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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.