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Column: The Inevitable Conversions Begin Multiplying

February 25, 2023

February 25, 2023

By Tom Elias It’s a phenomenon from New York to Dallas to Fresno and Los Angeles, one that seemed inevitable...

Brentwood Beat – Westside Urban Forum: Small Can Be Good

February 24, 2023

February 24, 2023

I was invited by fellow Brentwood resident Josh Stephens to moderate a recent panel conversation conducted by the Westside Urban...

Column: The Fantasy World of California Housing Policy

February 20, 2023

February 20, 2023

By Tom Elias If you’re looking for sure things among bills under consideration in the state Legislature, think of one...

Column: State Usurping Key Powers From Cities

January 28, 2023

January 28, 2023

By Tom Elias All over California last fall, hundreds of the civic minded spent thousands of hours and millions of...

Column – A California Positive: Kids Swarm Extra Classes

January 24, 2023

January 24, 2023

By Tom Elias It’s become a cliché, the shibboleth that California has lousy public schools and most of the kids...

BrentwoodMeet: What a Great Idea!

December 23, 2022

December 23, 2022

I started seeing signs pop up around Brentwood about an upcoming gathering of something called “BrentwoodMeet” (see BrentwoodMeet.com).   It sounded...

​​Column: No One Very Pleased as New Rooftop Solar Rules Improve

December 9, 2022

December 9, 2022

By Tom Elias, Columnist Only rarely does the California Public Utilities Commission, long known as the least responsive agency in...

Column: Will New Political Players Offer More Effective Local Government for Los Angeles & Venice?

December 5, 2022

December 5, 2022

Bass, Park could become unlikely allies in fighting homelessness, rising crime and the quality-of-life issues that plague both Angelenos and...

Brentwood Beat: Rick Caruso for Homelessness Czar

November 23, 2022

November 23, 2022

We have a new mayor, Karen Bass, and a new CD11 city council member, Traci Park.  Congratulations all around! The...

Column: Erin Darling Concedes Race to Traci Park to Succeed Mike Bonin in LA’s CD-11

November 22, 2022

November 22, 2022

The close contest between two Venetians ends with Park garnering 53% of the vote to Darling’s 47% By Nick Antonicello...