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

AOPA Objects To Santa Monica's Claim Over Airport In Federal Appeals Case

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:41 am

The City of Santa Monica’s efforts to absolve itself from an agreement with the federal government are obviously intended to restrict or end operations at Santa Monica Airport in violation of longstanding federal law and a specific contract it signed, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) argued in a federal appeals court filing Thursday.

Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, published the issue dubbed as 'The Survivors’ Issue' on January 14.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

What Say You? Charlie Hebdo Tribute Posters Pop Up On Westside

Posted Jan. 18, 2015, 9:30 am

Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, published the issue dubbed as “The Survivors’ Issue” on January 14. The cover is a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, a tear in his eye, carrying a “Je suis Charlie” sign. The caption above reads, “All is forgiven.”

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

California Red Light Camera Plague Abating A Bit

Posted Jan. 18, 2015, 9:18 am

For many California drivers, there have been few worse plagues than the red light cameras that once operated in more than 70 cities across the state.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Dining, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Foie Gras,With A Side Order Of Guilt

Posted Jan. 17, 2015, 9:06 am

Full Disclosure: At some point I may have eaten some foie gras; fattened goose liver thought by folks who like that sort of thing to be a delicacy. I know I’ve been in rooms where such items were presented, but I can’t testify as to whether I liked foie gras or not. I know as a kid I used to love a liverwurst sandwich with lettuce on rye bread, although we specifically ate the version known as Braunschweiger. I know, I know: This stuff right here is fascinating, but hang on.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Columnist, Government

Tail Wags Dog Again In Presidential Race

Posted Jan. 17, 2015, 9:04 am

Almost exactly one year from today – Jan. 26, 2016 – voters in New Hampshire will don parkas and trek through snowdrifts to tell the rest of America who should be running for president and who should not.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Government

Big Utilities' Nightmare Begins To Play Out In California

Posted Jan. 11, 2015, 8:47 am

The biggest nightmare of California’s largest utility companies may be about to begin playing out, thanks to a small irrigation district in San Joaquin County and a bunch of disgruntled customers of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Ocean Park beach bathroom workers are fighting for their jobs.

City Council, Health, Opinion, Beach, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Keep Our Santa Monica Beach Bathrooms Clean, Safe

Posted Jan. 9, 2015, 9:26 am

Dear Editor, I’d gamble my teacher paycheck that every woman alive has experienced a feeling of dread walking into a public bathroom. Will it be clean? Will it be safe? Will the door lock? Will there be enough paper? The anxiety is enough to give a woman a stomachache.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Los Angeles, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government, Politics

Analysis: Democrats Line Up To Seek U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's Job

Posted Jan. 8, 2015, 10:01 am

With U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s announcement Thursday that she will retire when her current fourth term ends in early 2017, fellow Democrats are lining up to seek her job.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

John Chiang Record Unique As Top Democrats Ready To Move Up

Posted Jan. 4, 2015, 6:00 am

Weeks, perhaps months, before taking their oaths of office for statewide posts like lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general and insurance commissioner, the five Democrats in those jobs plainly were thinking of their impending runs for higher office.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Columnist

California PUC Chief Departs, But Bad Decisions Live On

Posted Jan. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

After 12 years of favoring big utility companies over individual consumers, Michael Peevey has at last left the California Public Utilities Commission. But many of his ill-considered, some say corrupt, decisions will linger on.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Film, Sony

All Hail Sony’s “The Interview”

Posted Jan. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

Full disclosure: I haven’t seen the movie “The Interview” because of some cogent comments a friend with solid produced movie writing credits posted on Facebook, which read in part “Did not see ‘The Interview’ and will not see it because if I do then the studios win.”

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Santa Monica, Government

Go Slow On New Electronic Voting Efforts

Posted Dec. 28, 2014, 9:33 am

The reports came in from all across America during last fall’s election: electronic voting machines were flipping some votes from Republican to Democrat in some states. From Democrat to Republican in others. In one state with several close races, Wisconsin, electronic vote-counting machines registered just 16 votes in a city where about 5,350 persons were known to have cast ballots.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

News, Opinion, California, Columnist

California Voters Succeed, Create De Facto Third Party

Posted Dec. 27, 2014, 6:54 am

The two major parties will be arrayed as usual when Gov. Jerry Brown looks out from the podium of the state Assembly chamber as he delivers his combination inaugural and state of the state speech, Democrats on one side and Republicans on the other.

Susan Cloke, Columnist

Opinion, Holiday, Santa Monica, Columnist

The Practice Of Gratitude

Posted Dec. 24, 2014, 9:28 am

Gratitude infused the love I felt as I looked around the full Sunday morning brunch table. I’ve been thinking lately about the value of gratitude in the personal, daily experience of life and about its meaning in human history.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

'Disclose Act' Still A Must, Has A Change In 2015

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:49 am

If there’s one main reason for the distrust many Californians feel for government and elected officials at all levels, it may be the way special interests regularly pour millions of dollars into election campaigns while managing to mask or obscure their identities.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

T.A. Union Vote Exposes Extent Of Campus Anti-Semitism

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:18 am

Few disputes fought out by student governments have ever been as acrimonious as the battles raging intermittently across this state on whether to push University of California regents and trustees of other universities to join an international campaign against Israel. This movement seeks to boycott Israeli companies and academics, demands divestment from companies doing business there and demands trade sanctions.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Transportation, Santa Monica, Columnist

Still Not Too Late For The I-5 Bullet Train Solution

Posted Dec. 14, 2014, 9:26 am

Neel Kashkari tried last fall to make high speed rail one centerpiece of a serious challenge to the reelection of Gov. Jerry Brown. Even though he staged events where he literally paid voters to smash model trains, his depiction of a “crazy train” never caught on as a significant issue.

Santa Monica city water is now used at all city functions.

Environment, Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Water Quality & Santa Monica Water Independence

Posted Dec. 13, 2014, 9:09 am

Water is the issue. We are in an extended drought. The City is focused on water. The goals are setting and meeting water conservation standards, creating opportunities for public reuse of stormwater through regulations, incentives, and rebates, meeting the Council mandated requirement for water self-sufficiency by 2020, and water quality.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Technology, Government

Finally, Right-Sized Solar Getting A Push

Posted Dec. 13, 2014, 9:02 am

When ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made their way onto a hot and sunny alkali flat just west of the Interstate 15 freeway between Barstow and Las Vegas in late 2010, they were opening an era of giantism in solar electricity.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Holiday, Santa Monica, Columnist

Five Easy Steps To A Happy Holiday

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 9:00 am

The holidays are here, so let me be among the hopefully many who will wish you a Merry Christmas. I also wish you a joyful Hanukkah or Chanukah depending on how you chose to spell the holiday, which the AP Style Book shows as Hanukkah even though Rabbi Daniel Zemel told NPR’s Robert Siegel that there seems to be no “correct” spelling of the word. In this, the season of peace, let us all accept either spelling. Do not use “Xmas”. Try not to write “Xmas,” even in a text. “Xmas” is something for a sign on a muffler shop.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

Governor Jerry Brown Reverts To His Youth With Supreme Court Appointee

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 8:57 am

There is no doubt about the intelligence and diligence of Leondra Kruger, 38, Gov. Jerry Brown’s new appointee to the California Supreme Court.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Columnist, Government

Reversal Coming For Unjust California Public Utilities Commission Ruling?

Posted Nov. 30, 2014, 8:56 am

Both the current president of the California Public Utilities Commission and one of its member commissioners admit to improper, unethical contacts with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. over items including which judges should rule on the utility's cases.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Next Up: A Semi-Sovereign California Movement?

Posted Nov. 29, 2014, 8:02 am

The proposed Six Californias initiative died last fall, a victim of the weaknesses in its own concept and so much skepticism that even a $5 million petition circulating campaign wasn’t enough to get it onto the 2016 ballot.

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Education

Will UC At Last Face Up To Out-Of-State Student Dilemma?

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:01 am

It’s a dilemma that University of California officials have long refused to confront, but one they may soon have to face: How many foreign and out-of-state students can UC absorb and still fulfill its mission of providing an elite education for the very best California high school graduates?

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

Key Pension Question Unanswered In Stockton Ruling

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:00 am

Politicians and public employees drawing pensions had high hopes they would get clarity on a key question from the federal bankruptcy judge presiding over the city of Stockton’s ongoing attempt to regain its financial health.

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