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Tom Elias: The political guard is changing

For a state that has long been a symbol of youth, there’s been a lot of age among California’s pre-eminent politicians of the past decade. But that began to change in 2012, and the shift accelerated this summer as many of the old guard chose not to brave the “top two” primary system that threatened […]

August 08, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Tom Elias: Red-light camera fate now uncertain in state

There are few worse feelings for a driver than receiving a letter purporting to show that person in the act of running a red light. But not many legal items are less enforceable or reliable, despite what the California Supreme Court said in an early summer ruling that held that red-light camera photos and videos have […]

August 06, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Tom Elias: Will history repeat in child immigrant crisis?

For some people familiar with the history of the runup to World War II, there’s a sense of déjà vu in today’s humanitarian crisis along the Mexican border these days, as resistance rises against the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children attempting to enter and stay in the United States. Eyewitness reports in the New […]

August 03, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Tom Elias: Ranchers coming around on global warming

The chorus of global warming deniers has not shrunk. Outcries claiming the entire issue is fraudulent are not going away. But realism is also slowly setting in among some California groups that long tried to wish away the issue by claiming any warming that’s happening is strictly a cyclical natural phenomenon. California ranchers are now […]

July 29, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Is ‘personal belief’ rule linked to pertussis epidemic?

For almost seven months, California parents have been free to claim without offering any proof that their religion forbids getting their children vaccinated against once dreaded and disabling diseases like polio, mumps, pertussis and smallpox. This allows parents who believe false myths to exempt their children from the vaccinations usually required for public school enrollment, […]

July 23, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Movie credits: a tax break that actually works

Businesses are moving out of California — or at least building new plants in other states — in droves because this is such a high-tax state. That’s the frequent claim of Republican politicians who have tried to bludgeon Democrats for years with the issue. The idea has been repeated so often it is widely accepted as truth, […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Early prison releases are a political hazard, too

From early in his career, Gov. Jerry Brown has had a proclivity for dismissing problems with wisecracks or aphorisms. As early as 1975, in the first term of his first go-‘round as California’s top official, he mocked university professors’ pleas for pay raises by saying they didn’t need more money, but could make do with […]

July 15, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Will power companies start robbing the ‘hood?

For decades, Californians who use the most electricity have paid extra for that privilege, on the theory that high prices might provide an incentive for them to use less. This system is designed to allow all ratepayers enough power for basic needs at very low prices, with the extra energy needed to run things like […]

July 10, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Elias wins L.A. Press Club award

Thomas Elias and his “California Focus” syndicated column has won a first-place award for commentary in the 56th annual journalism awards competition sponsored by the Los Angeles Press Club. The prize marked the third consecutive year and sixth in the past seven that the Elias column has been honored with a top prize in the […]

July 08, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

New round of base closures looms

When Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asked Congress the other day to authorize a new round of military base closures and consolidations in 2017, alarm bells should have gone off in many parts of California. For this state has been victimized more than any other in the last two such rounds, with profound economic effects in […]

July 08, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

If not Isla Vista, what can keep guns from mentally ill?

As the round of memorial services for the six students fatally stabbed and shot in late May by the psychotic killer Elliot Rodger recedes into memory, a serious public policy question remains even while families and friends are left with their private grief: If the Isla Vista killings can’t spur laws to keep guns away […]

July 06, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Tom Elias: Will lawmakers kill energy independence?

Nothing is more important to California’s large privately owned utilities than the virtual monopolies they enjoy in most of the state. Those monopolies make it practically impossible for almost all businesses and residents outside cities with municipal power companies to buy electricity from anyone but companies like PG&E, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & […]

July 04, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Dems should blame selves

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in our selves…” Cassius to Brutus, Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare Democrats and other detractors of California’s “top two” primary system have been whining ever since the June 3 primary election that it would be wrong to have two Republicans vie in the November general […]

July 01, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Tom Elias: Water rationing going wrong

As expected, it’s now summer 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. It may seem odd, but the opening compulsory rationing measures have come in Northern California, closer to the big rivers now carrying lower-than-usual […]

June 27, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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