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Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

Ground Water Becoming Another Big California Fight

Posted Apr. 14, 2014, 9:16 am

The next front in California’s long-running water wars has already opened, and the reasons for it will sometimes be hard to see – but not always.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Courts, Government

Time To Fix A Law The Courts Have Mucked Up

Posted Apr. 6, 2014, 9:03 am

Talk to corporate executives and they’ll often say California is a difficult place to do business, in part because consumers can file class action lawsuits willy-nilly, even when their companies haven’t screwed up.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Favor It Or Not, Death Penalty Changes Needed

Posted Mar. 23, 2014, 8:50 am

Few topics divide California as consistently or as evenly as the death penalty. The last time voters had their say on it, they opted by a vote of just over 51-49 percent to keep it around.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

Demo Convention Shows Restraint Governor Jerry Brown Provides

Posted Mar. 22, 2014, 6:00 am

One well-worn thought that has not been heard since Jerry Brown in 2010 won his third term as governor is the notion that California’s state Capitol needs some adult supervision.

State Senator Ted W. Lieu.

News, Santa Monica, Government

Lieu Calls For Urgent Investigation Into LAX Safety Procedures

Posted Mar. 15, 2014, 8:57 am

In the wake of the recent death of a 51-year-old baggage employee of contractor Menzies Aviation, State Senator Ted Lieu (Dem-28th District) has called for a state investigation into possibly unsafe working conditions at Los Angeles International Airport.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

Unprecedented Conservative Backing For Minimum Wage Increase

Posted Mar. 15, 2014, 8:49 am

From the moment Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed America’s first minimum wage law in 1938 (25 cents per hour, or $11 a week), conservatives have fought increases every time and everywhere they’ve been proposed.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

PG&E Gas Rate Request: New Standard For Chutzpah

Posted Mar. 9, 2014, 6:00 am

At the very moment that California’s largest utility company was being assessed a $14 million fine for failing to report discovery of flawed records on its gas pipelines in the San Francisco Peninsula town of San Carlos, the same company was asking for well over $1 billion in rate increases to pay for repairs to that very same pipeline system.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Government

LA County Supervisor Third District Debate To Take Place Thursday, March 20

Posted Mar. 8, 2014, 8:32 am

LA County Supervisor Third District candidates John Duran, Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver, and Pamela Conley Ulich will take part in a debate on Thursday, March 20.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

California Governor Jerry Brown Called Lazy,Vulnerable

Posted Mar. 8, 2014, 8:01 am

Jerry Brown has been called a lot of things in his 45-year political career, from “Gov. Moonbeam” to “the old man,” but no one ever accused him of being a do-nothing dud of a politician. Until now.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Appeal Court Comments Encourage Birthers

Posted Mar. 2, 2014, 7:58 am

For years, those who claim President Barack Obama was born in Kenya or someplace other than the Hawaii hospital indicated on the birth certificate issued by that state’s officials have claimed their effort is neither political nor racist, but merely purist.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

New Vaccination Form Eases Way For False Myths

Posted Feb. 23, 2014, 8:48 am

For almost two months, parents of California public school pupils have been able to claim with no proof that their religion precludes getting their children vaccinated against once dreaded and disabling diseases like polio, rubella, mumps, pertussis and smallpox.

Bobby Shriver.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Government, Politics

The Race For LA County Supervisor (Third District) – Bobby Shriver

Posted Feb. 22, 2014, 7:07 am

Bobby Shriver discusses his candidacy for LA County Supervisor to represent the third supervisorial district with Mirror Columnist Susan Cloke

Sheila Kuehl.

Opinion, Election, Santa Monica, Government, Politics

The Race For LA County Supervisor (Third District) – Sheila Kuehl

Posted Feb. 22, 2014, 7:00 am

Sheila Kuehl discusses her candidacy for LA County Supervisor to represent the third supervisorial district with Mirror Columnist Susan Cloke.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Costa Azul Shows California Avoided White Elephants

Posted Feb. 16, 2014, 8:43 am

Remember the enthusiasm of Sempra Energy back in 2009, when it had just about finished its $975 million liquefied natural gas importing plant at Costa Azul, on the coast just north of Ensenada, in Baja California?

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Columnist, Government, Earthquake

Top Two Primary Election System Aftershock Already Having Dramatic Effect

Posted Feb. 15, 2014, 9:25 am

One in every eight or nine earthquakes is followed by an even more powerful aftershock, officially making the first quake into a foreshock.

Phil Brock.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica, Government

Recreation & Parks Commissioner Phil Brock To Run For Santa Monica City Council

Posted Feb. 14, 2014, 9:25 am

The 2014 General Election is still nine months away and there are sure to be plenty of candidates throwing their respective hats into the ring for the upcoming Santa Monica City Council race, but one person who has already announced formal plans to have his name on the November ballot is Santa Monica Recreation & Parks Commissioner Phil Brock.

SMMUSD board member Ben Allen.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Government

SMMUSD Board Member Ben Allen Eyes State Senator Ted Lieu's Seat

Posted Feb. 14, 2014, 9:23 am

The game of political musical chairs has created vacuums of openings for certain seats in county, state, and federal office. In Congress, Rep. Henry Waxman’s announcement he is ending his tenure representing Santa Monica and the Westside in Washington, D.C. has drawn quite the field of potential candidates to fill a seat not open in 40 years.

The filing period for the June 3 primary ballot runs Feb. 10 through March 7.

News, Santa Monica, Government

The Race Begins: Filing Period Opens Today For June 3 Primary Elections

Posted Feb. 10, 2014, 10:01 am

Candidates seeking to fill Congressman Henry Waxman’s 33rd District seat can officially file their papers today. The filing period will close March 7.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Openness A Must For New Pacific Trade Pact

Posted Feb. 9, 2014, 9:08 am

Here’s a bit of unsolicited advice to Congress and the President about the newest free trade agreement in the works for America, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which because of its location would affect California more than any other part of this country:

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Education, Government

Some New California School Funding Plans Go Awry

Posted Feb. 8, 2014, 6:42 am

California Governor Jerry Brown and a lot of public school officials are just now rediscovering how right the 18th Century Scottish poet Robert Burns was when he observed that “The best laid plans of mice and men oft’ go astray.”

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

California GOP's Lowered Election Year Expectations

Posted Feb. 2, 2014, 9:02 am

As the California Republican Party enters the 2014 election year, its tone is considerably more restrained than we've heard in quite awhile. With good reason.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Does Dianne Feinstein Remark Imply Big Senate Races Ahead?

Posted Feb. 1, 2014, 10:17 am

No doubt the California Republican Party is down, but anyone who counts it out of big statewide races is a fool who disregards the ego-satisfying appeal prominent public office can hold for the very rich and very famous.

State Senator Ted W. Lieu.

News, Santa Monica, Government

State Senator Ted Lieu To Run For Congress To Succeed Henry Waxman

Posted Jan. 31, 2014, 10:13 am

State Senator Ted Lieu (Dem-28th District) announced Friday morning he will run for Congress to succeed Henry Waxman, a 40-year veteran congressman, who announced he would not seek reelection later this year.

State Senator Ted W. Lieu.

News, Santa Monica, Government

State Senator Ted Lieu May Run For Congressman Waxman's 33rd District Seat

Posted Jan. 30, 2014, 2:37 pm

State Senator Ted Lieu (Dem-28th District) praised Congressman Henry Waxman's service to the nation following today's announcement he would retire.

Henry Waxman is the U.S. Representative for California's 33rd congressional district, serving in Congress since 1975. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

News, Santa Monica, Government

Congressman Henry Waxman To Retire After 40 Years In Office

Posted Jan. 30, 2014, 8:51 am

Congressman Henry Waxman (Dem-33rd District) has released a statement (published below in full) announcing his decision not to seek reelection to the House this fall.

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