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Tom Elias

Teacher tenure becomes key campaign issue

For three months, the time bomb that is the Vergara vs. California court decision lurked in the background as two of this fall’s major political contests gradually took shape. Those two are the races for governor and state schools superintendent, both offices now occupied by Democrats strongly backed by teachers unions: Gov. Jerry Brown and […]

September 23, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

If not six Californias, how about a sovereign one?

Two years from now, Californians will not only be thinking about electing a U.S. senator, 53 members of Congress and a president, but most likely also about the possibility of carving up their state into six new ones. The ballot initiative to do this is the brainchild of billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper, who observes […]

September 16, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Groundwater rules: too late and far too little

Never mind the hosannas that followed immediately after state legislators passed a last-minute package of bills purported to impose California’s first-ever statewide regulations on groundwater use. The bottom line is that those laws will change nothing for decades, while today’s reality cries out for fast action. Groundwater accounts for about 35 percent of the state’s […]

September 09, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Minority-party voters now have a say

When California voters adopted the “top two” primary election system four years ago via Proposition 14, they meant to make state politics more moderate, to ease some of the sharp divides between Republicans and Democrats that led to legislative and budgetary gridlock. It’s working, but still a work in progress. The relatively new system that […]

September 04, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Tesla has state walking a tightrope

And so California government now walks a tightrope, put in that position by one of the latest in the large corps of successful high-tech startups this state has spawned over the past few decades. Make a misstep in one direction and the state stands to lose a huge battery plant and 6,500 jobs. Stumble the […]

September 02, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Changing local election dates benefits Democrats

No one knows better than Democratic Party politicians that voters who tend to support them are at high tide in November general elections during even-numbered years when offices like president and governor and U.S. senator are at stake. Turnouts are far lower in primary elections, special elections and those held in some cities during odd-numbered […]

August 31, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Obama risks alienating Latinos

For the past 20 years — ever since passage in 1994 of California’s abortive anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187 — Democrats here and around America have increasingly depended on Latino votes. The 2.5 million California Hispanics who became citizens and registered to vote in the three years after the passage Prop. 187, with its bans on undocumented children […]

August 27, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Is government corruption rampant?

To some, it seems almost as if California has lately become New Jersey West. Incidents of possible corruption and conflict of interest are seemingly exposed at least once a month these days, with almost no consequences for anyone involved. Some examples: * Last month, the Los Angeles Times revealed that the president of the state’s stem […]

August 19, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What we don’t know about the drought? Plenty

We know a fair amount about the drought that has now afflicted California for about three years: It has been the driest period since record-keeping began in the 19th century. If their wells are deep enough, farmers can still pretty much pump all the ground water they like, while homeowners can be fined up to […]

August 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Higher turnout and other fall election certainties

Make no mistake, the fall election season began on the evening of June 3, just as soon as the primary election polls closed. But no one has spent much on the election since then, nor has the vast majority of voters focused on any issues to be decided in November. This will change in a […]

August 10, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 ,
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