Ground broken for Ivy Station project

CULVER CITY — Ground was officially broken Sept. 27 to mark the formal start of construction of Ivy Station, a $350 million development at the Culver City Expo Line stop.

Ivy Station is located at the intersections of Venice, Washington and National boulevards.

Once completed, Ivy Station will feature 200 apartments, 55,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space, a 148-room hotel, a 200,000-square-foot office building and two acres of open space.

Ivy Station is being developed by Lowe Enterprises, Rockwood Capital and AECOM Capital and is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

“The city’s overall plan has been to create a higher-density transit-served neighborhood that provides new, quality housing, retail and employment opportunities that will help improve regional mobility and air quality by reducing local reliance on the automobile,” Culver City Mayor Jeffrey Cooper said. “We have developed a strong partnership with Lowe, and we look forward to the opening of the Ivy Station project.”

Ivy Station’s proximity to the city’s burgeoning shopping, dining and business district offers easy access to everyone.

Whether it be a family having brunch followed by a day in the park, a business professional taking a break with a cup of coffee or a group of friends grabbing a drink after a day at work, Ivy Station will have something to offer for anyone looking to step away from the rush of the city, according to the developers.

When completed, Ivy Station will provide connections to transit, the community, tenants and visitors alike. Concerts, movie nights, wine and cheese festivals, fitness classes, holiday craft fairs and seasonal activities are just some of the events planned for the park.

The development also will provide 1,500 spaces of below-grade parking, 300 of which will be dedicated for use by transit riders. A 585-space parking lot for the Expo Line station was closed in February to make preparations for the construction.

“Along with our great partners Lowe and Rockwood, we are thrilled to celebrate this important milestone for Ivy Station,” said AECOM Capital CEO John T. Livingston. “This project is a true transit-oriented mixed-use development, allowing residents as well as the community of Culver City to take advantage of both the Expo Line and the new public space amenities we are developing.

“We applaud Culver City for having the vision to create this bold new project.”


Culver City to hold annual ‘party in the park’

CULVER CITY — The city’s annual “Party in the Park,” Fiesta La Ballona takes over Veterans Park Aug. 25-27 offering live performances, carnival rides and games, plus vendor booths showcasing local groups and artisan wares.

Weekend festivities also will feature pony rides and a petting zoo, a beer and wine garden, food trucks, a food court, an aquacade, an interactive sustainability booth and other special activities.

Opening ceremonies featuring remarks by Culver City Mayor Jeffrey Cooper and a special performance by the Actors’ Gang, will take place in the Fiesta Entertainment Tent at 6 p.m. Aug. 25. Admission is free.

Hours are 4:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 25, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 26, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 27.

Parking is available at Veterans Memorial Complex and Sony Pictures Studios, but to avoid parking challenges people planning to attend are being encouraged to bike, walk or take the bus to the event.

There will be musical performances and heritage dance presentations in the Entertainment Tent throughout the weekend.

The Friday and Saturday program will celebrate a century of American music and the Sunday schedule will include a diverse program of world music. On Aug. 25 a performance by Corey and His Cohorts as well as Fiesta-Palooza coordinated by Flynn Namala and Ryan Silver of the Blank Minds. Fiesta-Palooza showcases five local teen bands: Eliza, The Nerts, Leaving London, Mediocre and Street Play.

The performances Aug. 26, start at noon and will feature Street Corner Renaissance, Grupo Folklorico Macias, Fortunate Son, Grupo La Rosa, Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, Ho’Aloha Polynesian Dancers, Corday Undercover, and On The Edge Dance Studio. Starting at 7 p.m., Fiesta La Ballona will present tribute band Hollywood Blonde in a two-hour dance party featuring top 40 hits.

The performances Aug. 27 start at 11 a.m. and will include Cali Rose & The CC Strummers, Orquesta Charangoa, Xorotroptzi, Crawdaddio, Brasil Cultural Center, Quitapenas, Ballet Folklorico de Claudia Jeanette, and The Fenians.

Stilt walkers, provided by Red Swan Entertainment, will intermittently rove the park Aug. 26-27.

In addition to live performances, many other attractions and activities will be available during fiesta weekend.

On Aug. 25, senior citizens can enjoy early bird dinners, between 4:30 and 6 p.m. Pony rides and a petting zoo will open Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. and at 11 a.m. Aug. 26-27 on Saturday and Sunday.

The Aquacade at the Culver City Municipal Plunge will be open Aug. 26-27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is a $1 admission fee.

The Culver City Rotary Club sponsors the Lucky Ducky Swim on Sunday afternoon. KCET will have an interactive kiosk at the fiesta Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. 6 p.m.

Those attending will be able to meet the LA Galaxy Star Squad from noon to 4 p.m. and the LA Kings Ice Crew from 4:15 to 8 p.m. Aug. 26. The Culver City Historical Society Archives and Resource Center, located within Veterans Memorial Building, will be open Aug. 26 and 27 from noon to 4 p.m. with exhibits featuring fiesta dresses and other memorabilia.

More information is available by visiting or by calling (310) 253-6650.

Garcetti rallies mayors on climate change goals

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti rallied other “Climate Mayors” to the cause of upholding the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement at the 85th annual United States Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach, Florida June 24.

Garcetti is the chairman and a co-founder of Climate Mayors, which was formed in 2014. The group has increased its membership to 331 and an added sense of urgency since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States out of the Paris agreement on June 1.

“Since the president withdrew the U.S. from the Paris agreement, mayors in cities across America have come together to say ‘enough’ — we will not let the future of our planet be jeopardized by inaction at the top,” Garcetti said. “We are committed to carrying the fight against climate change forward in our cities.”

When Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the agreement, he pledged to “begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.”

Garcetti also announced the appointment of three new co-chairs to the Climate Mayors group — Marty Walsh of Boston, Sylvester Turner of Houston and Madeline Rogero of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Garcetti also led the joint meeting of the conference’s Latino Alliance and the Immigration Reform Task Force with Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Mayor Jorge Elorza of Providence, Rhode Island discussing what Garcetti described as “an immigration agenda that puts families first.”

Garcetti won the conference’s City Livability Award for cities with populations above 100,000 for CleanStat LA, which provides quarterly, block-by-block assessments of the entire city to build data and identify trends in street cleanliness.

Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner received outstanding achievement for the community ice skating facility at the Orange County Great Park.

Garcetti also met with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman “about our shared challenges and opportunities” and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, discussing “what our cities can learn from each other,” Garcetti tweeted.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia also spoke at the conference’s Ports and Exports Task Force, where topics discussed included the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Export-Import Bank, the nation’s official export. Garcia is the task force’s vice chair.

Garcia also met with Chris Lehane, the head of policy of the hospitality company Airbnb.

“We are looking forward to developing a model partnership for the city,” Garcia tweeted.

Garcia was announced as the large city winner in the 2017 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards for the Clear Air Action Plan, intended to reduce port-related air pollution and health risks at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles while allowing port development, job creation and economic activity to continue.

The conference at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach drew 259 mayors, according to organizers. Immigration, health care, the federal budget and national economy, climate protection, homeland security and community block grants topped the agenda.

In addition to Garcetti, Garcia and Tait, mayors from the Southland registered for the conference included David Mejia of Alhambra, Fidencio Joel Gallardo of Bell, Jeffrey Cooper of Culver City, Vivian Romero of Montebello and Teresa Real Sebastian of Monterey Park.