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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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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

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 GM Dean Lombardi On Status Of Defenseman Willie Mitchell: “Your Guess Is As Good As Mine”

LA Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO CA — On June 12, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who missed the entire 2013 season due to complications after off-season knee surgery, posted a video to Telly.com (he also posted it to Twitter) that showed him skating by himself at the team’s practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center, in El Segundo, California.

The video did not specify the time and date that the video footage was taken, but Mitchell appeared to skate with no discomfort, although that means little, since he was skating solo.

Just days before, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi talked about Mitchell’s condition, stating that at this point, the injury is still career—threatening.

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After A Scary Injury, Alec Martinez Is Ready To Go For LA Kings – News, Audio Interviews From January 9 Informal Skate

PRE-TRAINING CAMP: A few more of the Los Angeles Kings showed up at their informal skates at their practice facility on January 9, including Colin Fraser, Mike Richards, and Alec Martinez. Read on for the details, and listen to the raw audio interviews.


LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez has just a small
scar as a reminder of a nasty injury after taking
a puck to the face while playing in the Finnish
Elite League during the NHL lockout.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings continue to trickle back into the Los Angeles area after the National Hockey League lockout, the number of players who are participating in daily informal skates at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, the team’s practice facility, is on the rise.

On January 8, forwards Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, Trevor Lewis, Dustin Penner, Brad Richardson, and Jarret Stoll, defensemen Davis Drewiske, Matt Greene, and Rob Scuderi, and goaltender Jonathan Quick were on the ice. Today, Richardson was absent, but the rest were joined by centers Colin Fraser and Mike Richards, right wing Justin Williams (who participated in the skate on January 7, but skipped Tuesday’s skate) and defenseman Alec Martinez.

Martinez certainly had quite the journey during the lockout.

“I’ve been a bit of a suitcase during this lockout,” he said. “I spent extended time here in L.A. I was in Finland for awhile, and got hurt there.” Read more of this post

Dark Cloud Looming Overhead Couldn’t Dampen Spirits At Charity Hockey Game Benefitting LA Jr. Kings

CHARITY GAME: Story also has comments from Los Angeles Kings players regarding the status of the National Hockey League lockout.


LA Kings center Jarret Stoll was one
of the main organizers of a charity hockey
ame benefitting the L.A. Jr. Kings, and the
Twin Peaks Center Foundation, played at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo,
California on November 9, 2012.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: William Karl Valentine

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The familiar sounds of skates flying across the ice, tape-to-tape passes, and pucks clanking off goal posts filled the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California on the evening of November 9, when 24 current or retired National Hockey League players hit the ice for a charity hockey game benefitting the Los Angeles Jr. Kings Pee-Wee AAA 2000 team and the Twin Peaks Cancer Foundation.

The vast majority of the players involved have been working out in the Southern California area during the current NHL lockout. Some of them included Kyle Clifford, Matt Greene, Dustin Penner and Jarret Stoll from the Los Angeles Kings, and Francois Beauchemin, Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, and Sheldon Souray from the Anaheim Ducks.

Also appearing were Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, Shane O’Brien of the Colorado Avalanche, Eric Nystrom of the Dallas Stars, Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders, and Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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