Posted Dec. 8, 2013, 9:05 am
Whether it’s the possibility of a magnetic levitation train or the hyperloop idea proposed by Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX, the route of potential alternative designs for California’s putative bullet train invariably follows Interstate 5 from just west of Bakersfield to the San Francisco Bay area.
Posted Dec. 7, 2013, 9:03 am
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the walking undead are becoming more like lovable cartoon characters than haunting specters invoking fear and terror. Zombies are showing up in TV commercials, cracking wise, and then having a limb fall off as a punch line. You know, to sell mobile service. Then there are comedy films with funny zombies and wacky villagers possessed by space critters. To be perfectly frank, the brand is losing traction as a source of horror.
Posted Dec. 7, 2013, 9:01 am
As the new year approaches, a new era also looms for California medicine, and the changes are not due only to the Affordable Health Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
Posted Dec. 1, 2013, 8:58 am
Maybe it’s time to stop the steady stream of handwringing over how poorly America’s schoolkids, and California’s in particular, perform in subjects like math and science and realize they are actually doing OK, even if there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
Posted Nov. 30, 2013, 8:54 am
RoseMary Regalbuto is retiring in a few days on Dec. 2 after 26 years at Meals on Wheels West.
Posted Nov. 30, 2013, 8:52 am
There could be no better Christmas present for bunches of Democratic politicians than an announcement from Gov. Jerry Brown that he will not seek a second straight term in office, fourth of his lifetime.
Posted Nov. 24, 2013, 6:46 am
Imagine a California where polio becomes a threat to children’s health again, as it was before the 1950s, when first the Salk vaccine and later the even more effective Sabin formula threw this dreaded and crippling disease into dormancy.
Posted Nov. 23, 2013, 7:35 am
There was a time, and not so long ago, when politicians who flouted deeply held public feelings often faced survival threats the next time they ran for reelection.
Posted Nov. 17, 2013, 8:52 am
There is little doubt about the historical veracity of one statement in the text of a recently vetoed California law that would have required at least some signatures for ballot initiatives to be gathered by volunteers instead of paid workers:
Posted Nov. 16, 2013, 8:56 am
When contractors, construction industry-related business owners, real estate owners, and corporate hotel management types wake up in the morning, the first thought in their heads is always the same: “What can I do to reduce traffic and car congestion in Santa Monica?”
Posted Nov. 16, 2013, 8:54 am
Republicans have been talking big this fall, saying they expect to improve greatly on their current 15 seats in California’s delegation of 53 members on the House of Representatives.
Posted Nov. 10, 2013, 9:27 am
There is little doubt that of the two active Republican candidates wanting to oppose Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s reelection next year, former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado is far better known than Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who represents a largely rural district including vast stretches of desolate desert.
Posted Nov. 9, 2013, 8:57 am
“Despite the unanimous opposition of every one of the neighborhood associations, as well as opposition from the Recreation & Parks Commission and the Landmarks Commission, the Council chose to allow commercial fitness trainers in Palisades Park,” says Patricia Bauer, Co Vice-Chair of NOMA (North of Montana Association). “We’re very disappointed. NOMA will be continuing to discuss this issue. Personally, I’d like to see the Council reopen the conversation about the parks ordinance and remove Palisades Park from the list of parks in which commercial training is permitted.”
Posted Nov. 9, 2013, 8:53 am
Anyone who has seen the epicenter of a major earthquake within days of its hitting knows that California’s legal and scientific priorities have lately been seriously skewed.
Posted Nov. 5, 2013, 8:56 am
The Mirror would like to clarify details on the article published Oct. 18 “Poll Shows Residents Don’t Favor Dense, Tall Buildings” that contained a survey question relating to the Fairmont Miramar’s redevelopment project. The Mirror was unable to confirm who paid for the poll before time of press, but can now report that The Huntley Hotel contracted with Lake Research Partners to conduct a telephone poll of 404 Santa Monica voters between September 10 and 15.
Posted Nov. 3, 2013, 8:00 am
When the history of this fall’s partial government shutdown and debt limit battle is written, it may well list as one prime victim the pathway to citizenship long sought by undocumented immigrants.
Posted Nov. 2, 2013, 9:38 am
Just in case anyone doubts the need for a lot more transparency in political fundraising, a remarkable settlement just obtained by California’s campaign finance watchdog and accompanying demands for disgorgement of previously undisclosed donations should erase all doubt.
Posted Oct. 28, 2013, 9:01 am
It’s cyclical but without specific seasons or dates. It can strike at any time and take on a magnitude of its own. It is, in itself, a kind of quake. I’m talking about the return of Fear of The Big One.
Posted Oct. 27, 2013, 9:10 am
No American immigration program draws as mixed reviews as the H-1B plan that allows U.S. companies to import foreign workers when there are no qualified Americans available to do the same jobs.
Posted Oct. 27, 2013, 9:08 am
Dear Editor, District wide voting/elections have proven to be more representative than any other form of government. (District voting is having candidates representing certain geographical areas within the city i.e.; Ocean Park, north of Montana, Pico Neighborhood and other established districts). Candidates associated with these areas have a vested personal interest in how they represent their constituents. They live there!
Posted Oct. 27, 2013, 9:07 am
Dear Members of the Board of Education and Malibu Environmental Task Force: Following recent revelations of serious illnesses among teachers on the Middle School campus and the discovery of PCB and pesticide contamination next to the classroom buildings in the Middle School Quad, a group of concerned Malibu parents joined together to retain an independent environmental expert to recommend testing protocols and precautionary measures to insure the safety of our children, their teachers and the administrators at the Malibu campus.
Posted Oct. 26, 2013, 9:29 am
Santa Monica City Council. Oct. 22, 2013. Item 7-A. Second Reading and Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Santa Monica Municipal Code (SMMC) Chapter 4.55 Related to Commercial Fitness or Athletic Instruction, Classes or Camps in Parks and the Beach.
Posted Oct. 26, 2013, 9:14 am
Alex Maese is an example of how mistaken critics can be when they claim, as they have for decades, that Californians are not smart or sophisticated enough for direct democracy via ballot propositions.
Posted Oct. 20, 2013, 6:00 am
Dear City Council, We are writing to express our extreme disappointment with the City Council’s provisional vote last week to adopt an ordinance that would allow commercial fitness instruction, classes and camps in Palisades Park. We regard commercialization of Palisades Park as a betrayal of the public trust.
Posted Oct. 20, 2013, 6:00 am
The unproven, unprovable but persistent myth that undocumented immigrants are a vast financial burden on the American taxpayer is now extending to the unlikely field of organ transplants.