Culver welcomes new city councilor
When Steve McCall bought his house in Culver, he wasn't expecting to stay.
It was about six months before the housing bubble burst, and he'd bought the house because he was fond of the elderly couple who were trying to sell it so they could be nearer their children.
"I wasn't planning on living in town," he said. "I'd never lived in town."
He never left, and now he is not only living in town, he is serving on the Culver City Council.
McCall grew up in Antelope; his father managed Hay Creek Ranch, and his mother ran the Willowdale restaurant. After graduating from Madras High School in 1989, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service doing range management and spent weekends on his family's ranch.
He was surprised to find that he enjoys living in the city limits. He was accustomed to his nearest neighbor being a mile down the road. But he got used to it.
"It's quiet," he said. "People are pretty laid back and friendly. I like the sense of community they have here. We've got a really nice park for the kids. I really like our school district and the teachers and the sports programs. For a small school, I think they're excellent."
When the City Council had a vacancy, neighbors and friends encouraged McCall to apply.
"I know several people around — some business owners, some of the former council members, some of the current council members," he said. "They all told me I should run. ... They all just said they thought I would do a good job."
McCall wasn't sure at first. He is in the process of buying his Murphy's Saw Shop in Redmond. He has worked there as a saw filer since 1994.
He also restores antiques, including a GE electric stove made in 1921, the first year the company made them, and a wood stove he still cooks on in the winter.
"I'm not sure how much I wanted to get on my plate all at once," McCall said.
But he applied and was sworn in Nov. 18.
He said he has a lot to learn.
"There's a lot more than I thought to take in," he said.
He had never been involved with city government before beyond getting a tax bill and bills for sewer and water.
"That stuff just kind of runs," McCall said. "I hadn't thought about it a lot, what goes into making it run."
As for what he wants to accomplish on the City Council, McCall wants to get up to speed first.
"I want to see Culver be successful and grow. Not too fast," he said.
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