Chanukah Starts Tuesday

Rabbi Yossi GreismanOP-EDLeave a Comment

The eight-day Jewish holiday of Chanukah begins on Tuesday night, and the community is invited to the Chanukah Festival at 6 o’clock in Center Court at the Westfield Mall, Culver City. Chocolate Chanukah gelt, dreidels, latkes, playdough, crafts and grand LED menorah lighting will be featured. Known as the Festival of Lights, Chanukah celebrates the Jews’ military victory over the Greek-Syrian army … Read More

Hate Crimes Rise. Trump Did It

Thomas D. EliasOP-EDLeave a Comment

Hate crimes are on the rise in California. There are strong hints the increase stems in part from President Trump’s habit of using racial slurs like the Pocahontas tag he likes to apply to Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the travel bans he has imposed on citizens of several Muslim countries. There were also Mr. Trump’s call for a … Read More

Later Class Start? A Shrug

Alisha KirbyOP-EDLeave a Comment

Dateline Nashville — Starting school just 20 minutes later has led to some positive outcomes, some negative ones, and mixed responses from families in Williamson County, TN. Williamson County Schools moved to start the current school year a little later to give older students more time to sleep so that they would get to class well-rested and ready to learn. … Read More

$242M Out an Open Window

Jack HumphrevilleOP-EDLeave a Comment

L.A. Watchdog — On Tuesday of last week, the politically appointed Board of Water and Power Commissioners rubber stamped the transfer of $242 million of ratepayer money from the DWP’s debt- burdened Power System to City Hall without any meaningful discussion. There was no documentation that disclosed how the department determined the $242 million transfer.  Nor did the Board address … Read More

Merry Christmas. Now Recycle

A CorrespondentOP-EDLeave a Comment

With the Christmas holiday season racing through the month, City Hall has posted a comprehensive recycling memo: If residents generate more recycle material than can be placed in the mixed recycle bin, community recycle bins are available at:  Culver West Park — 4162 Wade Ave. Tellefson Park — Washington Place and Tilden Avenue Syd Kronenthal Park — 3959 McManus Ave. Lindberg … Read More

Prickly Academic Test at Cal State By Thomas Elias

Thomas D. EliasOP-EDLeave a Comment

Thomas D. Elias
Mr. Elias

Every economic forecast shows California needs more college graduates. About 35 percent more than today’s total by 2030, on pain of losing hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs to other states and countries. The state’s largest producer of college grads has gotten the message: The Cal State system last spring graduated 23 percent of all students who enrolled four years … Read More

Could This Be Elder Abuse?

Larry ElderOP-EDLeave a Comment


It was bizarre watching KABC TalkRadio in Los Angeles – my hypocritical ex-employer – hold a televised press conference. It turns out that one of the station’s news anchors, Leeann Tweeden, claims Sen. Al Franken groped her. In 2006, Ms. Tweeden said, before Mr. Franken became a senator, he and she participated in a USO tour to entertain the troops … Read More

Did GQ Check Kaepernick IQ?

Larry ElderOP-EDLeave a Comment

Mr. Kaepernick

GQ magazine named former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its  “Citizen of the Year.” In doing so, GQ overlooked NFL Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt, who raised $37 million for hurricane relief. Many of Kaepernick’s supporters liken his protest to that of boxer Muhammad Ali, who refused to be inducted into the military. The comparison is not well-taken. For whatever reason, Kaepernick … Read More

Jerry, Baby. Why?

Thomas D. EliasOP-EDLeave a Comment

“I’ve never seen a CEQA exemption I don’t like.” – Gov. Brown.  Mr. Brown made that observation shortly after starting his second go-‘round as  chief executive in early 2011, reacting wryly to his 1990s experience as mayor of Oakland, where the California Environmental Quality Act often forced him to battle for pet housing and school projects, including a military academy … Read More

Why Help Them, Not Us?

Robert L. RosebrockOP-EDLeave a Comment

Three accused UCLA shoplifters, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, Jalen Hill

Fellow Veterans and Friends of Veterans, Where is President Trump’s help for our war-injured homeless Veterans who have had their land stolen by the UCLA athletic department? UCLA basketball players are leaving China after Mr. Trump intervenes Incredulously, President Trump stepped in on behalf of three UCLA basketball players caught on security video last week in China and subsequently arrested … Read More