LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

13-225x300An option to driving – imagine! In an effort to expand bike parking in Culver City, the City has initiated a bicycle rack installation program. The City will install 100 bike racks during Phase 1 of the program that were selected based on work performed as part of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP), public requests to-date and transit need. Phase 2 of the program invites Culver City businesses and residents to apply for bike rack installation in an area where a need is perceived. Approximately 100 bike racks are available through the request program and will be installed on a first come first served basis, free of charge while supplies last. To participate, simply review the location criteria, if you know an area of Culver City that lacks a bike rack and believe the proposed bike rack location is acceptable per the criteria, please go to www.culvercity.org and fill out and submit the application form with your requested location. (Review the locations already selected for bike racks before making your request to avoid duplicate requests. The City uses an inverted-U rack, approximately 36” tall and 24” in length. The rack is designed to park two bikes with two points of contact. The City will review bike rack applications as they arrive. Requested locations that meet the required installation criteria will be placed on the list to be installed. Once the supply of bike racks is exhausted and/or by November 30, 2014 the approved bike racks will be installed.

Don’t forget that Akasha Restaurant now serves brunch from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. every Sunday, and they’re offering more than food. Just mention the Culver City Education Foundation (CCEF) when you make your reservation, or, if you’re a walk-in customer, tell the hostess when you arrive that you are there to support CCEF, and Akasha Restaurant will donate 10% of the total check for your Akasha Sunday brunch meal to CCEF! This is a delicious way to support Culver City students and our schools!

Like to support local musicians? Then find your way down to Hinano’s (it’s easy; take Washington Blvd. west until you hit the parking lot at the pier – Hinano is just a few doors east of Speedway) this Friday eve and enjoy “Hound Dog Dave and the Mel-tones” — American Roots and Blues Quartet. The place will be jumping as the sun goes down – great burgers, beer, and music!

We’re going to present the following great information, unashamedly copied – without apology – from the Culver City Rotary Club’s Reciprocator. The club’s program last week was presented by new Rotarian Lt. Jason Sims, Culver City Police Department, titled “How to Connect With Your Local Police Department Through Social Media!” and per Reciprocator reporter Wendy Taylor “… its information is super-important. Lt. Sims began by explaining NIXLE, which offers public notifications to residents via text or email. By visiting  local.nixle.com/culver-city-police-department/ residents can receive, once they sign up, reports on missing persons or children, messages to evacuate residents in times of an emergency, to capture dangerous criminals, and more. The alerts are sent out by email, text, and telephone. There are three options: Option #1, if you are interested in receiving text messages from CCPD, text them at 888777. Option #2, if you would like to receive text messages from CCPD and surrounding agencies, text your zip code to 888777. Option #3, visit the above website to receive emails and personalize your NIXLE account. Lt. Sims also spoke about SMART 911. Culver City is pleased to announce we are the first city in California to implement a new system to improve 911 services for all citizens. Smart 911 allows individuals to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes vital personal and medical information that will be available for emergency responders in the event 911 is called. Smart 911 is free and 100% private and secure. But first, you need to create a Profile with your medical and doctor’s information, so when you call 911, they have a file in the system about you. Again, Culver City is the first Southern California community to implement this program! Everyone is encouraged to Google this program and sign up – be sure to enter you cell phone number, since that provides a GPS feature for the CCPD to find where you are. FaceBook—Jason requested that we LIKE their page and you can also like CCPD’s page on facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/culvercitypolicedepartment , and Twitter page: twitter.com/[email protected]_citypd. Lastly, you can always go to for www.culvercitypd.org the latest goings on with CCPD.”

Two of our favorite people – Jerome (Jerry) Ackerman and his wife, the late Evelyn Ackerman, are being saluted via the release of the book “Hand-in-Hand, Ceramics, Mosaics, Tapestries and Woodcarvings” by the pair, noted California Mid-Century Designers. The event will take place this Friday, October 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the reform Gallery, 6819 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Authors Dan Chavkin and Lisa Thackaberry and Jerry Ackerman will be there, alongside Suzanne Slesin, publisher/Pointed Leaf Press, and Gerard O’Brien, gallery owner.

It’s time to celebrate birthdays, and getting into the spirit are Lise Kleckner, Mary Kravitsky, Ken Owens, Setsuko Tsuji (Cohn), Kennedy Simon, Nancy Watson, Joan Engen, Joanne Scheding, Amanda Jones, Nickie Jessup, Gary Willens, Jessica Salazar-Carroll, Maria Ventura, Kristen Hill, Tikva Josfan, Tom Kielty, Arlene Lipson, Iris Martinez, Aryn Youngless, Evelyn Valderrama, Helaine Hatter, Vivien Liu, Misa House, Kevin Richardson, Michelle Weiner, Greg Wood, Julie Bean, Fernando Herrera, Pat Tisdale, and Fran Weber.Would you like to have your – or a friend or family member’s – birthday mentioned here? Let us know at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to post it!

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