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Property Management and the art of Saying no to a Tenant

Image is two red hands with the letters n and o written in white on each one.Successful property management companies understand that they must be effective business managers.  Real Estate investment is a business and rental property owners want their investments to be profitable.  Property managers are responsible for making the kinds of decisions that will help their owners’ investments be lucrative, all while staying within the bounds of the law.

With this goal in mind, one of the most effective things a property manager can do in order to run their business effectively is to learn to say no.

Mastering the skill of saying no will help managers keep their sanity, streamline their management business practices, and will also make things easier on their tenants in the long run.

Dealing with demanding tenants

Our current culture sometimes makes it difficult to politely refuse to do something for another person.  It can feel mean, rude, or uncaring to refuse to give in to someone’s requests.

However, a property management company that is dealing with demanding tenants must learn how to say no and draw boundaries.  Honing the ability to say no will help property managers assess responsibility, limit their time focused on unnecessary tasks, and prioritize goals. It will also allow the property manager to say yes to other more reasonable or appropriate requests.

Learning to say no can sometimes be difficult.  Following these tips will help property managers master this important business skill.

6 helpful tips on saying no to tenants:

  1. It takes practice—It may take some practice with saying no before a property manager feels comfortable doing it. Running through scenarios and formulating answers to requests a head of time can often help.
  2. You don’t have to be mean—Remember that when saying no, it is never necessary to be rude or mean. Professional property managers must learn how to turn down requests in a polite manner using language that is clear and concise but not abrupt or negative.
  3. Body language is important—Body language and tone of voice is a key part of delivering an effective no. Managers should make eye contact, keep his or her voice even and firm, and deliver decision with an explanation if needed.
  4. Don’t apologize..too much—Many people bundle up a no with copious apologies, which minimizes the effect of the conversation and suggests room for negotiation or another petition. Avoid overly apologizing—one simple and sincere apology will do.
  5. Be respectful—Property managers must learn how to say no to the situation or request, not to the person. Being polite and respectful to the tenant while denying the request emphasizes that the property manager is clearly focused on the business decision being made, not putting the tenant down.
  6. Explain your reason clearly—Offer an explanation as part of the message if possible. When reasons are presented clearly, the tenant is more likely to accept the answer as final. They may not like it, but at least they will see the reasoning behind it.

Image is a professional woman in a business suit.These tips can help property managers boost their confidence and get mentally ready to stand their ground when needed.  Good property managers like Martin Feinberg will use their ability to say no when necessary to effectively manage their business while safeguarding their property owners’ investments.

The Patch Mayor Program Allows Culver City Residents Chance to Shine

Image is a block of gray words against a white background that say things like share, radio, data, web, Facebook, popular, friends, etc.The Patch, a national website that allows locals to keep up with news and events in their area and also contribute content, is offering a new volunteer program that will allow Culver City Real Estate area residents to get more involved in their community—the Patch Mayor program.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, is excited to learn that the Patch Mayor Program allows people who love their communities an opportunity to share that enthusiasm and expertise on local activities with those not as well connected. Patch’s reporters will continue to cover Culver City’s big news, but they will work with Patch Mayors as a way to give residents more of a voice on Patch sites.

According to the Patch website, local Patch Mayors will have the ability to:

  • Post stories on Patch and social media to spread the word about charity events, local celebrations, civic issues, weather, new restaurants or businesses, and more
  • Guide local conversations as the host of your Patch
  • Reach your neighbors and fellow residents through daily newsletters
  • Earn the recognition of your Patch community

Being a Patch Mayor isn’t for everyone however.  The ideal Patch Mayor should be civic-minded, sociable, and plugged into what people in the neighborhood are saying and doing.  He or she should also like to write, be active on social media, and be excited to share the stories of his or her community.

Per the Patch, “If you’ve ever wanted to write a blog about your neighborhood or town, this is your opportunity to do so — with the full support of our editorial team, a great publishing platform, and access to thousands of newsletter subscribers and Facebook fans.”

Martin Feinberg, local listing agent, encourages everyone who is interested in representing Culver City to the Patch community in the Patch Mayor Program to fill out the short application form located here.  Patch editors will soon be in touch with more information.

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Fiesta of Gems to be held in Culver City Saturday and Sunday

Image is a group of rough gemstones against a black background.This weekend Culver City will be hosting the 57thannual Fiesta of Gems.  There will be educational opportunities for children and free demonstrations as well as workshops. The event will open on Saturday at 10 a.m. and go to 6 p.m.  Sunday hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Fiesta of Gems is held in the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave.  Martin Feinberg, Realtor, notes that this year the featured gem is jade.

Jette Sorensen, a workshop leader, said that in previous years, visitors have traveled from many different areas to attend the annual event. There is not charge to attend and parking is free.

Janice Metz, relation’s coordinator of the Culver City Rock and Mineral Club, stated, “The main purpose of the event is to offer science lessons about gemstones and to introduce the world of geology to the youth.”

As part of this year’s Fiesta of Gems, skilled jewelry makers will offer workshops featuring specifics on making hand-made jewelry.  There will also be opportunities to win hourly prizes.

Metz also stated that most workshops will be offered for a fee between $60-$80.  Workshop attendees will hopefully leave with a finished product but if they have not completed their design they will have access to the leader’s phone number so they can receive guidance on completing their jewelry.

The first two workshops will begin simultaneously on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. One workshop is on metalsmithing-fusing on Argentinian silver rings, and the second workshop will demonstrate how to make a Byzantine Chainmail bracelet.

On Saturday from 2:15 to 6 p.m., an enamel basics demonstration will be offered.  The same workshop will be offered again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Sunday there will also be a crystal-healing workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., A stone-on-stone workshop from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and a netting bracelet beading workshop from 1:45 to 5 p.m.

According to Metz, there will also be hands-on opportunities for kids to learn about geodes (including breaking rocks a part to look for crystals) and identify different types of rocks.

Forty vendors are scheduled to come to offer free demonstrations and a representative from the Gemological Institute will be in attendance at the Fiesta of Gems as well.

Martin Feinberg, local listing agent, was pleased to learn that, as in years past, a portion of the proceeds from the workshops will be donated to a Culver City Real Estate area charity.

Independence Day Celebrations Offered Throughout Culver City Area

Image is red, white, and blue desserts and popsicles against an outdoor background.Independence Day is exactly one week away and Martin Feinberg, Realtor, is excited for the upcoming festivities.  Check out the town-by-town listings below of Fourth of July celebrations and events in and around the Culver City Real Estate area:

CULVER CITY:
JULY 4July 4th Concert & Fireworks 2018: West LA College. Carnival games, food trucks & good time for all!

  • West Los Angeles College, 9000 Overland Ave, Culver City, California 90230
  • Gates open 4 p.m.

HOLLYWOOD:
JULY 2-4: July 4th Fireworks Spectacular 2018 & The Go-Go’s: Hollywood Bowl. Three nights.

  • Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068
  • Tickets on sale.

JULY 3July 3 ‘Thelma & Louise’ & Fireworks: Forever Cemetery. “Watch the night sky sparkle with unforgettable fireworks and the best outdoor screen.”

  • NOTE DATE: July 3.
  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
  • $35

JULY 4: July 4 ‘Footloose’ & Fireworks 2018: Forever Cemetery. “The most spectacular, most riveting Independence Day film and fireworks pairing ever!”

  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
  • $35

LONG BEACH:
JULY 4Queen Mary 4th Of July Celebration & Fireworks. All-day family fun plus a dynamic fireworks display.

  • Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90802
  • 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

JULY 4: July 4 BBQ & Fireworks View 2018: Aquarium Of Pacific. “Get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks display.”

  • Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

LOS ANGELES:
JUNE 30Parade, Concert & Fireworks 2018: El Sereno Park. Featuring Tierra!

  • NOTE DATE: June 30
  • El Sereno Park, 4721 Klamath St., Los Angeles, CA 90032

JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks 2018: Exposition Park – Coliseum. Picnic-style event with live music, games and fun for the kids.

  • Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, 90037
  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

JULY 4: Grand Park 4th Of July Block Party & Fireworks. “Picnicking, games, art-making, music, dancing and stunning fireworks show high above Downtown L.A.”

  • Grand Park, 200 N Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

MALIBU:
JULY 4July 4th Fireworks. Sign up for barge notifications.

MARINA DEL REY:
JULY 44th Of July Fireworks. Great viewing at Burton Chace Park & Fisherman’s Village.

  • 9 p.m.

JULY 44th of July Cruises. Choose from Champagne Brunch Cruise, Fireworks Dinner Cruise, or Fireworks Observation Cruise with appetizers.

  • PRICE: $75- $109.95 per person* (*Tax, service charge and landing fee may apply)

PACIFIC PALISADES:
JULY 4: July 4th Runs, Parade & Fireworks. Among the best Independence Day celebrations in the region!

  • Races: 8:15 a.m.
  • Kids Run: 9:30 a.m.
  • Parade: 2 p.m.
  • Food/Concert Gates Open and Kid’s Activities & 2nd Stage Concert: 4 p.m.
  • Main Stage Concert: 6 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.

SANTA MONICA:
JUNE 30Independence Day Fest & Pre-July 4th Fireworks. A star-spangled salute.

  • NOTE DATE: June 30.
  • Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405

JULY 4: 4th of July Parade 2018. It is the 12th year for this fun community event.

  • Main Street, Santa Monica, CA
  • 9:30 a.m.

VENICE:
JULY 4July 4th ‘Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach’ 2018. An annual tradition at Muscle Beach.

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WEST HOLLYWOOD:
JULY 4Fourth Of July BBQ & DJs 2018: Skybar. Celebrate in style!

  • Skybar at Mondrian, 8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, California 90069
  • 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

WESTCHESTER:
JULY 4LAX Coastal July 4th Parade . This year’s theme: Cities Across America.

  • Loyola Boulevard, Westchester, Los Angeles, CA
  • 11 a.m.

For a full guide to Independence Day celebrations throughout the Los Angeles region, local listing agent Martin Feinberg, encourages residents to check out the LA County July 4th Fireworks, Parades & More: 2018 Guide

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Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing with Hoarding as a Property Manager

Image is an illustration of a woman holding a bucket full of cleaning supplies.There are many different issues that property owners will be forced to deal with, either by themselves or through a property management company, as they work with tenants.  Some are more easily dealt with than others, however, and hoarding tends to be on the more difficult side of things.

According to the Mayo Clinic “hoarding disorder is a persistent difficultly discarding or parting with possessions because of perceived need to save them.  A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items.  Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs. “

Hoarding is a serious problem for rental property owners and for property managers, and is not easily managed.  Hoarding can occur for many different reasons, from depression, fear, or dementia to brain injuries, trauma, or genetics.  There are hundreds of different reasons that a tenant might hoard, but managing the problem is usually similar no matter the cause.

Regardless of why someone hoards, the problems caused by hoarding are too serious to ignore. Hoarding is a health and safety issue. It can lead to pest infestations, fire safety issues, blocked egress, mold, and even weakness in the weight and load bearing abilities of a rental property.

Though hoarding is usually difficult to resolve, there are some basic do’s and don’ts that will make the issue easier to cope with, both for the property manager and the hoarder.

Hoarding Clean Up Do’s

  • For safety reasons, hoarding cannot be overlooked, but that does not mean that compassion cannot also be extended during the cleanup process.  One of the best ways to handle hoarding issues is to first emotionally connect with the tenant.
  • Continue to talk with the tenant about the hoarding situation and remind them that it’s not going to go away on its own.
  • Talk about safety, as most hoarders are concerned with safety as well.
  • Agree with the hoarder that the items are important.
  • Discuss with the hoarder about keeping everything confidential.
  • Ask tenants why they are keeping items, and listen as they explain their thinking.  It will help you understand why they hoard.
  • Promote donation. Everyone likes to help the needy.
  • Help the tenant understand that they way they live is not normal (but be compassionate and do not judge).
  • Seek help from family and professionals, especially therapists that specialize in hoarding. There are also professional services that will help clean up a property.
  • Enlist the help of adult protective services, the health department, and the local police and/or fire departments.  This is especially essential if it becomes necessary to evict a tenant for hoarding because documentation will be needed.
  • Give the tenant a reasonable amount of time to fix the problem.

Hoarding Clean up Don’ts

  • Don’t get impatient. Cleaning up will take time.
  • Don’t ever make fun of the hoarder.
  • Don’t say, “let’s get rid of all this stuff.”  Hoarders emotionally attached to their items and that needs to be acknowledged if the hoarder is to improve.
  • Don’t get angry.
  • Don’t touch the hoarder’s items without permission.
  • Don’t treat the hoarder like a child (many hoarders are very intelligent) or a criminal, even if you must get the authorities involved.
  • Don’t give the hoarder a list of tasks to accomplish all at once.  Focus on one task at a time.
  • Don’t ask someone why he or she hoards.

Image is an illustration of a clean and orderly living room.Professional property managers such as Martin Feinberg understand that there are steps that must be taken in dealing with any problem, and hoarding is no different.  When hoarding is first discovered, the rental owner or property manager must remember to document everything, provide opportunities to cleanup through the use of written infractions and reasonable deadlines, utilize social services and local authorities, and finally get third party documentation should eviction become necessary.

If hoarding becomes a problem for a tenant, try not to stress.  There are worse things to deal with as a property manager or property owner; try to keep things in perspective.  Helping to create a livable condition, and periodic monitoring of the situation, will make life happier for both you and the tenant, providing a win-win for everyone.

 

Rental Prices Begin to Plateau Across Los Angeles County Region

Image is a illustration of a "for rent" sign in orange and white.Living in Los Angeles County has typically been an expensive prospect. However, though the cost of buying a home continues to skyrocket, rental prices have begun to plateau.

According to the rental website Apartment List, the median price of a two-bedroom apartment was $1,740 in April, the same as it was in March. The median cost of a one-bedroom rental for April was $1,360.  That was an increase over March’s rate up but only by $10. Apartment List prices are based on census data.  Other sites such as CoStarbase rental calculations on databases of current listings. CoStar finds the average price for a one-bedroom to be $1,651 and $2,109 for a two-bedroom.

These new stagnant rental prices come after years of steady price growth.  Because of the Great Recession, Los Angeles had been one of the most difficult areas in the nation for renters to afford to live in. Things have begun to change though. Richard Green, director of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at USC, believes that new housing construction in the Los Angeles area is at least partly responsible for steadying rent prices.

Green states, “In LA, we’ve sort of been building enough to meet new demand, and that helps.”

A recent state analysis found that Los Angeles is failing to meet goals for affordable housing construction.  However, the city has already exceeded its 2021 benchmark for new market rate housing.

Though Green is somewhat surprised by how quickly rental prices have tapered off, that is good news for those looking to make a rental property home. He wondered if steady job growth throughout the area has allowed more renters to become homeowners.

“If people are buying homes and moving into them, that opens up rental inventory,” Green explains.

Image is a picture of house keys hanging in an outside door lock.Rental prices may begin to rise again, depending on what the economy does in the future.  A strong economy can lead to under-developed areas outside of the city center bringing rising prices across the region. An economic slowdown or recession would help keep rent prices low.

For rental property owners trying to navigate a changing rental price environment, professional property managers such as Martin Feinberg can help handle some of the headache.  Property managers are equipped to follow price trends and ensure that properties are renting for market value to reliable tenants.

Why Use Professional Property Management?

Image is a yellow WHY on a red background with a question mark superimposed on it.There are many reasons why rental property owners might choose to use professional property management rather than manage the property themselves. One of the most compelling reasons is that good property managers can add significant value to a real estate investment while saving the owner time and stress.

Have you ever wondered what property managers bring to the table? Here are a few ways that a good property manager earns their keep:

Higher Quality Tenants

Getting a bad tenant out of your property after they have moved in is possible, but difficult. A good screening process will help make sure rental property owners work with reliable tenants. These are the tenants who pay on time, rent for longer, put less wear and tear on a property, and cause fewer problems.

An experienced property management company will be able to analyze applications and recognize warning signs, finding quality tenants while being able to pass up those that might prove problematic. They will also be able to shield you from scams directed at property owners and discrimination lawsuits due to faulty screening processes.

Fewer costly and time-consuming legal problems

It only takes one difficult tenant to cause significant legal and financial headaches. A good property manager will know the latest landlord-tenant laws and will make sure their property owners are not vulnerable to potential law suits.

Each state and municipality has their own laws, and then there are federal laws to consider as well. These laws cover a number of areas including, tenant screening, safety and property conditions, evictions, inspections, lease addendums, terminating leases, handling of security deposits, and rent collection.

Shorter vacancy cycles

When it comes to real estate investments, time is money, and a good property manager will help ensure that rental properties don’t stay vacant for long.

They do this by improving rental properties and preparing them for rent, determining the best rent rate for the property, and effectively marketing your property so that it garners a large pool of candidates in a short period of time.

Better tenant retention

Losing rent on vacant properties isn’t the only thing to worry about though. High tenant turnover is an equally serious financial problem. The turnover process involves a thorough cleaning, changing the locks, painting the walls and possibly new carpet or small repairs, not to mention all the effort associated with marketing, showing, screening and settling in a new tenant. This is a time-consuming and expensive process that can often be averted by keeping tenants happy and well cared for.

A good property management company will have a time-tested tenant retention policy that ensures happy tenants. While it may sound simply, it requires a consistent, systematic approach.

Tighter rent collection process

The way that rent and late fees are collected can be the difference between a profitable rental property and an unprofitable one. Rent must be collected on time every month to maintain consistent cash flow, and tenants must know that it’s not negotiable. A good property manager will be a buffer between yourself and the tenant, allowing them to be the bad guy while your profits stay intact.

If eviction becomes necessary, strict laws must be followed, and doing it wrong can cause a real mess. A good property management firm knows the law and has a proven process for getting the best possible outcome under the circumstances.

Assistance with taxes

Property management companies will be able to help their clients understand claimable deductions, organize necessary forms, and get them to tenants and vendors on time.

Moreover, property management fees themselves are also tax deductible.

Lower maintenance and repair costs

Good maintenance records and quick repairs are necessary to preserve the value of your investment as well as keep tenants happy. By hiring a management firm you gain access to their network of licensed, bonded and insured contractors who have already been vetted for good pricing and quality work. This can translate into significant savings for rental property owners.

Personal benefits for owners

On top of all the benefits of using a professional property manager that have already been listed, there are also personal benefits for owners. Utilizing a property manager gives owners less stress, more freedom, and frees up time that can be spent on other investments.

A final thought

These results can only be expected if a management company is competent, trustworthy and a good fit for your property. Finding a manager like Martin Feinberg, who has 30 years of experience in a community as well as good connections and a proven track record, is essential for success.

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Apple will soon be Coming to Culver City

Image is the Apple logo in rainbow colors.Thanks to a change in HBO’s plans, Apple will soon be moving to Culver City. The tech giant is slated to lease Lincoln Property Co.’s 128,000 square-foot building at 8777 Washington Blvd. That site had previously been scooped up by HBO but those plans fell through, opening the way for Apple.

The new space, once completed, will include both retail and “creative office space.” It will replace the previous Surfas site.

According to Mayor Jeffrey Cooper, “Culver City is looking forward to Apple growing its operations in our community. The creative economy has played an important role in Culver City since the City’s incorporation in 1917. Culver City motto is “The Heart of Screenland” and this was relevant 100 years ago, when the first movie production studio opened here and continues today as the screen you view your creative content ranges from the movie theatre to your iPhone.”

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, is excited for the substantial economic impact that Apple will likely bring to the Culver City Real Estate area. 2014 data showed that creative industries comprise over 14% of total employment across all industries in the City. With Apple and Amazon moving into the area, that is likely to increase.

Due to the positive impact on the economy, Culver City has invested significant resources into the area near Apple’s new building.

Per Mayor Cooper, “This site is located at the corner of Washington and National, the heart of the City’s Transit Oriented Development District (T.O.D.), which is anchored by Culver City’s Metro Expo Line station. With the recent opening of The Platform and the future Ivy Station, this area will no doubt be further transformed into a vibrant, walk-able destination in a few short years.”

Image is the outside of an Apple office building with logo.Besides the new office space on Washington, Apple is also said to be leasing the 85,00 square-foot campus at 5500 Jefferson Blvd. Though not technically within the Culver City limits, it is adjacent to the community.

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, was interested to learn that Apple had originally planned on leasing space at The Culver Studios before Amazon acquired it. Now both companies will have a presence in Culver City.

Tis the Season…to pay your Property Taxes

Image is of a tax calculator.The Los Angeles assessor’s office reminded Los Angeles County property owners on Monday that the deadline for the first installment of their 2017-2018 property taxes is quickly approaching. Culver City property owners have a 1.5% tax rate, the least of any city in the County.

Taxpayers technically have an extra day this year to make their payment because the due date—December 10—falls on a Sunday, but Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector Joseph Kelly said that is no reason to procrastinate.

Kelly stated, “to avoid late penalties, property owners should not wait until the last day to make payment; please pay early.”

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, understands that like most taxes, property taxes are not especially fun to pay. It is good to remember though that they help provide for many of the services that the Culver City Real Estate area relies on. Public schools, police, and fire departments are some such services that are partially or fully funded by property taxes.

All payments must be postmarked no later than the end of day December 11 or property owners will receive a 10% late payment penalty. For those who can’t pay the total amount due though, partial payments can be made, which will reduce the amount of delinquency penalties they will be charged.

Property owners can find the amount due on any piece of land, and also find answers to most other related questions, by visiting lacountypropertytax.com, or by calling the Property Tax Information Line at (888) 807-2111.

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, reminds owners that there are multiple ways to pay taxes this year. They can pay online here (select “Pay Online” under “Payment Options”), by mail, or in person at 225 N. Hill St., downtown, in the first-floor lobby. The office is open on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Owners can also pay by credit or debit card over the phone by calling (888) 473-0835.

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Culver City Tackles Mansionization at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting

Image is of a large home under construction.Tuesday at 7 p.m. the Culver City City Council will be considering whether or not to award a contract for studies on creating municipal standards for new home building codes. These codes would regulate mansionization in city neighborhoods and would likely affect all of Culver City Real Estate.

Large-scale homes that are typically out of character with the rest of the neighborhood’s other residences, known as McMansions or mansionization, became a topic of interest three years ago. Martin Feinberg, Realtor, remembers the debates during Culver City’s 2014 municipal races that focused on how the city was going to handle these new building trends.

The topic made headlines again in late 2016 and early 2017 when a group of Culver Crest homeowners asked the city to intervene after they discovered a neighbor was planning major improvements to his hillside residence.

In response to the Culver Crest concerns, the council implemented a 45-day moratorium, which ended on May 4. This put a hold on the issuance of land use permits, variances, building permits or land use determinations or entitlement requirements. The council is still working on a more permanent solution however.

The concern in the Culver Crest community was mostly focused on safety and the likelihood of landslides following extensive excavation on hillside properties. In other Culver City neighborhoods, the issue is more about esthetics and neighborhood continuity. Both concerns could be resolved with improved building codes for large-scale homes.

On December 14, the city council introduced new guidelines to amend current municipal codes on development standards for residential zoning districts, but more still needs to be done.

Image is of a row of neighborhood houses.So far, city planners have chosen ten neighborhoods to be designated as ‘unique’. These are Carlson Park, Blair Hills, Culver Crest, Culver West, Studio Village, Blanco Park, Park West, Park East, Sunkist Park and Washington-Culver.

Councilwoman Meghan Sahli-Wells, who lives near Carlson Park, is hoping that the city will eventually expand the ‘unique’ designation to other neighborhoods as well.

“After we go through the process with R-1, I’d like to look at R-2 as well, as there are similar issues in those neighborhoods,” she said.

The city council meeting tonight will take place in the Mike Balkman Council Chambers at 9770 Culver Blvd. Among other things the council will consider hiring John Kaloski Architects as the contractor to handle the studies.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, hopes many will take this chance to support their community and make their voices heard.