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B of A Puts Local Author in Refi Hell

B of A Puts Local Author in Refi Hell

I, Francesca Lia Block, working author/teacher and single mom with good credit and an up-to-date mortgage for an over-encumbered property (that has declined due to current market conditions and the recession), have decided, after much thought, to go public with my complaints against Bank of America. In order to avoid potential foreclosure, I have been trying to work with the bank since March, [...]

ASCAP Gives Symphonic Jazz Orchestra the Downbeat for 2nd Graders

ASCAP Gives Symphonic Jazz Orchestra the Downbeat for 2nd Graders

The Culver City Education Foundation has a score that's more than musical - the ASCAP Foundation (American Society of Composers and Performers) has awarded a $2,000 grant to support CCUSD's 2nd grade Artists in Schools music residency program, created and presented by the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO). Comprised of four 7-week teaching blocks and a final, culminating assembly that includes the [...]

Dear Editor- Culver Park

Dear Editor- Culver Park

The expansion of El Marino Elementary School to accommodate a full-day kindergarten requires the relocation of CCUSD’s other high school, Culver Park. CPHS is the district’s continuation school and provides a program, now limited by budget cuts to 80 students, where high-schoolers, 16 to18 years old, have a supportive, productive place to make up lost time; time lost for as many reasons as [...]

Dear Editor- Calling on Council Candidates

Dear Editor- Calling on Council Candidates

Dear Editor - A number of City Councilmembers and City Council candidates have signed the petition and/or have clearly stated their support for parent-funded services within our schools. Indeed, Mayor Mehaul O'Leary, Councilmembers Jeff Cooper and Andrew Weissman, as well as city council candidate Scott Malsin are all in support. They joined 1,150 (as of 3/9/12) other petition signers who [...]

Malsin Campaign Rolls in Hometown Endorsements

Malsin Campaign Rolls in Hometown Endorsements

Scott Malsin's Council candidacy has been endorsed by the Culver City Firefighters Association (CCFFA) for the third time. In making their announcement, the CCFFA remarked on the challenging transition ahead: 25 percent of the workforce has less than 5 years' experience and and 10-14 members are eligible for retirement in the next 2 years. Their press release states: "We are looking for a council [...]

Ed Board Proposes Policy for Process – the Latest

Ed Board Proposes Policy for Process – the Latest

 During the February 28 Board of Education meeting, Board member Laura Chardiet introduced a revision to Board Policy 1240 – Volunteer Assistance to address her concerns about the District’s adjunct and parent-funded “volunteer” programs at several campuses. Although Board Policy 1240 was not agendized, the amendments to this board policy were presented under Board Business. Several [...]

Enzymatic – AVPA Artists Exhibit Opens Mar. 19

Enzymatic – AVPA Artists Exhibit Opens Mar. 19

AVPA visual art students from The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, in association with The Museum of Contemporary Art’s Education Department and artist-in-residency, Carolyn Castaño present Enzymatic, a collection of student artwork that will be exhibited at Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles on Monday, March 19th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The collection of student artwork was inspired in [...]

Culver City Composer Scores for KCET

Culver City Composer Scores for KCET

Local composer Bronwen Jones is the mind behind the music on the KCET series Your Turn to Care, a focus on caregiving for elderly parents and friends. "It's very different, writing for a tv doc rather than a long film," she said "It's a different sense of deadline, and of course, the music itself is shorter." Because of her work on documentary films, Jones is involved in the National [...]

Fracking Meeting at Kenneth Hahn – Mar. 8

Fracking Meeting at Kenneth Hahn – Mar. 8

Months after an agreement to increase health and safety protection in the Baldwin Hills Oil Field, the largest contiguous urban oil field in the country, Plains Exploration & Production, the oil company in charge of the field, has begun "fracking"-a controversial practice that aims to access hard-to-reach deposits of oil and natural gas by enhanced drilling techniques that inject a mixture of [...]

Walk ‘n Roll Wednesday Strolls to Success

Walk ‘n Roll Wednesday Strolls to Success

With more than 150 students gathering this Wednesday March 7 to walk, ride and roll to El Marino, Jim Shanman considered it a success. "We had about three times as many kids as we had last time." Shanman is the idea man behind Walk 'n Rollers, an organization getting more kids to burn calories and not gasoline getting to school. Cards were counted, and the class with the most walkers was [...]

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