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  • Pols Face Israel Litmus Test

    By James D. Besser

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What is the proper pro-Israel litmus test for presidential candidates? And who gets to decide?

    That recurring question has already had special relevance for former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, the surprise frontrunner in the 2004 Democratic presidential contest -- the kind of...

  • Against the Tide—Again

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Can California's new Republican governor make inroads among traditionally Democratic Jews? Jewish voters aren't likely to abandon the Democratic party anytime soon, but will likely give Arnold Schwarzenegger a chance to prove that he can govern in a bipartisan, moderate manner.

    Every...

  • JCC Director to Leave Before Project Finish

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Part of the team readying O.C.'s Jewish Community Center for its planned relocation and expansion next year in Irvine is not staying to see the result.

    Gerry Buncher, 53, the JCC's executive director since 1999, is resigning at the end of his current contract, effective Dec. 31.

    "I...

  • Reality Recall

    By Rob Eshman

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The summer television season's newest reality show, "The California Gubernatorial Race," kicked off last week with almost enough twists and turns to make regular viewers of reality TV pay attention to politics.

    "It's beginning to look like 'Last Comic Standing,'" a Jewish community...

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  • No Major Names for Jerusalem Mayor

    By Leslie Susser

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Next week's vote for mayor of Jerusalem will be unprecedented: For the first time since the reunification of the city in 1967, no major national figure is running.

    The front-runners are three candidates who, until now, were little known: a high-tech multimillionaire, a...

  • Labor Sinks to New Low as Mitzna Quits

    By Leslie Susser

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Amram Mitzna's decision to abdicate the leadership of the Labor Party after just months on the job seems to signal the lowest ebb for a party that dominated Israeli life for decades. But it might just herald a dramatic realignment of Israel's political map.

    After months of rebellion...

  • Likud Heads Right, Labor Goes Center

    By Leslie Susser

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Likud Party's list of Knesset candidates, chosen in a party primary this week, left Ariel Sharon's campaign strategists scratching their heads.

    With national elections approaching on Jan. 28, they had meticulously laid out a centrist strategy in which the prime minister directs...

  • Valley Races That Also Matter

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    With the spotlight on secession for the past few months, it is almost easy to forget that there are major political races involving Jewish candidates in the San Fernando Valley.

    The most significant battle is the one being waged in the 27th U.S. House District. Rep. Brad Sherman...

  • Send in the Committees

    By Mike Levy

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As former Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks gears up for a City Council race, the campaign for his old job went into high gear last week with 47 candidates vying for the post.

    Ethnic and community politics have added a level of complexity to the already difficult job of...

  • Elephant in the Valley

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Used to be that every once in a blue moon, a rare Republican, who happened to be Jewish, would decide to run for office in the heavily Democratic San Fernando Valley, only to be soundly defeated at the polls.

    This year, Jewish Republicans hope to change all that with three...

  • Who’s on Second?

    By Mike Levy

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    For the first time since 1971, the City Council's 2nd District will elect a new representative. The winner of the Dec. 11 election will fill the seat of Joel Wachs, who left the position in October to head an arts foundation in New York.

    Wachs, a longtime member of Temple B'nai...

  • Conquest by Birthrate

    By Simon Carroll

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A leading Arab think tank is backing an old strategy -- to defeat the Jewish State from within by encouraging the growth of its Arab population.

    The prime proponent of the conquest-by-demography theory is Wahid Abdel Maguid, chief editor of the Arab Strategic Report, the publication...

  • New Directions

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 7, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Who's the big winner in Tuesday's Los Angeles mayoral election? My bet is real estate developer Steve Soboroff. James Kenneth Hahn may be an old-line Democrat, but he benefited mightily from the silence maintained by the wealthy Republican businessman, who had come in third in the...

  • The Comfort Zone

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Those of us with a sense of Los Angeles history approach the June 5 election with trepidation. No one wants a repeat of the first Sam Yorty/Tom Bradley race in 1969, with its bitter overlay of race-baiting. That's one reason why throughout most of the campaign the candidates have...

  • Courting the 5th District

    By Mike Levy

    May 24, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    Jews may provide the swing vote in next week's tight race for the City Council's 5th District between the well-known Tom Hayden and newcomer Jack Weiss.

    Comprising roughly one-third of likely voters in the district, Jewish voters are evenly split between the two candidates, a recent...

  • All the Small Things

    By Adam Wills

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In a race that has enough candidates for a minyan, the fight for the 5th District City Council seat being vacated by city attorney hopeful Mike Feuer became even tougher following the Jan. 12 addition of Tom Hayden. With the former state senator expected to win a plurality in the...

  • Diversity of Dizzying Dimensions

    By Tom Tugend

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When voters cast their ballots for mayor in next week's primary, they may be electing to that office the first Jew, the first Latino or the first woman.

    There are 15 candidates on the April 10 ballot, but only six are considered serious contenders. In a reflection of Los Angeles'...

  • One on One With Antonio Villaraigosa

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    This is the third in Sheldon Teitelbaum's series of interviews with the leading mayoral candidates.

    Trust current mayoral candidate and State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Antonio Villaraigosa to come up with a uniquely strategic location for his storefront headquarters. True, as the...

  • Mayors R Us

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Does it matter to you what ethnicity the next L.A. mayor will represent? In the upcoming April primary, there are two Jewish candidates, long-time city councilmember Joel Wachs and real estate broker Steve Soboroff. And there are two Latino candidates, Assembly Speaker Antonio...

  • A National Unity Government for L.A.

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The more time I spend trailing the Los Angeles mayoral candidates, the more I find myself musing about rehabilitating the commissariat as a form of government. Or, failing such "Red Dawn"/"Red Alert" scenarios, perhaps we might seek something akin to the national unity administration...

  • The Mayoral Debates, Take 40

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    We've elected an "Education President." Now, get ready to choose the "Education Mayor."

    That seemed to be the prospect facing a packed chapel of some 300 souls braving one of the winter's worst storms this week to attend Debate No. 40-something by five of the city's six leading...

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