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  • San Diego mayor Bob Filner asks city to pay for legal fees

    July 30, 2013 | 3:07 pm

    San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has asked the city to cover his legal fees for a sexual harassment lawsuit, according to an agenda released by the city council.

    The city council will convene in a special closed session on Tuesday night to discuss whether or not to pay for legal fees in a sexual harassment claim filed by Filner’s former employee Irene McCormack Jackson.

    Read more at nbcsandiego.com.

  • West Hollywood’s tzedakah mayor

    By Roberto Loiederman

    July 24, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    In any town across the country, a city council meeting can feel a lot like ground zero for American democracy: One by one, residents approach the podium and address the decision-makers with suggestions or grievances. With a few changes, a similar scene could have played out in a...

  • The role of L.A.’s Jewish electorate is changing

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 19, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    What do the recent city elections that saw Jews step into the three top citywide offices — mayor, city attorney and city controller — mean for the role of the Jewish community in Los Angeles?

    The remarkable political success of Jews in Los Angeles since the election in 1953 of...

  • Mayoral candidates Greuel, Garcetti go head to head

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 18, 2013 | 2:04 pm

    In the first debate between the two remaining Los Angeles mayoral candidates, City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti attempted to convince voters there are significant differences between them, even as the two veteran politicians took identical positions on...

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  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    March 6, 2013 | 5:44 am

    The Reform leadership organization Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) honored 33 CCAR rabbis who have performed 50 years of service in the rabbinate. Among the honorees are Rabbis Harvey Fields of Wilshire Boulevard Temple; Hillel Cohn of Congregation Emanu El in San...

  • Garcetti

    By Elliot Steingart

    March 1, 2013 | 2:25 pm

    I am obsessed with names.  Since 8th grade I have kept a Great Name List;  a partial list is here: http://greatnamelist.wordpress.com/

    Most of the names on the list are hockey stars like Alex Pietrengelo, Marty St. Louis, Corey Conacher, the Canisius College, Golden Griffin. I...

  • Wendy Greuel: Aiming at ever-higher offices

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 12, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    This is one in a series of profiles of the five leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates running in the March 5 election.

    Looking back on her three decades of work in and around Los Angeles’ public sector, it would be easy to conclude that Wendy Greuel has been preparing to run for...

  • Eric Garcetti: up close

    By Bill Boyarsky

    December 19, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    Someone in the audience asked the mayoral candidates about the county’s foster children program. Eric Garcetti answered in a particularly well-informed manner, mentioning that he and his wife have cared for seven foster children.

    “I didn’t know that,” I said to City Councilman...

  • Yaroslavsky reflects on decision to leave politics

    August 23, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    In an interview with The Journal on Thursday, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said that he hasn’t spent much time yet thinking specifically about what he’s going to devote his time and energy to after he leaves public office at the end of his term in 2014, but he said...

  • Jan Perry’s quest: Spirituality, pursuit of L.A.‘s well-being

    By Bill Boyarsky

    July 25, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    I asked City Council member Jan Perry, a candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, if she was on a spiritual quest when she converted to Judaism. “Right,” she replied. “Your question is a good way to put it.”

    Perry, whose conversation offers a mixture of the spiritual and...

  • Despite neighbor’s complaints, Chabad expansion approved by L.A. City Council

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 5, 2012 | 10:50 am

    Chabad of North Hollywood, an Orthodox congregation in Sherman Oaks whose expansion project set off a four-year dispute with a group of neighbors unhappy about the proposed new building’s size, returned to the Los Angeles City Council on June 27 for a second time to seek approval...

  • Koretz expresses regret over response to ‘Hitler’ remark

    By Ryan Torok

    April 11, 2012 | 6:21 pm

    L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz, who said he was “tempted” to “clock” a commenter who gave a Nazi salute and called out “Heil Hitler” during the April 10 City Council meeting, is now expressing regret over his response.

    Koretz, who describes himself as a mild-mannered...

  • Councilman Paul Koretz Takes Offense as resident calls out ‘Heil Hitler’ at City Council

    By JewishJournal.com

    April 10, 2012 | 6:42 pm

    “Politcial gadfly” Michael Carreon, a resident of Los Angeles’ 14th council district objected to the rules of decorum at a City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 10, accusing Councilman Tom LaBonge, chair of the meeting, of being dictatorial, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

    ...
  • D.C. mayor to settle rabbi’s lawsuit over special elections

    January 9, 2012 | 2:53 pm

    Washington Mayor Vincent Gray has settled a lawsuit brought against the District of Columbia by a local rabbi over the date of special elections.

    Gray, a Democrat, agreed last week to introduce legislation to the City Council that would allow discretion by the district’s Board of...

  • Montreal city council condemns boycott of Israeli shoes

    February 23, 2011 | 11:02 am

    Montreal’s city council has condemned the boycott campaign against a local shoe store that sells footwear made in Israel.

    A council motion deploring the campaign, proposed and supported by Mayor Gerard Tremblay, passed Tuesday by a vote of 38 to 16.

    Those voting against the...

  • Teen politico plays in the big leagues

    By Rachel Heller

    December 3, 2008 | 9:40 pm

    After school, Joey Freeman doesn't have much free time. He's got homework to contend with from his classes at Milken Community High School. He's slogging through a heap of college applications. And, oh, yeah -- he's also helping to run an entertainment industry executive's campaign...
  • Candidate Adeena

    By David Suissa

    July 24, 2008 | 1:24 am

    If you want to really annoy Adeena Bleich, just ask her what it feels like to be a young Orthodox woman running for City Council. I know, because when we sat down recently for lunch at Shiloh's, the first thing I asked her is what it felt like to be a young Orthodox woman running...
  • Anti-Semitism charge colors liquor license fight in City of San Fernando

    By Roberto Loiederman

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Real estate developer Sev Aszkenazy recently settled a lawsuit with the city of San Fernando over a liquor permit he was denied for a planned steak house. He said the denial was due, in part, to anti-Semitic bias.

    City Administrator Jose Pulido confirmed as much, testifying that...

  • New DWP chief David Nahai takes on major challenges

    By Marc B. Haefele

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    David Nahai is an environmentalist and an attorney, not an engineer, and his major previous management challenge was running a 15-employee law firm. But he is the man Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tapped take on the $304,000-a-year job as general manager of the Department of...
  • Jews still have big role in changing L.A. political scene

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It was not so long ago that Los Angeles City Hall and the Los Angeles Unified School District school board were filled with Jewish elected officials. The first winning Jewish candidate of the 20th century, Rosalind Wiener (later Wyman) was elected to the council in 1953. From then...
  • Persian Jews Dive Into Politics

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took office on July 1, he could have handed out thank-yous to groups all over the city for his Election Day drubbing of incumbent Mayor James Hahn.

    Jews, in all their local permutations, were a big part of Villaraigosa's victory: Orthodox Jews, Valley...

  • 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...

  • Out of Commission

    By Mike Levy

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There will be no Jews on the Board of Police Commissioners if the L.A. City Council confirms Mayor Hahn's appointees, as it is expected to do this month.

    Although some have voiced concern that the civilian body overseeing the Los Angeles Police Department will, for the first time...

  • 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...

  • Power to the People

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    During the early years of the 20th century, a jour-nalist, Lincoln Steffens, published a series of exposés that were eventually turned into the book "The Shame of the Cities." It was a sensational work of non-fiction, but it was also quite depressing. Steffens uncovered corruption...
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