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News, Santa Monica, Oped, Politics

One Nation, in Various Places

Posted Apr. 23, 2016, 10:11 am

Regardless of what we’ve had to suffer – and there has been plenty – from the GOP’s viscous and untidy pageant of choosing a candidate for President, one or two useful things have been revealed in the process with great visual if not mental acuity.

News, Tom Elias, Oped, Politics

Here's a Move to Limit the Revolving Door

Posted Apr. 23, 2016, 10:05 am

The revolving door in Sacramento is decisively alive and well today, but there’s also a move afoot to crimp it at least a little.

News, Oped

Signature Costs Cut Down State's Fall Ballot

Posted Apr. 19, 2016, 8:00 am

It now takes fewer valid signatures to qualify an initiative for a statewide vote than at any time in the last 20 years – 365,880, almost 150,000 less than just two years ago.

Land Use Voter Empowerment

News, Santa Monica, Oped, Luve

OpEd: Will We Love LUVE and Tighten LUCE?

Posted Apr. 18, 2016, 2:01 pm

OpEd: “What is Santa Monica’s current development platform?” and it is the Land Use Circulation Element or LUCE… which LUVE would like to alter.

News, Oped, Elias

UC Anti-Semitism: Now It’s Up To Campus Chiefs

Posted Apr. 10, 2016, 8:00 am

When they finally acted after months of dithering about increasingly frequent acts of anti-Semitism on their campuses, there was little doubt the University of California’s Board of Regents at long last did the right thing.

News, Oped, Stajich

OpEd: Responsibility and the "Whoo!" Guy

Posted Apr. 9, 2016, 9:00 am

It’s not really to anyone’s advantage to keep a drunk drinking until something bad happens. Whether it’s fair or not that servers are put in the position of having to cut people off, that’s what happens. To which a customer might respond, “What are you, my shrink?” Server: “Yes, right now, maybe I am.”

News, Oped, Elias

Biggest Initiative Battle May Be Over Crime

Posted Apr. 8, 2016, 3:13 pm

There will likely be fights this fall over taxes, marijuana, education, water and possibly campaign donations. But if Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to reduce prison populations even farther by easing parole standards reaches the ballot, the biggest battle might be over crime.

News, Oped, Newws

Plastic Bag Ban Repeal: An Irrelevant Vote?

Posted Apr. 2, 2016, 8:00 am

What if California voters repealed a law, but it remained the law anyway? That’s a situation the state may soon face if a yet-unnumbered proposition aiming to repeal a 2014 statewide ban on plastic grocery bags should pass in November.

News, Oped, Politics, Elias

OpeEd: This Senate Race Just Got Better

Posted Mar. 29, 2016, 8:00 am

For many months, California’s ongoing race to replace retiring four-term U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer has bored most voters to the point they’ve virtually ignored it.

News, Santa Monica, Traffic, Oped, Stajich

Traffic: "Could I have my 81 Hours Back Please?"

Posted Mar. 28, 2016, 1:22 pm

Not every award or prize is a good thing. Santa Monica kind of won a Razzie this month from INRIX Inc., a firm that ranks the most congested auto traffic on the planet. In the category identifying the 10 worst stretches of roadway for traffic on earth – that’s right, the entire planet – our Santa Monica freeway was cited for the stretch of the 10 Freeway between 20th and Alameda streets.

Opinion, Oped, Elias, Transport

Light Rail Doing Fine: Not So For Bigger Trains

Posted Mar. 28, 2016, 12:20 pm

A little more than one month from now, the Metro Expo Line’s final portion will open for business, making it possible to take trains from the far eastern portions of Los Angeles County to the often-crowded beach in Santa Monica. This will come barely two months after a new section of Metro’s Gold Line opened, allowing a simple, cheap 31-mile jaunt from downtown Los Angeles to Azusa. Barely any protests have afflicted any of these projects, which together will have cost many billions of dollars.

News, Oped, Elia

OpEd: Chiang's Quiet Entry a Big Change in Run for Governor

Posted Mar. 20, 2016, 8:00 am

For most of the last 18 months, California’s next run for governor has shaped up as a battle of flash and dash, with two of the gaudiest candidates the state has ever seen planning to face off, plus the possible entry of a billionaire or two.

Keith Emerson

News, Oped, Stajicj

OpEd: No Good Way to Leave the Building

Posted Mar. 18, 2016, 1:36 pm

The truth is that we’re not that kind to our rock gods in their later years. True, many boomer generation rock heroes have proven to be reliable revenue producers and touring acts long into their 60’s and 70’s. But there’s something about how they go on and on that always seems to bump us.

News, Oped, Elias

OpEd: Who Thought For Ronnie? He Did - With Nancy

Posted Mar. 13, 2016, 8:00 am

Barely three weeks after Ronald Reagan became the first professional actor ever elected governor of California, in late January 1967, he gave an hour of his time to a small class of Stanford University graduate students led by the great Prof. William Rivers.

News, Oped, Stajich

The Time for Good Ideas is Now

Posted Mar. 12, 2016, 10:39 am

OpEd: It’s not always easy for a good, simple idea to catch on.

News, Oped, Stajich

OpEd: The Best in Human Entertainment Comes From Robots

Posted Mar. 7, 2016, 12:25 pm

There are still humans broadcasting radio, but we don’t get as much of it from actual radios as we used to: We listen online, we listen through our phones...

News, Oped, Opini, Opiniion, Gas Price

Weekend Topics: Gas Profits and Price Gouging

Posted Feb. 27, 2016, 8:46 am

Weekend Topics: As corporate profit reports rolled in this winter from the gasoline refining industry, the case for gas price gouging grew steadily stronger.

Opinion, Farmers Market, Santa Monica, Oped

If I Free The Ponies, Can I Still Eat Hamburgers?

Posted Jun. 28, 2014, 1:58 am

If parents want to seek out a pony ride for their child they should be free to do that. But our city is not required to knowingly support outdated practices,especially when there’s even a whiff of potential abuse involved.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Oped, Military, Base Closures

California Faces Dicey New Round Of Base Closings

Posted Jun. 28, 2014, 1:55 am

The base closures are one reason California ranks 43rd among all states in federal per capita spending, getting back just 78 cents for every dollar its taxpayers put into the U.S. treasury.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Santa Monica, Oped

Neel Kashkari Nomination Brings GOP Back From Brink

Posted Jun. 7, 2014, 9:34 am

No candidate campaigned harder this spring that Neel Kashkari, the former federal Treasury Department official and ex-Goldman Sachs executive who just become the first Asian-American ever nominated to for governor of California.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Tom Elias, Oped, Fracking, Oil

New Numbers Should Ease Intensity Of Fracking Drive, Debate

Posted Jun. 1, 2014, 2:19 am

There’s a huge political implication in the big difference between 13.7 billion barrels of oil and 600 million.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Music, Santa Monica, Oped, Rock And Roll

Growth: Putting A Saddle On Godzilla

Posted May. 31, 2014, 12:42 am

When it comes to rock n’ roll, many will tell you that only Yankee-made axes are worthy of consideration

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Oped, Drought

Water Rationing Already Starting To Go Wrong

Posted May. 31, 2014, 12:39 am

As expected, it’s now late spring and water rationing is upon California. Despite the heavy mid-February rains that briefly drenched Northern California and the respectable ensuing snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, drought remains.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Santa Monica, Energy, Oped, Politics

Op-Ed: Conflict of Interest, Cronyism Dog Hydrogen Highway

Posted May. 18, 2014, 8:00 am

Looking for a new reason to distrust a state government that won’t even expel legislators when they’ve been indicted or convicted?

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