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  • Elan Carr hesitant to support sending U.S. troops back to Iraq

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 23, 2014 | 10:20 am

    I happened to interview Elan Carr, a Republican congressional candidate with substantial Middle East experience, on a day that may be remembered as noteworthy in the latest American attempt to defeat terrorism in that tormented region.

    Carr, currently a deputy Los Angeles County...

  • On the frontlines of reintegrating LAUSD

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 20, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    In a city and county that tends to be segregated by race and income, it’s inspiring to meet people trying to reverse the trend. That’s particularly true in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where a number of parents, many of them Jewish, have been trying for years to...

  • Elan Carr’s bumpy political road to D.C.

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 25, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Elan Carr’s road to Washington, D.C., leads through Torrance. And while that South Bay city is mostly topographically flat, for Republican Carr, the path will likely be steep and rocky.

    Carr, a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, finished first in the primary in the 33rd...

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  • L.A.’s disenfranchised kids

    By Bill Boyarsky

    May 28, 2014 | 10:32 am

    Nothing illustrates the immensity of the tasks facing the soon-to-be-elected Los Angeles County supervisors more than the county’s challenges in caring for abused and neglected children and in finding foster homes for those kids.

    The primary election on June 3, with an expected...

  • LA County Board of Supervisors debate lacks spirit

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 26, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Walking away from a debate featuring the candidates for Los Angeles County supervisor last week, I was mad. Why would four smart candidates skate around the county’s terrible problems of homelessness, mental illness and an out-of-control sheriff’s department?

    John Duran, Sheila...

  • A Judaism of public service

    By Bill Boyarsky

    January 29, 2014 | 3:58 pm

    When I asked Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky whether his Judaism has influenced his work as a supervisor, which involves helping some of society’s sickest and poorest people, his answer was as complicated as the man himself.

    I’ve found that asking Jewish politicians...

  • Jews and baseball: An American news media love story

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 25, 2013 | 6:46 pm

    For those of us who follow the careers of Jewish ballplayers — a small, eccentric niche of fandom — checking the Jewish Baseball News Web site is an essential part of our sports routine.

    Scott Barancik, a former newspaper reporter turned Internet entrepreneur, works from his home...

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