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Publisher and Editor - Judith Martin-Straw

The Skinny - Amy Brunell

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Opinions

Dear Editor- When Did Union Become a Dirty Word?

Dear Editor- When Did Union Become a Dirty Word?

The ongoing conversation in our community about the parent-funded "adjuncts" working at El Marino has raised a number of difficult issues for CCUSD. 1. Does a regular paycheck change someone's status from a "volunteer" to an "employee"? 2. When parent groups fund-raise and place people in our classrooms, should they retain control over those employees or should the district be the employer of [...]

Dear Editor – Five Points on the ACE Controversy

Dear Editor – Five Points on the ACE Controversy

Dear Editor- The ACE ‘demand to bargain’ against the Culver City School district over parent-funded adjuncts is being discussed at length. There are serious ethical issues around this dialogue that is essentially about our children. Since the CCUSD board will soon make decisions regarding the future of the highly regarded adjunct program, it makes sense for concerned parties to try to [...]

Dear Editor- Parents Clarify

Dear Editor- Parents Clarify

Dear Editor, Debbie Hamme of the ACE classified union threatened legal action against the District in 2011 that resulted in the District taking control of the one-year old LinHowe booster program away from parents. Those parent-funded employees became employees of the district and... members of Ms. Hamme’s union. She gave a written demand to bargain to the District on Friday over the fate of [...]

Dear Editor – Controversy and Perspective

Dear Editor – Controversy and Perspective

Dear Editor, Wow! The right has really done a number on us! Here we are in Culver City, which prides itself on being liberal, and all it takes is a threat of a grievance by the CCUSD classified employee union (ACE) for union-bashing to rear its ugly head, all while people say “I’m not anti-union.” Can we all please take a very large chill pill? I am a former El Marino parent who happily [...]

Dear Editor- Equality and Immersion

Dear Editor- Equality and Immersion

An open letter regarding the threatened lawsuit by ACE “Association of Classified Employees” against the Culver City School District: In a nutshell, ACE leadership (city union representing clerical and other non-instructional occupations) wants to take over a wildly successful, decades old program in Culver City where parents pool donations to provide native speaking ‘adjuncts’ (paid [...]

Dear Editor- ACE Calls for Clarification

Dear Editor- ACE Calls for Clarification

The union representing the support staff of Culver City Unified School District is calling for the website parentshaverights.org, as well as parent Yahoo groups, to refrain from posting erroneous or misleading information that is fanning the flames surrounding the issue of the El Marino adjuncts. The Association of Classified Employees-Culver City fully supports parent involvement and [...]

Dear Editor – Volunteers, Employees, Parents …and Jobs

Dear Editor – Volunteers, Employees, Parents …and Jobs

We are about to lose one of the best parts of our children’s education: the ALLEM adjuncts-- those hard workers who help your children in the classroom learn Spanish or Japanese. Parents at other schools could also be at risk of losing similar enhancements to their children’s education. Worse, parents’ ability to “volunteer” may be reduced or eliminated. ORIGIN OF THE [...]

Dear Editor- Please Let Us Know…

Dear Editor- Please Let Us Know…

Dear Editor, The Culver City Green Space Plan aims to increase the value of Culver City Parks to a broader segment of the local community through passive recreation or wellness activities, while creating an urban environment that enhances personal and environmental health. Please find attached an overview of this exciting project and participate in an online survey [...]

Live Music is Not a Luxury

Live Music is Not a Luxury

Dear Editor, We are asking  for your support. Why? Because it costs a lot to put out an orchestra for concerts of live music. Why do we do this when the work is so demanding? Because we believe in music for the moment when performed live. We want to share the music. From the days of our far distant ancestors sitting around a fire, singing and playing music, the communal aspect of [...]

Local Novelist Francesca Lia Block on the Occupy Movement

Local Novelist Francesca Lia Block on the Occupy Movement

When I was in college at UC Berkeley I slept out on the steps of Sproul Hall in protest of Apartheid and as part of the disinvestment campaign. There was something about the simple act of changing my routine to meditate in the dark on injustice with like-minded people that made me feel a part of something. While I can no longer easily participate in political protest of social injustice due to [...]

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