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Publisher and Editor - Judith Martin-Straw

The Skinny - Amy Brunell

Looking Up - Bob Eklund

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Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

Just a Thought – Summer is Over

Just a Thought – Summer is Over

It’s time for us to understand that summer is over. While we hurry towards Election Day, we need to understand that we are not simply turning another election cycle or another year. This is the end of an era, and we will all be better off when it’s over. Alice Walker’s short story, “The Flowers” gives us summer through the eyes of a young girl, happily playing in nature, gathering [...]

Just a Thought – Unbelievable

Just a Thought – Unbelievable

The headline could read "Political Junkie in Critical Condition - Overdose Suspected." It's a train wreck that has opened up a cutaway, and what looked bad from the outside looks insane from the inside. The Republican candidate bragging about assaulting women. The Republican candidate quoting from a Russian propaganda site information that was easily and almost instantly tracked to Newsweek.  [...]

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 [...]

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