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Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Education

Teacher Tenure Becomes Key California Campaign Issue

Posted Sep. 13, 2014, 7:30 am

For three months, the time bomb that is the Vergara vs. California court decision lurked in the background as two of this fall’s major political contests gradually took shape.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Must-Do Weight Bearing Exercises For Women Over 50

Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:06 am

I have been consistently weight training for more than a year now. I tried it when I was younger, but it never really worked out.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Signs Indicate California Recovery Will Last

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 8:55 am

There are still skeptics who maintain the California economy remains in recession, that talk of economic recovery amounts to whistling past the proverbial graveyard when unemployment remains above 7 per cent.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Columnist, Government

Tesla Has California Walking A Tightrope

Posted Aug. 24, 2014, 8:55 am

And so California government now walks a tightrope, put in that position by one of the latest in the large corps of successful high-tech startups this state has spawned over the last few decades.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Changing Local Election Dates: Democrats Seek More Domination

Posted Aug. 17, 2014, 8:51 am

No one knows better than Democratic Party politicians that voters who tend to support them are at high tide in November general elections during even-numbered years when offices like President and governor and U.S. senator are at stake.

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist

Face Mapping: The Window To Your Heath & Wellbeing

Posted Aug. 14, 2014, 8:05 am

Next time you look in the mirror, you may see yourself very differently. “Face mapping,” a practice that began more than 5,000 years ago in China is now becoming more and more popular among health and beauty practitioners to help diagnose, prevent, and cure disease.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

No Getting Away From Corruption In State Government?

Posted Aug. 10, 2014, 8:36 am

To some, it seems almost as if California has lately become New Jersey West. Incidents of possible corruption and conflict of interest are seemingly exposed at least once a month these days, with almost no consequences for anyone involved.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: Meditate To Calm “Waves Of Evil”

Posted Aug. 5, 2014, 8:56 am

Do you ever have those days where you’re so stressed that your insides feel like they’re bubbling up and are about to explode? I have. I call them “waves of evil.” I usually get them right before my period, or when I’m really tired. And it seems as if nothing can stop them. And I feel sorry for anyone who happens to cross my path when I’m in this state. Until recently. I discovered mudra and meditation.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Anti-Citizens United Prop. 49: Hobson's Choice For Voters

Posted Aug. 3, 2014, 8:48 am

Whichever way Californians vote this fall on Proposition 49, which aims to convince Congress to pass a constitutional amendment overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision on political fundraising, they will send a dangerous message to the rest of America.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Ucla, Santa Monica, Columnist, Television, Opin

Crumbling Infrastructure Vs Sharknado

Posted Aug. 2, 2014, 8:59 am

Had you been walking around near UCLA last Tuesday, which of the following two things would you have least imagined might happen to you: One, you would find yourself confronting a tornado with man-eating sharks spinning around inside of it. Two, the pavement in the street before you would crack open and a giant geyser of water would shoot out of the hole causing untold damage to the campus of UCLA?

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

What We Don't Know About The Drought In California - Plenty

Posted Aug. 2, 2014, 8:57 am

We know a fair amount about the drought that has now afflicted California for about three years: It has been the driest period since record-keeping began in the 19th Century. If their wells are deep enough, farmers can still pretty much pump all the ground water they like, while homeowners can be fined up to $500 for watering down a walkway. Water use actually rose after Gov. Jerry Brown asked for a voluntary 20 percent cutback.

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.

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