Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

Where Do We Stand?

City Council meetings, School Board meetings; not only do we begin with the pledge of allegiance, we begin with the declaration that we are on unceded land, taken from the Tongva and the Chumash tribes. …[READ MORE]

Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

The Age of Elections

At a recent city council meeting, there were a number of speakers from the local organization Vote16, requesting the the city agendize a discussion of moving the voting age down from 18 years of age …[READ MORE]

Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

So, I Called the Police

Sometimes, my generosity gets me in trouble.  I have a little free library. It’s not registered with the official organization, so I suppose it’s a rogue little free library. My neighbors enjoy it, and I …[READ MORE]

Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

Through the Gate

If anyone does not fully appreciate how difficult our civic dialogue has become, the city council meeting on the Jackson Avenue Gate was a perfect, if painful, example. The people arguing for access held some …[READ MORE]

Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

Most Likely/Least Likely

Every two years, I become a sports fan, but only for two weeks. It’s an unlikely spell cast by the Olympics, and once the  games are over, so is my interest in sports. Friends have …[READ MORE]

Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

The First Thing

Whenever we have a city council action that turns out hundreds of speakers, I think of it as a good thing. I like democracy, I love that people show up to offer their thoughts and …[READ MORE]

Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

House and Home

Whenever we have a city meeting with more than a hundred speaker cards, I sort of brace myself. Plug in the charger, comfortable chair, refresh the tea cup, maybe open another window for a cross …[READ MORE]