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News, Opinion, Politics

OpEd: Time to Stop the Revolving Door in Sacremento

Posted Feb. 8, 2016, 1:41 pm

OpEd: There’s probably no hope of stopping the revolving door in Washington, D.C. anytime soon. The constant cycle of longtime Congress members and senators moving downtown from the Capitol to take high-paying jobs as lobbyists can only be ended by Congress itself.

Non-profit Human Farming Association’s current ad on a Big Blue Bus this week.

News, Santa Monica, City Attorney, Politics, Bbb

Bus Ad Drama Behind City Attorney Accountability Act

Posted Feb. 5, 2016, 12:19 pm

The Big Blue Bus’ (BBB) advertising policy comes before Santa Monica City Council Tuesday, with non-profit organizations calling for a change to regulations. Upset surrounding regulation interpretations in 2011 has, in-part, lead to one non-profit drafting their own initiative, the “City Attorney Accountability Act,” calling for the role to become an elected position.

Hilary Clinton.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Hillary Clinton In Los Angeles Today For Three Fundraisers

Posted Jan. 7, 2016, 9:12 am

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to launch "Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Hillary" today and conduct three fundraisers for her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Politics

Why Lies Don't Hurt Donald Trump

Posted Dec. 27, 2015, 9:53 am

There’s a simple answer to the question of why the seemingly constant lying of presidential candidate Donald Trump has not cost him much, if any, of his standing among Republicans likely to vote in this spring’s primary elections.

News, Los Angeles, Politics

Donald Trump, Three GOP Rivals Set To Be In Southland Today

Posted Dec. 16, 2015, 9:32 am

Donald J. Trump is scheduled to be in Hollywood today to appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" while three of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination are set to conduct fundraisers in the Southland.

Busby's is located at 3110 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Republican Debate Viewing Parties To Take Place In Santa Monica, Westwood

Posted Dec. 15, 2015, 9:31 am

Republican organizations will conduct viewing parties at five sites in Los Angeles County for today's debate involving the party's top nine presidential candidates.

News, Politics

Viewing Parties Set for Studio City, Orange for Presidential Debate

Posted Nov. 14, 2015, 10:02 am

Viewing parties organized by county Democratic organizations for CBS' telecast of the tonight's presidential debate are planned for Studio City and Orange.

Busby's is located at 3110 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica.

News, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Politics

Viewing Party In Santa Monica Today For Republican Presidential Debate

Posted Oct. 28, 2015, 9:25 am

Republican organizations will conduct viewing parties at six sites in Los Angeles County and two in Orange County for today's debate involving the party's top 10 presidential candidates.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Politics

'Trump Effect' On Latinos Already Showing Up

Posted Oct. 17, 2015, 8:21 am

Shades of 1994 and the “Pete Wilson effect” that very quickly turned California from a swing state that could go either way in any particular election to a solidly Democratic one where only a mega-movie star like Arnold Schwarzenegger could break through for Republicans.

Donald Trump, who is a 2016 Republican presidential candidate,  appears at a news conference after the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant.

News, Santa Monica, Entertainment, Politics, Presidential Race

Head to Busby's Tonight To Watch the GOP Debate

Posted Sep. 16, 2015, 8:52 am

Whether you watch for fun, for talking points, or for real, tonight's 11-candidate Republican debate will rouse the public for what will surely be a tweetable discussion.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Politics

Union Dues Foes May Still Win, Despite Three Ballot Losses

Posted Sep. 14, 2015, 7:12 am

The common assumption in California politics is that labor unions will always be a major force because they have been for the last 30-plus years. But change may be coming, even though organized labor since 1996 has beaten back three ballot initiatives aiming to end its influence.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Columnist, Politics

Anti-Semitism Issue Again Confronts UC Regents

Posted Aug. 29, 2015, 9:05 am

Back in June, the president of the University of California promised on national radio that the UC Board of Regents would vote in its next meeting – in July – on whether to adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Politics, Gas Prices

Huge Oil Company Gains A Sign Of Gas Price Gouging

Posted Aug. 23, 2015, 9:56 am

The days when oil companies could easily deny they’ve gouged California motorists through much of this year should have ended with the second-quarter financial reports of Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp., which together control about 40 percent of the California gasoline market.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Politics

Canoe Theory At Work In Governor Jerry Brown's CEQA Exemption Deals

Posted Aug. 22, 2015, 7:58 am

Gov. Jerry Brown has never professed to be the model of political or ideological consistency. In fact, he’s a decades-long advocate of the “canoe theory” of politics, which goes like this: You paddle a little to the left and you paddle a little to the right, and you keep going straight down the middle of the steam.”

Congresswoman Karen Bass speaks with editor Brenton Garen.

News, Video, Politics

VIDEO: In The Chair With Congresswoman Karen Bass

Posted Aug. 12, 2015, 11:36 am

In this week's episode of In The Chair, editor Brenton Garen speaks with Congresswoman Karen Bass (37th District).

News, Government, Politics

Sherman Oaks Rep. Brad Sherman Comes Out Against Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal

Posted Aug. 9, 2015, 9:41 am

Sherman Oaks Rep. Brad Sherman is the latest congressional Democrat to come out against President Barack Obama’s recently negotiated nuclear deal with Iran.

Hilary Clinton.

News, Los Angeles, Politics, Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton In L.A. Today For Roundtable Discussion On Home Care, Then Fundraiser

Posted Aug. 6, 2015, 9:20 am

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to be in Los Angeles today to participate in a roundtable discussion on home care and conduct a campaign fundraiser.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Politics

Bill Cosby & Donald Trump: “Waiter, My Check Please!”

Posted Aug. 1, 2015, 9:14 am

It happens all the time. You’ve gone out to dinner and enjoyed a nice meal. But in the last few minutes, a six-top table of softball team members just sat down next to you and now the energy they’re exuding in their triumph over a rival team is more than you wish to share. Or maybe the evening’s musical entertainment just started, and you’re not staying for all six minutes of “Sweet Home Alabama.” So you ask for your check. You want to leave. You want to exit from the noise and its related volume.

From right to left: Senator Barbara Boxer, Ed King (Big Blue Bus) and Jeff Bender (Skanska-Rados).

News, Transportation, Santa Monica, Politics

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer Visits Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 26, 2015, 10:10 am

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) met with Big Blue Bus Director of Transit Services, Ed King, on July 18 in Santa Monica to discuss Big Blue Bus’ (BBB) Expo Integration Plan.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Politics

Donald Trump As The New Pete Wilson

Posted Jul. 25, 2015, 8:34 am

As Donald Trump, real estate mogul, TV star and Republican presidential candidate, made a whirlwind mid-July trip around the West in his private, blue-painted Boeing 767 jet, it almost seemed like he was trying to sabotage his own party. This was before he went off on the military record of the GOP icon, Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Congressman Ted Lieu (33rd District) flanked by L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl (left) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Nancy Pelosi, Ted Lieu Discuss Infrastructure While In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 18, 2015, 9:19 am

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Ted Lieu (33rd District) held a press conference Friday morning to discuss the urgent need for expanded, long-term infrastructure investment in Santa Monica, Los Angeles and cities across America.

News, Beverly Hills, Politics

Donald Trump Meets With Families in Beverly Hills

Posted Jul. 11, 2015, 10:57 am

Donald Trump met privately in Beverly Hills on Friday with families of people who were killed by assailants in the country illegally and repeated his condemnation of U.S. immigration policies, insisting that other countries send criminals to the United States, which gladly accepts them.

David Ryu, L.A. Councilman-Elect.

News, Los Angeles, Politics

David Ryu, L.A. Councilman-Elect, To Hold Swearing-In Ceremony Today

Posted Jun. 28, 2015, 9:20 am

Los Angeles Councilman-elect David Ryu will hold his swearing in ceremony today to mark the start of his four-year term on the Los Angeles City Council.

Celebrations are taking place across the United States and on social media with the hashtag LoveWins after the Supreme Court ruled today in a 5-4 decision that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry nationwide.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Same-Sex Marriage Legalized Across United States; Elected Officials React

Posted Jun. 26, 2015, 10:37 am

Southland elected officials hailed today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage as a landmark decision that finally recognized the principle of marriage freedom.

State Senator Ben Allen represents Santa Monica and much of the Westside in his 26th District.

News, Health, Education, Politics

Mandatory Vaccination Bill By State Senator Ben Allen Approved By Assembly

Posted Jun. 26, 2015, 9:17 am

A bill co-sponsored by a Santa Monica legislator that would require almost all school children in California to be vaccinated against diseases such as measles and whooping cough was approved Thursday by the Assembly, putting it a step closer to the governor's desk.

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