City Manager’s Report – John Nachbar

Culver_City_City_Hall• 13th Annual “Cruisin’ Back to Culver City” Car Show – The 13th Annual “Cruisin’ Back to Culver City” Car Show, will take place on Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Hundreds of classic cars and hot rods are expected to be on display in downtown along Culver and Washington Boulevards from Ince Boulevard to Duquesne Avenue. Vendors and music performances are scheduled throughout the day. This event is produced by the Culver City Exchange Club and is sponsored by the City of Culver City. For more information, please go to www.culvercitycarshow.com or call 310-499-4840.

Community Development
• GoPro – The Building Safety Division issued a Building Permit on April 12th, for a 5,280 square foot tenant improvement at 3526 Hayden Avenue.
• Anonymous Content – The Building Safety Division issued a Building Permit on April 7th, for a minor alteration of existing 10,145 square foot one story and mezzanine commercial space, at 3532 Hayden Avenue.
• Morsco/Morrison Supply – A final building inspection was completed on April 8th, for a 2,716 square foot build out of a Kohler Signature Store and design center at 3250 Helms Avenue.
• Bank of the West – Building plans were approved on April 8th, for a 3,199 square foot tenant improvement for a new bank, lobby, offices, staff rooms, restrooms, and ATM room at 8770 Washington Boulevard.
• Hayden Tract Spur Project Building plans were submitted on April 11th for site improvements to include grading, new striping, electrical, and irrigation improvements at 3598 Hayden Avenue. This project is anticipated to be completed by June 30th.
• VCP CP CULVER CITY LLC – Building plans were submitted on April 5th for exterior meeting and social gathering amenity space on the top floor of the parking garage at 800 Corporate Pointe.
• Discount Dance Supply – Building plans were submitted on April 7th for a 4,700 square foot tenant improvement at 2890 La Cienega Boulevard.
• Costco – The Building Safety Division issued a Building Permit on April 13th for the renovation and addition of 31,023 square feet to existing Costco Warehouse including a new tire center, exterior food service, seating area and entry canopy at 13463 Washington Boulevard.
• Baldwin Site / Axis-Mundi – On April 8th, the City Council approved an 11th Implementation Agreement for the Baldwin project. This project is scheduled for three community meetings.
• CDBG – Pursuant to requests from the Public Works Department, the City is in the process of utilizing different funds for the Senior Center Hearing Loop project and the ADA curb cut project. The funding for these projects will be rolled into available funds for other projects in future years. The hearing loop project will be included in a separate, larger audio-video improvement project, and the curb cuts will now be included in a City-wide ADA compliance program.
Fire Department
• Save the Date for Fire Service Day – Fire Service Day will be held on Saturday, May 7th from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at Fire Station 1 (9600 Culver Boulevard). This annual event, which coincides with the Culver City Car Show, is an opportunity for the community to get to know Culver City Firefighters as well as to see the station, apparatus, and equipment up close. Visit Station 1 between 8:00 am and 11:00 am and enjoy the Culver City Firefighters’ Pancake Breakfast–$5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children. New this year: Culver City Firefighters will also serve up chili between 11:30 am and 3:00 pm at $8 per bowl. We look forward to seeing you there!

• International Training – The Culver City Fire Department (CCFD) hosted a 16-hour Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Provider Course. PHTLS is recognized around the world as the leading Continuing Education program for prehospital emergency trauma care, per the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). This international course was instructed by CCFD’s Nurse Educator, Monica Bradley, with the assistance of instructors from three local agencies. Paramedics and nurses from out-of-state and throughout California attended the two-day course. This course was a particular success as it certified four CCFD paramedics to instruct the PHTLS course in the future.

• Water First Program – We want everyone to have emergency water! Culver City residents can purchase a 55 Gallon Water Storage System at a discounted price with free delivery to our drill yard for pick-up. The system allows you to fill a 55-gallon drum with water, which is good for five years. More Prepared has created a special landing page on its website for Culver City residents to place their orders before May 15th. All orders placed before May 15th must be picked up on May 22nd between 2 pm – 5 pm at the Drill Yard (9275 Jefferson Blvd.). For more information about the program, visit http://ow.ly/4mV9r9. Visit http://www.moreprepared.com/culver-city-residents.html to place your order.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
• Just 4 Kids and Teen Camp Registration – Registration forms for Just 4 Kids and Teen Camp are available beginning April 23rd. Registration for residents begins on April 30th and for non-residents on May 7th. Initial enrollment for camps must be completed at the Veterans Park Registration Office. Summer Camps begin on Monday, June 13th and end on Friday, August 19th. Summer Camps will feature field trips to Pirate’s Adventure, Raging Waters, Magic Mountain, Soak City, and Knott’s Berry Farm.
• DEEP workshops at the Culver City Senior Center – The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) is offering a series of six two-hour weekly interactive workshops focusing on nutrition, physical activity, risk factors and potential complications related to diabetes. DEEP workshops are very hands-on, providing participants with a strong understanding of how diabetes affects the body, all while meeting and interacting with other individuals living with diabetes. The program is facilitated by a certified DEEP educator. This 6-week program takes place from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Culver Senior Center on the following Mondays: May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th, May 23rd, June 6th and June 13th.
• Aging in America Conference – Culver City Social Services Specialist Jill S. Thomsen was invited to speak at the National Aging in America Conference, held in March in Washington, DC. Over 3,000 people from across the country and overseas were in attendance to learn, network and participate in the largest multidisciplinary conference covering issues of aging and quality of life for older adults.
• Older Americans Month – May is Older Americans Month! There will be special activities and events all month long at the Culver City Senior Center. A few examples are the Ukulele Spring Fling on May 10th at 1:00 pm; an art show the week of May 23rd – 26th; and a special boutique on Friday, May 6th. Check out the Senior Center newsletter online at the beginning of May for more details.
• Veterans Memorial Complex Rental Operation – Turner North Productions rented VMB rooms on April 18th, 19th and 20th to shoot an episode of The Last Ship for the TNT Channel; upcoming public events at VMB include Bead Bazaar in Veterans Memorial Auditorium on April 24th (http://www.beadsocietyla.org/bazaar.php). The La Ballona Valley Bromeliad Society (phone 323-294-9839) and the Sunset Succulent Society (phone 310-822-1783) present a Bromeliad, Cactus & Succulent Show at VMB on April 30th and May 1st.

Police Department
• Prescription Drug Take Back at the Police Department – On Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm, dispose of your old, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs safely and for free by bringing them to our prescription drug take back day. The event will be held at the Culver City Police Department.

• King Drew Magnet School – Serena Wright, Director of Human Resources, coordinated a special event that invited students from the King Drew Magnet School, an alternative high school primarily serving disadvantaged children. Students were given the opportunity to participate in an open discussion with key members of the City’s management team. The students were provided with information about all City departments. Lieutenant Sam Agaiby represented the Police Department and discussed the Department’s structure, operations and the various career and mentorship opportunities.

• Police Recognition Luncheon – The Rotary and Exchange Clubs hosted a luncheon on April 13th at the DoubleTree Hotel to recognize members of the Police Department for their outstanding service to the community. This was the second year that the Rotary and Exchange Clubs honored the members of the Police Department.
• Police Department Honorees: Community Service Officer Gustavo Pena, Parking Enforcement Officer Bradley Witt, Records Technician Alice Tomas, Police Officer Michael Dooley, Police Officer Jevgenija Misevicius, and Police Explorers Mason Cogan, Tyler Latona, and Gabriel Robles were recently recognized by the Police Department.

Additionally, the department honored citizen Fredrick James. Mr. James’ heroic actions prevented a bank robbery and potentially saved lives on Thursday, January 21st at approximately 9:05 am, at the One West Bank located at 10784 Jefferson Boulevard, where Fredrick was working as a Security Guard. His actions also led to the arrest and the eventual prosecution of dangerous criminals and protected the citizens of Culver City.
Public Works Department

• Emergency Response to Wind Events – As a result of the gusty wind conditions that occurred on Friday, April 16th, Public Works crews, in conjunction with the City’s tree maintenance contractor, West Coast Arborists, responded to numerous incidents of trees that had fallen and branches that had broken off. In all, a total of four trees had completely been blown over blocking streets and sidewalks, as well as, numerous trees that sustained considerable limb breakages. Several cars and properties saw damage as a result. West Coast Arborists was able to clear away the down trees and allow obstructed streets to be reopen by the end of the day Friday. Public Works crews spent the first part of this week cleaning up smaller branches and palm fronds. The Public Works Department would like to assure residents that it will continue to be proactive with regards to maintenance and pruning of the City’s urban forest, but it’s important to keep in mind that severe wind events such as this one can still result in downed trees and limb breakage.

• Self-Haul Compost Give Away for Culver City Residents – Save the date! Celebrate International Composting Awareness Week with Public Works Environmental Programs and Operations from May 2nd through May 8th. Culver City is proud to be a positive part of the recycling loop by providing local organic material, creating beneficial soil amendments to help grow healthy soil thru our Food Waste Program. The Public Works Department along with American Organics is holding a free compost giveaway event in the parking lot adjacent to the Bone Yard (Dog Park).

Where: Parking lot adjacent to the Dog Park
9710 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City
When: Saturday May 7th from 8 am to Noon or until gone
Access to the area is at the Jefferson Blvd and Duquesne Street traffic light. Drive up the hill to the parking lot entrance on the left just before reaching the Dog Park. This is a self-haul event so bring a shovel and containers. Residents are responsible for shoveling and bagging their own compost in garbage bags, yard waste bags, and reusable containers. Compost is ready to go, but recommended to be mixed together with topsoil or another gardening fill. For best growing results, a 60/40 split (60% topsoil and 40% compost) is recommended. This free compost comes from American Organics, where every day is Earth Day! Compost material is OMRIListed® (Organic Materials Review Institute) and licensed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture); it is approved to be used in agricultural operations that are certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program.

• Drought-tolerant Landscaping – Water-efficient landscaping doesn’t have to look dull and lifeless. Many beautiful, colorful plants can withstand low-water and high-heat conditions. Consult with your local nursery for information on plant selection and placement for optimum outdoor water savings.

Fast Facts:
• Drought-tolerant plants have waxy leaves that help them hold in moisture.
• They require less watering and maintenance for the home gardener than a traditional landscaping plan.
• You can save even more water by grouping plants together that have the same watering needs.
Learn more about water conservation tips and rebates at http://www.culvercity.org/live/home-property/water-convervation and make yours one of Culver City’s Healthy Homes.

Transportation Department
• Culver City Walk and Roll Festival – On Sunday, April 17th, Culver CityBus participated in the CCUSD Walk and Roll Festival. In a collaborative effort to expand the event to focus on “alternative transportation” as opposed to just walking and bike riding, Culver CityBus staff brought a bus to the event, allowing participants to get on board! Attendees (including Council Members Jim B. Clarke and Meghan Sahli-Wells) were allowed to “picture themselves in the driver’s seat” with commemorative Polaroids. Staff was on hand to answer questions and pass out information to those curious about Culver CityBus routes and services.

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