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Publisher and Editor - Judith Martin-Straw

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Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

Just a Thought – Parade Right

Just a Thought – Parade Right

As challenging as it is to write about an event that hasn't happened yet, I'd like everyone to take a moment from their arduous and detailed prep work, and reflect on the fact that this is a celebration. This is about fun. The Centennial is a pretty special kind of anniversary. Consider the boomtown/ghost town cycle that has taken many cities down in decades or less. Think of the vast ocean of [...]

Just a Thought – Loss of Privilege Feels Like Oppression

Just a Thought – Loss of Privilege Feels Like Oppression

Now that the City Council has changed the parking on Farragut Drive to be just like the parking on the surrounding streets, the residents who made this their crusade must accept the legal shift. But the fact remains that once privilege has been conferred, the bump down to equality feels - not just like a loss of status, because it is a loss of status - but like actual oppression. When special [...]

Just A Thought – Forgiveness & Fisher

Just A Thought – Forgiveness & Fisher

Writing Culver City Crossroads is about local news, and I do try to stay in that focus. The working week typically involves reading emails, making phones calls and attending civic meetings, all of it pretty close to home. Two events this week took me out of my usual rotation; the screening of "Forgiveness," a short film by Satie Gossett at the Landmark Theaters, and the "Kids at Hope" [...]

Just a Thought – Park Place

Just a Thought – Park Place

I drive, therefore I park. It's one of the challenging facts of modern urban life. It's particularly troubling in light of the fact that, in Culver City, we live in an almost idyllic climate, with plenty of sidewalks and even lots of bike lanes. Why anyone is in their cars as often as we are is kind of sad. The amazing, appalling, continual quarrels we carry on over parking spaces depresses [...]

Just a Thought – What Are You Looking At?

Just a Thought – What Are You Looking At?

More than once, I had to ask myself, what am I looking at? I felt a sense of relief turning off the television after the end of the Olympic closing ceremony. I don't usually watch sports but I can't resist the Olympics; the ritual, the spectacle, so many athletes at the peak of their powers. But coming right after the national political conventions, I've spent so much time in front of the tube [...]

Just a Thought – Styrofoam, Pseudonyms and Speed

Just a Thought – Styrofoam, Pseudonyms and Speed

It was not at all surprising that dozens of people spoke to the council about banning styrofoam/polystyrene on Monday evening. Dozens and dozens of legal entities in California and across the country have done so, and there's plenty of reasons why Culver City should join the list. As so often happens, we stumble between the desire to make progress and the desire to achieve perfection. Ban [...]

Just a Thought – The Price of the Ticket

Just a Thought – The Price of the Ticket

I found myself with an unexpected problem situation last summer, and now that the calendar has rolled back to August, I’m more than reminded of it; I’ve had a series of situations so much like it, I have to see this isn’t an isolated phenomenon. It’s a trend. We are now supposed to pay to volunteer. The problem – my beloved ‘Family Camp’ had been taken over by new directors, and [...]

Just a Thought – Herstory

Just a Thought – Herstory

It was back in 1992 when Bill Clinton was accepting the nomination for President, I was at a party in Venice that was turning from loud to rowdy. The convention, as can happen with a crowd of politicos, had become a marathon - binge watching before we coined the term - and only frequent excursions to the boulevard for more pizza, cigarettes and alcohol pulled people out of the room from time to [...]

Just a Thought – Road Rage

Just  a Thought – Road Rage

It happened again today. As I pulled into the left turn lane, with my turn signal on, someone behind me opted to accelerate and lean on the horn. This is the third time in about six weeks. You know the style, not a 'beep' on the horn, but that long, loud 'WAAAAAAAA' that sounds like someone has their elbow planted in the center of their steering wheel. Because, it seems, I slowed down in [...]

Just a Thought – Moment by Moment

Just  a Thought – Moment by Moment

The past week has sent many of us reeling – Police committing murders, mass shooter, the now-usual media turmoil over framing the coverage. The bad news has been heartbreakingly bad. But the good news is that we now have a moment to really shift our culture, and we can do that by taking individual actions. The problems are not new - what's new are the cameras and the social media platforms, [...]

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