Chamber of Commerce news, tidbits

The Culver City Chamber is having a breakfast meeting on the future of the Fox Hills area of Culver City as well as what is happening in Playa Vista on Tuesday, March 3 beginning at 8 a.m. The meeting will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Westside 6161 W. Centinela Ave. in Culver City.

The southern area of the Culver City, long forgotten, yet, an economic power house will be featured in a panel discussion led by NBC4 Southern California television reporter Robert Kovacik. Realtors from the area specializing in Fox Hills, Playa Vista and creative office spaces will be present. Speakers will Mike Arnold – Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Mitchell Hernandez – CBRE; Doug Marshall – Klabin Company; and Lee Shapiro – Kennedy Wilson Properties. Tickets are $40 person prepaid and $450 per sponsors table of 10 prepaid. Persons interested are asked to RSVP by Friday, Feb. 27. More information available, and to RSVP, persons are interested can visit


Culver City represented in nominee list for USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Contest

Culver City Arts District is one of 20 finalists competing for a spot in the winners list and would appreciate the support of Culver City during its campaign to win. Voting is open now, runs for four weeks only and ends on Monday, March 2 at 11:59 a.m. EST.  Persons interested can rock the vote at  The public can vote once per day, per category.

The full list of nominees for Best Art District is as follows: Bergamot Station Arts Center – Santa Monica; Brooklyn – New York; Chelsea – New York; Culver City Arts District; Dallas Arts District; Heidelberg Project – Detroit; Houston Museum District & Project Row Houses; Los Angeles Downtown Arts District

Lower East Side – New York; Museum Row on Miracle Mile – Los Angeles; NoHo Arts District – Los Angeles; Northeast Minneapolis Arts District; Parkway Museums District – Philadelphia; Santa Fe Railyard Arts District; SoWa – Boston; Station North – Baltimore; Union Square – San Francisco; Warehouse District – New Orleans; West Loop and River North – Chicago; Wynwood Arts District – Miami. To follow live voting action (and discover the most active campaigns for award categories), search #10BestChoice on Twitter (@10Best).  Some contests also have custom hashtags, which you will discover. People can also find Culver City Arts District on Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.


Steve’s Side  

The conversation needs to change, as we, California, loses more businesses, Toyota and now Farmer Brothers Coffee Roasters to either Oklahoma or Texas. It seems to me that working on preserving and increasing higher wage earning jobs is more important than securing the minimum wage jobs that a large number of people are concerned about.

I grew up in Southern California, (Culver City) in particular and the change in the workforce has been dramatic. We need to learn from our past so we do not make some of the mistakes of the past. Culver City has evolved from a middle class city of craftsmen for the studios and engineers for the aircraft industry into a high end middle class city made up of creative digital employees as well as engineers in the new economy of Sony, Beats by Dr. Dre, Maker Studios and the

We need to concentrate on creating housing opportunities for these employees and for the creative communities of the future. Our time needs to be put into areas that will stimulate our economy instead of spending time and money on feel good programs that really will not pay dividends in the future for our fellow citizens.

Dividends are paid in many ways, not just money, parks, cultural venues and opportunities to enjoy our community, and a community of interconnected families of the future. The quality of life that exists in Culver City is the envy of many. We need to expand that quality so we can attract the future of Culver City and not look to its past as some want it to be its future.

That is what I think…


Steven J. Rose