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Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Plenty Of Reasons Not To Trust State Government

Posted Apr. 20, 2014, 8:47 am

Californians don’t trust their state government. That’s nothing really new, but right now there’s as much cause for distrust as ever before in modern times.

Wendy Greuel is a democratic candidate for the 33rd Congressional District.

Opinion, Columnist, Government

What Say You? Wendy Greuel – U.S. Congress Candidate

Posted Apr. 19, 2014, 8:56 am

“Henry Waxman served the people of the 33rd Congressional District for 40 years. He changed the lives of individual people for the better and he changed the future of our country with his legislative work: the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Affordable Care Act,” stated Wendy Greuel.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Natural Gas Exports Will Raise Prices, And Soon

Posted Apr. 19, 2014, 8:48 am

Because of hydraulic fracturing in states like North Dakota and Wyoming, Californians and other Americans have enjoyed lower natural gas prices over the last two winters than any time in the last 15 years. That continues right up to this moment.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

A Few Piecemeal Immigration Changes Likely

Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:13 am

The grand compromise on immigration passed by the U.S. Senate 10 months ago is now all but history, despite talk from President Obama and other Democrats about “comprehensive reform.”

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Hines Lawsuit, Referendum A Big Step In Right Direction

Posted Apr. 14, 2014, 9:22 am

Dear Editor, The lawsuit and referendum against the Hines Project is a big step in the right direction, but the issue at hand is far more than just the Hines project in particular and over development in general.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Letter To The Editor: Why I'm In Favor Of Keeping Santa Monica Airport

Posted Apr. 14, 2014, 9:20 am

Dear Editor, I’ve lived right under the takeoff path (just west of Lincoln) for over 33 years. There are certainly many moments when the sound of the planes is incredibly annoying, although I find the jets far less annoying than the propeller craft, largely because they’re out of the way in seconds, rather than s-t-r-u-g-g-l-i-n-g flatulently along for what seems like an eternity, like the propeller ones.

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.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Relationships Between A Student & Teacher Must Be Valued

Posted Apr. 8, 2014, 9:45 am

Dear Editor, We the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) are concerned about the recent incident that occurred at Santa Monica High School, and we support the decision to place teacher/coach on leave and to launch a complete investigation of the incident.

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.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica

Driving & Phones: A Digital DWI?

Posted Apr. 5, 2014, 8:36 am

Which is potentially more dangerous: Driving after three vodka tonics, driving with a small dog sitting in your lap… or looking down at your phone to see if Biffy and Skeeter are going to show up at the party tonight? Take your time, since I personally see trouble with all of these.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

State Senate Must Do More To Restore Trust

Posted Apr. 5, 2014, 8:30 am

Ever since San Francisco’s Leland Yee joined his colleagues Ron Calderon of Montebello and Roderick Wright of Los Angeles on the state Senate’s indicted/convicted list and then all three were suspended, other senators have recognized they must restore the public’s trust.

JetSuite CEO Alex Wilcox discusses the current situation at Santa Monica Airport.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Santa Monica Airport

JetSuite CEO Discusses His Operations At Santa Monica Airport

Posted Apr. 3, 2014, 8:22 am

I first visited Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in 1964 when I moved to Santa Monica Canyon from Philadelphia. Coming from an “Aviation family" – father was Vice-president of Kellett Aircraft, North Wales, PA and older brother a 747 pilot with PAN AM, my interest in SMO’s future is genuine.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Courts

Will Manson Family Killer Eventually Go Free?

Posted Mar. 30, 2014, 6:00 am

If it seemed like déjà vu all over again the other day when the state’s parole board issued a decision that could free a leading disciple of perhaps the most vicious killer California has ever seen, that’s because it was.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Letter To The Editor: Helicopter Pilots Endorse Initiative To Keep SMO Open

Posted Mar. 29, 2014, 7:33 am

Dear Editor, The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association endorses the citizen initiated ballot measure that would put the future of any city actions to change the airport in voters’ hands.

Donald W. Douglas founded his aircraft manufacturing empire in Santa Monica just 17 years after the Wright Brothers first flew in 1903.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Santa Monica Airport

What Say You? Closing Santa Monica Airport

Posted Mar. 29, 2014, 7:31 am

At the Santa Monica Council Meeting on Tuesday, council members unanimously signaled its intent to direct the closing of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) and to work to protect neighbors from noise and pollution impacts until SMO can be closed.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Plan To Carve California Into Six States? It’s Just A Bad Idea

Posted Mar. 29, 2014, 7:29 am

Here’s a piece of advice for registered voters: When petition carriers accost you outside supermarkets, big box stores or shopping malls asking you to help advance a plan to carve California into six states, don’t sign.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Letter To The Editor: SMO Is An Economic Engine For Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 25, 2014, 10:45 am

Dear Councilmembers, I have read the staff report that is on the agenda for the March 25th council meeting. As long time user of the airport facilities and as a property owner who has lived under the airport flight path for over 30 years, I am opposed to the conclusions and the direction that the staff proposes to take.

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.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Columnist, Television

Did A Little Class Improve The Oscars?

Posted Mar. 22, 2014, 6:00 am

“Class: excellence or elegance, especially in dress, design, or behavior.” It is this definition I would like to apply to some recent developments in TV content, where lately I’m observing that a little class seems to be slowly creeping back into the thinking and execution of some of the stuff we watch on television.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Santa Monica Community Shred Day A Success

Posted Mar. 18, 2014, 9:09 am

I want to extend my personal thanks for helping make our first Community Shred Day such a huge success on Saturday, Feb. 22 in Santa Monica.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica

Problems Keeping The Hydrogen Highway Clean

Posted Mar. 16, 2014, 6:55 am

Cleaner air, that’s the aim of about $30 million in “hydrogen highway” grants given each year by the California Energy Commission to companies that will build refueling stations for the hydrogen fuel cell cars due to hit the road between now and 2017.

Susan Cloke, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

What Say You? Drought & Clean Water In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 15, 2014, 8:50 am

“Drought, it’s got everyone’s attention and that’s a good thing. The storm we had at the beginning of March dropped two inches of rain. Normal rainfall in a year is about 14 inches and this two inches is the first rain we’ve seen,” said Gil Borboa, Water Resources Manager for the City of Santa Monica.

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.

Santa Monica activist Jerry Rubin is a big supporter of Chain Reaction.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Art

Restoring Chain Reaction: A Time For Gratitude, Appreciation

Posted Mar. 12, 2014, 9:40 am

Now that the iconic landmarked 'Chain Reaction' peace sculpture has been saved and the City of Santa Monica has started a process of restoration, I thought it might be interesting for people to know who some of the good folks are who saved it.

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