• Birdee – Sample Ballots were mailed this week! If you’ve moved, you may need to re-register to vote before March 28th at www.lavote.net in order to vote in the April 12th Election. If you are interested in voting by mail, please complete the application on the back of your sample ballot and return it to the City Clerk’s Office no later than April 5th. To watch the Culver City Counts video, please go to www.culvercity.org/vote.
Community Development Department
• Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and the City Collaborate on New Affordable Housing Development – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) and the City of Culver City will host a kickoff for ten new homes offered at affordable prices. Culver City is a partner with Habitat LA on this project and donated the vacant for these homes. This event will take place on Wednesday, March 30th from 10 am to 11 am at 4044 Globe Avenue in Culver City.
• Tsunami Preparedness Week – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the California Office of Emergency Services conducted a test of the tsunami warning communications system on March 23rd. Prior to the test, the City sent out a Nixle alert notifying all subscribers. The test aired on NOAA Weather Radio, local television stations and radio stations. Although Culver City is not located in a tsunami inundation zone, the City may be impacted by evacuations from adjacent coastal cities, should a tsunami occur. Please visit www.culvercity.org/emergencyprep and click on “Stay Informed” to make sure you are connected to receive future updates.
• March for Meals – The Culver City Fire Department participated in the 14th annual March for Meals with Culver Palms Meals on Wheels. On March 24th, as part of Community Champions Week, Chief David White, Assistant Chief Michael Bowden, and Battalion Chief Rob Kohlhepp helped deliver meals to clients of Culver Palms Meals on Wheels. The national March for Meals campaign is an annual month-long event led by Meals on Wheels America designed to generate public awareness about senior hunger and isolation and to celebrate the invaluable services provided by the Meals on Wheels programs in virtually every community across the country. For more information, please visit www.marchformeals.com.
Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
• Culver City After School Program – The Culver City Middle School After School Recreation Program (CCARP) was pleased to present the Monologue Showcase on March 17th. The Monologue Showcase performance was a collection of short stories featuring a single CCARP student actor. This Showcase was a presentation of the Culver City Penguins Drama Club, one of the many clubs offered at CCARP.
• Municipal Plunge Maintenance – The Public Works Maintenance Operations Division, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department, has begun its annual maintenance at the Municipal Plunge. The Plunge is closed through April 10th. During this time, several maintenance issues will be addressed including:
o Replacing two filter tanks
o Replacing the boiler
o Replacing several exterior building lights
o Replacing several lights in the pool
o Repairing trip hazards along the pool deck
o General painting within the locker/shower rooms
o General building repairs
• Culver City Spring Egg Hunt – The annual Culver City Spring Egg Hunt was held at Veterans Park on Saturday, March 19th. This event was held in partnership with Kiwanis Club of Culver City and had over 300 participants. Children ages 10 and under hunted for eggs, with prizes given to “hunters” who found a picture of a golden egg or a winner ticket in their egg. The event included arts & crafts booths, game booths, photo booths, and costumed giant bunnies to entertain everyone. Council Member Jim B. Clarke attended.
• Culver City Senior Citizens Association – The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department staff, along with volunteers from the Culver City Senior Citizens Association, attended the California Parks and Recreation Society annual state-wide conference in Long Beach during the first week of March. At a gala held on the final night of the conference, the Culver City Senior Citizens Association received the 2015 California Park & Recreation Society’s Service Award of Excellence as Champion of the Community. The Champion of the Community award honors and recognizes individuals or organizations that have significantly contributed to influence and improve the quality of their community through parks and recreation. Senior & Social Service Division personnel also staffed a booth at the conference Expo Hall honoring the “Best of the Best” award recipients.
• Veterans Memorial Complex Rental Operation – Upcoming events in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium include Angel City Derby Girls in on March 26th (http://angelcityderby.com/) and the Culver City Symphony Orchestra on April 2nd (http://www.culvercitysymphony.org/).
• Culver City Police Department Police Officers Participate in the Annual Challenge Cup/Baker to Vegas Relay – On March 19th, members of the Culver City Police Department ran the 120-mile, 20 stage, foot race beginning in Baker, California and finishing at Las Vegas, Nevada. The Challenge Cup Relay is the largest and most unique law enforcement race in the world. The purpose of this highly competitive event is to promote camaraderie, physical fitness, pride, and teamwork across a broad spectrum of law enforcement personnel. The grueling, non-stop competition demonstrates the need for superior physical fitness and teamwork. It also presents a positive view of law enforcement to the public we serve. The Department finished 2nd in its division and 30th in a field of 271 law enforcement agencies from around the world. Congratulations to all of the runners, volunteers, and members of the Department who participated in this year’s Relay.
• Lindberg Park Neighborhood Watch Meeting – On March 22nd, the Lindberg Park Neighborhood Watch held a meeting to discuss current crime trends and issues related to the Lindberg Park area. Lieutenant Sam Agaiby, Lieutenant Bill Browne, and Officer Charles Koffman participated in the event. Lt. Browne and Officer Charles Koffman gave a presentation on the City’s photo enforcement program.
Public Works Department
• Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission – On February 18th, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission Governing Board said farewell to Mayor Micheál O’Leary who has served as Chair since the end of 2012, and is departing as he is completing his second term on the City Council next month.
- Landscaping Guidelines for Residential Parkways – The City has hired Artecho Landscape Architects to prepare landscape guidelines for residential parkways, which is that portion of a public street lying between the curb and the sidewalk. A draft of the guidelines will be presented at a community meeting on Wednesday, April 13th at 7 pm in City Hall’s Dan Patacchia Conference Room. The public is invited to attend and provide feedback on the proposed guidelines.
- Interruption of Electrical Service at Veterans Park – As part of the Veterans Memorial Park Electrical Panel Upgrade project, electrical service to the park must be suspended from Monday, March 28th to Monday, April 4th. Certain amenities within the park will be affected. Lights and outlets in the Pavilion, Recreation Hut, and Playground, as well as lights and hand blowers in the restrooms, will not be working. The Veterans Building, Plunge, Teen Center and street lights will not be affected.
- American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Legislative Conference – Transportation Director Art Ida participated in the APTA Legislative conference held March 12th – 16th in Washington D.C. The Legislative Conference educates APTA members on important federal legislation and policy initiatives; provides the opportunity to shape future industry positions and federal transportation policy; provides direction on the industry’s legislative strategy and advocacy efforts with the U.S. Congress and Administration executives; and offers sessions with key members of Congress, Capitol Hill staff, Administration officials, and Washington opinion makers. During the trip, Mr. Ida also met with Congresswoman Karen Bass’s staff to discuss transportation issues facing Culver CityBus and the Los Angeles Region.
- Workforce Education Industry Conference – Paul Condran, Fleet Services Manager, spoke at the “What’s Trending: How Workforce Expectations Are Changing” conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, March 11th. This conference was presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Community College District.
Mr. Condran discussed the technology challenges and educational requirements facing the automotive industry. Mr. Condran also moderated a panel of technology experts from BMW, the Advanced Sustainability Institute, and NVidia. The conference provided innovative industry ideas about the skill sets that will be required in several sectors, especially the advanced automotive technology sector, including advanced energy systems and autonomous vehicle advancements. NVidia, for example, makes the autonomous information technology systems for the Google car.
- S. Department of Homeland Security Campaign – Culver CityBus is participating in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “See Something Say Something” campaign. Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe. “If You See Something, Say Something” engages the public in protecting our country through awareness, by building partnerships and conducting other outreach. Signs have been installed in all buses encouraging riders to be alert.