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  • Iranian Americans celebrate Nowruz at California State Assembly

    By Karmel Melamed

    1 week ago

    More than 50 Iranian-American community leaders, businessmen and artists of various faiths from across California gathered March 16 at the State Assembly in Sacramento to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year. 

    The festivities were part of an Assembly resolution that was passed...

  • New Orleans judge to weigh whether Robert Durst a major flight risk

    1 week ago

    Robert Durst, the Jewish real estate scion awaiting extradition to California to face a murder charge, is set to appear in a New Orleans courtroom on Monday on local weapons charges, with a judge expected to weigh how big a flight risk he represents.

    Durst's attorneys have said...

  • Robert Durst denied bail in New Orleans, linked to Vermont cold case

    1 week ago

    Robert Durst, the real estate scion awaiting extradition to California to face a murder charge, was denied bail on Monday in New Orleans, as police in Vermont said they were probing a link between him and an 18-year-old woman who went missing in 1971.

    Durst, recently featured in...

  • Accused murderer Robert Durst deemed ‘suicidal’

    2 weeks ago

    Robert Durst, the real estate scion charged with first-degree murder, is suicidal, according statements by Louisiana authorities released on Wednesday after they moved him to a facility for inmates suffering from acute mental illness.

    Awaiting extradition to California, the...

  • Should we know where the unvaccinated live?

    February 11, 2015 | 11:57 am

    Shouldn’t we know where they live?

    California’s measles outbreak has touched off a debate about how to reduce the number of parents who choose—in defiance of all credible public health information—not to vaccinate their children. So far, the debate has focused on tightening...

  • A Perfect Staycation: #MyDanaPoint

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    December 24, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    Start your Staycation in Dana Point with lunch at Coffee Importers and a Dolphin and Whale watching Safari with Captain Dave

  • #MyDanaPoint: Dine at Raya, The Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    December 23, 2014 | 11:55 am

    #MyDanaPoint: Dine at Raya, The Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel I loved my dining experience at Raya and then exploring the mile of Holiday Lights at IlluminOcean!
  • IlluminOcean: 40 Nights of Holiday Lights #MyDanaPoint

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    December 14, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Experience IlluminOcean and celebrate the holidays in Dana Point with a mile stroll of Mingle & Jingle with literally thousands of lights sculpted into fantastic glowing sea-themed attractions.
    "The warmth of the Southern California winter season. The wonders of the deep blue...
  • With pro-Israel groups all but absent, UCLA student government endorses divestment

    By Jared Sichel

    November 19, 2014 | 4:15 am

    UPDATE, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19: UCLA Chancellor Gene Block released a statement, which reads in part: "UCLA and the UCLA Foundation share the Board of Regents conviction that divestment decisions should not hold any one organization or country to a different standard than...

  • California mid-term election results 2014

    November 6, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Governor: Jerry Brown

    Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom

    Secretary of State: Alex Padilla

    Controller: Betty T. Yee

    Treasurer: John Chiang

    Attorney General: Kamala D. Harris

    Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones

    Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tom Torlakson


  • Democrat Ted Lieu to succeed Waxman in Congress

    By tessc

    November 5, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    State Sen. Ted Lieu, a Democrat, will succeed longtime Rep. Henry Waxman in California’s 33rd Congressional District after defeating Jewish Republican Elan Carr.

    Lieu won the seat in the seventh most Jewishly populated district in the country, 58 to 42 percent. He was bolstered...

  • Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during Calif. test flight

    October 31, 2014 | 1:20 pm

    A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one crew member and seriously injuring the other, officials said.

    The crash of the vehicle,...

  • School-board member battles women’s rights activist for District 26

    October 30, 2014 | 11:30 am

    They’re both young. They’re both Democrats. They’re both up-and-comers on the political scene. 

    In fact, judging by their black-and-crimson outfits at a recent debate in Santa Monica, Sandra Fluke and Ben Allen — the two candidates vying to represent California’s 26th Senate...

  • L.A.-Eilat task force kicks off with water meeting at City Hall

    By Jared Sichel

    October 22, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    On the heels of a cooperative agreement signed in March between the governments of Israel and California, the cities of Los Angeles and Eilat built on a 55-year sister-city relationship, holding an inaugural task force meeting Oct. 20 at Los Angeles City Hall. 

    The gathering,...

  • Event at LA Westin hotel restricts participation by Israelis

    October 21, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    In early November, the American Studies Association will be having its annual meeting at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Per the ASA’s recently adopted policy, Israeli academics will be subject to unique exclusionary restrictions based on their national origin. 


  • Uncovered California

    October 20, 2014 | 10:00 am

    For those who have just perked up, whose eyes opened wide, sorry, this column contains no nudity or salacious content.  Parts of it may be obscene, yes, but not for the reason the words “Uncovered” together with “California” might portend. This is a family website, after all....
  • Sukkot, rain and Andy Lipkis’ vision for L.A.’s salvation

    By Jared Sichel

    October 7, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    On the afternoon of Oct. 16, the final day of Sukkot, Jews will begin the annual practice of inserting a short but key line into the Amidah prayer: Mashiv haruach u morid hageshem: “Who causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall.”

    In Jewish tradition, Sukkot marks the beginning...

  • Pre-K in 2024

    September 24, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    Hard to believe that only a decade ago—back in the fall of 2014—the future of pre-kindergarten looked so promising in California.

    State leaders were congratulating themselves on passing a budget and new legislation that promised more than 40,000 new full-day pre-K spots for...

  • Did we just watch the last California gubernatorial debate—ever?

    September 9, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    Did we just watch the last California gubernatorial debate—ever?      

    Trick question. It appears very few of us bothered to watch last week’s debate between Gov. Jerry Brown and challenger Neel Kashkari. If this proves to be the last such debate—a real possibility since there...

  • Hollywood accounting

    September 2, 2014 | 1:47 pm

    We’re making major motion pictures, baby!

    And TV shows too! That’s right, my fellow California taxpayers. You and I are now major investors in film and television productions. Our agent—or I should say our 120 agents in the state legislature—cut a five-year deal last week putting...

  • In race for Congress, how different are candidates Elan Carr and Ted Lieu?

    By Jared Sichel

    August 6, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Democratic State Sen. Ted Lieu and Republican District Attorney Elan Carr may be competing to fill longtime Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman’s seat in November, but in an era in which the two parties rarely work together, the similarities between these two candidates are one of...

  • Pro-Israel, pro-peace rally draws 3,000 in San Francisco

    August 5, 2014 | 10:01 am

    SAN FRANCISCO (j. weekly) — Some 3,000 Israel supporters turned out in downtown San Francisco for a pro-Israel, pro-peace rally.

    The Bay Stands With Israel solidarity rally on Sunday began across the street from San Francisco City Hall, with speakers from Jewish organizations,...

  • Fear of the apocalypse and Edan Lepucki’s ‘California’

    July 15, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    Fear of a publishing apocalypse, to be precise. Most of us never would have heard about Edan Lepucki’s debut novel, California, about a post-apocalyptic Golden State, except for a battle between Amazon and book publishers.  Here’s a short version of a long story: California’s...

  • Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards recognizes 15 U.S. teens for leadership

    July 3, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    Fifteen U.S. teens were recognized for their volunteerism with Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards.

    Each will receive an honorarium of $36,000 from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and...

  • California Reform Jews succeed in push to fund housing

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 2, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    In 2011, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law abolishing California’s community redevelopment agencies, he eliminated the primary sources of funding that had helped build affordable housing across the state. The 2014-15 state budget Brown signed on June 20 now establishes a new...

  • ‘No tenure’ ruling for teachers won’t fix the problem

    June 18, 2014 | 10:42 am

    In the landmark Vergara v. California decision last week, Judge Rolf Treu ruled that the nine student plaintiffs, backed by billionaire David Welch’s nonprofit StudentsMatter, had been deprived of their right to an equal education by seniority and tenure policies that protected bad...

  • Judge: Key job protection laws for California teachers are unconstitutional

    June 10, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    A judge ruled Tuesday that California's public school teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional, after hearing testimony from students who argued the job protections made it virtually impossible to dismiss low-performing teachers.

    The decision's implementation was put on hold,...

  • Jewish leaders advocating cap-and-trade funds to build affordable homes

    June 10, 2014 | 11:15 am

    By June 15, the California legislature must resolve a complicated, unprecedented and important issue: lawmakers will have to choose how to spend an estimated $850 million generated in 2014-2015 through California’s Cap-and-Trade program, including whether to just allocate this...

  • California primary kicks off divisive election season for Democrats

    June 4, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Californians voted on Tuesday for a primary election that showed rifts in the state's dominant Democratic party, with incumbent labor-backed candidates fighting reformers in several races.

    The poll to choose candidates for governor, secretary of state and numerous legislative and...

  • California: Stop Punishing Poor Families!

    By Maya Paley

    May 29, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Over one million children living in poverty in California rely on CalWORKS, the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program, for cash assistance each month. But California is one of 24 states that implemented a classist, prejudiced, and harmful policy in the...

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