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Mayor issues State of the City address

CULVER CITY — Mayor Thomas Small gave the State of the City Address to more than 600 members of the community at the Robert Frost Auditorium April 9.

“While we enjoy tremendous growth in Culver City, we must address the challenges we face as well,” Small told the audience. “In our quest to be the ideal place to live, do business, visit and attend school, we must renew our commitment to achieving balance by working together.

“The City Council and city staff are committed to collaborating with our residents through the general plan process. The inclusion of all community members will ensure that Culver City remains a ‘city for all’ for generations to come,” Small added.

The State of the City event also included performances by pianist Althea Waites, who performed Duke Ellington’s “The Single Petal of a Rose” and the Angel City Chorale, which sang Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.” 

As part of the festivities, Diana and David Hauptman were named as Culver City’s Citizens of the Year for their contributions to the community. Joanna Brody, the first lady of Culver City, presented the award and paid tribute to the Hauptmans, and they were greeted with a standing ovation.

A highlight of this year’s State of the City event was the premiere of a short film produced by Eat, Sleep, Edit, called “Culver City: Forward Motion.” The film can be viewed on the city’s website,

The city extends its gratitude to members of the  community, who participated in this year’s State of the City event, which was co-produced by the Culver City Unified School District and the Culver City Chamber of Commerce.

Wave Staff Report