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Open Letter To Culver City City Council on Culver City Ice Arena

The following is an open letter that was sent to members of the City Council, City of Culver City (this one was addressed to the Mayor), regarding the property where the Culver City Ice Arena operated (the former practice home of the Los Angeles Kings; they closed on February 2). A new lessee, Planet Granite, wants to build a rock climbing, yoga and fitness center in that location.

As a long-time resident of Culver City, California, I felt compelled to let the City Council here know that a new, state-of-the-art ice rink in that location, and everything that comes with it, is what’s best for Culver City.

UPDATED: February 20, 2014. Now includes video of public comment period during City Council meeting, City of Culver City, February 10, 2014, when supporters of the Culver City Ice Arena addressed the City Council, including Los Angeles Kings radio color commentator Daryl Evans, and yours truly.


The landmark sign outside the Culver City Ice Arena.
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Honorable Jeffrey Cooper
Mayor, City of Culver City
9770 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232-2703

Dear Mayor Cooper:

As you are aware, the Culver City Ice Arena has ceased operations, with a new lessee, Planet Granite, expected to takeover the property with the purpose of building a yoga, rock climbing and fitness center.

As you must also be aware, City staff has discovered a zoning variance granted to the owners of the property that dictates that an ice rink is the only approved business that can be operated at that site. If I am reading the document correctly, the existence of this variance indicates that for the property to be used for any other purpose, another zoning variance would have to be granted, or the property would have to be re-zoned.

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LA Kings Tip A King 2014 – In Photos

Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll autographs a jersey for a fan during the Tip A King 2014
event, at LA Live in Los Angeles on February 1, 2014.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Despite the fact that the Los Angeles Kings suffered yet another shutout loss, this time, a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on February 1, the team”s players and coaches walked across the street from Staples Center to the Event Deck at LA Live to meet and greet fans at the annual Tip A King event, a fundraiser benefitting the Kings Care Foundation.

Some feared that the players and coaches might have a bit of difficulty, not only in being in a good mood, but also with fans who might be rather surly after another bad loss. But the mood at Tip A King 2014 was upbeat and positive.

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2014 Stadium Series Los Angeles – In Photos

Teams are lined up at center ice for the singing of the U.S. National Anthem by Jordin Sparks at the
2014 Stadium Series: Los Angeles, at Dodger Stadium on January 25, 2014.
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — As reported in this space earlier today, the National Hockey League’s 2014 Stadium Series: Los Angeles at iconic Dodger Stadium was a grand slam home run for the league, whether or not you were happy with the the fact that the Anaheim Ducks handed the Los Angeles Kings a 3-0 defeat in the game last night.

Although photographer David Sheehan was not a big enough fish in the NHL’s pond to get a coveted photo position on the glass for the game, he managed to get some good photos of the festitivies, which you can see below.

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2014 Stadium Series Los Angeles: LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks Test Ice During Practice While Teemu Selanne Takes Time To Enjoy It All

Anaheim Ducks superstar winger Teemu Selanne, shown here during his team’s practice session at Dodger Stadium on January 24, 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — On January 24, the eve of the 2014 Stadium Series: Los Angeles, both the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks skated on Dodger Stadium ice for the first time, with the home team getting the first practice time at 4:00 PM.

It was a typical practice for the Kings, in terms of them doing line rushes, and a few drills. But that is where the similarities with any part of their normal routine ended, as they were obviously skating under a darkening sky, with the San Gabriel Mountains off in the distance, and Palm trees close by.

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