• News for Steve's Side

    Thursday, January 05, 2017
    Happy New Year 2017! We begin 2017 with a raise in our sales tax to 9.75% and the raise in the minimum wage for businesses employing over 25 people to $10.50, next year in 2018 all business will be required to pay $10.50 per hour. In Sacramento, there is a one party monopoly on power with both houses of the legislature having veto proof majorities, meaning that if Governor Brown would veto ...read more
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    Thursday, November 17, 2016
    All the taxes on the November 8, 2016 General Election Ballot passed with over whelming support, even though some needed a 2/3 majority, which they received. A half cent sales tax increase for transportation, a property tax increase on the county level for parks and a storm water tax in Culver City to assist in the city complying with the Environmental Protection Agency. The extension of the 3% ...read more
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    Thursday, November 10, 2016
    Veterans Day 2016 should find us a new President-Elect of the United States of America after a long noisy divisive campaign. I and hope millions of Americans will go forward to work for the betterment of all American Citizens through wide spread economic growth. Approaching the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the "war to end all wars," was originally honored as Armistice ...read more
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    Thursday, November 03, 2016
    Not only will there be change at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave next year, Culver City will be seeing an ever increasing pace of change in our local economy! Change for the sake of change may not always be good; change that plans on bringing a better standard of living for many people has the opportunity of lifting more people out of government assistance. The City of Culver City is building out Culver ...read more
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    Thursday, October 27, 2016
    As we near November 8th General Election, the only thing that most of us may have in common is that it's coming to an end! Finally! This presidential election season is the most devise in my memory. As a young man I can remember the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon campaign as the one I began to follow and attempting to understand. The missile gap, Richard Nixon campaigned in all 50 states, with the votes ...read more
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    Thursday, October 13, 2016
    The Culver City Chamber has taken on a responsible review of many tax issues facing the voters on our November 8 General Election Ballot. Our recommendations can be reviewed in out stands on the November 8 Election article on the top of today's weekly e-biz news. We realize that it takes governmental revenues to run a governmental agency or in this case multiple agencies. I think the ...read more
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    Thursday, October 06, 2016
    SONY Pictures Entertainment (SPE) set a standard for a committed business community at the Centennial Gala held last Saturday night at SPE. The venue on a cool fall evening outside of the SPE Dining Room, where appetizers, a wonderful buffet by SONY caterer Wolfgang Puck was served to all in attendance. An outstanding documentary written and narrated by Richard Clayman with City Historian Julie ...read more
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    Thursday, September 29, 2016
    In February of 2012 Governor Brown and the state legislature eliminated redevelopment agencies from California, there by eliminating local economic development as we knew it Culver City and needed housing for many people that live in our community, Many looked at the cost of adjusting life without redevelopment was to pass an additional half cent sales tax to cover the loss of local funding, of ...read more
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    Thursday, September 22, 2016
    This past Tuesday, September 20, the Centennial History Book of the City was officially unveiled at a book signing at Westfield Culver City! Culver City Historian Julie Lugo Cerra authored "Culver City, California! The first hundred years." The book was a 30 month project of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce brought in all aspects of Culver City by inviting people to be involved and ...read more
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    Thursday, September 15, 2016
    With less than 60 days until the Presidential Election on November 8, I must admit I'm saddened by the lack of choice I have for President of the United States (POTUS). As a life-long Republican, with the beliefs of the traditional National Republican Party, I'm truly disturbed by our nominee for POTUS. Whether it be his consistent attacks on fellow Republicans, his inconsistent stands on ...read more
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    Thursday, September 08, 2016
    In paraphrasing Will Rogers, a 20th century commentator/ humorist of the American Scene, Man is not safe while the legislature is in session! Well, we are safe; our friends in Sacramento have adjourned until early December. In 2016, The California Legislature looked at 24 pieces of legislation that the CalChamber identified as "Job Killers," 19 failed to make it to the governors desk, ...read more
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    Thursday, September 01, 2016
    EPIpens! The all important medicine for breathing issues that effects many young people with asthma or allergies has risen in price over the last decade by 400 %. And there is an outcry from families, activists and government about the price raises. This is a vital treatment when struck by an attack and is needed almost immediately to assist in solving the effects of the disease. This reminds me ...read more
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    Thursday, August 25, 2016
    This is the last Steve's Side that will have Barbara Brody's eye, as Steve with Scissors she is retiring on August 31, 2016. Her calm manner and perspective for the good of the entire business community was always at heart and showed her concern for the business community and the Chamber during her 17 years with the Culver City Chamber of Commerce. Barbara and her husband Stu are retiring ...read more
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    Thursday, August 18, 2016
    Just VOTE! Just last week I read in the LA Times about the great amount of money being contributed to the statewide campaigns for and against 17 state propositions on the November 8, 2016 ballot. Since there seems to be very little effort being spent on the Presidential and U.S. Senate races in California because of the obvious results, the Republican Party is not competitive on the statewide ...read more
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    Thursday, August 11, 2016
    Employment Law Changes This is an important policy change both the federal and state governments as well as many local governments getting into employment law need to agree on now! Employment Law and regulations should be if necessary changed on a certain date either January 1st or July 1st, not on different dates during the year. This becomes an unnecessary trap for business, especially micro ...read more
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    Thursday, August 04, 2016
    A housing crisis caused by government actions! The solution is not imposing fewer restrictions on R-1 zoning. Over the last century, it seems to me, that government has come up with a myriad of laws, ordinances and policies that have been part of our current housing shortage. SB 1069 is not the answer. Imposing unrestricted building in R-1 residential zones throughout California is only a ...read more
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    Thursday, July 21, 2016
    A True Economic Development Tool Last week as a Consent Item, the Culver City Council voted the final budget approval for a Municipal Broad Band System for Culver City businesses as an economic development and business retention tool. The system will also service the public school system of the City. At the urging of Councilmember Goran Eriksson the fiber count was doubled for the project to ...read more
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    Thursday, June 30, 2016
    Happy 4th of July! The 240th Anniversary of the signing of our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, give a day or so depending on the exact day of the signing! This year like most of our celebrations, there will be fireworks, barbeques with hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs, etc. Some communities have parades, we in Culver City have the tradition of the Annual Fireworks Show that in recent ...read more
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    Thursday, June 23, 2016
    The California Presidential Primary is behind us and the results are in, now comes the National Conventions of each party! Once they nominate their candidates, it will be your choice to decide whom you are voting FOR or AGAINST, depending on your thought process! California, besides electing a new President of the United States and a new U.S. Senator for the retiring Barbara Boxer, we face a slew ...read more
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    Thursday, June 16, 2016
    The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation reports that over the next 5 years job growth will be lackluster. Most of the job growth will be in the lower paying wage job areas of hospitality and service jobs. Los Angeles as a region has not invested in important infrastructure needs and instead concentrated on expenditures that do not give the return we need as a society to make Los Angeles a ...read more
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    Thursday, June 09, 2016
    Flag Day is June 14! June is also National Immigrant's Month; let's look at the history of immigrants in America and how they added to our nation. I think that the United States government's laws in recent years have done more to separate immigrants than to include them into the "melting pot" that is the United States. We need to eliminate barriers such as keeping immigrants ...read more
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    Thursday, June 02, 2016
    Memorial Day is behind us and we are in graduation season for high school and college students! Graduates are facing many more challenges than when I graduated; they do have many more opportunities in front of them if they make the correct choices! Education is the pathway to a lifetime of success if you choose the path that satisfies you over the long term and not just look at short time ...read more
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    Thursday, May 26, 2016
    New Employment Policy - Overtime Pay Last week the federal government's new employment policy on overtime pay was announced and will become effective on December 1, 2016, a little over 7 months from now. The new overtime regulations will raise the requirement for overtime from $23,660 to $47,476 per year, that means one would have to earn nearly $50,000 a year to be exempt from overtime pay! ...read more
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    Thursday, May 19, 2016
    The Los Angeles area has a severe housing crisis caused by many factors including zoning regulations, financing issues, building products, labor costs and traffic concerns all leading to our current crisis. Culver City has some very strict zoning regulations on the number of units per acre, parking requirements and traffic congestion caused mostly by developments from Los Angeles that surrounds ...read more
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    Thursday, May 12, 2016
    SB 269 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Reform Last Friday morning, I asked you to contact Governor Brown's Office in support of a bi-partisan Bill SB 269 on ADA liability reform. This legislation passed both houses of the state legislature without a single vote in opposition, yet a special interest law group is advocating for Governor Brown to VETO this much needed reform. I believe in ...read more
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    Thursday, May 05, 2016
    Sacramento Hurting the People they want to help! The California State Legislature is attempting to help people and as a result is hurting their economic growth. During this year's legislative session a mired of legislation micro-managing business is in the hopper. Already this year we have heard of many manufacturing businesses that are leaving California for lower cost states, and the speed ...read more
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    Thursday, April 28, 2016
    The new Culver City Council was seated on Monday Night, now they are going to have to get to work on the City's most pressing agenda item, Culver City. It seems to me that the conversation over the past four years has strayed from what has made Culver City what it is today. National issues should not be and cannot be the main issues our local elected council members spend their time on during ...read more
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    Thursday, April 21, 2016
    Voting By Mail has its downside! It appears that over 1500 ballots from our April 12, 2016 City Council election arrived very late. Legally under state law they need to be verified for appropriate signatures. There is nothing wrong with this; it shows how the upside of Vote by Mail has a downside. Waiting for the final votes to arrive, under state law, the post office has eight days to delivery ...read more
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    Thursday, April 14, 2016
    While the results of last Tuesday's election is not what we had hoped for, the Chamber's CulverPAC ran a very positive campaign promoting its chosen three candidates Goran Eriksson, Marcus Tiggs and Scott Wyant. There were false statements and flyers distributed throughout different areas of Culver City, such as Fox Hills claiming that a 1000 unit low income rental project was being ...read more
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    Thursday, April 07, 2016
    Vote April 12 for Integrity and Open Government It is five days away from Election Day in Culver City that will end one of the low points in Culver City election history. Name calling, fake letters to the editor, and secret websites are pouring misinformation to the electorate. The Culver City Chamber is being used as a reason for not supporting qualified candidates for public office. Your Culver ...read more
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    Thursday, March 31, 2016
    Culver City will benefit from smart development! It will lose by turning its back to smart development. Let me just talk numbers... The vast majority of traffic on Culver City streets is drive through traffic going from one point on the Westside to another point in the Westside. It is a geographical fact that Culver City is at the crossroads of the Westside. As the Westside grows the traffic will ...read more
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    Thursday, March 24, 2016
    Last weekend, a cheap "Hit Piece" propaganda flyer was distributed throughout Culver City by a group of unidentified individuals hiding behind a profile "Love Living in Culver City." This flyer once again brings out the worst in politics: cowardly people hiding behind an unknown group. Some candidates posted the piece on their Facebook page and then disavowed it! Giving ...read more
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    Thursday, March 17, 2016
    The City as we all know is in the middle of a hotly contested city council election for three seats on the City Council. It seems to me that the moving target of traffic and parking is having some very interesting political ramifications. Culver City being the crossroads of the Westside and the only independent city that does not have a natural boundary such as mountains or the ocean. Traffic is a ...read more
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    Thursday, March 10, 2016
    Next week the mail-in ballots for the Culver City Election will be arriving at Culver City homes, they need to be returned! Culver City is running very smoothly- its economics are headed in the correct direction; complacency would change the course of Culver City if it resulted in certain people bring their policies into power. Two decades of positive changes have made Culver City one of Los ...read more
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    Friday, March 04, 2016
    The worst of American Culture is being sent around the world with name-calling and insults spoken by the three leading Republican candidates for President of the United States. I realize that the news media, either real news or political talk shows, are pushing these comments over some of the policy stands that some of the candidates have taken during the debate process. Many candidates have ...read more
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    Thursday, February 25, 2016
    Six weeks to go until the Culver City Council Elections! This year's election has the majority of the City Council seats up for election, this becomes critical for those of us in the business community as well as those of us that are residents and business people. Over the last two decades Culver City has moved from a sleepy mid 20th Century city in Los Angeles County to a leading economic and ...read more
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    Thursday, February 18, 2016
    Ethics Win at the Culver Council Ten days ago, an issue on giving a no bid contract to an organization for a proposed project was turned down by the Culver City Council for a lack of a second on the motion. My personal "THANK YOU" to Mayor Micheál O'Leary, Vice-Mayor Andy Weissman, Councilmembers Jim Clarke and Jeff Cooper for keeping ethics in government policies. Our City ...read more
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    Thursday, February 11, 2016
    The "sharing economy" includes the largest taxi company in the world, Uber, and they do not own a vehicle. The largest hotel company in the world, Airbnb, and they do not own a hotel room. You may call it disruptive, it is change. Change in business always happens, legislation does not stop it, although government may move it a little in one direction or another. In the case of Uber or ...read more
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    Thursday, February 04, 2016
    The regional cost of housing is skyrocketing throughout the region! Recently, KPCC, a national firm reporting on occupancy rates for apartments and hotels, reported that the vacancy rate in the Los Angeles region has dropped to under 3%! Trying to impose rent control or as some people have renamed the subject "rent stabilization" does not seem to be the answer. I believe that we need a ...read more
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    Thursday, January 28, 2016
    Next Tuesday, February 2, 2016, the Culver City Chamber will host the Chamber's "Meet the Candidate Forum" at the Courtyard by Marriott at 8:00 AM. Reservations can be made by clicking here. The Culver City Chamber's format has changed and we encourage you to attend to hear from all seven candidates on business issues facing our city. Following the forum, the Chamber Board of ...read more
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    Thursday, January 21, 2016
    The field for the three seats on the City Council is set at 8 candidates (6 are certified) The field is made up of the typical array of candidates from very knowledgeable to ones that speak so generically they could be running for a member of the Butte, Montana City Council. Over the next 8 weeks we will be hearing statements from some candidates about the evils of Culver City development and the ...read more
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    Thursday, January 14, 2016
    Governor Brown's proposed 2016-17 Budget was received with mixed reaction. Which is not a surprise. Every special interest group wants their part of the budget. Everyone is more important than the other 35 million special interests in the state. I'm going to zero in on one area, freeways and roads, our crumbling infrastructure that serves everyone, that's right all Californians, ...read more
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