Author Archive for Thomas D. Elias

At least two more years of fixable property tax inequity

Maybe Proposition 13 really still is a third rail in California politics, one that no one dares touch for fear it means instant political suicide, just as surely as if through electrocution.

San Onofre no cause for a power panic

Temperatures reached 116 degrees in some urban parts of California early this month, but there were no rolling blackouts, no brownouts, no problems.

Lawsuit serves as a cautionary note

Back in 1996, Monterey resident Janice O’Brien, then 75, began paying almost $5,000 per year for long-term care insurance.

Constitutional crisis coming over prisons draws closer

Imagine a troop of U.S. marshals trying to move aside the cadre of California Highway Patrol officers assigned to protect Gov. Jerry Brown and carry him off to a federal lockup.

PUC can redeem itself: Charge Edison

More consumerism from the California Public Utilities Commission — that was a fond hope of at least some of the voters who gave Jerry Brown a rare third term in the governor’s office.

‘GOP: Cosmetic change is all we need’

As the election neared last year and it became clear that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney could not possibly win without more Latino support than he had so far earned, the national GOP made a symbolic move.

Justice long delayed in Feds’ energy cheating

It’s taken almost 13 years, but justice may finally be coming to California consumers victimized by the federal government during California’s energy crunch of 2000 and 2001.

Constitutional crisis coming over prisons?

Rarely since the Civil War have state officials anywhere in America been as close to openly defying federal authority as Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature are today.

LNG exports could hurt California recovery

California’s recovery has led the nation for months in producing new jobs, even though it hasn’t yet come close to replacing all those lost in the Great Recession of 2009-11.

Will farm labor shortage drive immigration changes?

There has been some dispute over whether the labor shortages California farmers reported over the last few years are real. It turns out they are very real, but that doesn’t quiet the skeptics.