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Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

News, Santa Monica, Columnist, Women

Find A Bra That Fits! My New Year’s Resolution #1

Posted Jan. 7, 2016, 6:19 pm

It’s 2016. I have one key New Year’s resolution: to get a bra that fits really well.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Columnist, Government

Porter Ranch: Could This Be A New San Bruno?

Posted Jan. 3, 2015, 7:47 am

A flood of lawsuits began within weeks after a huge, still-ongoing leak of natural gas arose in late October from a Southern California Gas Co. storage facility 1,200 feet above the Porter Ranch area in the northern reaches of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Politics

Why Lies Don't Hurt Donald Trump

Posted Dec. 27, 2015, 9:53 am

There’s a simple answer to the question of why the seemingly constant lying of presidential candidate Donald Trump has not cost him much, if any, of his standing among Republicans likely to vote in this spring’s primary elections.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Ad For California Pot Czar: New Form of Reefer Madness?

Posted Dec. 26, 2015, 7:50 am

It surely looked like reefer madness was back the other day, when the state began advertising for a new medical marijuana czar. The timing of the listing, coming while a dozen proposed ballot initiatives to legalize recreational pot are pending, appeared to suggest an assumption by Gov. Jerry Brown and his administration that at least one will pass.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Public Utilities Commission Descends Into Comic Opera

Posted Dec. 20, 2015, 7:00 am

For many years, California’s powerful Public Utilities Commission has conducted Kabuki-style dances with the multi-billion-dollar corporations it regulates. But the latest significant commission decision amounts to a descent into comic opera.

Hot Flash columnist Barbara Bishop.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

A New Holiday Look In Minutes Thanks To Delbert

Posted Dec. 19, 2015, 9:02 am

Over the weekend I stopped into my favorite store in Beverly Hills to get some skin care products. I visited my friend and makeup artist Delbert. He looked at me in a weird way, and said, girlfriend, we need to update your summer makeup!

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Ten Good Things About 2015

Posted Dec. 19, 2015, 8:48 am

It will be too easy for writers and columnists to formulate their Worst Moments of 2015 lists this year because, once again, gun events—terrorist and otherwise—will dominate those lists.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Major Highway Repairs Unlikely In 2016

Posted Dec. 19, 2015, 8:41 am

It will be no surprise if Californians don’t see many needed highway repairs getting underway in the next year. For the Jerry Brown administration says it will take $59 billion to repair state roads and another $78 billion to fix those maintained by cities and counties.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Voters May Get Questions Of What's A Pension, Who Should Get Them

Posted Dec. 13, 2015, 9:08 am

Ballot initiative campaigns don’t usually center around definitions, but the question of what’s a pension and what’s not is one battle over definitions that’s very likely to face voters this fall.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Syria Refugee Vote A Roadmap To 2016 Election

Posted Dec. 7, 2015, 8:57 am

Anyone looking for a roadmap showing which of California’s 53 congressional district elections will be tight next year need look no farther than how the state’s House Democrats voted last month on a bill that would essentially halt a federal plan to take in tens of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: My Cheeks Really Hurt - But It’s A Good Thing!

Posted Dec. 6, 2015, 8:42 am

My cheeks hurt. Not the cheeks you’re thinking of. This time it’s the cheeks on my face. But it’s a good hurt. Let me explain.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Email Issue Hints At Possible Brown Corruption Role

Posted Nov. 29, 2015, 8:58 am

There is no doubt Gov. Jerry Brown has tolerated corruption in his administration. But now there are hints that he might be personally involved in some of it.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Holiday, Santa Monica, Columnist

The Holidays: A Consideration

Posted Nov. 28, 2015, 9:24 am

We are in the “holiday season” now which the Grinch-ier among us might call the “Shopping Season” and those looking for a fight over the last few years might call, “The Season of the War on Christmas.” ‘Tis true that this season began with a fiery national debate over what a paper Christmas coffee cup should look like.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Education

Good News, Bad News In Latest School Test Scores

Posted Nov. 28, 2015, 9:20 am

There was good news and bad news – and in other ways no news at all – in the latest results of standardized tests given each year to California public school students.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

Hot Flash Universe: Top 5 Things That I’m Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Posted Nov. 23, 2015, 9:06 am

It’s Thanksgiving week, and I find myself focusing on many things I can be thankful for. And this Hot Flash Universe column is at the top my list. I really loved most of the adventures I experienced over the past year.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Will Trump Have GOP Wishing For A National Top-Two?

Posted Nov. 21, 2015, 10:25 am

Critics call California’s three-year-old top two primary election system a “jungle primary” because it tosses candidates of all stripes into the same pot, forcing them to speak to all voters since only the two leading vote-getters can make it into November runoff elections.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Pump Prices Down A Bit, But Gas Gouging Continues

Posted Nov. 15, 2015, 9:25 am

The days when oil companies could credibly deny they’re gouging California drivers just because they’ve dropped pump prices a bit appear now to be over.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Education

Anti-Semitism Issue Becomes Test For UC Chief

Posted Nov. 14, 2015, 9:09 am

It’s rather doubtful that Janet Napolitano worried much when she first heard vandals scrawled swastikas and the message “Jews to the gas chamber” inside a restroom on a University of California campus.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Fire Department, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Firefighting Doubletalk: More Fodder For Government Distrust

Posted Nov. 8, 2015, 7:43 am

Many Californians now deeply distrust state government, and with good reason. Start with the Public Utilities Commission, proven to have decided multi-billion-dollar rate cases after lengthy private contacts and email exchanges between commissioners, their staff and utility executives.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Pets, Columnist

A Humane Society, Or Cats: Part Two

Posted Nov. 7, 2015, 7:49 am

My most recent column, in which I expressed some level of surprise in the fact that Santa Monica currently does not set or enforce any limit on the number of cats that you can keep in your home, produced a number of pointed responses.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Insurance Arrangement Shows PUC Hasn’t Change

Posted Nov. 7, 2015, 7:46 am

State commissions, like people and corporations, rarely change unless they’re given strong motivation; sometimes change has to be forced on them.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

California, Get Set For Wild Run For Governor

Posted Nov. 1, 2015, 7:21 am

Just over one year from today, Californians will be focused on helping elect the next president and picking their next U.S. senator.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Pets, Columnist

Santa Monica Says “Hello Kitty”

Posted Oct. 24, 2015, 8:04 am

Regardless of the Internet’s ability to exalt something of no real seeming importance to national prominence in a short period of time, there are a still a lot of things that don’t occur to us until somebody or some group takes action for or against them. I hadn’t thought much about going nude at the beach until there was a movement afoot to allow it in Venice.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Making It Easier To Seek Death Than Longer Life

Posted Oct. 24, 2015, 8:02 am

Gov. Jerry Brown may not have been aware of what he was doing, but a combination of his signatures and vetoes on bills passed by the Legislature will make it easier for desperately ill persons to seek death in California than to attempt to live longer.

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