Posted Jul. 8, 2016, 12:23 pm
Oh, Republican Congress. Why does it often seem that you would be much happier quitting the business on the floor of the House and simply driving around in Professor Brown’s DeLorean from “Back to the Future?” Is it because you find it such hard work to reverse social progress and come up with terms such as “protecting religious freedom” so that you can grab the hands of time and spin them wildly back 50 years in a counter-clockwise direction?
Posted Jun. 26, 2016, 6:00 am
OpEd: Anyone from my generation might express a warm feeling for George Harrison’s song “Here Comes the Sun.” First of all, it’s a tune from the “quiet Beatle” that is in many ways perfect in its simplicity: It’s been a long cold lonely winter and now… here comes the sun. The sun in the song is the arrival of better days and even a new clarity about whatever it is that has been troubling you and making you feel blue; perhaps clearing away a fog of depression, making things warm and right again.
Posted Jun. 26, 2016, 6:00 am
OpEd: Once California’s primary election season ends in early June, most candidates go into a sort of statis for almost three months, until just before the traditional Labor Day start of the fall political season.
Posted Jun. 16, 2016, 9:40 pm
OpEd: The Oxford Dictionary definition of the word "Americana" is as follows: "Things associated with the culture and history of America, especially the United States."
Posted Jun. 16, 2016, 8:59 am
Dear City Council, May I suggest an easy way to save a Santa Monica resource and the city, SMC and Rand a few million dollars at the same time?
Posted May. 28, 2016, 11:55 am
OpEd: The English language is possibly one of the most rubbery on earth. In the 1960s, spoken English absorbed so many new enhancements that I can write a sentence like “Let’s get high and jam on our axes” and most of you readers will understand that I’m talking about making some pot-inspired guitar music, not pitching a competitive event involving lumberjack skills.
Posted Apr. 23, 2016, 10:11 am
Regardless of what we’ve had to suffer – and there has been plenty – from the GOP’s viscous and untidy pageant of choosing a candidate for President, one or two useful things have been revealed in the process with great visual if not mental acuity.
Posted Apr. 23, 2016, 10:05 am
The revolving door in Sacramento is decisively alive and well today, but there’s also a move afoot to crimp it at least a little.
Posted Apr. 19, 2016, 8:00 am
It now takes fewer valid signatures to qualify an initiative for a statewide vote than at any time in the last 20 years – 365,880, almost 150,000 less than just two years ago.
News, Santa Monica, Oped, Luve
Posted Apr. 18, 2016, 2:01 pm
OpEd: “What is Santa Monica’s current development platform?” and it is the Land Use Circulation Element or LUCE… which LUVE would like to alter.
Posted Apr. 10, 2016, 8:00 am
When they finally acted after months of dithering about increasingly frequent acts of anti-Semitism on their campuses, there was little doubt the University of California’s Board of Regents at long last did the right thing.
Posted Apr. 9, 2016, 9:00 am
It’s not really to anyone’s advantage to keep a drunk drinking until something bad happens. Whether it’s fair or not that servers are put in the position of having to cut people off, that’s what happens. To which a customer might respond, “What are you, my shrink?” Server: “Yes, right now, maybe I am.”
Posted Apr. 8, 2016, 3:13 pm
There will likely be fights this fall over taxes, marijuana, education, water and possibly campaign donations. But if Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to reduce prison populations even farther by easing parole standards reaches the ballot, the biggest battle might be over crime.
Posted Apr. 2, 2016, 8:00 am
What if California voters repealed a law, but it remained the law anyway? That’s a situation the state may soon face if a yet-unnumbered proposition aiming to repeal a 2014 statewide ban on plastic grocery bags should pass in November.
Posted Mar. 29, 2016, 8:00 am
For many months, California’s ongoing race to replace retiring four-term U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer has bored most voters to the point they’ve virtually ignored it.
Posted Mar. 28, 2016, 1:22 pm
Not every award or prize is a good thing. Santa Monica kind of won a Razzie this month from INRIX Inc., a firm that ranks the most congested auto traffic on the planet. In the category identifying the 10 worst stretches of roadway for traffic on earth – that’s right, the entire planet – our Santa Monica freeway was cited for the stretch of the 10 Freeway between 20th and Alameda streets.
Posted Mar. 28, 2016, 12:20 pm
A little more than one month from now, the Metro Expo Line’s final portion will open for business, making it possible to take trains from the far eastern portions of Los Angeles County to the often-crowded beach in Santa Monica. This will come barely two months after a new section of Metro’s Gold Line opened, allowing a simple, cheap 31-mile jaunt from downtown Los Angeles to Azusa. Barely any protests have afflicted any of these projects, which together will have cost many billions of dollars.
Posted Mar. 20, 2016, 8:00 am
For most of the last 18 months, California’s next run for governor has shaped up as a battle of flash and dash, with two of the gaudiest candidates the state has ever seen planning to face off, plus the possible entry of a billionaire or two.
Posted Mar. 18, 2016, 1:36 pm
The truth is that we’re not that kind to our rock gods in their later years. True, many boomer generation rock heroes have proven to be reliable revenue producers and touring acts long into their 60’s and 70’s. But there’s something about how they go on and on that always seems to bump us.
Posted Mar. 13, 2016, 8:00 am
Barely three weeks after Ronald Reagan became the first professional actor ever elected governor of California, in late January 1967, he gave an hour of his time to a small class of Stanford University graduate students led by the great Prof. William Rivers.
Posted Mar. 12, 2016, 10:39 am
OpEd: It’s not always easy for a good, simple idea to catch on.
Posted Mar. 7, 2016, 12:25 pm
There are still humans broadcasting radio, but we don’t get as much of it from actual radios as we used to: We listen online, we listen through our phones...
Posted Feb. 27, 2016, 8:46 am
Weekend Topics: As corporate profit reports rolled in this winter from the gasoline refining industry, the case for gas price gouging grew steadily stronger.
Posted Jun. 28, 2014, 1:58 am
If parents want to seek out a pony ride for their child they should be free to do that. But our city is not required to knowingly support outdated practices,especially when there’s even a whiff of potential abuse involved.
Posted Jun. 28, 2014, 1:55 am
The base closures are one reason California ranks 43rd among all states in federal per capita spending, getting back just 78 cents for every dollar its taxpayers put into the U.S. treasury.