Tag: Tom

Green Lawns, Long Showers For All?

By Tom Elias   (One in an ongoing series of interviews with significant candidates for governor of California.) Travis Allen chortles as he boasts that “We took...

Putting Money Over Lives

By Tom Elias   No one at last month’s meeting of the Board of Administrators of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) ever said money...

Top 4 System Could Revive State’s Republican

By Tom Elias             Imagine for a moment that California now had a top four primary election system instead of the top two it now uses....

Fire Risk Map For Utilities

By Tom Elias   It was a clear-cut case of too little and too late when the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) the other day issued...

Don’t Bet On Single-Payer Arriving Soon

By Tom Elias   There is loud talk in the Legislature and anywhere California Democrats meet in large numbers about passing a single-payer health care plan...

Non-Citizens Will Start Voting Soon

By Tom Elias             President Trump has griped for years – without any proof – that undocumented immigrants vote in American elections regularly, often enough to...

Feinstein More Political, Firming Up Her Left

By Tom Elias             U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, long a personal friend and colleague of California’s longtime Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, pronounced himself confounded...

Will CA Produce Possible President?

By Tom Elias   From the time this year’s California political campaigns began taking shape last fall, they’ve had the potential to produce the state’s most...

GOP Retirements Also Complicate Life For Democrats

By Tom Elias   Democrats were gloating in mid-January, almost assuming victories in two once-solidly Republican California congressional districts and figuring that could help assure their...

Climate Change Behind Coming Fire Insurance Crisis

By Tom Elias  Climate change, if you ask most state experts, has already created a wildfire crisis in California. In the process, it’s causing a...