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					       Vol. 8 , No. 45 Culver City Observer Westchester/Marina Observer Palos Verdes View May 12 2011 - May 18 2011

   Proposed City Budget looks Grim
                                         Economic Recovery Is Slow
                                                                                             By Lynne Bronstein                                        Revenues are expected to come
    Tribute To Stars Draws                                                                   Observer Reporter                               from various city taxes for services, such
                                                                                                                                             as the sewer fund and the refuse fund;
                                                                                                       It's budget time again and the        enterprise funds that come from user
        Sellout Crowd                                                                        City Council and Redevelopment Agency
                                                                                             convened Monday night to hear a report
                                                                                                                                             charges for services; internal service
                                                                                                                                             funds, which receive their income from
                                                                                             on the proposed budget for Fiscal Year          charges to other funds in the City; special
                                                                                             2011-2012.                                      revenue funds (from grants, HUD funds,
                                                                                                       City Manager John Nachbar             and cooperative agreements); tax incre-
                                                                                             addressed the Council/Agency prior to the       ment funds; and the General Fund, which
                                                                                             budget presentation, noting the budget is       comes from property and sales taxes and
                                                                                             being prepared in "very challenging times.      goes largely to city services such as
                                                                                             We continue to experience economic con-         police, fire protection, and parks and
                                                                                             ditions that are not optimal."                  recreation.
                                                                                                       Nachbar said Culver City was                    The General Fund is subject to
                                                                                             under advisement to reduce costs by two         fluctuation and also is jeopardized by
                                                                                             percent in all departments. "It may not         occasional state "takeaways" or re-direc-
                                                                                             sound like a lot but it is significant."        tions of the funds.
                                                                                                       Jeff Muir, Culver City Chief                    Muir noted that a major problem
                                                                                             Financial Officer, gave the presentation as     with balancing the available funds comes
                                                                                             a PowerPoint slide show with commen-            from "post employment" costs, i.e. pen-
                                                                                             tary. First, he described the current eco-      sion funds and medical benefits for
                                                                                             nomic conditions:                               retirees.
                                                                                                       Unemployment is still high. In                  The City is currently negotiating
                                                                                             California, it's over 12 percent, higher than   with several labor groups representing
                                                                                             in most of the nation. It is anticipated that   employees in various areas. The pro-
                                                                                             unemployment will remain in the double-         posed budget, says Muir, includes
                                                                                             digits through the end of 2012 and won't        assumptions based on the success of
                                                                                             get back to "normal" until 2015.                these negotiations.
                                                                                                       Gas prices are 28 percent higher                What can be done to obtain more
Alan Schulman & Sibyl Buchanan of Playa Vista receiving                                      than last year. The stock market has had        revenues without having to cut essential
CCEF Presidents Award                                                                        a slight boost but economic recovery            services and salaries and benefits for all
                                                                 photo by Craig Ferre        remains anemic. Housing prices are still        employees?
                                                                                             flat and sales are soft.                                  One possibility is for Culver City
                                                                                                       "The recovery will be slow and        to increase its transient occupancy tax
        The Culver City Education Foundation's 13th annual Tribute to the Stars
                                                                                             bumpy," said Muir.                              (TOT) or "hotel tax" from 12 to 14 percent,
on Friday May 6 was a success at its new location at Sony Picture Studios.
                                                                                                       The state is facing a $25 billion     making it comparable to the TOT for other
        A sold out crowd of over 420 was in attendance which included parents,
                                                                                             deficit. A push to get a tax extension          cities. Some City positions in several
CCUSD teachers, administrators and classified employees and supportive com-
                                                                                             measure on the June ballot has failed.          departments will be eliminated although
munity members.
                                                                                             City officials are waiting to see what hap-     nine positions being considered for elimi-
        Everyone associated with this event was incredibly generous: from the
                                                                                             pens next week when the Governor's              nation are currently vacant.
business community who donated auction items and the food; to the awards and
                                                                                             "May Revise" of the state budget is                       "We project taxes as revenue,"
event sponsors, including Antioch University Los Angeles, Playa Vista, Plains
                                                                                             released.                                       said Muir. "But [the revenues] are offset by
Exploration & Production, Rotary Club of Culver City, See's Candies, Sony
                                                                                                       And there is the possibility the      losses." Public safety funding makes up a
Pictures Entertainment, The Graduate School of Education & Psychology at
                                                                                             state's redevelopment agencies may be           large portion of the revenue from the
Pepperdine and Westfield Culver City.
                                                                                             eliminated. The Governor's proposal             General Fund.
                                                See additional photos page 4
                                                                                             would only provide enough tax increment                   Muir ended his presentation with
                                                                                             to fund existing debts and obligations. All     the five-year forecast which foresees a
       Culver Mathletes Succeed                                                              excess funding and assets would revert to
                                                                                             the State or other taxing entities.
                                                                                                                                             deficit existing in future years even with a
                                                                                                                                             modest recovery in revenues. Some
            In Tournament                                                                              The Agency and City have taken
                                                                                             a number of steps to secure tax increment
                                                                                                                                             hope can be seen if, among other things,
                                                                                                                                             the TOT tax measure succeeds, and if the
                                                                                             funding if the State does eliminate rede-       General Fund's dependence on RDA
         Culver City Middle School attended the first Middle School Math Olympiads           velopment,                                      (Redevelopment Agency) funds can be
Tournament at Madrona Middle School in Torrance on April 16.                                           The proposed 2011-2012 budget         reduced by an additional $700,000 each
Eight schools competed on 16 different teams in the first Middle School Math                 is for $212.3 million. Citywide revenues        year for four years beginning in fiscal year
Olympiads event in the Los Angeles area.                                                     (excluding transfers) for the coming Fiscal     2012-2013
         CCMS team members included eighth-grader Timothy Martin, seventh-                   Year are estimated at $157.6 million.
graders Dana Chung, Maarten Hesseling, Peter Tran, and Mia Windman, and sixth-                                                               Council - Continued On Page 4
graders Peter Marcus, Elise Park, Matthew Takara, Yuri Tateda, and Kenta Yamaguchi.
         Though the CCMS students tied for second place in the team competition with
a perfect team effort and two perfect individual scorers, the team lost the tie breaker to
                                                                                              Transient Arrested In Double Murder
Landell School and officially finished third.                                                         While authorities are still trying to establish a motive, a 31-yer-old homeless
There was a 21-way tie for first place in the individual round. Peter Marcus and Timothy     man, Zachariah Lehnen, has been arrested in the double homicide last week in Culver
Martin were in the tie breaker round, and Martin was ultimately awarded fourth-place         City. Sources said Lehnen knew the victims, 89-year-old Lucuen Bergez and 27-year-
following the tie breaker.                                                                   old Erica Escobar.
         In addition, Farragut Elementary School's mathletes finished second and                      The bodies of Bergez and Escobar were found in a home in the 4000 block of
mathletes from El Marino Language School finished fourth in the recent Fourth Annual         Huron Ave. last Tuesday. Lehnen was arrested two days later in West Hollywood.
Linwood Howe Math Olympiad.                                                                  Lehnen is scheduled to be arraigned May 25 in a Los Angeles court.

                                                         What's Next For The Lakers? - Page 5
Page 2 • May 12 2011 - May 18 2011 • Culver City Observer

 Roller Derby ? In Culver City ?
          Question: Name a sports team that plays its home games in Culver City? Give
up? The answer is the Hollywood Scarlets.
          Still not ringing any bells? The Scarlets are LA's representative in the Women's
Flat Track Roller Derby League. Hopefully you've heard of Roller Derby. Some of you
may even remember the glory days of the '70s and '80 with the L.A. Thunderbirds.
Games were shown on black and white TV, Channel 52 to be exact. Ronnie Rains and
Ralphie Valladeres would fly around a banked wood track. If you lapped players on the
other team, you scored points. If you get crashed into, well, you get crashed into.
Another piece of trivia is that at one point Hall of Famer Chick Hearn was the announc-
er. That's right Chicky Baby was the voice of Roller Derby too!
Well, Roller Derby lives again but this time it's flat track not banked. Flat Track got start-
ed in 2001 in Austin, TX and caught on quickly. It has grown to more than 600 leagues
worldwide. The Scarlets are an all-girl team and the players have names like 'Go-go
Gidget', 'Rachel Rotten' and 'Snook-her Doodles'. Home games are played here in
Culver City at the Culver City Veterans Auditorium and the crowds are big and enthu-
Derby - Continued On Page 11

   Demonstrations Planned On Friday
           PTAs throughout the District will be organizing demonstrations in front of each
CCUSD school on Friday morning to oppose the proposed budget cuts coming out of
the state Legislature in Sacramento.
           CCUSD opposes a cuts-only state budget and supports a balanced budget
with a combination of cuts and revenue extensions. Our schools and students are in a
state of emergency until lawmakers pass a balanced budget and approve the needed
revenue extensions to support education funding, especially since K-12 education fund-
ing has taken a disproportionate amount of budget cuts over the past several years.
           State and local funding for schools has been cut by more than $18 billion, or
about $1,900 per student in the last three years; Culver City Unified School District has
cut $6,456,652.00 from its budget over that time as a result of ongoing statewide cuts
to education funding.
           The demonstrations follow a similar series of demonstrations throughout the
District last year.
                  Pre-Enrollment Begins
          Pre-enrollment for new students entering Grades K - 12 (Culver City Residents
and students with Interdistrict Transfer Permits, approved by the CCUSD Permit Office)
will be, by appointment at all CCUSD schools between now and June 30.
          Summer enrollment will take place at the District Office, by appointment,
between July 25 and August 26, 2011. Enrollment packets must be picked up in
advance from each school site.
          For information on applying for an Interdistrict Transfer Permit, please see your
home district website and/or "Interdistrict Permits" in the CCUSD Pupil
Services section.
          CCUSD schools each hold tours for parents and community members through-
out the year. For more information or to sign up for a tour, please call the school direct-

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                                               KCRW, LA Weekly, and Flavorpill. More           to the City of Culver City on April 18 from        pended or revoked license or no license at
    City Manager’s                             information is available by calling 310-        Santa Barbara County. He is currently in           all. The location of the checkpoint was
    Weekly Update                              253-5716          or
                                                                            by      visiting   the process of meeting community mem-
                                                                                               bers and Commissioners in addition to
                                                                                                                                                  north bound on Sepulveda Boulevard
                                                                                                                                                  between        Culver     Boulevard       and
                                               •         Culver City Music Festival -          familiarizing himself with staff, facilities and   Washington Boulevard.
•        California’s     first  Citizens      Sponsorship efforts continue for the sum-       programs. He is looking forward to a long          •          Volunteers in Patrol (VIP’S) – The
Redistricting Commission is a new 14-          mer concert series which occurs on              career here in Culver City.                        VIPs received a big “Thank You” from
member body charged with redrawing             Thursday nights from July 7 to August 25.       •          Recreation – Culver City                Cultural Affairs staff. Several members of
California’s Senate, Assembly, State           The Culver City Music Festival is pro-          Just4Kids & Teen Camp registration is              the VIP’s attended the Cultural Affairs,
Board of Equalization, and now                 duced by Gary Mandell of Boulevard              underway. Camps begin June 20 and end              Speak Easy and volunteered to help with
Congressional districts based on informa-      Music, and this year the Jazz Bakery will       August 26. Camp staff has planned inno-            the event. The event was a success, and
tion gathered during the 2010 Census.          be a guest presenter for the final two con-     vative and exciting activities to keep             everyone had an enjoyable evening.
Culver City resident Andre Parvenu has         certs. The Festival offers an effective mar-    campers busy the entire 10 weeks.                  •          Juvenile Diversion - On March
been selected from a pool of over 30,000       keting opportunity for local businesses as      Starting with Week 1, the camp theme is            26, 15 female members of our Juvenile
applicants to be a part of this historic       well as an opportunity to support a treas-      Olympic Games. Campers will choose                 Diversion Program went on an overnight
process. The residents of Culver City will     ured event in the community. More infor-        their sports of choice, form teams, com-           team building exercise and high ropes
have an opportunity to provide public tes-     mation on sponsorship packages for the          pete amongst other teams, and then cul-            confidence course at Hess Kramer north
timony when the Commission holds a             2011 Culver City Music Festival is avail-       minate in an Olympic Day Ceremony on               of Malibu. During the weekend, the at-risk
Public Input Hearing in the Mike Balkman       able at or by calling        Friday June 24. Other activities include           13-17 years olds learned about the impor-
Council Chambers at City Hall from 6 to 9      310-253-5716.                                   field trips to amusement parks, museums,           tance of team building and self-esteem.
pm on June 16.                                 •         Performing Arts Grant Program -       water play in the park, and recreational           The program is a positive step in helping
                                               Staff has assisted Vox Femina Los               swim days at the Plunge, as well as group          young teens learn the value of working
Community Development Department               Angeles in promoting its free, upcoming         swim lessons. Ultimate fun within safe             together and developing positive life skills.
•        Rocco’s Tavern – Plans have           choral concert, titled Intercultural            environments is our motto for this sum-            •          (P.O.A.L.A.C.) Centurion Award -
been submitted for a new restaurant and        Conversations, on April 30 at 4 pm at the       mer!                                               On April 6, Culver City Police Department
bar located at 3843 Main Street, at the for-   Culver City Presbyterian Church. More           •          Senior & Social Services - “May         Forensic Unit Specialist Teresa Mendoza
mer site of La Ballona and Tokyo 77            information is available at www.voxfemi-        is Older Americans Month.” Even though             received the Police Officers Association of
restaurants.                          or by calling 310-922-0025             we celebrate our older Americans every             Los Angeles County (P.O.A.L.A.C.)
•        Ogilvy Company - Plans have           •         800 Corporate PointeThomson           day, the Senior Center has some special            Centurion Award for excellence in the area
been submitted for a 27,241 square foot        Reuters - (The world’s leading source of        activities planned for May: On May 6,              of Support Services / Forensics.
tenant improvement located at 3530             intelligent information for businesses and      there will be an Arts & Crafts Boutique            Forensic Unit Specialist Teresa Mendoza
Hayden Avenue.                                 professionals) and Syska Hennessy (a            showcasing handmade treasures created              was assigned to process the crime scene
•        Ramen Yamada-Ya – Plans have          nationwide consulting, engineering and          by our members. Also on May 6, the                 of a robbery the case and quickly started
been submitted for a new restaurant locat-     technology, and construction firm) have         Senior Citizens Association and Kaiser             prioritizing and processing evidence. In
ed at 11172 Washington Boulevard.              relocated to this location.                     Permanente are hosting a Mother’s Day              this case, Teresa focused on the key
•        Westfield Culver City - The           •         Coolhaus          Ice       Cream     Tea with live entertainment, gifts and spe-        pieces of potentially valuable evidence;
Disney Store remodel is complete, and the      Sandwiches - will open a brick and mortar       cial refreshments. There will be a talent          the pizza boxes that had been handled by
store has had its grand Re-Opening.            store at 8588 Washington Boulevard in           show, the “Spring Follies”, on Wednesday,          the suspects. Overall, there were over
•        Parcel B, 9300 Culver Boulevard       the Art District.                               May 11, featuring seniors in a fun variety         one hundred fingerprints that developed
- Staff received seven proposals from          •         Mark Peel’s “The Point” - has         show. Seniors will display their remark-           on the boxes, thirty-six of which were iden-
prospective developers for the redevelop-      closed in the Hayden Tract at 8522              able art in the lobby of the Senior Center         tifiable. She submitted fingerprints into the
ment of Parcel B. Staff will analyze the       National Boulevard.                             from May 24-27. Finally, on Friday, May            Los Angeles County Fingerprint
responses and recommend three devel-           •         MoKo – (short for Modern              27 we will gather for a celebratory party          Identification System (L.A.F.I.S.) and got a
opers to prepare detailed proposals for the    Korean), is a new Korean concept restau-        with live entertainment and a delicious            match. Teresa then conducted a print
City Council to consider.                      rant now occupies the former Gyenari site.      luncheon. At the party, we will also honor         comparison of the pizza box print and the
•        Tilden Terrace - The Westside         The restaurant opened on April 27.              our “Senior of the Year,” Bob Martz, as a          known fingerprint; she concluded that they
Urban Forum is hosting a design competi-       Fire Department                                 person who exemplifies the theme for this          were a match. The print revealed the
tion, and staff will be submitting an appli-   •         Disaster            Preparedness      year’s celebration – “Older Americans:             identity of one of the suspects; a male
cation for the Tilden Terrace project to the   Presentations - In an effort to ensure that     Connecting the Community.”                         gang member with an extremely long
competition.                                   members of our community are prepared           •          Senior & Social Services - A            criminal history, and a previous job as a
•        Rainbow Day - The Culver City         in the event of a disaster, Christine Parra,    group of kindergarteners from Culver               pizza delivery driver. The suspect was
Redevelopment Agency presented the             the City’s Emergency Preparedness               City’s Willows Community School visited            then arrested and prosecuted.
world premiere of Diavolo Dance                Coordinator, has provided public educa-         the Senior Center for intergenerational            •          Baker to Vegas Run - On April 16
Theatre’s new educational work                 tion presentations to a variety of groups.      karaoke on April 19. After a few songs and         the Police Department participated in the
T.R.U.S.T. on April 16 at The Help Group.      These groups include the teachers at            mingling with the seniors, the kids also           Baker to Vegas law enforcement run. This
Families with young children attended the      Exceptional Children Foundation, parents        joined karaoke members for an impromp-             annual event draws law enforcement
two performances as well as inventive art      of La Playa Preschool, Lindberg Park            tu line dance lesson. A thank you note             teams from around the world to participate
workshops created by Culver City’s             Neighborhood Watch, and Culver City             from one parent said “thank you for letting        in the 120 mile run across the desert from
reDiscover Center. A west side dining          Friends of the Library.                         {us} visit…and share their songs with the          Baker, California to Las Vegas. The team
guide, featuring breakfast and lunch           •         Presidential Campaign Visit at        seniors today. The kids had such a great           consists of 20 runners from the
options, was distributed at the event. The     Sony - Fire Department representatives          time. Thanks for welcoming us.”                    Department who compete other law
event partners, the Music Center of Los        met with members of the Secret Service,         Police Department                                  enforcement agencies. This year’s team
Angeles County and reDiscover Center,          LAPD, LAFD, LASD, and CCPD in prepa-            •          Drivers License Check Point - On        had an outstanding year. They finished
are interested in participating in future      ration of President Obama’s event at Sony       March 30 members of the Traffic Bureau             2nd in our division and came in 39th over-
Rainbow Day programs.                          Studios. Fire Department members par-           along with members of the Hawthorne                all out of approximately 260 teams. The
•        ARTWALK Culver City - Staff           ticipated in planning meetings and provid-      Police Department conducted a Driver’s             team ran the 120 miles and finished in a
continues marketing efforts for ARTWALK        ed logistical support for the event.            License Checkpoint. The checkpoint was             time of 15 hours and 55 minutes, which is
Culver City which will occur on June 4         Parks, Recreation and Community                 opened between 7 am and 11 am, and                 a team best.
from 2 pm to 8. Over 35 galleries and exhi-    Services Department                             12:30 pm to 3 pm. The checkpoint was               •          Suspects Arrested - On April 3,
bition spaces will participate. Sponsors       •         Administration - New PRCS             conducted to attempt to identify those driv-       an assault and stabbing occurred during a
include Sony Pictures Entertainment, The       Director Daniel Hernandez was welcomed          ers operating a motor vehicle with a sus-          party in the 5400 block of Coolidge
Hammer Museum, ForYourArt. 89.9                                                                                                                    Avenue. Detectives immediately began a
                                                                                                                                                   follow-up investigation into the case, and
                                                                                                                                                   after interviewing several of the party
                                                                                                                                                   goers and conducting an intense investi-
                                                                                                                                                   gation, were able to identified two sus-
                                                                                                                                                   pects: Sergio Rodriguez and Andree Jara,
                                                                                                                                                   who are both male adults and residents of
                                                                                                                                                   Los Angeles.
                                                                                                                                                   On April 7 at approximately 1 pm, detec-
                                                                                                                                                   tives secured search and arrest warrants
                                                                                                                                                   for the two suspects. The detectives were
                                                                                                                                                   able to serve the arrest warrants and took
                                                                                                                                                   the suspects into custody. Both suspects
                                                                                                                                                   were transported to the Culver City Police
                                                                                                                                                   Department and booked for attempted
                                                                                                                                                   Public Works Department
                                                                                                                                                   •         Sepulveda Boulevard Widening
                                                                                                                                                   Project - The Sepulveda Boulevard
                                                                                                                                                   Widening Project (from Playa/Jefferson to
                                                                                                                                                   Green Valley Circle) is expected to begin
                                                                                                                                                   mobilization/construction the week of May
                                                                                                                                                   9. The work will be conducted primarily in
                                                                                                                                                   two shifts from 6 am to 10 pm. However,
                                                                                                                                                   concrete pours may occur between 10 pm
                                                                                                                                                   and 6 am. Advanced advisory signs will
                                                                                                                                                   be posted and traffic conditions will be
                                                                                                                                                   broadcast on AM 1690 and on the gov-
                                                                                                                                                   ernment channel. The project is expected
                                                                                                                                                   to be completed by October/November
Page 4 • May 12 2011 - May 18 2011            • Culver City Observer

  LACMA Public Programs 2011                                                                        Tribute To Stars Draws Sellout Crowd
TALKS & COURSES                                evening from April to November.

Two Centuries of Black American Art: A         Greg Porée Group (GPG)
35th Anniversary Roundtable                    Friday, May 13 | 6 pm
Saturday, May 14 | 2 pm                        BP Grand Entrance | Free, no reserva-
Bing Theater | Free, no reservations           tions
                                               Accomplished         guitarist-composer-
The Art of Wine-Burgundy: The Wine of          arranger-producer Greg Porée has
Kings                                          worked with a diverse group of musicians
Saturday, May 14 | 6:30 pm                     ranging from Ray Charles and Diana
LACMA West, Level 5 | Tickets: Members         Ross to Sting and Phoebe Snow.
$65, nonmembers $70 (wine, hors d'oeu-
vres and parking fees included) |              Jon Mayer Trio
Reservations: 323 857-6010 or Purchase         Friday, May 20 | 6 pm
Online.                                        BP Grand Entrance | Free, no reserva-
Book Signing: Tim Burton
Saturday, May 28 | 12-2 pm                     Dwight Trible
Pavilion for Japanese Art | Free, no reser-    Friday, May 27 | 6 pm
vations | Signing limited to four books per    BP Grand Entrance | Free, no reserva-
person | Signing will end promptly at 2 pm.    tions
| Purchase catalogue online
A rare opportunity to have Tim Burton sign     Latin Sounds
your exhibition catalogues and related         Relax in Hancock Park as world-
children's books purchased at one of our       renowned artists play the hottest sounds
LACMA's stores-the day before the exhi-        from Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico,
bition Tim Burton, opens to the public on      Cuba, and Los Angeles. The concerts are
May 29.                                        every Saturday 5 pm-7 pm, May through
                                               September at the Dorothy Collins Brown
                                               Amphitheater at LACMA, Free; no tickets       Karen Burkenheim & Janice Pober of Sony Pictures Entertainment Teacher
MUSIC                                          or reservations required.
                                                                                             of the Year Award
Sundays Live                                   Preview Screening
Sundays at 6 pm, Bing Theater                  Bing Theater | $10 general admission. $7
Sundays Live is an ongoing series and          museum members, seniors (62+), stu-
includes free classical music concerts pre-    dents with valid ID.
sented by LACMA in cooperation with
Friends of Sundays Live. These concerts        Rejoice & Shout
take place in the Bing Theater and feature     Saturday, May 21 | 7:30 pm
mid-career professionals and student vir-      2010/color & b&w/115 min. | Scr/dir: Don
tuosos taking center stage.                    McGlynn.
                                               Don McGlynn's uplifting documentary on
The Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Maxim           the history of Gospel is packed with
Eshkenazy, Conductor                           evocative photos, rare audio recordings,
Sunday, May 15 | 6 pm                          and stirring film and TV performances.
Bing Theater | Free, no reservations
The Colburn Chamber Orchestra with             Family programs
Maxim Eshkenazy, conductor, performs
Boccherini: Sinfonia concertante for           Andell Family Sundays-Furniture: Build It!
Strings in C Major G 268; Bartok:              Sunday, May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 | 12:30-
Rumanian Folk dances; bernstein: Waltz         3:30 pm
from divertimento for Orchestra; Britten:      LATCC | Free, no reservations
simple symphony.                               Join us on Sundays for programs
                                               designed especially for families.
The Crossroads Orchestra, Alexander            Children must be accompanied by an
Treger, Conductor                              adult.
Sunday, May 22 | 6 pm
Bing Theater | Free, no reservations           Location and Contact: 5905 Wilshire
Crossroads Orchestra with Alexander            Boulevard (at Fairfax Avenue), Los
Treger, conductor, performs Tchaikovsky:       Angeles, CA, 90036 | 323 857-6000 |           CCUSD Superintendent Patti Jaffe, Lily del Los Rios Symantec, & Chuck
Serenade for Strings, Mahler: Adagietto
                                                                                             Martinez Westfield Culver City Superintendents Award
from Symphony No. 5, and Vivaldi: Dual
Cello Concerto, RV 531.                        Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:
                                               noon-8 pm; Friday: noon-9 pm; Saturday,
burn School                                    Sunday: 11 am-8 pm; closed Wednesday
Sunday, May 29 | 6 pm
Bing Theater | Free, no reservations           General Admission: Adults: $15; students
Works to be announced.                         18+ with ID and senior citizens 62+: $10

Jazz at LACMA                                  Free General Admission: Members; chil-
Featuring the art of jazz as practiced by      dren 17 and under; after 5 pm weekdays
leading Southern California artists, these     for L.A. County residents; second
free concerts are presented in the Los         Tuesday of every month; Target Free
Angeles Times Central Court every Friday       Holiday Mondays
Council - Continued From Page 1
          Muir projected what would be at best a "modest recovery," which would proba-
bly come later than the rest of the nation. Retirement expenditures will continue to
increase and will be the biggest issue when it comes to decreasing expenditures over-
all. There will probably be more taxes to preserve levels of service.
          The Council and Agency commented on Muir's findings. Most members
expressed concern for public safety jobs, which are necessary for everyone's welfare.
          Andrew Weissman noted that a position for a Firefighter-Paramedic is pro-
posed to be downgraded to simply a firefighter. "As the community gets older, there are
more paramedic runs dealing with the senior population," he said. "What is the implica-
          He wanted reports to come back from the City dealing with the impact of reduc-
ing safety services.
          Scott Malsin supported the idea of the increased hotel tax. "I'm sure our hotels
will continue to prosper." He wanted to see the hotel tax measure get on the November
2011 election ballot "if there is an election."
          Mayor Micheal O'Leary said he was "more optimistic" than Muir's assessment.
"But that's your job-to be more constrained." He conceded that Culver City will have to
make some "drastic changes,"
          The budget will be presented at two meetings of the Council and Agency on
June 6 and 7. The June 6 meeting will be a general overview while the June 7 meeting         Wally Marks & Dr. Tex Boggs Interim President of Antioch University
will examine aspects of the budget by city departments. At the June 13 meeting, the          receiving CCEF Shining Star Award
budget will be up for approval. The proposed budget can be read online at
                                                                                                                    photos by Craig Ferre
                                                                                                                  May 12 2011 - May 18 2011         • Culver City Observer       • Page 5

No Longer Champions, Lakers Are A Mess
By Mitch Chortkoff                                                                                league's best players.
Observer Sports Editor                                                                                     So what can the Lakers do?
          I wasn't surprised when the Lakers lost their second round playoff series to the                 The most intriguing possibility is to trade for Dwight Howard, who is approach-
Dallas Mavericks. I saw danger right along in a confusing season when they lost too               ing free agency and intends to leave the Orlando Magic in a year. To get something in
many times, ran off an impressive winning streak, then slumped again.                             return the Magic might accept Bynum in a trade.
          But like most journalists and fans, I was quite surprised they were swept in four                Somehow, the Lakers must improve their reserves and find a guard who can
games and exited in classless fashion, with three players being ejected for cheap fouls.          do better defending swift little guys than Derek Fisher.
Ron Artest (Game 2) and Lamar Odom (Game 4) are veteran players and should know                   I regard Fisher as one of the best acquisitions in the many years I've been covering the
better. Andrew Bynum (Game 4) is a young player who will learn how to lose with dig-              team. A clutch player and class guy. But age has taken its toll on him.
nity during his career. For now he must serve a five-game suspension at the start of next                  "The league has become more athletic," says Johnson.
season.                                                                                                    Yes, the Lakers looked slow in this series.
          The two-time NBA champions were embarrassed in this series and now they                          Pau Gasol had a dreadful series but I attribute that to the fact he played way
face a challenging off-season.                                                                    too many minutes in the first 24 games when Bynum was recovering from surgery. I
          Phil Jackson probably won't return as coach. The Lakers have aging players              think the Lakers had to work much harder to overcome problems in the regular season
with expensive contracts, which will diminish the chances of making trades. And they              and weren't fresh for the playoffs.
don't have salary cap flexibility to sign premier free agents.                                             As for the coach, it's seemed likely the Lakers would promote assistant Brian
"Blow up the roster," says Magic Johnson.                                                         Shaw for next season. But that was when he was part of a successful operation.
          That's sound advice, but it won't be easy. For instance, what team would take           Now that the Lakers have become a second round playoff loser with a lot of question
Artest, who has millions left on his contract?                                                    marks it's possible they'll go in a different direction. A name I've been hearing is Rick
          It's looking like this is the end of the Lakers' era of championship play but I won't   Adelman, a coach with 20 years of NBA experience who has been fired by the Houston
reach that conclusion. Not yet, anyway because Kobe Bryant, at 32, remains one of the             Rockets. NBA head coaching experience may be valuable now.

     Hooray For West LA Football Players Moving On
                                     Two weeks ago The Observer published a list of               seasons.
                              22 West Los Angeles College football players who have               '       We sent tapes of his play to many universities," said Perkins.. "Pace
                              received scholarships to four-year colleges.                        University and others took an interest."
                                     In reality, the majority of the players are set but in               To illustrate the reach of college recruiting, here's a college in New York
                              a few cases the scholarships aren't certain. But the                becoming interested in a community college player in Southern California.
                              report touched my heart for two reasons.                                    That's not unusual. On West LA's list of players who received scholarships
                                     First, I too am a product of the California                  there are players heading to Savannah State in Georgia, Virginia Union, Whitworth
                              Community College system. Without this instruction at               University in Washington and Missouri Valley, among others.
                              East Los Angeles College which preceded my advance-                         All these young men who developed as players and people at the com-
                              ment to Cal State Los Angeles I may never have had my               munity college level are taking another positive step in life.
                              journalism career.                                                  Hooray for them.
                                     Second, I know one of the West LA players, line-
                               backer Mike Seibold. I'm so proud of him for playing
  Mitch Chortkoff              well enough to receive considerable interest from Pace
                               University in New York and McPherson College in
Kansas, among others..
         At this time when the state has drastically reduced community college
funding, I want to stress the financial need for the schools.
         A lot of students aren't ready to go from high school to a four-year school.
Two years at a community college bridges the gap.
         In many cases the students work in addition to getting the community col-
lege experience.
         I met Seibold when he was a promising football player at Santa Monica
High. The coaches told me he had a lot of talent but missed a great deal of prac-
tice for various reasons. He was 220 pounds, ran well and had outstanding
instincts for his position.
         Seibold went on to Santa Monica College and had some outstanding days
in practice. But he and the coaches agreed he should sit out a season and get into
condition to become a regular on the team.
         Seibold worked at the Marina City Club, where I'm a member and that's
where I got to know him. To get into condition he rode his bike from Santa Monica
every day. In addition, he studied to become a personal trainer with his mentor,
Tyrone Perkins, and has recently become certified
         Seibold was preparing to play at SMC but when Marguet Miller became
the West LA coach Seibold liked the direction of the program and decided to enroll
         He was one of West LA's prize newcomers and played there the last two

                                                                                                                     Mike Seibold
                                                                                                               West Los Angeles College
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        Culver Loses Showdown
            Baseball Game
         Culver City and Santa Monica began the week both undefeated in Ocean
League baseball.
         The teams played Tuesday at Culver and Santa Monica won, 2-1 to clinch a
share of the league championship. They were to play again Thursday at Santa Monica.
If Santa Monica wins again it would be the league champ. If Culver wins the teams
would share first place for the second straight year.
         Both teams and third place Beverly Hills are assured of CIF playoff berths.
Pairings will be announced this weekend.
         Senior lefthander Adam Padilla pitched a three-hitter Tuesday for Santa
Monica. Tyler Mark was the losing pitcher.
         Georce Aceves singled in Culver's only run in the fourth inning.

Right: Centaur shortstop Chris Caines leaps high and snags an
extra-base hit against SaMo.
                                                           photo by George Laase
May 12 2011 - May 18 2011 • Culver City Observer • Page 7
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debbie lynn elias                                  himself finds an emotional bond that he
           It takes a lot to flabbergast me in     has long been afraid to face; a bond with
a film. But with HESHER, writer/director           TJ and with Grandma.
Spencer Susser has done just that. I                          But how long before Paul wakes
laughed. I got teary. My face went into            up, HESHER tires of his "game" or TJ gets
mouth-agape OMG mode countless                     hurt? And then what?
times. And at the end of it all, I was                        Is there nothing that Joseph
scratching my head in amazement asking             Gordon-Levitt can't do? And does he
myself "what was that", knowing full well          never stop working? He is mesmerizing
that this was one unique movie-going               as HESHER. Having just seen him as the
experience. Melding a grieving family with         over-zealous, sweet and funny Bert
an anarchist loner named HESHER, in the            Rodriguez in "Elektra Luxx", he shocked
most inexplicable of circumstances,                the hell out of me with an almost Charles
Susser creates indelible characters that           Manson deranged anti-Christ persona. He
are only elevated by the performances of           was so over the top so as to be frightening
the actors, most notably Joseph Gordon-            at times, which provided for a dynamic,
Levitt, Rainn Wilson and newcomer Devin            albeit demented, performance. Notable is
Brochu, who goes toe-to-toe without                the painstaking daily application of very
flinching when pitted against his veteran          specific tattoos that Gordon-Levitt
co-stars. Described by Gordon-Levitt as            endured. As he tells it, "HESHER, on the
"a really genuine story and unaffected in a        surface, is really exciting and fun...I think        shadows and smoking cigarettes. They              stoned idiot and out of tune to life, the
lot of ways", HESHER will surprise,                that'll bring a lot of audiences. But what           were always really mysterious and I've            reveal of which is intricately woven into the
intrigue and entertain from beginning to           really got me about the character and this           always been fascinated with them."                story between HESHER and Grandma.
end.                                               movie, is that there's more to it than that.         Surprisingly, Susser was never a "victim"         "The thing about HESHER is that it
           13 year old TJ has just lost his        He'll surprise you. You think you've got his         of the kind of antics HESHER executes in          sounds ridiculous to people because he's
mother, the victim of a fatal car accident.        number...but he's actually quite a                   the film. "I probably have a lot of HESH-         so crass and gross and perverted, but if
His father, Paul, is so consumed by grief          thinker...and even though he doesn't pay             ER in me. I think we all do in a lot of ways.     you listen to what people say, not how
that he has no idea TJ even exists, as he          any attention to the standard conventions            Sometimes he's that voice in your head            they say it, I think that';s an important les-
spends his day overly medicated, just lay-         of morality, I think he's quite an ethical guy.      that you don't necessarily say out loud, but      son to get from the film. Hesher goes
ing on his mother's couch. So unable to            As I read the script, I kept being surprised         HESHER just does."                                about things the way he knows how. It's
cope with life without his wife, Paul moved        and kept being intrigued as to how the                          Capitalizing on the element of         not necessarily kosher or normal but it's,
himself and TJ back to his childhood               character grew and changed." And yes                 generational wisdom as a storytelling tool,       what is he really saying. I think he repre-
home where his mother, herself a bit               ladies, Joe does his own "ass work".                 Susser relies heavily on the storyline            sents a lot of good. He may seem crazy
infirm, now cares for the men. TJ is lost                     Rainn Wilson is wonderful as              between HESHER and Grandma, which,                at times but maybe we're all crazy."
and alone and immersed in his own grief,           Paul, conveying the depression and                   thanks to the chemistry between Levitt                       Feeling that this a "universal
but still manages to put one foot in front of      sense of immobility and "not dealing" that           and Laurie, is touching, tender, honest           story", technically, the film has a "timeless"
the other and go about daily life. But is he       comes with a tragic loss of a loved one.             and at times, sweetly funny. The ultimate         feel to it. Done intentionally by Susser, he
living?                                            For Wilson, "It was really exciting. It was          message is the best part of the movie and         viewed HESHER as being "10 years ago,
           Unmercifully picked on at school,       thrilling to be able to do it and that Spencer       Susser succeeds in bringing the story arc         it could now; I really tried to avoid any kind
TJ has no one to run to, no one to protect         would give me a chance...Instead of just             full circle, achieving a beautiful conclusion.    of technology or any time stamps as much
him. His father is oblivious to the situation.     casting a serious actor, he really wanted to         I will not divulge the ending, but suffice to     I could. It was really challenging on a
Teachers seem to be non-existent. And              do something with the casting on Paul and            say, it tugs at the heartstrings and tear         small budget to be able to control the
that taunting, bullying and harassment             he was intrigued with the idea of having a           ducts...priceless.                                whole world."
goes beyond the schoolhouse and out into           mostly comic actor play a serious role, and                     I have problems with the premise                  In what has to classified as a film-
the world. Making the situation even               see a different side of a person." We real-          of a father so depressed and drugged that         making coup, Susser even snared the
worse is that one of the bullies is the son        ly see a different side of Wilson here.              he just allows a stranger like HESHER to          rights to the songs of Metallica, something
of the junkyard man who bought the                            A real standout is newcomer               come into his home and just flop on his           that the group has never released before
wrecked car in which TJ's mom was killed.          Devin Brochu. As TJ, he carries this film            couch, eat at his table, watch porno in           for any film. When Susser was writing the
Wanting to stay safe and avoid confronta-          along with Gordon-Levitt, and does so                front of his young child. Similarly, incidents    script, "I put Metallica in there. The music
tion, TJ even takes alleys and dirt roads to       with perfection. More than holding his               of bullying at school with no principal,          is, in a lot of ways, an extension of the
school. On one morning, he rides his bike          own going toe-to-toe against Gordon-                 teachers or parental advisement. Granted          character. He's very specific, Hesher...he
through some new housing construction.             Levitt, Wilson and the legendary Piper               this is a film, but this is one rooted in real-   likes Metallica, but even more specifically,
Frustrated, angry and hurting, he lets             Laurie, Brochu is engaging and likeable.             ity and life that will resonate with some         he likes the early Metallica with Cliff
loose his pain by throwing a rock through          He makes you feel and feel for him and               kind of truth to people. Understanding that       Burton." Known for their refusal to ever
a window. And talk about a surprise. With          with him. Praised by Wilson, "He is car-             Susser views this film as an exploration of       release rights for a film, everyone was
the breaking of glass and arrival of a secu-       rying the whole movie on his shoulders."             how people deal with loss, and having             sure Metallica would never agree to use of
rity guard, rising within the unfinished           Brochu is equally appreciative of his co-            endured similar losses myself and know-           their songs, but after seeing a cut of the
house is a dirty looking, tattooed man with        stars describing them all as "great actors,          ing others who have experienced the               film, they liked the movie and gave their
long stringy hair and a nasty look and atti-       great people, great role models." I do,              same, the entrance of HESHER into the             blessing for the music.
tude. That man is HESHER.                          however, think Natalie Portman was a bit             family homestead borders on ludicrous.                       And do not miss the end credits!
           Unfortunately for TJ, his little act    weak and out of her element as the hap-              Strangers coming into your home, camp-            Handwritten and doodled black and white
of vandalism turns his world upside down           less, seemingly witless damsel in distress,          ing in the garage, on the lawn, in the drive-     as it on a chalkboard, they are obscenely
as squatter HESHER has lost his "home"             Nicole, to the point of annoyance and                way, walking around naked, watching               hysterical and so HESHER!
in the construction site. As a result, he          inconsistency.                                       porn - essentially taking over the house.
shows up TJ's door, demanding house                           Written and directed by Susser, I         This just doesn't happen in a sane real           Hesher - Joseph Gordon-Levitt
rights, a place to sleep and eat...and use         have to admit that there are many ele-               world. There are points where the char-           Paul - Rainn Wilson
of the washing machine. Not happy with             ments of HESHER that I really like, but              acter of HESHER pushes to that of unbe-           TJ - Devin Brochu
"free cable channels", HESHER also                 then there are others where I just had to            lievability. That said, what I do like, howev-    Nicole - Natalie Portman
makes an impression on the neighbor-               scratch my head and go, "huh?".                      er, is the humanity buried within Hesher          Grandma - Piper Laurie
hood when he climbs up the telephone               However, overall, at the end of the day, I           and the facade he puts on about being a           Written and Directed by Spencer Susser.
pole in his tidy-whiteys, and hacks the pay        just want to see HESHER again and
cable. Caught between a rock and a hard            again. Told through the eyes of 13 year
place and not knowing how to explain               old TJ, the story and characters are filled
HESHER, plus being intimated and afraid,           with emotion - be it good, bad or indifferent
TJ says nothing to his father and grand-           - all of which perfectly meld together in a
mother, but goes with the flow being spun          film that at its core is filled with heart (albeit
by HESHER - "I am TJ's friend."                    laced with profanity, pornography and
           Adding to the mix is Nicole,            crass crudeness).
someone that TJ considers his one true                        Wanting to make a film since he
friend. A mousy clerk at the local grocery         was 16 years old, Susser gave up waiting
store, Nicole comes to TJ's aid when he is         for a script to land on his doorstep, "So, I
attacked in the parking lot by the school          had to write it. I didn't really know what I
bullies. Taking an immediate shine to              was gonna write, but, it sort of ended up
Nicole, TJ is somewhat smitten with her            becoming this film about loss and dealing
and learning of her down and out luck,             with loss. It's something we all deal with at
aims to be her guardian angel; that is, until      some stage in our lives. But I also didn't
HESHER interferes.                                 want to make a film that was totally
           With HESHER in the house, life          depressing, so by introducing this kind of
will never be the same. Sparking some life         crazy character [HESHER], he hopefully
within TJ, HESHER pulls him into his               makes the film entertaining."
world of heavy metal head-banging, pot                        In creating HESHER, Susser
smoking, daring do adventure, sometimes            recalls his own youth. "When I was in jun-
eliciting laughter, but more often fear and        ior high school and high school, I always
danger. The key though is that TJ starts to        remember these kind of Hesher-type
live again. And in the meantime, HESHER            characters that were hanging out in the
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                                                                                                                             1 Bedroom, patially furnished,             “stuff” (818) 346-6866         We are an advertising distribu-
are not licensed by the Contractors                                                                                                                                                                    tion company that is looking for
                                                 262-Party Planner                                                           built-ins, washer/dryer, patio,
State License Board.                                                                   Results Guaranteed                                                                 318-Office Space             a full-time or part-time sales
                                                                                                                             pool, walk downtown C.C.,
         217-Caregivers                   Need Inspiration?                            302- Houses Unfurnished               $1295. Barry                                                              representative in the greater
                                         I can help you decorate for par-                                                          (310) 621-4620                     Professional                     Los Angeles area. Advertising
    Nanny for hire                       ties and more using what you                     3 Bedroom                                                                Building in Pacific                 sales experience a plus. Every
Open availability, live-out only.        have. By appointment (310) 915-              2 Bath, Month to Month,                      Culver City                      Palisades Village
                                                                                                                                                                                                       business is a potential cus-
20 years experience and refer-           0405                                          Refrigerator, Pets OK,                Great bachelor located in Culver                                          tomer. Top Commissions paid
ences. Please call Martha. Home:                                                                                                                                  700-850 sq. feet suite available,    plus expenses.
                                                                                         (310) 490-5649                       City. Located on the first floor
                                                                                                                                                                  lovely and spacious, reasonable
213-380-0908. Cell: 213-926-                       280 – Tutoring                                                             of building. Close to city trans-
1315                                                                                  304-Apartments Furnished               portation. All Utilities Included.   rent price and build-to-suit ten-    Send resume to:
                                                      Piano                                                                  $798 w/ 1 year lease For further            ant improvement.    
     219-Cleaning Service                voice, accordion, songwriting lessons    Step Up on Second                          questions or viewings please call      Please call Ness (310) 230-
                                         for children and adults from 2.5 -90     Is a 36 Single Room Occupancy                                                   6712, ext. 105 for more details.
       Residential                       years old.                               (SRO) housing units in Downtown
                                                                                                                                   (310) 991-2016                                                        Permanent Part
      Housekeeper                        The best students and best original      Santa Monica. Rents are based on                  Remodeled                             500-Employment
Available; call Vanessa @ 310-           songs will be selected for an original   income. For more information please        new appliances, new floors, new                                           One Person Office Mon-Thur
384-9746                                 musical, which will be performed in      contact Step Up on Second at (310)         cabinets, granite countertops, no
                                                                                                                                                                          Attorney                     9-4pm, must have computer
                                         a theater.                               394-6889        and ask to leave a mes-      pets allowed. 2bd/2.5ba. For
                                                                                                                                                                         Law Clerk                     skills (excel/word) phones,
      220-Live-In Child Care             Please call 310 453-3653. Leave a        sage for the Housing Assistant.                                                        sought by Wolfsdorf           billing, customer skills. Good
                                                                                                                             showings call (310) 569-2346 or
                                         message.                                 *Applications will be processed on a                                              Immigration Law Group in           Hourly Wage. Mail Resume:
Are you looking for                                   Piano                       first come, first served basis for fully                                        Santa Monica, CA. Law degree         DSC P.O. Box 2307 Culver
    a caregiver                          W.L.A. Fun & inspiring lessons.
                                                                                  completed applications. Applications               Mar Vista                      + 1 yr. exp. Mail resume to:
                                                                                                                                                                   Bernard Wolfsdorf, 1416 2nd
                                                                                                                                                                                                       City, Ca 90230
 for a loved one?                        Adultd learn new skill. Children
                                                                                  will be accepted from April 26, 2011
                                                                                  to May 11th 2011 they can be picked
                                                                                                                              Apartment for Rent. Must see.
                                                                                                                             Totally renovated lrg 2+1. Small      St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.             520-Situations Wanted
I can be that person. I will help        gain confidence, co-ordination &         up at 1328 2nd Street. Monday to             gtd bldg. Hdwd flrs, granite
with errands, babysitting, cook-         Focus.                                   Friday between 10am and 2pm. This           countrs, stv, D/W, micro, ceil                                                    Nursing
ing and serving dinner, kitchen
clean-up, and light housekeep-
                                         Benefit from 20 years of experi-         project is supported in part by the         fans, lots of closets,lndr. 1car       Labor Relations                   CNA with 30 years experience
                                         ence with all styles from an inter-                                                                                                                           looking for full time or part
ing. I am available afternoons           nationally known performing
                                                                                  City of Santa Monica. SE HABLA               prkg. Quiet str, 1yr lse, N/P           Specialist:                     time position. Any shifts.
and evenings 4:30 p.m. to 8:00                                                    ESPAÑOL. *Step up on Second                           $1750/mo.                   Administer contracts, benefits,
                                         professional.                                                                                                                                                 Cynthia (323) 971-3329
p.m. Call me at (310) 592-6745.                (310) 869-6124
                                                                                  Apartment is an Equal Housing                     310-398-7583                  legal docs on labor relations law.
My name is Clara                                                                  Opportunity and will comply with                                                  Bachelor in HR, Law, or rele-         745-Merchandise Wanted
                                                                                  federal, state, or local law prohibiting     308 – Condominiums for Rent         vant or equivalent required and
                                              Piano Lessons
        245-Health Services              Beginning and Advanced. Call
                                                                                  discrimination in housing on the
                                                                                                                                   Culver City
                                                                                                                                                                    2 yrs exp in HR, Law, or rele-                 Need
                                                                                  basis of race, color, creed, ancestry,                                             vant or equivalent required.      Washer & Dryer. Please
                                         310-450-3484                                                                        1bd+2ba+office (2ndbd), + laun-
      Private Yoga                                                                national origin, sex, sexual orienta-
                                                                                                                               dry room. New carpet, fresh
                                                                                                                                                                   Send resume to jobsite: Global      donate to: Mike (310) 384-
       Instructor                            Spanish Tutor!                       tion, and familial status, source of
                                                                                  income, age, disability, AIDS, or            paint, granite kitchen incl all
                                                                                                                                                                     Nurses Online Inc. 5601 W.        4078
Shannon will get you in Shape,           Professional Spanish tutor.                                                                                               Slauson Ave. #234, Culver City,
                                         Teaches beginner, intermediate           AIDS relation condition. TDD                 appliances, gar age, water &                   CA 90230
and on a spiritual path!                                                                                                        gardener. 8932 Krueger St.
                                         and advanced Spanish to adults           Telephone device for the hearing
                                                                                                                          May 12 2011 - May 18 2011 • Culver City Observer • Page 11

Derby - Continued From Page 2                                                                                                            PUBLIC NOTICES
          The Scarlets are actually part of a bigger organization called the Angel City
                                                                                              FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT - 2011 024752                       years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County
Derby Girls, which are girls from all over Los Angeles who participate in the sport.        The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Allied Eco,          Clerk, Except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920,
                                                                                            9245 Laguna Springs Dr., Ste. 200, Elk Grove, CA 95758.                  where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in
Technically, the Scarlets are the A-team for the Angel City Derby Girls and they play       Registered Owner(s): Gregory Snowden, 9245 Laguna Springs                the Statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in
                                                                                            Dr., # 200, Elk Grove, CA 95758.                                         the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious
against other cities such as Sacremento and Santa Cruz. If you want to learn more           This Business is conducted by: an individual.                            Business Name Statement must be filed before the Expiration.
                                                                                            The registrant commenced to transact business under the ficti-           The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in
about the sport or the girls visit their web site at.           tious business name or names listed above on: N/A                        this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of
                                                                                            I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.    another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411
          Games will continue throughout the summer. The full schedule is on the web-       (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she           et seq., Business and Professions Code). Published: May 5, May
                                                                                            knows to be false is guilty of a crime.)                                 12, May 19, May 26, 2011
site. Culver City Veterans Auditorium is located at 4117 Overland Ave. In most cases        Registrant(s) Signature: Gregory Snowden, Owner
                                                                                            This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles                     STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF
doors open at 7 pm, game starts at 8pm. Ticket prices are $14 general admission and         County on May 10, 2011.                                                           FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - 2011 018333
                                                                                            NOTICE - In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a                  File No.: 20110135712        Date Filed: 01-25-2011
$25 for VIP which gets you in the five rows closest to the action. Again in most cases,     Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five           Name of Business(es): DQ and The Sharks, 11314 Washington
                                                                                            years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County    Place, B, Los Angeles, CA 90066.
there is an after party at Rush Street in Culver City attended by some of players. Please   Clerk, Except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920,          Registered Owner(s): Jamie James, 11314 Washington Place, B,
                                                                                            where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in      Los Angeles, CA 90066.
consult the web site for official information.                                              the Statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in           Business was conducted by: an Individual.
                                                                                            the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious            I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.
                                                                                            Business Name Statement must be filed before the Expiration.             (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she
                                                                                            The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in     knows to be false is guilty of a crime.)
                                                                                            this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of   Registrant Signature: Jamie James, Sole Owner
                                                                                            another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411           This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles
                                                                                            et seq., Business and Professions Code). Published: May 12,              County on April 28, 2011.
                                                                                            May 19, May 26, June 2, 2011                                             Pub.: May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26, 2011

                                                                                                   NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF ANNUAL RETURN                                                        * * * * *
                                                                                                Pursuant to Section 6164(d) of the Internal Revenue Code,
                                                                                            notice is hereby given that the annual report for the calendar year        FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT - 2011 007141
                                                                                            of 2010 of WESTERN FINANCIAL SEMINARS, INC., a private                   The following person(s) is (are) doing business as:
                                                                                            foundation, is available at the foundation’s principal office for        Dog Daze Media, 3981 Minerva Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066.
                                                                                            inspection during regular weekday business hours from 9:00 am            Mailing Address: P. O. Box 662111, Los Angeles, CA 90066.
                                                                                            to 5:00 pm, by any citizen who requests it within 180 days after         Registered Owner(s): Amy Burns, 3981 Minerva Ave., Los
                                                                                            the date of this publication. The foundation’s principal office is       Angeles, CA 90066.
                                                                                            located at 5314 Glasgow Court, Los Angeles, CA 90045. The                This Business is conducted by: an individual.
                                                                                            principal manager of the foundation is Donald J. Kuehne.                 The registrant commenced to transact business under the ficti-
                                                                                                Dated: May 12, 2011                                                  tious business name or names listed above on: 04-12-2011.
                                                                                                Signed: Donald J. Kuehne                                             I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.
                                                                                            Published on Thursday, May 12, 2011                                      (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she
                                                                                                                                                                     knows to be false is guilty of a crime.)
                                                                                                                         * * * * *                                   Registrant(s) Signature: Amy Burns, Owner
                                                                                                                                                                     This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles
                                                                                              FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT - 2011 020077                       County on April 14, 2011.
                                                                                            The following person(s) is (are) doing business as:                      NOTICE - In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a
                                                                                            Save the Arts, 1230 S. Ridgeley Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90019.            Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five
                                                                                            Registered Owner(s): Suzanne Nichols-Talvitie, 1230 S. Ridgeley          years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County
                                                                                            Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90019.                                            Clerk, Except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920,
                                                                                            This Business is conducted by: an individual.                            where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in
                                                                                            The registrant commenced to transact business under the ficti-           the Statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in
                                                                                            tious business name or names listed above on: 04-2011.                   the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious
                                                                                            I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.    Business Name Statement must be filed before the Expiration.
                                                                                            (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she           The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in
                                                                                            knows to be false is guilty of a crime.)                                 this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of
                                                                                            Registrant(s) Signature: Suzanne Nichols-Talvitie, Owner                 another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411
                                                                                            This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles            et seq., Business and Professions Code). Published: April 21,
                                                                                            County on May 2, 2011.                                                   April 28, May 5, May 12, 2011
                                                                                            NOTICE - In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a
                                                                                            Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five             FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT - 2011 007144
                                                                                            years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County    The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Go Graphics
                                                                                            Clerk, Except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920,          & Printing Company, GOGRAPHICS.US, Carwash Marketing
                                                                                            where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in      Company, Carwash Graphics & Signs, Gary Avrech
                                                                                            the Statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in           Marketing, 903 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049.
                                                                                            the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious            Mailing Address: P. O. Box 491848, Los Angeles, CA 90049-
                                                                                            Business Name Statement must be filed before the Expiration.             1848. Registered Owner(s): Gary Kenneth Avrech, 903 S.
                                                                                            The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in     Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049.
                                                                                            this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of   This Business is conducted by: an individual.
                                                                                            another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411           The registrant commenced to transact business under the ficti-
                                                                                            et seq., Business and Professions Code). Published: May 5, May           tious business name or names listed above on: 04-08-2011.
                                                                                            12, May 19, May 26, 2011                                                 I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.
                                                                                                                                                                     (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she
                                                                                              FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT - 2011 020801                       knows to be false is guilty of a crime.)
                                                                                            The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Law Office of        Registrant(s) Signature: Gary Avrech, Owner
                                                                                            Zachary H. Alpern, 5419 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. C-421, Los                 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles
                                                                                            Angeles, CA 90027.                                                       County on April 14, 2011.
                                                                                            Registered Owner(s): Zachary H. Alpern, 1825 N. Kingsley Dr.,            NOTICE - In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a
                                                                                            # 302, Los Angeles, CA 90027.                                            Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five
                                                                                            This Business is conducted by: an individual.                            years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County
                                                                                            The registrant commenced to transact business under the ficti-           Clerk, Except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920,
                                                                                            tious business name or names listed above on: 04-19-2011.                where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in
                                                                                            I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.    the Statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in
                                                                                            (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she           the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious
                                                                                            knows to be false is guilty of a crime.)                                 Business Name Statement must be filed before the Expiration.
                                                                                            Registrant(s) Signature: Zachary H. Alpern, Owner                        The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in
                                                                                            This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles            this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of
                                                                                            County on May 3, 2011.                                                   another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411
                                                                                            NOTICE - In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a          et seq., Business and Professions Code). Published: April 21,
                                                                                            Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five           April 28, May 5, May 12, 2011
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