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From right to left: Senator Barbara Boxer, Ed King (Big Blue Bus) and Jeff Bender (Skanska-Rados).

News, Transportation, Santa Monica, Politics

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer Visits Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 26, 2015, 10:10 am

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) met with Big Blue Bus Director of Transit Services, Ed King, on July 18 in Santa Monica to discuss Big Blue Bus’ (BBB) Expo Integration Plan.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Politics

Donald Trump As The New Pete Wilson

Posted Jul. 25, 2015, 8:34 am

As Donald Trump, real estate mogul, TV star and Republican presidential candidate, made a whirlwind mid-July trip around the West in his private, blue-painted Boeing 767 jet, it almost seemed like he was trying to sabotage his own party. This was before he went off on the military record of the GOP icon, Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Congressman Ted Lieu (33rd District) flanked by L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl (left) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Nancy Pelosi, Ted Lieu Discuss Infrastructure While In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 18, 2015, 9:19 am

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Ted Lieu (33rd District) held a press conference Friday morning to discuss the urgent need for expanded, long-term infrastructure investment in Santa Monica, Los Angeles and cities across America.

News, Beverly Hills, Politics

Donald Trump Meets With Families in Beverly Hills

Posted Jul. 11, 2015, 10:57 am

Donald Trump met privately in Beverly Hills on Friday with families of people who were killed by assailants in the country illegally and repeated his condemnation of U.S. immigration policies, insisting that other countries send criminals to the United States, which gladly accepts them.

David Ryu, L.A. Councilman-Elect.

News, Los Angeles, Politics

David Ryu, L.A. Councilman-Elect, To Hold Swearing-In Ceremony Today

Posted Jun. 28, 2015, 9:20 am

Los Angeles Councilman-elect David Ryu will hold his swearing in ceremony today to mark the start of his four-year term on the Los Angeles City Council.

Celebrations are taking place across the United States and on social media with the hashtag LoveWins after the Supreme Court ruled today in a 5-4 decision that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry nationwide.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Same-Sex Marriage Legalized Across United States; Elected Officials React

Posted Jun. 26, 2015, 10:37 am

Southland elected officials hailed today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage as a landmark decision that finally recognized the principle of marriage freedom.

State Senator Ben Allen represents Santa Monica and much of the Westside in his 26th District.

News, Health, Education, Politics

Mandatory Vaccination Bill By State Senator Ben Allen Approved By Assembly

Posted Jun. 26, 2015, 9:17 am

A bill co-sponsored by a Santa Monica legislator that would require almost all school children in California to be vaccinated against diseases such as measles and whooping cough was approved Thursday by the Assembly, putting it a step closer to the governor's desk.

Hilary Clinton.

News, Politics, Clinton

Hillary Clinton Conducts Three Westside Fundraisers

Posted Jun. 20, 2015, 9:49 am

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton conducted three $2,700-per-person fundraisers on Los Angeles' Westside Friday to benefit her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Hilary Clinton.

News, Election, Politics

Hillary Clinton Arrives On Westside For Three Fundraisers

Posted Jun. 19, 2015, 9:16 am

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to conduct three $2,700-per-person fundraisers on Los Angeles' Westside today to benefit her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Kevin McKeown.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Mayor McKeown Elected Vice-Chair Of Westside Cities Council Of Governments

Posted May. 23, 2015, 10:42 am

Santa Monica Mayor and long-serving City Councilmember Kevin McKeown has been elected Vice-Chair of the Westside Cities Council of Governments, a multi-jurisdictional body addressing regional issues including traffic, transit, social services, and sustainability.

Kevin McKeown.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Mayor Kevin McKeown Re-Elected At Dem Convention To Irish-American Caucus

Posted May. 18, 2015, 9:33 am

At the California Democratic Party state convention in Anaheim this past weekend, Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown was re-elected as southern vice-chair of the Party’s Irish-American Caucus.

News, California, Politics

Sanchez To Speak At Democratic Convention After Comments Spark Firestorm Of Criticism

Posted May. 17, 2015, 9:23 am

Rep. Loretta Sanchez is scheduled to address the concluding general session of the three-day California Democratic Party Convention today in Anaheim, one day after the Senate candidate made a gesture, recorded on a cellphone, considered questionable and possibly racist.

Hilary Clinton.

News, Politics, Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser To Take Place In Westwood On May 7

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 10:59 am

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will hold the first Southern California fundraisers for her campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on May 7.

Jeb Bush speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February 2015.

News, Santa Monica, Bel Air, Politics

Jeb Bush To Conduct Fundraiser In Bel Air Today

Posted Mar. 31, 2015, 9:12 am

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will conduct a fundraiser in Bel Air today on behalf of a super PAC benefiting his likely campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a published report.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Politics

Intimidation Factor Could Cause A Harris Coronation

Posted Mar. 22, 2015, 9:21 am

It’s now a certainty that Kamala Harris will have an opponent on the November 2016 ballot. But much less certain is whether that opponent will be any more threatening that Elizabeth Emken, an autism activist who placed second in California’s 2012 Senate primary election, was to incumbent Dianne Feinstein.

Senator Bernie Sanders.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Politics, Lax

Sen. Bernie Sanders To Speak At Marianne Williamson's Sister Giant Conference

Posted Mar. 21, 2015, 9:10 am

Former 33rd Congressional District candidate Marianne Williamson will host the third Sister Giant conference on the weekend of March 28-29, at the Councourse Hotel at LAX.

Executive Editor Brenton Garen interviews L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

Video, Santa Monica, Politics

VIDEO Part 1: Sheila Kuehl Talks About Her New Role As LA County Supervisor

Posted Mar. 13, 2015, 9:12 am

Los Angeles County Supervisor (Third District) Sheila Kuehl stops by the studio to chat with Executive Editor Brenton Garen about her transition to the Board of Supervisors after her Nov. 4 election win. Topics include recent issues including foster care, immigration, and child welfare.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government, Politics

Condoleezza Rice's Poll Standing: Star Power Still A Political Factor

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:27 am

Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration and now a Stanford University professor, has stated very clearly she would rather attend college basketball games and help choose the college football playoff teams than be a U.S. senator.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government, Politics

A Single Vote Really Does Count

Posted Feb. 21, 2015, 8:43 am

Barely 21 percent of eligible California voters cast ballots in last fall’s election, which means about 80 percent of the eligible populace should have no complaints even if they don’t like the performances of those who were elected for the next two or four years.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Santa Monica, Government, Politics

Governor Jerry Brown Could – But Won’t – Dominate Race To Replace Boxer In Senate

Posted Jan. 31, 2015, 8:40 am

If the current large corps of potential candidates for retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s job look to some like a gaggle of political pygmies, it might have something to do with the proverbial 800-pound gorilla lurking in their living room. That would be Gov. Jerry Brown, who could most likely have the job for the asking.

Mark Rubio.

News, Beverly Hills, Politics

Marco Rubio In Beverly Hills For $1,000 Per Person Fundraising Breakfast

Posted Jan. 29, 2015, 7:56 am

Prospective Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio will conclude his fundraising swing through Southern California today with a $1,000 per person breakfast in Beverly Hills.

State Senator Ben Allen (right), erstwhile Captain Hook, receives the Hook to the City  from Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown following his community swearing-in ceremony at Barnum Hall, on the campus of Allen’s alma mater Samohi.

News, Samohi, Santa Monica, Politics

Community Swearing-In Held In Santa Monica For State Senator Ben Allen

Posted Jan. 19, 2015, 9:36 am

Following new State Senator Ben Allen’s community swearing-in Saturday night at Barnum Hall on the Santa Monica High School campus, Mayor Kevin McKeown presented Allen with a commendation from the City Council and a symbolic gift signifying Santa Monica’s high regard for the Samohi graduate and former school board member.

Jeb Bush.

News, California, Politics

Jeb Bush Heads To Southern California Fundraisers

Posted Jan. 14, 2015, 9:12 am

Potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will be in Southern California this week to raise funds.

Attorney General Kamala Harris announced today she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

Kamala Harris To Run For U.S. Senate Seat Being Vacated By Barbara Boxer

Posted Jan. 13, 2015, 9:03 am

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced in low-key fashion today that she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Los Angeles, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government, Politics

Analysis: Democrats Line Up To Seek U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's Job

Posted Jan. 8, 2015, 10:01 am

With U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s announcement Thursday that she will retire when her current fourth term ends in early 2017, fellow Democrats are lining up to seek her job.

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