Thomas Elias

California Focus: Ground water becoming another fight

The next front in California’s long-running water wars has already opened, and the reasons for it will sometimes be hard to see — but not always.

Six Californias? It’s just a ludicrously flawed idea

Here’s a piece of advice for registered voters: When petition carriers accost you outside supermarkets, big box stores or shopping malls asking you to help advance a plan to carve California into six states, don’t sign.

Four-year degrees at community colleges? Why Not?

Maybe it’s been just an ego thing or a matter of turf, but administrators and some alumni groups at the University of California and the California State University systems for years have adamantly opposed the notion of community colleges granting anything more than two-year associate of arts degrees.

Thomas Elias: New school requirements risk drop in grad rates

As California teachers and students open the new school year, they’re feeling proud of a recent trend toward decreased dropouts and increased graduation rates.

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.

Alternatives to prison realignment could be worse

As crime statistics for 2012 gradually filter in from around the state, gripes about the 15-month-old prison realignment program have begun rising in newspaper headlines and talk show airwaves.