While Vice Mayor Thomas Small speaks romantically of Sicily and Italy after numerous visits, going there next week will be new for Mayor Jeff Cooper and former Mayor Jim Clarke.
In buttoning down the beach community of Capo d’Orlando, Sicily, as Culver City’s new Sister City, Messers. Cooper, Small and Clarke will be figuring out, with Capo leaders, what the two have in common.
“With our other Sister Cities,” said Mr. Clarke, “we have exchanges and we send runners (to their marathons).
“We will have to see what we have in common with Capo d’Orlando and here we could have valuable exchanges.”
Mr. Clarke explained that the most common person-to-person exchanges are among students so that the teenagers learn, closeup, about a different culture.
“This is in contrast to when I was working in the city of L.A.,” he said. “Their Sister City exchanges were more for economic development purposes.
“The chief value of these exchanges is the cultural value, learning about another country’s culture, being educated about the country.
“This is why I think it works best,” Mr. Clarke said, “when it is geared at younger people as they are starting to develop a world view.”
Mr. Clarke speaks as a mature high school graduate of 51 summers ago.
He will turn 69 years old in September, when Culver City’s Centennial Year, which he fathered, closes.
“Here is the value of student exchanges,” he said. “They are learning how the world works.
“They learn why there are differences, and to appreciate the diversity of the world.”