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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...

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  • 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...

  • Pew finds Jews mostly liberal

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 23, 2013 | 11:46 am

    One of the most interesting findings of the respected Pew Research Center’s poll of American Jews was the continuing theme of Jewish liberalism and approval of Barack Obama’s performance — a vote of confidence in the president exceeded only by that of African-American Protestants...

  • From Fairfax High to Manhattan Project

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 28, 2013 | 2:40 pm

    When Frances Browner, then 21, announced she was joining the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) during World War II, her mother and most of the rest of her family were appalled. They thought that this wasn’t something a Jewish girl should do.

    “She said I was trying to kill her,” Browner,...

  • Ron Galperin backs Big Data to improve City Hall

    By Bill Boyarsky

    July 24, 2013 | 1:44 pm

    Controller Ron Galperin is City Hall’s new numbers guy, hoping to bring the era of Big Data to the creaking bureaucracy. His plan is to use computers to analyze huge amounts of information as is now done by police departments, baseball teams, other businesses and, infamously, the...

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