City Manager’s Report – John Nachbar

swimming-lessons-culver-cityIt’s the bi-weekly report from Culver City’s manager, Mr. John Nachbar. All the latest details from Parks & Recreation, the Fire Dept, Community Development and much more.

• Class Visit to City Hall – On May 6th, the Linwood E. Howe Elementary School’s 3rd grade classes visited the Mike Balkman Council Chambers. Mayor Jim B. Clarke engaged the students with questions and answers about the duties of a Mayor. Many of the students (pictured below) participated and then shared their ideas on what they would do as a Mayor of Culver City.

• Mosquitoes and Other Insects and Vectors in Los Angeles County – The Los Angeles County West Vector and Vector-Borne Diseases Control District has released a newly redesigned “Mosquito and Other Insects and Vectors” booklet, which contains information on vectors and vector-borne diseases encountered in Los Angeles County. New topics include the Zika virus, invasive Aedes mosquitoes, and mosquito breeding in rain barrels.

The Rain Barrels which were distributed through West Basin Municipal Water District and the City program have a mosquito netting at the top of the barrel. Education on how to collect and empty water was distributed at the last distribution event in a workshop-type setting for all participants. Each barrel has a 4’ tight steel mesh screen that prevents mosquitos and other bugs from accessing the water.

City Clerk’s Office
• Taste of the Nation – Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is the nation’s premier culinary benefit, featuring offerings from LA County’s top chefs and mixologists—all of whom come together to donate their time, talent, and passion to help end childhood hunger in America. Sponsored by the City of Culver City, the event takes place on Sunday, June 5th in Media Park at 9070 Venice Boulevard from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. All proceeds from ticket purchases go toward helping fight childhood hunger in California. Beneficiaries include the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Westside Food Bank, California Food Policy Advocates, and No Kid Hungry Los Angeles.

To purchase a ticket to support these organizations, help fight childhood hunger, and enjoy an exciting evening with some of the region’s best chefs, please go to
Community Development
• Access Culver City – 8770 Washington Boulevard is almost complete.
View of the 2nd floor courtyard:

The ground level corner courtyard at the intersection of Washington and National Boulevards:

The northeast corner on Washington Boulevard:

The Sony Culver parking structure, the west end addition:

11222 Washington Place, new 1-story commercial building:

13463 Washington Boulevard, Costco remodel and addition:

• Westfield Culver City – Building at 6150 Slauson Avenue, north existing building being remodeled for a Trader Joe’s and other commercial tenants:

800 Corporate Pointe location of new proposed 11-story office building and new parking structure:

• Lady M Confections – A final building inspection was completed on May 10th, for a 6,830 square foot tenant improvement to change the use from a warehouse to a baking facility at 5887 Blackwelder Street.
• Combined/Hudson Culver 9300 LLC – Building plans were submitted May 12th for a new 115,108 square foot 4-story retail/office building with 2 levels of underground parking garage (84,327 square feet) at 9300 Culver Boulevard.
• Cava Grill – Building plans were submitted on May 11th for a 2,211 square foot tenant improvement for a new restaurant at 9343 Culver Boulevard.
• Sprout JK – Waffle, LLC – The Building Safety Division issued a Building Permit on May 9th for an 878 square foot addition to an existing space for proposed warehouse/accessory storage area at 3585 Hayden Avenue.
• Destroyer Coffee – The Building Safety Division issued a Building Permit on May 11th for a 726 square foot tenant improvement for a new coffee retail store at 3578 Hayden Avenue.
• City of Culver City Transfer Station – Building plans were submitted on May 12th for the demolition of existing restrooms and locker room and reconfiguration of layout to create a new men’s restroom and locker room at 9275 Jefferson Boulevard.
• Apple/Beats – Building plans were approved on May 10th for the installation of fiber optic conduit and cables between Apple campuses at 8460 Higuera Street, 8500 Higuera Street, and 8550 Higuera Street.
• Spencer’s Gifts, Inc. – Building plans were submitted on May 4th for a 2,600 square foot tenant improvement at Westfield Culver City.
• Conjunctive Points Warner – Building plans were submitted on May 9th for the initial grading and shoring of a future 775 car parking structure, 41,000 square feet of retail space, and 10,000 square feet of restaurant space, within a five-level, 43 foot high development, with three of five levels subterranean at 8511 Warner Drive.

The Platform project is mostly complete except for interior tenant improvements. This is the east building:

This is the middle building, a new office building:

This is the west building, the new parking structure:

• Magasin – A final building inspection was completed on May 11th for a 1,507 square foot tenant improvement for a new retail space at 8810 Washington Boulevard, #101 – The PLATFORM.

• Sweetgreen – Building plans were submitted on May 9th for a new fast-casual salad restaurant at 8840 Washington Boulevard, #101 – The PLATFORM.

• Acutonix – The Building Safety Division issued a building permit on May 2nd for a 1,265 square foot tenant improvement for an Acupuncture office at 10764 Washington Boulevard.

• Hayden Tract Spur – Construction of the Hayden Tract Spur Parking Lot Project commenced on April 11th. Work on the project is anticipated to be completed by June 30th.

• Hayden Place, New Parking Spaces – The south side of Hayden Place has been restriped to convert the parallel parking spaces to diagonal parking spaces.

This project has resulted in a net increase of twenty-seven (27) additional parking spaces:

• Downtown Business Association Memorandum of Understanding for Downtown Maintenance – On May 9th the City Council approved the Third Amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding for Downtown Maintenance between the City and the Downtown Business Association. The MOU will be in effect until June 30, 2017.
• Long Range Property Management Plan – Efforts are underway to transfer all of the remaining former Redevelopment Agency properties to the City.
Fire Department
• CPR Event – Be ready to save a life! Join the Culver City Fire Department for a FREE CPR event at Starbucks Courtyard (9718 Washington Boulevard) on Thursday, June 2nd from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm.
The life you learn to save is likely to be someone you know and love. Bystander CPR (hands-only) provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can up to triple a victim’s chance of survival. In just 15 minutes, you can learn this life-saving skill. Recommended for ages 5 and up, classes will start every 15 minutes. The first 100 participants will be entered in a drawing to win a disaster kit for a family of four!

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
• Culver City Just4Kids and Teen Camp – Just 4 Kids and Teen Camp registration has begun. Enrollment for camps can be completed at the Veterans Park Registration Office or online. Summer Day Camp begins on Monday, June 13th and ends Friday, August 19th. Camps will feature field trips to Pirate’s Adventure, Magic Mountain, Angeles Baseball, Raging Waters and Knott’s Berry Farm. Hurry while there are still spots left!

• Culver City Municipal Plunge Swim Meet – On Saturday, June 4th, the Culver City Municipal Plunge will be the site of a fun novice level swim meet. Youth ages 6 to 16 from Culver City, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach and Torrance will compete. Warm-ups will start at 8:30 am and the meet will end at 12:00 pm. This is a free event open to novice swim teams. This meet will prepare swimmers to participate in the Bay Area Municipal Athletic Association (BAMAA) meet and the Southern California Municipal Athletic Foundation (SCMAF) meet, scheduled for July 30th and August 13th respectively. Swimmers will be encouraged to join recreation swimming following the swim meet from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm.

• Memorial Day Weekend at Culver City Municipal Plunge – Join us Memorial Day weekend, May 28th – 30th, at the Culver City Municipal Plunge from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Admission is $1 per person per visit. On May 28th, the Aquatics staff will host a Recreation Swim Kick Off Party. There will be water safety presentations and a Learn-to-Swim information booth. It’s a fun-filled weekend with games and activities for the entire family! The Culver City Municipal Plunge is located at the Veterans Memorial Park, 4175 Overland Avenue in Culver City.

• Haynes Building Service LLC/ Culver City Staff Coordinator – Staff mourns the loss of Jose Hernandez who was affectionately known at the City as “Charlie”. Charlie passed away tragically on Saturday night as the result of a traffic accident. Charlie was a valuable member of the Haynes team since 2005 and loved by all. Charlie’s work ethic and contributions were unmeasurable. He tirelessly served the City by providing the best presentation and customer service for the rentals, summer concerts, numerous City events and meetings, Senior Center programs and Recreation programs. Charlie will be greatly missed in the Haynes and Culver City communities as he was passionate about doing the best he could each and every day.
Police Department
• Prescription Drug Take Back at CCPD – On April 30th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the Police Department hosted a drop off point for National Drug Take Back this event is held twice a year. This year the department collected 275 pounds of unwanted prescription medications from the community. Great Job!
• Fair and Impartial Policing – This week Chief Scott Bixby, Command Staff, and Lieutenants attended a two-day training course conducted by Dr. Lorie Fridell from the University of South Florida on the social science of human bias and the implication for policing. This training course is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice and in conjunction with President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Strategy.
Public Works Department
• Water Efficient Fixtures – Last week, the City’s contractor began the process of installing 40 low-flow shower heads, replacing 25 water-using urinals with waterless types, and the retrofit or replacement of over 200 toilets to minimize their water use at 24 different City facilities. These retrofits and replacements will be completed by the end of May and will reduce the City’s potable water use.
• Hazard Mitigation Plan – The public comment period for the Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan has concluded and the City’s consultant is in the process of revising the Plan to reflect the comments received. Once finalized, the Plan will be submitted to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for their review over the next few months.
Transportation Department
• Take Your Daughter to Work Day – On April 28th, Culver CityBus partnered with LA Metro to participate in the National “Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” Metro hosted 60 participants, ages ranging from 8 years – 18 years old to tour their facility at the Arthur Winston Division 3205. Each recipient received information about transit careers, taking transit to get around town, and a goody bag.
• Bike to Work Day – On May 19th, Culver CityBus partnered with BikeCulverCity to participate in Bike to Work Day. Culver CityBus co-sponsored the local bike pit stops. Each pit stop offered riders refreshments, raffles, and free Culver CityBus bike bags. BikeCulverCity formerly The Culver City Bicycle Coalition was formed in 2010 to make Culver City a safer, more bike-friendly community. BikeCulverCity is an all-volunteer, member-supported organization that encourages cycling, educates cyclists and motorists for safer streets, advocates to make Culver City more bike-friendly, and supports the successful implementation of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (unanimously approved by the City Council in November 2010). BikeCulverCity is a local chapter of the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

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