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  • Berman vs. Sherman: Evaluating their congressional records

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 27, 2012 | 2:20 pm

    Much of the debate in the San Fernando Valley contest between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman has revolved around their congressional records, but I’m having trouble deciphering them. And if it’s hard for me, after spending years writing about legislation, pity the...

  • Opinion: Iran an issue for valley’s 30th district voters

    By Bill Boyarsky

    January 25, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    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 Congressional District.  Iran is likely to come up as they speak at meetings and debates and through the online messages and mailings...

  • Opinion: Boyarsky’s teachable moment

    January 9, 2012 | 1:22 pm

    Bill Boyarsky’s recent column discussing the Republican Presidential candidates’ support for Israel provides a stark example of the dangers of proffering an opinion founded on stereotypes.

    In an effort to delegitimize Christian Zionism, Boyarksy employs two methods to demonize...

  • School Is in Session for Villaraigosa’s Critics

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 21, 2011 | 5:21 pm

    “A great school is an anchor for a neighborhood,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “A great school district is an anchor for a great city.”

    I was interviewing the mayor in his City Hall office last week about his heavy involvement in the Los Angeles public...

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  • Yaroslavsky observes Nigeria’s democratic process

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 26, 2011 | 5:10 pm

    Zev Yaroslavsky’s latest nation-building assignment wasn’t easy.  Dispatched to Nigeria as part of an international corps of election observers, he checked on polling places during elections this month in a nation better known for ethnic violence and corruption than orderly...

  • Public libraries face crucial funding vote

    By Bill Boyarsky

    February 22, 2011 | 6:50 pm

    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 adult books.

    When the librarian told Kent they were for adults only, she called in her father. “My father came to the library and...

  • Pursuit of Justice

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 24, 2010 | 1:01 pm

    I’ve covered the ugly side of race relations in Los Angeles for many years. Among my memories are the Watts Riots, the 1992 riot, the public school desegregation
    fight and the breakup of the Tom Bradley black-Jewish political coalition.

    This may have been the reason for the...

  • Radical right resents judges and juries

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The right-wing effort to defeat independent-minded judges has reached the usually peaceful second floor of the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles, home of the 2nd District Court of Appeal.

    The justices' office suite is a quiet place, insulated from the noise of...

  • Democrats and Republicans again; Suissa’s Pico-Robertson ‘hood; A correction

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bill Boyarsky

    Bill Boyarsky's piece on public schools neglected to mention both Bob Hertzberg and Dr. Keith Richman's contribution to the movement to transform Los Angeles schools ("Mayor's Plan for Schools Gets 'E' for Effort," Sept. 22) Most importantly, teachers not politicians,...

  • Letters to the Editor

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bill Boyarsky

    Bill Boyarsky's article ("Needed: Rational Discussion," Aug. 18) was inaccurate and mean-spirited. He had the opportunity to dissent and speak up at the meeting of more than 400 attendees, but instead chose to vent to Journal readers who were not there and who could...

  • Think American, Not Mexican on Antonio

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    As Antonio Villaraigosa campaigns for mayor in the Jewish community, he will face the same big question asked by all non-Latino voters: Are you too Mexican?

    The question is especially important to Jews, because our community's long-time relationship with Latino and African American...

  • Tough Job

    By Bill Boyarsky

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The faint of heart should not apply for this job: Needed, a sensitive but thick-skinned person who can get along with a combative mixture

    of Los Angeles' Jews, blacks, whites, Asians, Latinos, Catholics, Baptists, Muslims, students, retired people, lawyers, doctors, homeless and...

  • Letters to the Editor

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Unforgiven?

    Words can elevate and words can destroy. There was a time when the Jewish community too glibly and carelessly disregarded words of accusation of sexual abuse against clergy. That was clearly wrong, and Gary Rosenblatt of The Jewish Week helped to correct that. The...

  • Bang the Press Slowly

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I will concede that conservative Jewish Republicans like myself are in the minority, especially out here on the Left Coast," reader Gillee Sherman e-mailed me. "But we are growing in numbers every day, and this election should see a huge improvement for Bush in the Jewish...

  • Simply Wrong

    By Bill Boyarsky

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Republicans are praying that President Bush's embrace of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza withdrawal plan will sway the Jewish vote.

    It is a simplistic way of looking at things, although totally in line with the presidential campaign's simplistic discussion of Israel. For...

  • Money Buys Control

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The angry man in the back of the room at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana was shaking his fist and calling us crooks.

    I made a big mistake -- eye contact. With me in his range, he raised his hand, and I think his middle finger, and yelled, "You!" Being a city ethics...

  • Question of Ethics

    By Bill Boyarsky

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As both a Los Angeles city ethics commissioner and a Jewish community journalist, I was in a skeptical mood as I took a seat in the audience of a discussion on "Jewish Ethical Values in the Halls of Power: From the Board Room to the Council Chamber."

    The Jan. 25 panel was part of a...

  • Activists Looking to Past for Inspiration

    By Bill Boyarsky

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When I arrived in Los Angeles, I was drawn to Boyle Heights, a Latino community that had once been the home of Los Angeles Jewish radical life.

    It wasn't that I was looking for Eastside, left-wing Jewish roots. I didn't have any. When my grandparents lived in Los Angeles before...

  • Partisans for Israel

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The crowd in front of the Jewish Republicans' booth didn't approach the size of those at some of the better food stands at the Israel's Independence Day celebration at Woodley Park in the San Fernando Valley. Still, it was big enough to interest me after having watched the GOP's long...