Thomas D. Elias

Obamacare: Good for many Californians and state’s coffers?

It’s hard to find any government program that helps both the physical and financial health of many Californians and also fattens the state’s own coffers.

A portion of state’s mental health program: A national model?

One of the first bits of advice Vice President Joe Biden received after becoming the point person for shaping new federal gun control and mental health proposals in the wake of December’s mass shootings in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school was to follow the California example.

Will greedy billionaire’s intimidation attempt win?

No one spent more money trying to influence California politics during last year’s election season than the billionaire Munger siblings, Molly and Charles Jr., the children of Charles Munger Sr., who has provided them piles of money he made as the business partner of famed investor Warren Buffett.

Homeless veterans a huge, neglected problem

You didn’t hear a word about homeless veterans in President Obama’s State of the Union speech last January and chances are you won’t hear anything from him about those vets next month, either, unless it’s a boilerplate homage for their contributions to American freedom.

Whose tax dollars are they, anyway?

A key question has raged in California for more than one year, ever since Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed two of his key tactics in the ongoing battle against seemingly perpetual state budget deficits.

Schwarzenegger: A lousy leader with an even worse memory

Back when movie muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger ran for governor for the first time in 2003, seeking to oust Gray Davis from the post to which he had freshly been reelected, he was often accompanied by two types of people:

Energy price manipulation continues on two fronts

Anyone who thought manipulation of California energy prices ended with the criminal penalties assessed against executives of companies like Enron and Williams Energy after all the available evidence now suggests price-fixing continues not only in electric power, but that gasoline is also in play.

Win for pet proposition proves Brown is unique

Jerry Brown’s signature was notably absent from the ballot arguments in favor of Proposition 30, the tax increase measure he pushed so hard in this fall’s election.