Thursday, March 28, 2013
Steve Zimmer holds middle ground
After surviving opposition funded by the mayors of America’s two biggest cities, newly re-elected Los Angeles Unified School District board member. . .
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
L.A. mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel’s coalition building
Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel, born and raised Christian, is married to a Jew. The couple’s 10-year-old son studies Hebrew and is being raised in. . .
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Eric Garcetti: up close
Someone in the audience asked the mayoral candidates about the county’s foster children program. Eric Garcetti answered in a particularly. . .
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Howard Berman-Brad Sherman campaign war
I’ve covered many political campaigns, but none quite like Berman versus Sherman.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Berman versus Sherman, by the numbers
The biggest challenge in covering the congressional race between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman lies in determining how to judge the two men. . .
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Jan Perry’s quest: Spirituality, pursuit of L.A.‘s well-being
I asked City Council member Jan Perry, a candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, if she was on a spiritual quest when she converted to Judaism.. . .
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Berman vs. Sherman: Evaluating their congressional records
Much of the debate in the San Fernando Valley contest between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman has revolved around their congressional records,. . .
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Opinion: What’s in a name?
When Morrie Stanley Mosk decided on a political career, he began referring to himself as M. Stanley Mosk and then Stanley Mosk. It was the 1940s and. . .
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Save the Academic Decathlon
In a city where some of the very rich are willing to pay $1 billion-plus for the bankrupt Dodgers baseball team, why can’t anyone spare $500,000 to. . .
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Voters vs. Sherman, Berman
Always interested in the gritty and unpredictable side of participatory politics, I dropped in on Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, both of whom. . .
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Opinion: Iran an issue for valley’s 30th district voters
No doubt Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman will be confronted with questions about Iran as they campaign in the new West San Fernando Valley 30th. . .
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Taking the pro-Israel pulse of GOP candidates
The race for the “Who Loves Israel Most” title has been one of the most interesting developments in the Republican presidential election. It’s. . .
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Opinion: L.A. Sukkah sit-in shows Jews' passion for politics
As I stopped at the sukkah in the Occupy L.A. encampment outside City Hall, I thought of the Jews’ role in the upcoming presidential election,. . .
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Opinion: Obama’s numbers could swing 30th district race
Rep. Brad Sherman doesn’t intend to follow Rep. Henry Waxman’s advice to give up his San Fernando Valley congressional race against Rep. Howard. . .
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Opinion: Prep for costly fight as Berman, Sherman keep gloves on
The Howard Berman-Brad Sherman story is loaded with angles — Jewish, Latino and, what may be most important, financial.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Bill Boyarsky: LAUSD reaches out to middle class
Los Angeles’ new school superintendent, John Deasy, says one of his top goals is to persuade middle-class families, including Jewish parents, to. . .
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
School Is in Session for Villaraigosa’s Critics
“A great school is an anchor for a neighborhood,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “A great school district is an anchor for a. . .
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Galatzan’s Concern for Public Schools Is Personal, Too
Much of the recent history of the Los Angeles Unified School District is also part of the past of Tamar Galatzan, who now sits on the governing board. . .
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Yaroslavsky observes Nigeria’s democratic process
Zev Yaroslavsky’s latest nation-building assignment wasn’t easy. Dispatched to Nigeria as part of an international corps of election observers,. . .
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
State budget crisis calls for action
If there was ever a time for Jewish parents to fight for Los Angeles public schools, this is it.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Public libraries face crucial funding vote
When Susan Kent was a child in Westchester County, N.Y., she read her way through the public library children’s section and then headed over to the. . .
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
‘Value-added’ teacher ratings add little value
The teacher evaluations recently posted on the Los AngelesTimes Web site deserve acareful but skeptical reading.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
New school to honor legacy of Jewish justice Stanley Mosk
In 1947, Stanley Mosk, then a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, was confronted with a case that divided the city. Three African American. . .
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Unemployment and Its Effects Linger
When this recession is a memory, the Jewish community’s unemployed and their children — just like the rest of the country — will still feel the. . .