Culver City lost a long time community activist with the passing of Jozelle Smith on August 17, 2023, after a lengthy illness.
Born and raised here, Jozelle served on the City Council from 1986 to 1994, including a year a Mayor in 1989- 1990. She was one of the very few women to run for municipal office, and combined a feminist sensibility with a conservative political outlook. She wrote a calendar-style column that appeared briefly in the Culver City News, the Culver City Observer, and then here at Culver City Crossroads. Jozelle’s “Local Motion” ran every week on Mondays from 2012 until 2017.
She was active with the Chamber of Commerce, and spent many years on the Board of Directors at the Culver-Palms YMCA. She was also involved with the Culver City Historical Society, and the Culver City Woman’s Club. In recent years, she worked as a ‘background actor’ in films, television and videos, a job she relished with all of her usual delight.
Her warmth, her wit, and her enthusiastic persistence had a wide range and a deep impact on Culver City.
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