Culver City Backlot Film Festival Begins Next Week

Backlot Film Festival

The Culver City Backlot Film Festival – which includes four days of screening features, shorts, documentaries and student films – begins Wednesday, October 7 and runs through Saturday, October 10, at the Vets Auditorium.

Among the featured films are Patrick Swayze’s final film, Jump, and the North Carolina blues documentary, Toot Blues.

More information

“Toot Blues” trailer:

Expo West End Corridor Project Status Update Open House in Culver City

westend corridor

Topics: Phase 1 Project Overview & Construction Status Update

The update includes information on the construction of the Ballona Creek, La Brea and La Cienega bridges, Venice/Robertson aerial station, Expo right-of-way excavation and traffic advisories.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Culver City Senior Center
4095 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA 90232
6:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m.
(On-site free parking)


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VIDEO: Stakeholders Urge Board To Consider Enhancements to Existing Ordinance Regulating Oil Drilling in Baldwin Hills Area

On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors heard supporting testimony from residents of Baldwin Hills and nearby communities to consider modifications and enhancements to the existing Baldwin Hills Community Standards District (“CSD”) ordinance, which oversees oil drilling in Baldwin Hills.

Speakers: Scott Malsin, Gary Silbiger, Rebecca Bernal, Angus Alexander, Martin Schlageter, Zoe Rawson, Grace Elliott, Ken Kutchner

Speakers: Sandra Hamlat, Damon Nagami, Eddie Jones, Dr. Clyde Williams, Sally Hampton, Gwendolyn Flynn, Dr. Khin Khin Gyi, Kaypers Jackson

Speakers: Damien Goodmon and Gary Gless

Finally, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas thanked the stakeholders for their testimony and then asked the Board of Supervisors for their unanimous vote in favor of the motion to consider modifications and enhancements to the existing Baldwin Hills Community Standards District (“CSD”) ordinance. The Board voted 5-0 in favor of the motion.

Read the motion
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Dorsey High School Students On A Conservation Mission To Bring Back Bird Last Seen A Decade Ago

Armed with rakes and trowels, Dorsey High School students on Saturday traveled to a new state park in Culver City on a daunting conservation mission: to bring back the cactus wren, a bird not seen there in a decade.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park is a panorama of undeveloped hills and wilderness where gray foxes still prowl and red-tailed hawks soar within sight of downtown Los Angeles. Many other natural residents, however, have been vanquished by urban encroachment.

The two dozen students aimed to lay the foundation for a cactus wren stronghold by restoring the coastal sage scrub preferred by the bird, which builds its nests deep within the protective spines of cactus patches.

After weeding a square acre of steep hillside at the Culver City park, they planted cholla and prickly pear cactus, elderberry and black walnut trees.

“Cactus grows slowly, so my goal is long-term,” said Fonda Williams, 17, who plans to enroll at UCLA next year.

“I’m hoping that years from now, I’ll visit Baldwin Hills and discover that a pair of cactus wrens are calling the cactus I planted home.”

Read the entire L.A. Times article

100 Years Since Allensworth – Is California Living Up To The Legacy?

Register now for the California State Parks Foundation Conference “100 Years Since Allensworth – Is California Living Up to the Legacy?” at the University of Southern California, on Monday May 4, 2009. The conference will focus on revealing the important, hidden stories of the state’s African-American heritage, exploring work, parks, play and civic engagement.

The day includes panels, lunch and keynote speaker, the Hon. Willie L. Brown, Jr., along with a post-conference reception in the brand new Visitors Center at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Culver City. The deadline for registration is April 28.

Space is limited, so register now.