Posted Nov. 8, 2014, 8:38 am
I’m part of a generation that grew up understanding that lots of different things we ate back in the day came from a place called General Foods. Far from fearing or resenting that General Foods had a lot of stuff that its big corporate family pushed onto our own family (Grape Nuts to Jello), I think many people felt back then that it was a healthy thing for big companies to get bigger by absorbing smaller ones.
Posted Nov. 1, 2014, 9:12 am
During his first eight years as governor, Jerry Brown was so imaginative about what state government could do that he won the nickname “Gov. Moonbeam.” It took Brown, then in his 30s, to theorize that a state could launch its own communication satellite. And that a governor should deal person to person with presidents and prime ministers of foreign countries. Common sense ideas today, but visionary in the 1970s.
Posted Oct. 29, 2014, 9:41 am
Is it a correct observation or a misconception that it is a disadvantage to list your home for sale during the holiday period? Conventional belief has generally been that November and December are the worst months of the year to have a home on the market.
Posted Oct. 27, 2014, 7:51 am
Do you know what a Pocket Rocket is? A Rabbit? A LELO? I do now. The other day, I went with a friend to an adult toy store. An adult toy store – I am whispering now. Just writing this story I’m turning red.
Posted Oct. 19, 2014, 9:26 am
It’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Proposition 1 water bond on next month’s ballot will pass easily: Every poll shows it with almost a 2-1 lead heading into the vote and the opposition has virtually no money for television commercials.
Posted Oct. 12, 2014, 10:32 am
Just like this fall, there was a desultory quality – some called it murky – to the way Gov. Jerry Brown campaigned two years ago for his pet Proposition 30, which raised sales taxes a smidgen while considerably upping income tax levies on the wealthiest in order to bail out schools and a few other state services to the tune of $6.5 billion a year.
Posted Oct. 11, 2014, 9:42 am
Maybe at the top here we can agree that there are two general categories of environmental legislation. First, there’s a kind of proper ‘Boy Scout’ action that has a wonderful quality of engaging the public and offering high visibility while it is enforced.
Posted Oct. 11, 2014, 9:32 am
From the rhetoric Gov. Jerry Brown employed on it, you’d think a law he signed early this fall would clean up the initiative process for all time.
Posted Oct. 8, 2014, 1:53 pm
The Santa Monica City Council members to be elected on Nov. 4, 2014 will be responsible for guiding and shaping the city. Their decisions will affect each of us in practical ways – such as our daily travel in the city; the number of parks we have and how they are used; how we spend the public dollar and the social benefits that can bring; and the image and character of new development in the city.
Posted Oct. 4, 2014, 6:45 am
No candidate likes to admit in October that he has virtually no chance to win the office he’s running for. So it is today with Neel Kashkari, the Republican nominee – read: sacrificial lamb – who is Gov. Jerry Brown’s reelection opponent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.