Thomas D. Elias

California Focus: New vaccination form eases way for falso myths

For almost two months, parents of California public school pupils have been able to claim with no proof that their religion precludes getting their children vaccinated against once dreaded and disabling diseases like polio, rubella, mumps, pertussis and smallpox.

California Focus: If water rationing comes to the state, do it right

Despite heavy mid-February rains that briefly drenched Northern California and the respectable ensuing snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the California drought remains.

California Focus: Costa Azul shows the state avoided white elephants

White elephant: an idiom for a valuable but burdensome possession of which its owner cannot dispose and whose cost (particularly cost of upkeep) is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. —Wikipedia

Siskiyou secession move going nowhere, like all the rest

It’s secession season again in California. For the seventh time in the last 27 years or so, there’s a movement afoot to split the state.

Lines blur between citizens and non-citizens

As the lines begin to blur between American citizens living in California and immigrants who are here legally, it’s fair to begin asking what’s the difference?

Rejected spending and the prisoner crisis

For every action, goes the law of both physics and politics, there is a reaction, a consequence.

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.