Remembering Ralphie

Ari L. NoonanOP-ED

     A slender but steady rainfall at mid-day melted noiselessly into the vast, sloping, hungry green grass of Holy Cross Cemetery on the early November day that Ralph Vera, the elder son of the mayor, was buried.
     The inclemency signaled a fitting, if not ideal, backdrop of lamentation for the overflow crowd attending Mr. Vera¹s funeral at the crest of the cemetery, one of the highest landmarks in Culver City.
     For the hundreds of mourners entering Risen Christ Chapel, they traded dreary wet weather for the traditional religious majesty of a solemn Catholic ritual framed in a marble and stone setting. An artful ceiling that seemed to nearly reach the belching clouds was brightened by stained-glass etchings.
     All who led, sadly participated or stonily watched were bathed whitely in the glow of brilliant electricity.

     Amidst the traditional architectural curvature of the Catholic church, every spoken word caromed inside a huge echo off the marbled walls, as if

the walls formed a vertical pool table.

Emily Fisher’s Valiant Fight

Ari L. NoonanOP-ED

One of the truly snapshot moments in the modern history of the City Council was essayed in the week before Thanksgiving by the Bentley Avenue activist Emily Fisher.
     With the unusual co-operation of Mayor Albert Vera as a co-conspirator, Ms. Fisher spoke brilliantly on behalf of her neighbors, against building a four-story Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel on Sepulveda near Venice.

Your Life or Your Car? That’s Easy

Ari L. NoonanOP-ED

Near the end of our daily telephone call the other morning, my father said that after lunch he was going to drive to the pharmacy for a prescription and downtown to City Hall to pay a bill. He is ninety and a half years old. He should not be driving. Only when his fingers are cold, though, will they be able to peel his firm grip from the steering wheel.
     As long as he can walk to the car, he can drive — that is Pop’s credo. My stepmother, who will be ninety-one in February, purchased a new car not long ago. That, Murgatroyd, is optimism.

Newsflash 1

Ari L. NoonanOP-ED

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Newsflash 2

Ari L. NoonanOP-ED

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Newsflash 3

Ari L. NoonanOP-ED

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