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A Black Cormorant on Santa Monica Beach.

Opinion, Election, Santa Monica, Columnist

What Say You? Of Cormorants & Santa Monica City Council Candidates

Posted Jul. 26, 2014, 8:51 am

Santa Monica summer at the beach: Surfers, children splashing in the waves, junior lifeguards in training, long distance ocean swimmers in the surf, and runners on the beach paths.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Will History Repeat In Child Immigrant Crisis?

Posted Jul. 26, 2014, 8:49 am

For some people familiar with the history of the runup to World War II, there’s a sense of déjà vu in today’s humanitarian crisis along the Mexican border these days, as resistance rises against the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children attempting to enter and stay in the United States.

Anthea Kerou, Columnist

Santa Monica, Columnist, Dating

The Dating Report: When A Man Does Not Want To Commit

Posted Jul. 24, 2014, 8:13 am

Dear Anthea, I have a real problem with a man in my life. We have been seeing each other on and off for years but he won’t make a commitment of an exclusive relationship. I end up going over to his place and spending the night, I keep thinking things will be different and start progressing but they never do. I can’t seem to end the relationship, he doesn’t call me for weeks but I always end up contacting him. – Yasmin, 41

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Health, Opinion, California, Columnist

Is Vaccination Order Linked to Pertussis Epidemic?

Posted Jul. 13, 2014, 9:05 am

For almost seven months, California parents have been free to claim without offering any proof that their religion forbids getting their children vaccinated against once dreaded and disabling diseases like polio, mumps, pertussis and smallpox.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

“Walkin’ In LA, Nobody Walks In LA”

Posted Jul. 12, 2014, 8:27 am

In light of the recent report by SmartGrowth America and George Washington University stating that Los Angeles is on the cusp of becoming a “major” walkable urban area, and having been inspired by a stage piece in which a young man talks about his conquest over obesity, and also because I had two rum and Cokes on the airplane… last week I walked home from LAX. Walked. From United terminal 7 to Santa Monica. According to online estimates, that’s about eight and half miles. It wasn’t the pentathlon, but near the end I was hurting all the same.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Columnist

Ranchers Coming Around On Global Warming

Posted Jul. 12, 2014, 8:20 am

The chorus of global warming deniers has not shrunk. Outcries claiming the entire issue is fraudulent are not going away.

Barbara Bishop’s rescue dog, Zoey.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: A Santa Monica Staycation

Posted Jul. 9, 2014, 9:03 am

Recently, I had to move out of my house for a week. We were getting our hardwood floors redone, and the refinishers highly recommended we leave the house while the work was being executed.

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Columnist

Seven Natural Boosters For Summer Energy

Posted Jun. 29, 2014, 8:59 am

Now that summer is here, match that burst of energy that that causes blossoms to form and flower. Feel ready and raring to tackle outdoor chores, plant gardens, and just be outside feeling invigorated.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Will California Lawmakers Kill Energy Independence Moves?

Posted Jun. 29, 2014, 8:55 am

Nothing is more important to California’s large privately-owned utilities than the virtual monopolies they enjoy in most of the state.

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist

10 Fast, Easy Tips For Fresh, Healthy Meals

Posted Jun. 19, 2014, 8:51 am

We all agree that it’s much healthier and tastier to eat fresh produce and homemade meals from scratch. But in this fast-paced world, who has the time and energy?

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Have Auto Deaths Inured Us To Gun Deaths?

Posted Jun. 14, 2014, 8:56 am

Who among us that drives on our freeways and streets has not experienced the following cycle of realization: There’s some kind of traffic jam. The fact that you’re at a standstill in the middle of the day brings you to the second thought: that there must have been an accident up ahead. And then that third thought: Somebody may have just been killed in their car… and I’m sitting here cursing out the traffic and the heat.

Anthea Kerou, Columnist

Health, Columnist, Dating

The Dating Report: Age Difference

Posted Jun. 12, 2014, 8:23 am

Hi Anthea! I’m a 40 something, newly divorced woman and I want to get back into the dating scene. I look great for my age, the problem is the only guys who approach me are much younger. Don’t get me wrong, they are hot and I’m interested, but I’m worried about what other people will think. How young is too young for me to date? Evelyn, 40

Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Best Tan In Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 12, 2014, 8:20 am

So, I know I have been preaching endlessly about staying out of the sun. But I have to admit, a golden tan looks so much better than white, pasty-looking skin in a sleeveless dress, top, or shorts.

Susan Cloke, Columnist

Opinion, Election, Santa Monica, Columnist

Santa Monica Votes: June 3 Primary Winners

Posted Jun. 7, 2014, 10:47 am

Santa Monicans take elections seriously. Usually it’s the top of the ticket that brings people out to vote. But the top of the ticket was a no contest race with Governor Jerry Brown, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and State Attorney General Kamala Harris handily keeping their place on the November ballot. In Santa Monica the races were a lot more exciting.

Anthea Kerou, Columnist

Santa Monica, Columnist, Dating

The Dating Report: Uncomfortable Situations

Posted Jun. 5, 2014, 8:09 am

Dear Anthea, Help! My friends don’t like my new boyfriend! One friend in particular is always making rude comments about him. It’s putting me in an uncomfortable situation, and starting to affect my friendships. Should I say something to my friends? – Gloria, 29

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Columnist

Dr. Mao's Wellness Living: Spring Cleaning For Your Skin

Posted May. 11, 2014, 9:03 am

As we eagerly welcome spring and the rebirth it inspires, many of us start our spring cleaning. So what better time to apply the “spring cleaning” concept than now to our skin?

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

PUC Kabuki Dance Extends To San Onofre, San Bruno

Posted May. 11, 2014, 8:59 am

For many decades, the California Public Utilities Commission and the big companies it regulates – Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas and San Diego Gas & Electric have engaged in an elaborate Kabuki dance every time any company wants to raise rates.

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Columnist

Dr. Mao's Wellness Living: Five Tips To Relieve Joint Pain

Posted May. 4, 2014, 7:22 am

Our joints can pay the price from lack of movement while sitting for long hours at work or on the couch. And of course, some of us suffer from chronic arthritis.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Film, Government

California Movie Credits: A Tax Break That Actually Works

Posted May. 3, 2014, 7:33 am

Businesses are moving out of California -- or at least building new plants in other states -- in droves because this is such a high-tax state. That’s the frequent claim of Republican politicians who have tried to bludgeon Democrats for years with the issue.

Sunshine increases the hormone serotonin, which is connected with feelings of happiness and wakefulness.

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Columnist

Dr. Mao’s Wellness Living: The Benefits Of Sunlight

Posted Apr. 27, 2014, 8:47 am

With the beautiful weather of spring here and summer closing in, people are spending more and more time outdoors and the power and benefits of the sun are essential. A lack of sunshine can affect us physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

San Diego Shows Some Things Don’t Change In Politics

Posted Apr. 27, 2014, 8:45 am

It’s all the rage these days to say that politics has been changed enormously by the combination of the “top two” primary election system and voters’ increasing reluctance to declare allegiance to either major political party.

Anthea Kerou, Columnist

Santa Monica, Columnist, Dating

The Dating Report: Is Office Romance A Good Idea

Posted Apr. 23, 2014, 9:09 am

I have a huge crush on a coworker and we have been flirting for a while. I’m worried about dating someone in my office. What should I do? – Becky, 34

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Plenty Of Reasons Not To Trust State Government

Posted Apr. 20, 2014, 8:47 am

Californians don’t trust their state government. That’s nothing really new, but right now there’s as much cause for distrust as ever before in modern times.

Wendy Greuel is a democratic candidate for the 33rd Congressional District.

Opinion, Columnist, Government

What Say You? Wendy Greuel – U.S. Congress Candidate

Posted Apr. 19, 2014, 8:56 am

“Henry Waxman served the people of the 33rd Congressional District for 40 years. He changed the lives of individual people for the better and he changed the future of our country with his legislative work: the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Affordable Care Act,” stated Wendy Greuel.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Natural Gas Exports Will Raise Prices, And Soon

Posted Apr. 19, 2014, 8:48 am

Because of hydraulic fracturing in states like North Dakota and Wyoming, Californians and other Americans have enjoyed lower natural gas prices over the last two winters than any time in the last 15 years. That continues right up to this moment.

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