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Anthea Kerou, Columnist

Santa Monica, Columnist, Dating

The Dating Report: The Texting Dilemma

Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:19 am

Hey Anthea! I met a guy a few weeks ago and we’ve been texting ever since but he hasn’t asked me out. I told him we should meet for drinks and he said we should get to know each other better before that. Is he not interested? – Elizabeth, 26

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: Are Women Over 40 Too Old For Body Piercings?

Posted Mar. 27, 2014, 8:27 am

Are we too old for body piercing? I say no! And it’s not like a tattoo; if you don’t want to wear the piece of jewelry, or bone or ring or whatever you put in the area of you body that’s been pierced, you can just take it off when you don’t want it. Or put it back in if you do.

Anthea Kerou, Columnist

Santa Monica, Columnist, Dating

The Dating Report: Who Pays?

Posted Mar. 27, 2014, 8:25 am

Hi Anthea, I recently joined an online dating site and I’m having success meeting great girls, but the cost of dating is starting to add up. What is your advice on who pays?

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Columnist

Spring Cleaning: Inside & Out

Posted Mar. 23, 2014, 8:52 am

We are all ready for rebirth, newness, and spring cleaning! Here are some healthy ways to think about spring cleaning, inside and out.

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.

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.

The story of 51-year-old friend 'Susan' – who was without a steady boyfriend for several years.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash, Dating

Finding The One - A Love Story

Posted Mar. 20, 2014, 8:17 am

I have a good number of friends who are over 40 and single. All are adorable, in reasonably good to great shape, successful, interesting, funny and have great personalities. But they still have trouble finding “The One.”

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Columnist

Five Tips For All-Natural Allergy Relief

Posted Mar. 16, 2014, 6:56 am

Spring is here, bringing with it flowering plants – and allergies. If you are prone to allergies, the next time you have an allergy attack you might want to try these natural self-healing tips for sinus relief.

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, Columnist, Government

PG&E Gas Rate Request: New Standard For Chutzpah

Posted Mar. 9, 2014, 6:00 am

At the very moment that California’s largest utility company was being assessed a $14 million fine for failing to report discovery of flawed records on its gas pipelines in the San Francisco Peninsula town of San Carlos, the same company was asking for well over $1 billion in rate increases to pay for repairs to that very same pipeline system.

Jeff and Cindy Ullman are founders of, a site that helps couples succeed in their relationships.

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist, Dating

You're Not Crazy To Accept, Tolerate Annoying Things About Each Other

Posted Mar. 9, 2014, 6:00 am

You may find more and more things about your partner that you dislike and really get under your skin. It’s important not to let these feelings of irritation grow and spread.

Talia Goldstein founded Three Day Rule, a new take on online dating that eliminates the hassle of traditional dating sites. The selective online dating platform is built with the professional single in mind.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Dating

Three Day Rule Founder Changes The Way Of Online Dating In LA

Posted Mar. 6, 2014, 9:17 am

Are you ready to have more love in your life? Then you need to log onto the Three Day Rule online dating website. I sat down with a candid conversation with Three Day Rule’s owner Talia Goldstein to find out all her love secrets!

In the spring, choose green herbs and foods that detoxify and improve the circulation of the liver.

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Columnist

Spring Awakening Detox To Strengthen The Liver

Posted Mar. 2, 2014, 8:00 am

Spring is almost here, and as nature reawakens around us, we can take steps to stay healthy and happy. Take advantage of the mild weather by following these four tips from Chinese masters that will cleanse your body and rejuvenate your health.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Appeal Court Comments Encourage Birthers

Posted Mar. 2, 2014, 7:58 am

For years, those who claim President Barack Obama was born in Kenya or someplace other than the Hawaii hospital indicated on the birth certificate issued by that state’s officials have claimed their effort is neither political nor racist, but merely purist.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Recent History Shows California Tax Rebates A Bad Idea

Posted Mar. 1, 2014, 8:54 am

If there’s a state budget surplus, let’s return it to the people we took it from, goes the demand these days from conservative Republicans led by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who now represents a lot of barren desert and would like to be governor of California.

Whole oats balance the body’s blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates, and they also prevent colon cancer by binding toxic minerals and acids.

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist

Adopting A Healthier Morning Ritual For Better Health

Posted Feb. 23, 2014, 8:49 am

The way you begin your day sets the tone for the rest of the day. Over time, it sets the tone for your long-term health. Here are a few morning rituals that will start your day on the right foot for years to come.

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Columnist

Love Your Heart For A Longer Life

Posted Feb. 16, 2014, 8:48 am

February celebrates heart-health month, and with Valentine’s Day today, you should take more to heart than just a box of chocolates! Since heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the Western world, focus on protecting this vital organ so you can celebrate life and love for years to come!

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Costa Azul Shows California Avoided White Elephants

Posted Feb. 16, 2014, 8:43 am

Remember the enthusiasm of Sempra Energy back in 2009, when it had just about finished its $975 million liquefied natural gas importing plant at Costa Azul, on the coast just north of Ensenada, in Baja California?

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