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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.