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Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Time For Sanity In Sanctuary City Policies

Posted Jul. 26, 2015, 9:04 am

There is no need – at least not yet – for total abandonment of the humane aspects of the immigration “sanctuary” laws now on the books in 276 American cities, counties and states. But in the wake of the seemingly random murder of a 32-year-old woman on San Francisco’s touristy Pier 14, not far from the landmark Ferry Building, there is surely a need for new sanity in sanctuary policies.

Musicians at Play. Marlboro College. Marlboro, Vermont.

Travel, Santa Monica, Columnist

The Marlboro Music Festival: Rudolf Serkin To Mitsuko Uchida

Posted Jul. 25, 2015, 8:39 am

Three famous European music families – the Serkin, Busch and Moyse families – escaped the horrors of Nazi Germany. They reunited in Marlboro, Vermont in the early 1950’s around the concept of learning music in a family and communal environment.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Will Prop. 47 Turn Out To Be A Fire Hazard?

Posted Jul. 19, 2015, 9:32 am

Bobby Burns couldn’t have known it, but as California approaches what many experts forecast to be the worst wildfire season on record, his description of how good intentions can go awry, not always turning out as planned, might come into play here soon.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Santa Monica Pier Group Pressure To Perform

Posted Jul. 19, 2015, 9:29 am

“What time is it?” In answer to the trademark question posited by funk band The Time’s leader Morris Day, it’s time for the Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Concert Series of the summer. That’s the good news: One of the more successful free public event series in our city got off to a rousing start when Day and The Time finally hit the stage last Thursday July 9.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist

Taking Care Of Your Teeth: Look Younger, Happier, Smarter

Posted Jul. 19, 2015, 9:15 am

I am obsessed with teeth. The first thing I look at when I meet someone is their set of choppers and the way they smile. My teeth are white, straight, and I never had to wear braces. The problem is that they were way to small for my mouth, and when I smiled, my teeth never showed as much as I wanted them to. So I never liked being in photos.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Health, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Vaccination Vacillation Shows Governor Jerry Brown's Pragmatism

Posted Jul. 12, 2015, 9:37 am

“A foolish consistency,” the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once noted, “is the hobgoblin of little minds,” and no one has ever accused Gov. Jerry Brown of being small minded. So why be surprised when he completely reverses himself as he did the other day on vaccinations?

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

About Time To Meter Ground Water Wells In California

Posted Jul. 11, 2015, 10:12 am

Water flows downhill. It’s a basic reality now playing out 500 feet below the surface of California’s farmland everywhere from the fertile Central Valley to the citrus orchards of Riverside and San Diego counties.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Public Says It Likes Split Roll, May Get No Vote On It

Posted Jul. 5, 2015, 7:00 am

Firm Republican opposition to tinkering of any kind with the 1978 Proposition 13 is one reason voters may get no chance next year to decide whether or not to tax commercial and industrial land and buildings more than residential property.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

News, Health, Columnist, Hot Flash

Do You Drink Enough Water?

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 6:25 am

Water. Everyone says drink water. It’s healthy for you. It will help you lose weight faster. It will help your skin look beautiful. It will make your whole body run better.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Dear Mom & Dad: Could I Please Not Be Sick?

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 6:21 am

At a certain point in the chronology of science fiction films, things turned and “the future” wasn’t always represented as being wonderful and full of zippy monorails and smooth clothing with white turtlenecks. Instead, right around the release of “Blade Runner”, the future became dystopian. Murderous robots, mutants, flesh eaters, and horrific plagues. And that was if you lived in the good part of town.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Long Wait Looms For GOP Congress Gains In California

Posted Jun. 28, 2015, 9:02 am

Few things gall California Republicans more than realizing they hold just 14 of this state’s 53 seats in Congress. That’s only 26 percent of California’s representatives, while the opposition Democrats, with a mere 14 percent more registered voters, hold 39 seats, or about 74 percent.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Lawn Replacement In California: Mixed Bag Of Good, Bad Effects

Posted Jun. 27, 2015, 7:42 am

Listen to water officials from Gov. Jerry Brown down to local officials and you’d think replacing lawns with drought-resistant plants or artificial turf is a pure good, no negatives involved.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Santa Monica: Land Of The Giants

Posted Jun. 22, 2015, 9:35 am

In general, there’s a human tendency to want to be associated with winners. Last Tuesday I cheered on the Golden State Warriors, who would ‘bring it’ in the form of a pretty exciting game 6 finale to the NBA Championship, simply because the Warriors are based in California.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Columnist

Vergara Time Bomb Still Hangs Over California Public Schools

Posted Jun. 21, 2015, 8:53 am

Like a time bomb, the court decision in Vergara v. California has been mostly dormant since the last election season ended in November 2014. But its explosive potential remains as large as ever.

Once the nostril is pierced, keep the pierced area very clean; this will speed up the healing process.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

I’m Getting My Nostril Pierced – I Think…

Posted Jun. 20, 2015, 9:25 am

I think I’m going to get my nose pierced. Yes, my nose, my right nostril. I thought about it for a long time. I’ve done my research, and I’m ready.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Education

UC Regents: Define Anti-Semitism Or Enable It

Posted Jun. 20, 2015, 9:12 am

Top University of California officials including President Janet Napolitano and several campus chancellors publicly deplore the way activists pushing UC to boycott Israel seemed to spawn outright anti-Semitic actions and outcries over the last few months.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Cali

Housing Now A Huge, Unheralded State Crisis

Posted Jun. 14, 2015, 10:02 am

In the Los Angeles area, fewer than one in four households headed by persons in their 20s or early 30s – known demographically as “millennials” – can afford to buy the median-priced home, which now goes for just over $500,000.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Bit By Bit, 'Disclose Act' Becomes More Real In California

Posted Jun. 13, 2015, 9:00 am

If there’s one main reason for the distrust many Californians feel for government and elected officials at all levels, it may be the way special interests from corporations to labor unions to individual billionaires pour millions of dollars into elections campaigns while hiding their identities.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

How Much Makeup Should Women Over 50 Wear?

Posted Jun. 9, 2015, 9:29 am

I love makeup. My favorite gift ever was my first make-up kit given to me by my favorite Aunt when I was 12. One item in the kit was a beautiful light pink lipstick. I loved it. It smelled so good, and made me feel a little more grown up. I also got “Love’s Baby Soft” cologne; I still adore the smell of that.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Health, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Nurse Practitioners: A Boon For Underserved Areas

Posted Jun. 7, 2015, 10:00 am

Let nurse practitioners in California have almost all the authority that doctors now possess, urges the state Senate via a proposed law it has already cleared.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Authenticity In The 21st Century

Posted Jun. 6, 2015, 11:11 am

A book originally published in 1983 called “Quintessence: The Quality of Having It” was filled with objects, foods, places… in short, things that had “quintessence”: The quality of being the best example or most typical of something.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Beam Us Up, Scotty; California Drought Spurring Ideas

Posted May. 31, 2015, 8:36 am

Ideas come fast every time California endures a drought of several years. Each time, some of them are accepted and put into use, thus making the next drought a bit easier to handle.

Artist Diana Gordon’s show at Bergamot Station’s FIG Gallery, Will to Form, is her first solo show. The opening reception is Saturday, May 30. The show closes June 27. Pictured is her piece “Red and Black.”

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, What Say You

Diana Gordon: Santa Monica Artist, Lawyer & Activist

Posted May. 30, 2015, 8:38 am

“You have to do the work even when it’s not going well,” were Diana Gordon’s words when talking about making art. “It’s not a sometimes thing. You have to be disciplined.”

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Health, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Pension-Change Measure Inevitable Next Year

Posted May. 24, 2015, 6:00 am

It was inevitable once the number of signatures needed to put a constitutional amendment initiative on the statewide ballot dropped by 300,000 following last fall’s election:

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Health, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Vaccinations & Governor Jerry Brown: What Will He Do?

Posted May. 23, 2015, 9:30 am

Now that the state Senate has generally ignored the loud, repeated and unscientific outcries of anti-vaccination crusaders, it’s likely the Assembly will fall into line this summer and pass a law eliminating religious belief as an excuse for not getting children inoculated before they enroll in public schools.

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