make sure that children are remembered during this special time of the year.”

The mission of Child’s Dream is “Helping to meet essential needs through practical means; one man, one household, one street, one community at a time.” There are chapters throughout California, including the Culver City Real Estate area.

The Annual Holiday Outreach event will take place on Saturday December 16 at the Culver City Teen Center located at 4153 South Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230. Distribution will take place between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Image is of two girls in winter hats next to presents wrapped in brown paper with Christmas tree in background.The nonprofit is in need of both donations and volunteers. To donate, visit A Child’s Dream website at www.achildsdream-ca.org to find a wish list, or contact A Child’s Dream to find out volunteer opportunities.

For those businesses or groups that would like information on Sponsorships, contact Thom Jeffress, Donation Procurement specialist, at 702-994-4360. For corporate partnerships or to volunteer contact Cassandra Steptoe-Sampson, Founder and CEO, at 424-209-2352.  Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, also notes that readers can email info@achildsdream-ca.org for more information.

Westfield Mall Culver City Offers Christmas Events throughout December

Image is of a Christmas ornament against a backdrop of snow and pine.The first of December is just around the corner, and Martin Feinberg, Realtor, has noticed that the Christmas season in Culver City is already in full swing. Along those lines, the Westfield Mall in Culver City is helping the holidays be “merry and bright” by hosting a variety of Christmas events during December to help shoppers get into the spirit of the season and to keep kids entertained at the same time.

On Saturday December 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Westfield Mall is holding “Operation: Santa Salute” in the Center Court. According to the Westfield Mall website, this event is meant to be, “a day of appreciation for our active Military and Veteran Families.” Local active military families can visit Santa and receive one free 5×7 photo and digital download. A valid Military/Veteran ID Card is required. Those who are not active military can also visit Santa during this time, and donate a photo to gift towards a Military family later.

The public is also invited to show support to local Veterans and Active Military families by sending a special video or writing a card (compliments of Hallmark), which will be mailed by the “For the Troops” program. There will also be samples from some mall retailers as well as entertainment.

On Saturday December 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. the Westfield Mall will be holding “Santa StoryTime.” Participants will be able to enjoy a warm cup of Hot Cocoa (courtesy of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf) or a sample from DAVIDsTEA while listening to holiday stories read by Santa himself. There will be a Holiday Craft Station for those who like to keep their hands busy while they listen. Cost is $5 a child, with all proceeds going towards St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Purchase tickets here.

Lastly, on Sunday December 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. the Westfield Mall will be holding a “Build a Reindeer with Santa” Build-A-Bear Workshop. Participants will be able to “create their very own reindeer friend.” Cost is $15 per reindeer and includes the stuffed animal, treats, and a visit from Santa. All proceeds again benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Purchase tickets here.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor looks forward to seeing what other holiday celebrations will be held within the Culver City Real Estate area this season.

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Third Culver Crest Hillside Development Meeting to be Held next Week

Image is of houses on a hillside.Thursday December 7, the City of Culver City will be holding its third and final Hillside Development Standards Study community meeting regarding the Culver Crest neighborhood. The gathering will take place in the Vets Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Ave. at 7 p.m. Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, reminds readers that all members of the public are invited to attend the workshop.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for Culver City residents, especially those living in the Culver City Real Estate area of Lower and Upper Culver Crest Hillside, to give input regarding hillside development. It will be one of many meetings that have been held over the course of the year, trying to determine how to ensure that there will be no future landslides in the Culver Crest area.

Last December, City staff from the Community Development and Public Works Department met with approximately 15 Culver Crest hillside neighbors to discuss their concerns regarding new home construction in the area. Residents were especially worried about how new construction would impact hillside stability, and requested that additional development and building standards for hillside construction be adopted by the city.

In January and February of this year, the Culver City City Council discussed the issue and directed staff to prepare a moratorium on new development in the Culver Crest area. They also requested that a study be initiated to identify ways to regulate development and construction that would ensure public safety.

On March 20, 2017, the Council adopted Ordinance 2017-005, establishing a 45-day moratorium on the issuance of new building permits for development and construction on Culver Crest Hillside neighborhoods, which was extended in April for an additional ten months and 15 days. The moratorium is currently set to expire in March of 2018.

Image is of a small landslide along a paved road.Besides hosting community meetings and public hearings, the City’s project team—headed up by the Current Planning Division and John Kaliski Architects—is reviewing all existing plans and policies regarding hillside development and also surveying existing conditions. Their goal is to develop alternative options, standards, and guidelines for future development in Culver City.

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, has seen what hill slides can do to neighborhoods and is interested in hearing the City project team’s plans for moving forward. Anyone else who would like information or has questions should attend the meeting on December 7 or contact Michael Allen, Contract Planning Manager, at (310) 253-5727 or Michael.Allen@culvercity.org.

The Culver City Film Festival to take place the Beginning of December

Image is of a film projector against a white background.The Fourth Annual Culver City Film Festival will take place from December 5 to 11 at the Cinemark 18 and XD Howard Hughes Center. The festival will be screening over 100 independent films in honor of Culver City’s Centennial Celebration.

According to the festival’s press release, the gathering “is an annual celebration specifically designed with the primary aim of bringing together a diverse group of filmmakers to share recent works and recognize local talent in a city celebrated for its cinematic history and in-depth cultural values.”

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, encourages all who are interested to submit their short and feature-length films, both narrative and documentary. All submissions will be screened by a team of professional screeners “in accordance with the standards established by the organizers of the film festival.” A variety of awards will be presented, including best family film, best international film, best production design, best ensemble cast, audience award documentary, best short screenplay, best comedy feature, best short comedy and more.

Filmmakers should use the FilmFreeway to submit their films. Festival Co-Founder and Registered Trademark holder Jon Gursha also reminds interested parties, “We accept all submissions from around the world…but films in languages other than English must be subtitled in English language for easy understanding.”

To submit films with Stellar Lumens XLM crypto currency contact Jon Gursha via the Culver City Film Festival website.

The Culver City Film Festival kick-off party will be on Sunday December 3 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Rush Street Bar and Restaurant in Downtown Culver City. There will also be an Actor’s Workshop at 6 p.m. that same night, hosted by Kirk Ride. The workshop will include panelists Stan Harrington, Kym Jackson, Michelle Lukes, Karina Matas Piper, Hoyt Richards and the Filmmakers of Trouble is my Business.

The Festival’s awards ceremony will be held at the Gravlax in Culver City on December 11 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will include prominent actors, directors, and producers of the Festival.

Rush Street Bar is located at 9546 Washington Blvd. and Gravlax is located at 12400 W. Washington Blvd. Martin Feinberg, Realtor, is pleased to not that both are located within the Culver City Real Estate area.

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120-Day Extension Granted by Culver City for IOF Review

Image is of an oil well drilling platform against a blue sky.The Culver City City Council has granted a 120-day extension of the public review period on the Inglewood Oil Field (IOF) Specific Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This extension was granted after the Council received numerous requests for more time from Culver City residents. Comments can now be submitted until March 14, 2018.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, noted that neither Mayor Jeff Cooper nor Councilmember Jim Clarke would be on the new council when it eventually votes on the issue. Both men will term out in April when city elections will be held.

Right now the new EIR plan allows for 30 additional wells in the IOF. It also allows for fracking underneath the Culver City Real Estate area. Fracking is a slang term for hydraulic fracturing, which is a process of creating fractures in rock formations by injecting fluid into crevices, causing them to widen. Larger cracks then allow more oil and gas to flow out of the formations and be extracted.

Fracking is currently a controversial process in the United States. Some states believe that local fracking has increased the number of minor earthquakes in their communities, even with an absence of known faults in the area. There is also a question of whether or not fracking pollutes or changes ground water.

Anyone who wishes to comment on the EIR plan should write to the City on or before March 14, 2018 at 5:30. Requests should be labeled with “Subject: Inglewood Oil Field Specific Plan Project.” These comments can be sent by email to IOFSpecificPlanProject@culvercity.org, or by fax at (310) 253-5664.

Those with questions can also contact Heather Baker, Assistant City Attorney, at heather.baker@culvercity.org or (310) 253-5660 or Inglewood Oil Field Specific Plan Project Manager, Melanie Doran Traxler, at 818) 248-7158. They can also email Melanie at IOFSpecificPlanProject@culvercity.org.

For more information on the EIR visit http://www.culvercity.org/inglewoodoilfield. Martin Feinberg, Realtor, reminds readers they can also revisit previous articles on the IOR Specific Plan and Draft EIR and City Council extension discussions for more information as well.

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Colin Diaz Appointed new Culver City Chamber of Commerce President

Image is of stacks of coins with trees growing out of them.Martin Feinberg, Realtor, was pleased to learn that the Culver City Chamber of Commerce has appointed Colin Diaz as the new President/CEO. This announcement follows the retirement of previous President Steven J. Rose, who served in that position for over 30 years. Diaz’s tenure at the Chamber began this last Monday, November 13.

Diaz comes to the Culver City Chamber of Commerce with over 18 years of sales, marketing, management, and community outreach experience. Most recently, he served as the Marketing and Sales Director for the Santa Fe Springs Chamber. While in that position he worked with new growth, the utilization of resources, and supported local and regional advocacy efforts. Colin has also worked in the sports, entertainment, education, and hospitality sectors in the past.

Diaz currently sits on both the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) 2018 Conference Committee and the W.A.C.E. Emerging Leaders Advisory Council.

Colin has an MBA from Duke University and an MFA from Chapman University. This background has helped him to accomplish many of his past achievements, but his professional and practical experience also enable Colin to stay on top of current trends and technology.

Personally, Diaz likes to spend time with his wife Alicia and his four-year old daughter Shanice, as well as visit extended family. He loves being active and enjoys a good game of basketball.

Image is of a bunch of sticky notes on top of a 2018 calendar.Paul Goldstein, Chair of the Board of the Culver City Chamber stated, “Colin’s leadership skills and chamber experience will bring continued success to the Culver City Chamber as it begins a new era after three decades of Steve’s unique leadership style.”

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor is also confident that Diaz’s skills and previous chamber experience will help the Culver City Real Estate area to continue to grow. Anyone interested in contacting Diaz should call 310-287-3855 or email him at colin@culvercitychamber.com.

Culver Steps Development Project is Finally Underway

Image is a person in a yellow hardhat breaking ground with a shovel.Hackman Capital Partners—“a privately held, real-estate investment and operating company”—joined with Culver City elected officials this November to break ground on the Culver Steps. When finished the Steps project will be a 1.16-acre mixed-use development situated next to the Culver Studios and the Culver Hotel in Downtown Culver City.

Local firm Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney (EYRC) Architects designed the project. The Culver Steps will be a four-story development consisting of approximately 75,000 square feet of office space, 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and a 35,000-sqaure- foot public plaza.

When it is completed it is expected that the development will become the new gathering place in Downtown Culver City. The publically accessible space will be integrated with the building and will include a “grand architectural staircase,” landscape terraces and seating areas. The area will be pedestrian-friendly, with a hub for shopping and dining along with an outdoor venue perfect for movies, concerts, and special events.

According to Michael Hackman, founder and CEO of Hackman Capital Partners, “This is a meaningful occasion both for us and the city. It’s an exciting and fitting achievement that in the year we celebrate Culver City’s Centennial, we also embark on its future. Today we’re breaking ground on The Culver Steps-beginning, together, what will become a vital and treasured landmark in the heart of the city.”

Culver City Mayor Jeff Cooper and Andy Weissman, former Culver City Mayor, also shared in the excitement.

Cooper said, “When complete, The Culver Steps will be the crowning achievement of our Downtown. With the recent announcement of Amazon Studios’ relocation to adjacent Culver Studios, coupled with the energy that already exists in the area with the nearby movie theaters, Kirk Douglas Theater, restaurants and Culver Hotel, this project with its expansive public open space is certain to function as the heart of Downtown Culver City and create a welcoming environment for all to enjoy.”

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, remembers when the Culver City Real Estate project was first proposed six years ago in 2011. The dissolution of redevelopment agencies statewide in 2013 caused a multi-year delay but Hackman Capital affiliate acquired the development rights in 2016.   They finally closed on the purchase of the project site last month, finally allowing work to begin.

Image is an aerial view of a group of architects at a meeting.Weissman stated, “As a longtime community stakeholder, Hackman Capital really has demonstrated a thorough understanding of this city and about what will work best for this important site at the heart of Downtown. Under their stewardship, they’ve honed what was already a terrific project and turned it into something that will be truly spectacular.”

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, is excited to see the project take shape. If all goes according to plan, the construction should take roughly 18 months to complete. The Culver Steps is projected to open sometime in 2019.