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November 17, 1994 | MARY MOORE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The former chief mechanic of the Culver City Fire Department, who was fired from his job in July following allegations of sexual harassment and bigotry, has appealed to the city's Civil Service Commission to be reinstated. Bob Lewis, 51, contends that he was terminated unjustly, and his appeal is being considered in ongoing hearings--made public at Lewis' request--that began in October and are scheduled through the end of this month.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1998
The city's Fire Department has been accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, officials announced. The Virginia-based organization analyzes fire departments by a strict set of criteria, including training, administration, public education, and physical and human resources, said commission manager Andrea Walter. The Culver City Fire Department is the first in California and one of eight in the nation to complete the voluntary accreditation program, she said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1998
County officials attempted to identify a substance Thursday that made workers at a pawnshop ill and forced closure of a major street while authorities investigated the incident. Employees at AAA Pawn & Jewelry in the 5500 block of Sepulveda Boulevard called emergency services at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday complaining of nausea and dizziness, said Culver City spokeswoman Randi Joseph. The illnesses were caused by breathing fumes from an oily liquid on the ground near the shop's entrance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1998
County officials attempted to identify a substance Thursday that made workers at a pawnshop ill and forced closure of a major street while authorities investigated the incident. Employees at AAA Pawn & Jewelry in the 5500 block of Sepulveda Boulevard called emergency services at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday complaining of nausea and dizziness, said Culver City spokeswoman Randi Joseph. The illnesses were caused by breathing fumes from an oily liquid on the ground near the shop's entrance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1998
The city's Fire Department has been accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, officials announced. The Virginia-based organization analyzes fire departments by a strict set of criteria, including training, administration, public education, and physical and human resources, said commission manager Andrea Walter. The Culver City Fire Department is the first in California and one of eight in the nation to complete the voluntary accreditation program, she said.
NEWS
June 15, 1995 | MARY MOORE
The Culver City Civil Service Commission last week concluded its longest case in 20 years when it upheld the firing of the city Fire Department's former chief mechanic. Bob Lewis, 51, was fired in July following allegations of sexual harassment, racism and other charges. Lewis, who had worked for the city since 1986, appealed to the commission to get his job back.
NEWS
January 29, 1995 | MARY MOORE
The Culver City Fire Department is in the top tier of fire departments nationwide, according to an insurance industry organization that audits municipal fire departments and rates their response to emergencies. The city's new Class 1 rating takes into account factors including the type of fire and emergency equipment Culver City owns, the number of fire stations in the city, and the city's water system.
NEWS
August 21, 1994
A Fire Department secretary has sued her former boss, the city and the city's former fire chief in a sexual and racial harassment dispute. Eva Lopez says former supervisor George Robert Lewis, a chief mechanic, created a "hostile work environment" and repeatedly subjected her to harassment. In addition to naming Lewis in the complaint, Lopez is suing former Fire Chief Michael Olson and Culver City.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Phil Garcia, a 28-year veteran of the Culver City Fire Department and its interim chief, has been named Santa Ana fire chief. Garcia, 54, of Laguna Niguel, starts his new post Nov. 10. He replaces Marc Martin, who retired last month and is the director of the Santa Ana College Fire Academy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1998
The Culver City Fire Department is seeking new members for its community disaster response team, which aids the department during emergencies, officials said. Firefighters and paramedics teach participants in the Community Emergency Response Team program first aid and simple firefighting and search-and-rescue techniques, said Mary Noller, the group's president. The three-week course is free to Culver City residents, businesses and schools, and culminates in a disaster simulation drill.
NEWS
June 15, 1995 | MARY MOORE
The Culver City Civil Service Commission last week concluded its longest case in 20 years when it upheld the firing of the city Fire Department's former chief mechanic. Bob Lewis, 51, was fired in July following allegations of sexual harassment, racism and other charges. Lewis, who had worked for the city since 1986, appealed to the commission to get his job back.
NEWS
January 29, 1995 | MARY MOORE
The Culver City Fire Department is in the top tier of fire departments nationwide, according to an insurance industry organization that audits municipal fire departments and rates their response to emergencies. The city's new Class 1 rating takes into account factors including the type of fire and emergency equipment Culver City owns, the number of fire stations in the city, and the city's water system.
NEWS
November 17, 1994 | MARY MOORE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The former chief mechanic of the Culver City Fire Department, who was fired from his job in July following allegations of sexual harassment and bigotry, has appealed to the city's Civil Service Commission to be reinstated. Bob Lewis, 51, contends that he was terminated unjustly, and his appeal is being considered in ongoing hearings--made public at Lewis' request--that began in October and are scheduled through the end of this month.
NEWS
August 21, 1994
A Fire Department secretary has sued her former boss, the city and the city's former fire chief in a sexual and racial harassment dispute. Eva Lopez says former supervisor George Robert Lewis, a chief mechanic, created a "hostile work environment" and repeatedly subjected her to harassment. In addition to naming Lewis in the complaint, Lopez is suing former Fire Chief Michael Olson and Culver City.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1998
A fire severely damaged an office building early Tuesday, but no one was hurt, fire officials said. Firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department joined Culver City crews to battle the blaze at 6025 E. Washington Blvd. shortly after midnight and remained until dawn to make sure there were no flare-ups, said Culver City Fire Department spokeswoman Randi Joseph. The fire caused about $200,000 in damage to the one-story structure belonging to Monopoly Management, an apartment management firm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Culver City Ice Arena, which closed earlier this month after losing its lease, might reopen after the rock-climbing company that had planned to take over the space revealed last week that it would not. But City Manager John Nachbar said the city and the rink employees would first have to resolve many issues, including whether the facility's refrigeration system was safe. The unexpected news of Planet Granite's lease cancellation was a relief to the Takahashi family, longtime employees of the rink who hope to operate it for at least six months.
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