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Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Real Hot Flash Universe

Posted Aug. 29, 2015, 9:08 am

So for more than a year, I’ve been writing this column, Hot Flash Universe. I have a confession to make. I thought I never had a real hot flash. Until now.

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.

David and Bruria Finkel in their early days as a couple.

News, Obituary, Santa Monica, Columnist, Smc

David & Bruria Finkel: A Remembrance. A Marriage.

Posted Aug. 22, 2015, 8:02 am

“The memorial for David will be an afternoon of shared memories, music, and poetry,” said Bruria Finkel wanting to invite everyone to the memorial for her late husband at The Broad Stage later this month on Sunday, Aug. 30.

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.”

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Lines Blur Further Between Citizens, Non-Citizens

Posted Aug. 16, 2015, 9:07 am

Almost no one seemed to notice last month, when California’s new budget took effect, that yet another distinction between citizens and non-citizens was breached. Voting now is about the only area left with a clear line between legal immigrants and citizens. Even for the undocumented, there are few privileges or rights they can't now enjoy.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Is Santa Monica News ‘Weird’? Let’s Ask Donald Trump!

Posted Aug. 15, 2015, 8:23 am

I don’t honestly believe any one community can corner the market on crazy. It’s true that, as a kid growing up, I would enjoy Johnny Carson’s opening monologues about weird events that seemed to always take place in California.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Marijuana Harm Ignored In Push For California Legalization

Posted Aug. 15, 2015, 8:15 am

Four potential ballot initiatives completely legalizing marijuana are in the works for California’s next general election, with pot advocates yet to choose the variation that will get their concerted push.

Barbara Bishop got her nostril pierced. And the whole process was filmed for Westside TV.

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

Hot Flash Columnist Barbara Bishop: A Nose (Um, Nostril) Job

Posted Aug. 15, 2015, 8:06 am

I did it. I got my nostril pierced. And the whole process was filmed for Westside TV. Here’s how it happened. I first did my research to find the highest rated piercing expert.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Los Angeles, Health, Opinion, California, Columnist

Condoms-In-Porn A Lock For 2016 Ballot

Posted Aug. 9, 2015, 9:36 am

The ballot initiative carnival predicted when it became clear how few valid voter signatures would be needed to qualify measures for next year’s November ballot is now officially underway.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Electric Agency Nod A Reward For Going Along With Corruption?

Posted Aug. 2, 2015, 9:03 am

California consumers can be excused if they’re beginning to wonder whether Gov. Jerry Brown cares a whit about blatantly corrupt conduct by some of his appointees to very high state offices.

Plants produce oxygen and eliminate volatile organic chemicals at the same time.

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Columnist

Dr. Mao's Wellness Living: Promoting Daily Health At Work

Posted Aug. 1, 2015, 10:34 am

Our surroundings have direct links to our lives. Since we spend 40 (or more) hours at our jobs weekly, it is essential to your health and longevity that your place of work is as conducive to wellness as possible. These are just a few ways you can integrate health into your workplace or at home to increase your health and longevity.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist, Fashion, Hot Flash

A Clothing Line That Hides The “Poof”

Posted Aug. 1, 2015, 10:24 am

When I was in my 20s, the flattest thing on my body was my stomach. That sexy flatness lasted well into my late 30s, even my 40s. I really took my flat belly for granted.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Time For Sanity In Sanctuary City Policies

Posted Jul. 26, 2015, 9:04 am

There is no need – at least not yet – for total abandonment of the humane aspects of the immigration “sanctuary” laws now on the books in 276 American cities, counties and states. But in the wake of the seemingly random murder of a 32-year-old woman on San Francisco’s touristy Pier 14, not far from the landmark Ferry Building, there is surely a need for new sanity in sanctuary policies.

Musicians at Play. Marlboro College. Marlboro, Vermont.

Travel, Santa Monica, Columnist

The Marlboro Music Festival: Rudolf Serkin To Mitsuko Uchida

Posted Jul. 25, 2015, 8:39 am

Three famous European music families – the Serkin, Busch and Moyse families – escaped the horrors of Nazi Germany. They reunited in Marlboro, Vermont in the early 1950’s around the concept of learning music in a family and communal environment.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Will Prop. 47 Turn Out To Be A Fire Hazard?

Posted Jul. 19, 2015, 9:32 am

Bobby Burns couldn’t have known it, but as California approaches what many experts forecast to be the worst wildfire season on record, his description of how good intentions can go awry, not always turning out as planned, might come into play here soon.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Santa Monica Pier Group Pressure To Perform

Posted Jul. 19, 2015, 9:29 am

“What time is it?” In answer to the trademark question posited by funk band The Time’s leader Morris Day, it’s time for the Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Concert Series of the summer. That’s the good news: One of the more successful free public event series in our city got off to a rousing start when Day and The Time finally hit the stage last Thursday July 9.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist

Taking Care Of Your Teeth: Look Younger, Happier, Smarter

Posted Jul. 19, 2015, 9:15 am

I am obsessed with teeth. The first thing I look at when I meet someone is their set of choppers and the way they smile. My teeth are white, straight, and I never had to wear braces. The problem is that they were way to small for my mouth, and when I smiled, my teeth never showed as much as I wanted them to. So I never liked being in photos.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Health, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Vaccination Vacillation Shows Governor Jerry Brown's Pragmatism

Posted Jul. 12, 2015, 9:37 am

“A foolish consistency,” the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once noted, “is the hobgoblin of little minds,” and no one has ever accused Gov. Jerry Brown of being small minded. So why be surprised when he completely reverses himself as he did the other day on vaccinations?

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

About Time To Meter Ground Water Wells In California

Posted Jul. 11, 2015, 10:12 am

Water flows downhill. It’s a basic reality now playing out 500 feet below the surface of California’s farmland everywhere from the fertile Central Valley to the citrus orchards of Riverside and San Diego counties.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Public Says It Likes Split Roll, May Get No Vote On It

Posted Jul. 5, 2015, 7:00 am

Firm Republican opposition to tinkering of any kind with the 1978 Proposition 13 is one reason voters may get no chance next year to decide whether or not to tax commercial and industrial land and buildings more than residential property.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

News, Health, Columnist, Hot Flash

Do You Drink Enough Water?

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 6:25 am

Water. Everyone says drink water. It’s healthy for you. It will help you lose weight faster. It will help your skin look beautiful. It will make your whole body run better.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Dear Mom & Dad: Could I Please Not Be Sick?

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 6:21 am

At a certain point in the chronology of science fiction films, things turned and “the future” wasn’t always represented as being wonderful and full of zippy monorails and smooth clothing with white turtlenecks. Instead, right around the release of “Blade Runner”, the future became dystopian. Murderous robots, mutants, flesh eaters, and horrific plagues. And that was if you lived in the good part of town.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Long Wait Looms For GOP Congress Gains In California

Posted Jun. 28, 2015, 9:02 am

Few things gall California Republicans more than realizing they hold just 14 of this state’s 53 seats in Congress. That’s only 26 percent of California’s representatives, while the opposition Democrats, with a mere 14 percent more registered voters, hold 39 seats, or about 74 percent.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Lawn Replacement In California: Mixed Bag Of Good, Bad Effects

Posted Jun. 27, 2015, 7:42 am

Listen to water officials from Gov. Jerry Brown down to local officials and you’d think replacing lawns with drought-resistant plants or artificial turf is a pure good, no negatives involved.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Santa Monica: Land Of The Giants

Posted Jun. 22, 2015, 9:35 am

In general, there’s a human tendency to want to be associated with winners. Last Tuesday I cheered on the Golden State Warriors, who would ‘bring it’ in the form of a pretty exciting game 6 finale to the NBA Championship, simply because the Warriors are based in California.

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