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    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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