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Yaroslavsky, a ‘canny change agent’

By Raphael J. Sonenshein

2 days ago

Zev Yaroslavsky, 26, with wife Barbara, campaigning for the L.A. City Council. Photo courtesy of Zev Yaroslavsky

When we think of Jews involved in Los Angeles politics, we often divide them into two camps: liberal Democrats and Jewish Republicans. Liberal Democrats, as we picture them, are integrated... read full article

  • What kind of Democrat will prevail?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 31, 2014 | 4:53 pm

    Much of the political world is transfixed by the national struggle between Democrats and Republicans. But for residents of Los Angeles County and voters in the county’s 3rd District, this year’s elections are not about which party will prevail, but rather about what kind of...

  • What Ferguson can learn from Los Angeles

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 3, 2014 | 11:34 am

    For students of Los Angeles history, the tragic saga of Ferguson, Mo., rings bells. A brutal police department, accountable to no one and backed by a hostile white mayor and police chief, faces off with a black community that seemingly has little recourse. A largely white City Hall...

  • Jews, teachers unions and education

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 16, 2014 | 10:07 am

    When the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) came here this week to hold its annual meeting, it was a reminder that Los Angeles is now the center of the American labor movement. The AFL-CIO held its conference in L.A. last September. Decades of local and statewide organizing have...

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  • Top-two system: Early returns

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 11, 2014 | 10:41 am

    In the 2014 primary, Californians got our first real chance to see the top-two system up close and in full flower. Back in 2012, the statewide offices were not up for grabs. This time they all were.  And the early returns on the new system are mixed.

    Like most election reforms,...

  • Obamacare will be Obama’s second big takeaway

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    We tend to use shorthand to talk about our presidents. Lincoln saved the Union and freed the slaves. Kennedy committed us to the moon landing and built the Peace Corps. FDR ended the Depression, created Social Security and won World War II.  

    It’s hard to know in the middle of a...

  • Henry Waxman: The show horse / work horse

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    January 30, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    One of the most famous ways political scientists divvy up members of Congress is to call them either “work horses” or “show horses.”  Work horses are the wonks who dig into the details of committee work and legislation, get little public recognition, but get a lot done.  Show...

  • Still a Jewish seat in 3rd District?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    January 22, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    The campaign to succeed long-serving L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky in the 3rd District reveals much about how Los Angeles Jewish politics is evolving. The 3rd Supervisorial District, which covers portions of the Westside and the Valley, has had a Jewish incumbent since Ed...

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