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Opinion, Farmers Market, Santa Monica, Oped

If I Free The Ponies, Can I Still Eat Hamburgers?

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 But our city is not required to knowingly support outdated practices,especially when there’s even a whiff of potential abuse involved.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Oped, Military, Base Closures

California Faces Dicey New Round Of Base Closings

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.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Santa Monica, Oped

Neel Kashkari Nomination Brings GOP Back From Brink

Posted Jun. 7, 2014, 9:34 am

No candidate campaigned harder this spring that Neel Kashkari, the former federal Treasury Department official and ex-Goldman Sachs executive who just become the first Asian-American ever nominated to for governor of California.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Tom Elias, Oped, Fracking, Oil

New Numbers Should Ease Intensity Of Fracking Drive, Debate

Posted Jun. 1, 2014, 2:19 am

There’s a huge political implication in the big difference between 13.7 billion barrels of oil and 600 million.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Music, Santa Monica, Oped, Rock And Roll

Growth: Putting A Saddle On Godzilla

Posted May. 31, 2014, 12:42 am

When it comes to rock n’ roll, many will tell you that only Yankee-made axes are worthy of consideration

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Oped, Drought

Water Rationing Already Starting To Go Wrong

Posted May. 31, 2014, 12:39 am

As expected, it’s now late spring and water rationing is upon California. Despite the heavy mid-February rains that briefly drenched Northern California and the respectable ensuing snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, drought remains.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Santa Monica, Energy, Oped, Politics

Op-Ed: Conflict of Interest, Cronyism Dog Hydrogen Highway

Posted May. 18, 2014, 8:00 am

Looking for a new reason to distrust a state government that won’t even expel legislators when they’ve been indicted or convicted?

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