Stormy Heather blew into Angel City’s atmosphere with an audible BOOM. While simultaneously developing into one of the Rocket Queens’ jamming mainstays, Stormy took on a heavy role in the training department as a Fresh Meat coach and then eventually moving into coaching for the Rising Stars. She’s a triple threat on the track, unstoppable in every role and a brilliant coach. She is a delight to all who cross her path, and is a pillar of strength for the teams she skates and coaches for. Stormy Heather’s infectious smile and positive attitude are the epitome of what it means to be an Angel.

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The first thing I do when I get a new pad is add my contact information and an offer of a $20 reward for it’s safe return–if lost and found.  I started doing this about 7 years ago and I haven’t lost or misplaced a journal since.  I have to admit at first it wasn’t easy.  ”Offer a reward?”  “Can’t I just rely on the kindness of strangers?”  These were questions that the idea, to offer a reward, stirred up in my mind.  When I realized that the underlying truth these questions represented was that I did not value my creativity, I boldly began writing in the $20 reward.  So, when you get your new pad or journal and you’re contemplating your very first entry, I recommend your name, contact info, and a reward.  The question you ask yourself shouldn’t be, “Is IT worth it?”, but rather, “Is what I’m about to create in this new pad worth it?”


“The World will take you at your own valuation. Your body will take you at your own valuation. Your business will take you at your own valuation.  For the value you really put upon yourself is the one that manifests.”
 -Emmet Fox

A local program here in Culver City was featured on the international SmileTV!  Very exciting!  The feature is about our quarterly iNeed Help With My Gadget Workshop. Volunteers from Symantec, Culver City High School and Antoich University are regulars at the event, the next one will be held Saturday, June 22, 2013.

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Meet Gabby the …?
If you are wondering what kind of dog I have, she’s an “Australian Brindle Hound.”  Her disposition is as pleasant and loving as the name sounds.  I have to confess, she wasn’t always an Australian Brindle Hound.  She used to be a Pit Bull.  Can you believe it?It was horrible.  Every time Lori, my wife, and I would be out with Gabby and people would approach to ask us what kind of dog Gabby was, once we said, “She’s a Pit Bull,”  the color would drain from their faces and if they happened to have a child with them they’d snatch them up quick and look at us with, “how could you?”

Soon we both dreaded hearing the question and if asked I began to immediately explain how sweet she is, that we have 2 cats she loves, that not all Pit Bulls are bad, that it depends how they are raised, etc… It was so much work.  I would even catch myself firing off a quick Pit Bull history lesson on how at the turn of last Century the Pit Bull, AKA, the American Staffordshire Terrier, was considered America’s Sweetheart breed.  Theodore Roosevelt had one, the Buster Brown dog was a Pit, so was Petey on the Little Rascals, Wells Fargo’s mascot was a Pit, and even Helen Keller’s guide dog was a Pit Bull.  All fascinating stuff, but it never seemed to convince anyone, besides it was exhausting.

Then something wonderful happened.  One day while Lori and I were having lunch at an outdoor cafe with Gabby a couple at the table next to us asked the dreaded question.  “What kind of dog is that?”  I took a deep breath and tentatively let it out, “She’s a Pit Bull.”  The lady immediately responded, “I thought so, we had a Pit Bull exactly like her.  She was so sweet.  She loved our grand kids.”  Lori and I were overjoyed.  Someone knew the truth about Gabby and most Pit Bulls.  I began to tell the woman how most people freak out when they hear she is a Pit Bull.  While the lady was loving up Gabby she said, “I know isn’t that terrible, my husband would tell people she was an Australian Brindle Hound.”  Lori and I were blown away, could it be that simple?

From that day on Gabby was no longer a Pit Bull she became an Australian Brindle Hound.  As we began introducing her we discovered that everyone loves an Australian Brindle Hound.  Some people, after we answer their question as to what breed she is, have told us how they thought that she was an Australian Brindle Hound by her sweet disposition!  At first I was concerned I was being deceptive.  But then I realized introducing Gabby as an Australian Brindle Hound wasn’t deceptive, introducing her as a Pit Bull was.  And although Australian Brindle Hounds only exist in that wonderfully sweet and loving part of everyone’s imagination, so does the notorious Pit Bull.  So just like someone once said, “I thought she was an Australian Brindle Hound by her sweet disposition.”  So she must be.

*The actual history of the “Australian Brindle Hound,” aka the American Pit Bull Terrier is even more fascinating than you probably imagine.  Click here to read about how this heroic breed played an important role as an American Mascot.

*Just in case you need some more reassurance about Gabby, click here to visit Bad Rap – for all the monster myths you may have heard about Pit Bulls, along with the facts you probably haven’t.

RANKINGS RELEASE! Your Angel City charter, the Hollywood Scarlets aren’t messing around this season! ACDG has moved from #18 to #7 out 155 ranked leagues worldwide! We are so proud, keep it up Scarlets! POP POP!!!

 

I think it’s so important to give back to the community. I have several charities and organizations I volunteer with on a regular basis. One is HeARTs Speak. I love animals. I love photography. What better way to contribute? Combining my 2 passions.

 

Last week, I photographed some mini pins that are in need of a home. Picasso’s Place is a great group dedicated to finding homes for homeless pups. Here is a behind the scenes look at a rescue dog photo shoot.

 

Behind The Scenes

 

A little more about HS:

 

HeARTs Speak’s mission is to unite the individual efforts of animal artists and animal rescues into collective action for social change.

We will:

  1. Provide the framework, tools and resources to support animal artists working to help animals in need.
  2. Disseminate messages that inspire a better understanding of and compassion towards animals.
  3. Connect rescues and shelters with artists to break down the myth that animals from rescues and shelters are inferior. Professional photographs greatly improve adoption success and ultimately, will increase the number of animals adopted and reduce the numbers that are unnecessarily euthanized.

HeARTs Speak provides an online community for its artist members which gives them resources to develop their skills and businesses. HeARTs Speak believes artists should be paid a living wage for their work and provides grants for artists who spend time in shelters helping them to take photos or create art that features adoptable pets in their most flattering light. HeARTs Speak members serve as global ambassadors of our mission, assisting and educating their community on the importance of animal adoptions.

The Culver City News is getting a facelift. I’ve been a CC resident for 14 years and the paper has had the same look the entire time. Now that I’ve become editor, I’m excited to change things up.

Annette (our fantastic graphic designer) and I have been busy all summer working on new layouts. We’ve got some great new features, writers and an entire new look. I can’t wait for the unveiling. Be on the lookout…it’s happening soon.

 

camera-guy-36669610Are you a photographer or photography enthusiast? Enter the Culver City News‘ Best of Culver City Photo Contest and have your winning photos published in the Best of Culver City Magazine 2010. The magazine will be distributed all over the Westside on Nov. 4 and around Culver City throughout the year.

 

 

 

Here are the categories:

  • Culver City landmarks
  • Historical Culver City
  • Local pets
  • Local families
  • Culver City events
  • Local food/dining
  • Culver City entertainment
  • Local sports
  • Local art
  • Culver City homes
  • Local nature shots

Don’t know which category best fits your photo? You may submit each photo in up to three categories.

Send us your entries along with the category (or categories) in which you are entering; your name, address, phone number, email address, the title and the story behind the photo (if you have one). Submission implies that the photos entered are your own property and carry no outside copyrights, and may be used for publication with the Culver City News and/or its affiliates.

We prefer electronic files but old fashioned photographs are acceptable too. Email to publisher@culvercitynews.org before midnight Friday, Oct. 1. Or if you prefer, bring or send hard copies to “Photo Contest,” Culver City News, 4351 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City, CA 90230.

This is our first photo contest and we are excited to see the results … Culver City is loaded with great photo opportunities … and talent! Questions? Please ask. I will answer all inquiries.

-Leslie Belfor

Publisher, Culver City News

A stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard will soon receive a makeover via the city’s Street Tree Master Plan. The project area, located between Culver Boulevard and Franklin Avenue, needs a name worthy of its new identity.

So weigh in with your suggestions and thoughts right here! And feel free to add your feelings regarding the debate over the Redevelopment Agency’s choice of the white orchids and London plane trees.

Parking is very much on the minds of those who live and work in Culver City these days.

 

 

I know that parking issues are very important to Culver City residents … and I understand the residents’ desire to keep entertainment parkers out of their “off-street parking” spaces and driveways (or blocking their driveways).  But where are out-of-towners (out-of-neighborhooders?) and visitors supposed to park? Have you ever tried to find a spot by Brunello Trattoria? I love Bruno and their food is GREAT, but 

Publisher, Leslie Belfor.

Publisher, Leslie Belfor.

 parking can be a little tricky.

I wonder what the future holds. Will Culver City soon become all-valet-all-the-time, like Marina del Rey? Or will they start charging residents (and ticketing those who don’t have placards) for parking on the street, like Beverly Hills?

Personally, I don’t mind parking a little further away and walking – as long as that night’s choice of boot was actually made for walking. But what about the less able-bodied folks who want to enjoy Culver City’s offerings? How will someone using a cane, walker or wheelchair comfortably get from their car to their favorite restaurant, shop or gallery? The local structures only hold so many cars and there are no local structures at the east end of Washington near Brunello.

How is Culver City taking care of their businesses?  After all, in order for the city to thrive, local businesses must be able to thrive as well. I watched with interest as the representative from Walker Parking explained the results of his parking study at City Hall recently. He spoke at length about the possibilities of raising parking meter charges, extending hours of meter operation and getting rid of the two free hours of parking at downtown structures. The idea is to charge a little more and have fewer times available for free parking in order to encourage turnover.

There was some discussion about blocking off City Hall’s parking lot, which may be used by patrons of the Kirk Douglas Theatre currently. This sounds counterproductive to me … as we try to solve the parking problems around town, we should create a new one?

Of course, we are looking into the future with mass transit options and more focus on conservation … bike riding … walking … ride sharing … etc. But what about NOW? How do we take care of residents and take care of businesses at the same time? Suggestions? Solutions?