All the latest updates from City Manager John Nachbar and staff; A special thank you to the Centennial Celebration Committee, Downtown Business Association, the volunteers, and the City team for all of their efforts in putting together last Saturday’s festivities!
• Fire Prevention Week is October 9 – 15 – “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” is the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign. Age matters when it comes to your smoke alarms. Check the manufacturer dates on your smoke alarms today! For more fire prevention tips, please visit our website culvercity.org/fire or firepreventionweek.org.
CCFD Staff will be at the Culver City Farmers’ Market on Tuesday, October 11th from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm to hand out educational materials and answer questions about smoke alarms and fire prevention.
• Badge Ceremony – On September 19th, the Department held a badge pinning ceremony for Shawn Allois, James Palmer, and Spencer Henry (Probationary Firefighters to Firefighters); Seth Miller (Firefighter/Paramedic to Fire Captain); and Jeremy DeBie (Fire Captain to Battalion Chief). Their families, friends, and colleagues attended to congratulate them on their promotions and participate in the pinning of their new badges. Special thanks to Mayor Jim B. Clarke for participating in the ceremony. Congratulations Firefighter Allois, Firefighter Palmer, Firefighter Henry, Captain Miller, and Chief DeBie!
• Culver City Firefighters are Once Again going “PINK” this October – During the month of October, Culver City Firefighters will again be wearing pink to support those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Join them and show your support by purchasing a CCFD breast cancer awareness T-shirt. Beginning October 1st, pink T-shirts in men’s and women’s sizes will be available at Fire Station 1 (9600 Culver Boulevard) for $15 each. 100% of the T-shirt sales proceeds will go directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
• Culver City Winter Camp – The Culver City Recreation Division will offer Winter Wonderland Camp from December 19th – 30th for campers ages 5 -13. Campers can look forward to a fun-filled two weeks of activities including Broomball, a winter luau, ice cream making and much more. Registration begins on November 19th for Culver City residents and on November 26th for non-residents. Registration takes place at the Recreation Office at Veterans Memorial Park. Space is limited!
• Culver City Afterschool Recreation Program – Registration for CCARP (Culver City Afterschool Recreation Program) is ongoing. CCARP serves CCUSD elementary schools and middle school. Sites at El Marino, Blanco and Lin Howe are full. Lindberg and Middle School still have a few spots available. Culver City Recreation staff provide safe, fun and structured programs and feature time for homework, timed daily activity rotations, fresh and healthy snacks, arts & crafts, free play, community projects and special events. To inquire about availability and to register, please contact the Recreation Registration Office at 310-253-6650.
• Culver City Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – The 2017 theme for the City’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is “Peaceful Warriors for Positive Change.” The theme is centered on people who were involved in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and how their stories influenced Dr. King and continue to influence the world today. The MLK Committee is at work planning for the event and meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Culver City Senior Center. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 14, 2017.
• Culver City Senior Center Community Forum – “Brain Health & Alzheimer’s Disease,” a free community forum, will be held on Saturday, October 1st from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Culver City Senior Center. The forum is hosted by Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, with keynote speaker Dr. Edmund Teng, co-director of the Katherine and Benjamin Kagan Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Development Program at UCLA. Dr. Teng will share the latest research on what happens when our brains age and what we can do to reduce memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.
What can we do now to keep our brains healthy? Are there foods that we can eat that will help our memory? What do we do if we see signs of memory loss? The event will include a health and resource fair with booths that will provide information about caregiving, clinical trials, assisted living, financial and legal planning, and other services that are available to the community. This event is free to all ages of the public. For more information, please contact Kimiko Kelly at 323-930-6259 or by email at [email protected]
• Culver City Senior & Social Services Division Mental Health First Aid Class for Culver City Staff – The Culver City Senior & Social Service Division will be offering an eight-hour Mental Health First Aid Class presented by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. This free course is available to Culver City non-emergency responder staff, as well as staff from our governmental and non-profit partner agencies in order to educate them in ways to better serve our constituents and the public in general. The class will be held from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Wednesday, November 2nd and Thursday, November 3rd. Mental Health First Aid introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns, builds an understanding of their impact, and provides an overview of common treatments. To make reservations or for more information, please contact Darren Uhl, Disability & Social Services Specialist at 310-253-6739 or by email at [email protected] This workshop is not open to the public.
• Culver City Volunteer Opportunities – There are many upcoming opportunities in the Culver City community. Just a couple examples: the local Walk & Rollers group is looking for volunteers for an upcoming pedestrian and bicycle count and the Los Angeles Audubon Society is seeking volunteers to teach schoolchildren about the natural history and native habitats at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Baldwin Hills. For information on these and other volunteer opportunities, contact Jill Thomsen in the volunteer office at 310-253-6722 or by email at [email protected]
• The Annual Los Angeles County Flu Clinic – Save the date! The annual Los Angeles County Flu Clinic will be offering free flu shots to our community on Thursday, October 20th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Veterans Memorial Building.
• Parks, Recreation and Community Service Commission Highlights from September 6, 2016 – 1) The Commission heard an informational item regarding the Department’s Administration Division; 2) held a discussion regarding Community Conversations – Topic #7: “Race, Religion and Culture: Living in Harmony without our Community”; 3) heard updates from the Ad Hoc Subcommittees and representative appointees to various outside Associations and City Committees; 4) reviewed and made recommendations regarding upcoming agenda items to be considered by the Commission and its Ad Hoc Subcommittees; 5) The Commission reached consensus to reschedule the October 4th Commission Meeting and to October 12th due to scheduling conflicts.
• New Centennial Police Badge – Chief Scott Bixby is proud to unveil the Police Department’s Centennial Badge to help celebrate the City’s 100th anniversary. The badge will be worn by all sworn members of the department for the upcoming year. This is an exact replica of the department’s badge from 1917.
• Tellefson/Studio Estates Neighborhood Watch Meeting – On September 20, 2016 Lieutenant Aubrey Kellum and Captain Ron Iizuka attended the 4th Anniversary of the Tellefson Neighborhood watch program. Thanks to Dave Voncannon and his leadership this watch program has been true success. Mayor Jim Clarke and Councilmember Goran Eriksson also attended the meeting.
Public Works Department
• Culver City Receives Free Children’s Helmets for Giveaway – The City was awarded 120 bicycle helmets from the California Department of Public Health to give away to children in the community who need them. The Public Works Department will partner with Culver City Walk & Rollers to distribute these helmets as part of the City’s ongoing Safe Routes to School Program, in partnership with the Culver City Unified School District. The helmets will arrive in January and be given out before the end of the school year. These helmets were provided to the City with funding from the California Kids’ Plates Program.
• Coastal Cleanup Day – Culver City celebrated the Annual end of the summer Coastal Cleanup Day on September 17, 2016. Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is an international event with over 60 countries around the world participating, making it one of the largest volunteer efforts on the planet. Each year for the past 23 years, Culver City Public Works Environmental Programs and Operations (PW-EPO) and local community supporters participate in the Annual CCD on and near Ballona Creek.
Across California, this Coastal Cleanup Day 2016 was a success. More than 9,500 volunteers turned out to collect over 29,600 pounds of trash which is the equivalent to nearly 15 tons of trash. This could not have happened without all the dedicated volunteers.
In Culver City, Echo Horizon School was led by Jen Mascolo; the Culver City Bike Coalition was led by Council Member Meghan Sahli-Wells; Ballona Creek Renaissance group was led by Deborah Gregory; the Baldwin Hills Overlook base camp was led by Kiwanis’ Joan Satt and by Sierra Club’s Kana Yokota. Over 1,211 pounds of debris was collected. Public Works-EPO dispatched crews and a sweeper into the creek to pick-up large and small debris bringing in an additional amount of 4,000 pounds of wet material.
170 plus volunteers from the Culver City community made this event a great success. PW-EPO was on hand to provide support and resources to remove all the debris the volunteers were able to collect.
• Construction Update – Golden State Water Company will commence construction on October 3, 2016 to replace existing water mains with new eight inch diameter PVC pipe along the following roadways:
o Ranch Road, from Kelmore Street to east of Youngworth Road
o Youngworth Road, from Ranch Road to Flaxton Street
o Flaxton Street, from Youngworth Road to Drakewood Avenue
o Drakewood Avenue, from Youngworth Road to Ranch Road
o Lugo Way, from Ranch Road to cul-de-sac
o Esterina Way, from Hill Road to Cranks Road cul-de-sac
o Linda Way, from Cranks Road to cul-de-sac
o Additional work along St. James Drive, Cranks Road and Hill Road
Construction is scheduled to be completed in May 2017. Approximately 1.2 miles of new eight-inch water main, 127 new water service laterals, and 17 new fire hydrants, will be replaced.
Construction will take place from Monday to Friday, between the working hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. Construction crews may begin arriving to the site beforehand, but no work will begin before 8:00 am. No work is scheduled for weekends or holidays.
Traffic and parking may be impacted during construction working hours. There may be temporary street closures; however, alternative routes will be available. Residents will be notified in advance if access to driveways may be limited for short durations of time.
Residents in the immediate vicinity of construction may experience increased levels of noise. Crews will make every effort to keep dust to a minimum. Weekly activities such as trash pickup will not be interrupted.
Any questions or concerns should be directed to 24-hour Golden State Water Company Customer Service Center at (800) 999-4033. A customer service representative will answer questions or arrange for direct correspondence with the project construction manager.
• Culver City Centennial Celebration Bus Wrap – In honor of the Culver City Centennial Celebration, Culver CityBus has put into service a new wrapped bus. The bus, wrapped with historic Culver City images will be unveiled in the Centennial Parade on Saturday, September 24th. Look for the bus joining your commute beginning Sunday, September 25th.
• Culver City High AVID Program Lunch and Learn – On Friday, September 16th, Culver CityBus partnered with Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) to provide a lunch and learn session. Art Ida, Transportation Director; Paul Condran, Fleet Services Manager; Jane Leonard, Senior Management Analyst; and Dia Turner, Management Analyst shared their duties and background. The 50 CCUSD students in attendance learned about what it is like to operate a transit agency; jobs in the transportation department and in government; and they were provided general information about putting themselves on the road to a fulfilling career. Students in attendance were provided with Culver City bags and information about Culver CityBus routes and services.
New Culver CityBus Service Changes:
• Line 6: Line 6 is going back to the Ackerman turnaround.
• Rapid 6 Additional Service:
• Morning Service every 10 minutes
• Mid-day service every 30 minutes
• Additional Evening Service every 15 minutes
• Introducing Rapid 6 Short Line:
• Direct service between UCLA Ackerman and Sepulveda and Palms
• Only 8 stops!
• AM Service (Northbound only) from 6:36 am– 10:37 am
• PM Service (Southbound only) from 1:44 pm – 7:04 pm
• Line 1, Line 6 Local, and Rapid 6 have minor schedule adjustments.
Additional information, schedule times and maps are available at www.culvercitybus.com.
• Limited Edition Centennial TAP Cards – While Supplies last! – Centennial TAP (Transit Access Pass) cards now available for $2 at either of our two physical sales locations. Come Visit us in person at our City Hall or Transportation offices.
Cards only available while supplies last. Get yours today!