• Appointment of Chief Dave White to County Commission – On January 19th, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed Fire Chief David L. White to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Commission. The Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association recommended Chief White to serve as their representative on the Commission. The EMS Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors and the Director of Health Services regarding County policies, programs, and standards for EMS throughout the County.
• The Culver City Fire Department (CCFD) partners with the SAVE Program – The Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program aims to provide immediate short-term support in the aftermath of a fire or other natural disaster to displaced victims. The SAVE program is funded through the California Fire Foundation and allows CCFD to provide gift cards to eligible victims of fires or other natural disasters so they may purchase basic necessities such as food, clothing or medicine.
Firefighters do what they do because of a desire to serve—they care about their community and are committed to protecting families, before, during and after the fire is out. SAVE gives CCFD firefighters a way to offer immediate help to victims of fire and natural disaster.
Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department
• Culver City Senior Citizens Association Recognized with an Award of Excellence – The Culver City Senior Citizens Association has been selected as a 2015 California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) Service Award of Excellence – Champion of the Community recipient! The Champion of the Community award honors and recognizes individuals or organizations who have contributed significant effort to influence and improve the quality of their community through parks and recreation. This is the second consecutive year that the Culver City PRCS Department and partners are being recognized by our state professional association which represents over 430 city, county, state and district Parks and Recreation agencies throughout California.
• Culver City After School Recreation Program – Staff for the Culver City After School Recreation Program (CCARP) will attend the Culver City Unified School District’s Kindergarten Night Orientation for next year’s class of students and parents. Staff will meet parents at the elementary school and answer questions about the Program. CCARP registration for the 2016-2017 school year will begin in July.
• Culver City Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Event – The 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Event was held on Saturday, January 16th at the Culver City Senior Center. The festivities included a reading of a Dr. King speech by actor Gerald C. Rivers; a performance by Windy Barnes and Darryl Alan Reed; and children’s programming, which included an introduction to a free online video game created by high school student Prince Jones, entitled “The Spark of One,” which can be found at www.thesparkofone.com. Other youth projects included a coloring book by 7th grader Kimberley Fernandez; a commemorative button by high school student Darryl McCray; and a letter to Dr. King by Evan Williams. Senator Holly J. Mitchell also spoke at the event. The event concluded with a screening of the movie “Dare Not Walk Alone.”
• Culver City Teen Center – The Culver City Teen Center, in collaboration with the Culver City Rotary Club and the Culver-Palms YMCA, will host the 2nd Annual Culver City Healthy Family 5K Run/Walk at West Los Angeles College on Sunday, April 3rd. Sign-ups will begin shortly. Dust off your running shoes and come out for a great community day!
• The Culver City Plunge – Plunge staff created and implemented a Recreation Swim Outreach Plan for 2015-2016, with the primary goal of increasing access to a comprehensive recreation swim program for the residents of Culver City. Staff worked with key groups in Culver City and the surrounding area, including non-profit organizations, children’s groups, and groups that work with the senior population. The plan included distributing recreation swim passes to key community groups, including the Culver City PTA organizations and provided free recreational swimming for up to a family of four per pass for the period of May 25 – September 27, 2015. Over 170 passes were redeemed at the Plunge. More than 400 youth, adults and seniors visited the Plunge thanks to this marketing promotion.
• Veterans Memorial Complex Rental Operation – The Veterans Memorial Complex (VMC) will be the site of Valentine’s Day events and private parties this year. Please contact the VMC Rental Office at 310-253-6625 or [email protected] for room reservations. New window shades have been installed in the Garden Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, and a second projector has been purchased to better serve Building’s renters and program users.
• Annual Los Angeles County Homeless Census – On January 17th, Sergeants Pete Hernandez and Gary Irwin along with Detective James Cendrowski, all took part in the Culver City Homeless Census. This is part of the greater Los Angeles County Homeless Census that occurs every year. The City was divided into 13 census districts, and 55 volunteers participated! This was a visual census in that the volunteers did not contact the people directly but counted the homeless they saw sleeping on the street, in their cars and other vehicles.
Public Works Department
• Construction Updates:
1. Golden State Water Company is working on Orville Street, Janisann Avenue, McDonald Street, and on the east and west sides of Sawtelle Boulevard installing new water main replacement pipe. The working hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
2. Golden State Water Company is working on Wesley Street between National Boulevard and Higuera Street, installing a new water main replacement pipe. The working hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
3. The Gas Company is working on Sawtelle Boulevard between Culver and Washington Boulevards, installing a new gas main replacement pipe. Traffic control is set up between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.
4. The Gas Company is working on Higuera Street between Hayden and Lucerne Avenues installing a new gas main replacement pipe. The working hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
5. The Gas Company is working on Sherbourne Drive from the cul-de-sac to across Washington Boulevard installing a new gas main replacement pipe.