Nov 032016



It’s not about what party you have an allegiance to but about the act of casting a vote and living without regrets. Don’t let the opportunity of playing an active role in the political process pass you by!

Dates vary by county. You may vote early in person at your county elections office or at other early voting locations before Election Day. Bring an accepted form of ID, if required.

Vote on Election Day on November the 8th. Polls are open 7 AM – 8 PM. If you’re in line by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote. Bring an accepted form of ID, if required

Any voter registered in California can vote early in person. ID requirements:

  • If you’ve voted in California before, you don’t need to show ID
  • If you’re a first-time voter, registered by mail, and didn’t include your driver’s license number, California ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration, you need to include a copy of accepted ID with your mail-in ballot and you may be asked to provide ID if you vote in person.

Acceptable forms of ID include a current and valid photo ID that includes your name and photograph. Examples:

  • Driver’s license or ID card of any state
  • Passport
  • Employee ID card
  • ID card provided by a commercial establishment
  • Credit or debit card
  • Military ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Health club ID card
  • Insurance plan ID card
  • Public housing ID card

You can also use any of the following documents that includes your name and address as long as the document is dated after November 4th 2014:

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Government paycheck
  • Document issued by a governmental agency
  • Sample ballot or other official elections document issued by a governmental, agency dated for the upcoming election
  • Voter notification card issued by a governmental agency
  • Public housing ID card issued by a governmental agency
  • Lease or rental statement or agreement issued by a governmental agency
  • Student ID card issued by a governmental agency
  • Tuition statement or bill issued by a governmental agency
  • Insurance plan card or drug discount card issued by a governmental agency
  • Discharge certificates, pardons, or other official documents issued to you by a governmental agency in connection with the resolution of a criminal case, indictment, sentence, or other matter
  • Public transportation authority senior citizen and disabled discount cards issued by a governmental agency
  • ID documents issued by governmental disability agencies
  • ID documents issued by government homeless shelters and other government temporary or transitional facilities
  • Drug prescription issued by a government doctor or other governmental health care provider
  • Property tax statement issued by a governmental agency
  • Vehicle registration issued by a governmental agency
  • Vehicle certificate of ownership issued by a governmental agency
Oct 202016

The Last Presidential Debate Of 2016

For the third and last time before the Presidential Election, the two presidential candidates took on issues and one another at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. (The debate was moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News.)

This time, both presidential candidates appeared composed. The tone of the debate itself was significantly more civil that the previous two. Each of the candidates revealed and elaborated on their respective visions for our Country’s future and debated their often contrasting views on such topics as guns, abortion, Russia, ISIS, Syria, taxes, national debt, and more.

As the election approaches it becomes clearer that one of the candidates plans a Country based on a strong, educated and prosperous middle class and the other on the wealthy few. One is progressive, sharp and yes: reasonable, while the other insists on turning back the clock and reversing progress. One understands the lessons of history and the other is eager to repeat its darkest moments. One knows the facts and the other is guessing.

Still, the most perplexing moment of the evening came when Donald Trump implied that he may not concede the election, if Hillary Clinton is elected. The American political system is the foundation of our Country. It brought the United States into existence and sustained it for 240 years. It’s shocking that a presidential contender would seek to question its integrity.

Civilized societies expand and evolve from their existing foundations. Is the process always smooth and error-free? No, but it’s always forward. Civilized societies don’t regress.

In her closing statement, Hillary Clinton asked for America’s vote. Donald Trump didn’t.

VOTE! This time, it isn’t about a candidate A or a Candidate B, but about our future. You get to choose:

  • the return to isolationism and walls separating countries; times when the many were exploited by a few (feudalism); when women were told how to live, when impending catastrophes (global warming will become one!) were ignored


  • common sense, progress, peaceful coexistence, reasonable problem and conflict resolution, good education, greener energy and environmental preservation

In closing, no one asked the question so far, but it might be the right time to ask: what are the expectations of a savvy businessman who invested many millions of his own money in any venture, including a presidential run? Isn’t the primary expectation of a businessman making a profit on investment? What ROI does the Republican candidate expect and more importantly, WHO will have to produce it?……

There might be more to politics than running a successful business, after all. The “more” may very well be the responsibility for “the greatest good for the greatest number”.


Donald Trump will accept the outcome of the presidential election, if he wins…. (Duh…) This was obviously said by the candidate as a joke. On a more serious note, Trump rushed to state for the record that he will accept the outcome of the election but reserves the right to contest or challenge the election’s result in court.

Every American citizen – who can substantiate his or her claim – is entitled to use our court system in the pursuit of justice. There is nothing wrong when a person is seeking justice but plenty wrong when a person is questioning the American democracy using words wide open for interpretation (one of which could potentially include a coup).

Donald Trump moved for a swift damage control, first thing in the morning on the day (10/20/16) following the final presidential debate of 2016. His latest statement is an improvement over “I’ll keep you in suspense” statement Trump made during the debate.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich



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Jul 072012


September – November 2012

EVENT: “November”    by David Mamet    Directed by Scott Zigler.

DESCRIPTION: Just in time for the 2012 election, David Mamet’s fiendishly funny “November” comes to the Taper.  It’s a few days before a presidential election and incumbent Charles Smith is in for a rough month  — his campaign funds are running out, his poll numbers are “lower than Gandhi’s cholesterol” and the sofa needs to be reupholstered … all in all, it looks like the Thanksgiving turkey will have a better holiday season.  But although his speechwriter seems to have defected, his chief of staff has all but given up and his wife is planning for her post-White House life, Charles isn’t ready to throw in the towel quite yet.

DATES/TIMES: Previews begin September 26.  Opens October 7. Continues through November 4, 2012. Previews (September 26 – October 6): Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Matinee performance on Saturday, October 6. No performance on Mondays. Opens Sunday, October 7 at 7 p.m. Regular Performances (beginning October 9): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. No performance on Mondays.

TICKET INFO: Ticket Prices: $20 to $65 (Ticket prices are subject to change.) Tickets are available by calling CTG Audience Services at (213) 628-2772, in person at the CTG box office or on-line at Hot Tix: $20 each may be purchased in advance or, subject to availability, on the day of performance at the box office (no checks). Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information & charge, TDD (213) 680-4017.

LOCATION:  Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum At the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A., 90012