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  • Does it matter if Jews are in politics?

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    Yesterday evening, I observed a panel of three local Jewish politicos at University Synagogue in Brentwood, which was hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. On the panel were Los Angeles city councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Ana Guerrero, mayor Eric Garcetti's chief...

  • Not quite Chanukah, but L.A.’s Jewish mayor will attend menorah-lighting on Tuesday

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 25, 2013 | 7:43 pm

    If Chanukah starts at sundown on Wednesday evening, Nov. 27, why is Mayor Eric Garcetti, the first Jew to be elected to the city’s highest office in the history of Los Angeles, participating in a menorah-lighting ceremony around midday on Tuesday, Nov. 26?

    Call it a consequence...

  • Mayor Garcetti lands spot on ‘Forward 50’

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 13, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has earned a place on The Jewish Daily Forward’s annual list of 50 Jewish newsmakers of 2013. 

    Released on Nov. 11, the Forward’s list is a collection of the Jews whose accomplishments in politics, culture, religion, education, activism and other...

  • A call for Iran sanctions at Port

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 13, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    Amid the international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, some national groups, as well as Los Angeles-based Jewish community organizations and other Iran human rights activists, have launched a new campaign calling for Los Angeles city officials to bar from the Port of Los...

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  • Will a new generation step up to civic leadership?

    November 12, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    At first glance, Jews might appear to be enjoying a renaissance of political influence in Los Angeles. Eric Garcetti is the first elected Jewish mayor and the two other citywide elected officials — City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Controller Ron Galperin — are Jewish, too. So are...

  • Moving and Shaking: L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti visits Wilshire Boulevard Temple and AFMDA gala

    By Ryan Torok

    October 9, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    From left: Community leaders, philanthropists and clergy, including L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Erika Glazer, Archbishop Jose Gomez, Rabbi Elissa Ben-Naim and Senior Rabbi Steven Leder attended Wilshire Boulevard Temple's rededication ceremony last month. Photo by Silvia...

  • Poll: What DWP can learn from LAPD

    By Raphael Sonenshein

    October 9, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    A new Pat Brown Institute/Cal State Los Angeles poll of 501 registered voters in L.A. asked for opinions on two important city departments: the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Department of Water and Power (DWP). 

    For decades, the LAPD has been a critical factor in...

  • Holocaust Museum adds Spanish audio guide

    By Jared Sichel

    September 12, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) announced Aug. 30 that it now offers a comprehensive Spanish-language audio guide covering 15 hours of historical material on display in America’s oldest Holocaust museum.

    Funded by a $15,000 grant from the city and supported by...

  • Buy a sign, build a sukkah

    September 4, 2013 | 11:21 am

    Four Jewish institutions have teamed up to build a sukkah composed entirely of homeless signs. They are asking the public to purchase and donate the signs in time for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

    New Community Jewish High School, Milken Community High School, Valley Beth Shalom...

  • Mayor Garcetti calls on fellow Jews to help

    August 6, 2013 | 10:05 am

    Mayor Eric Garcetti said his close ties to the Jewish community will not only enable him to respond better to communal concerns, but also spur him to draw on the community for its help in addressing some of the city’s pressing needs.

    The new mayor spoke to about 150 invited...

  • Ron Galperin backs Big Data to improve City Hall

    By Bill Boyarsky

    July 24, 2013 | 1:44 pm

    Controller Ron Galperin is City Hall’s new numbers guy, hoping to bring the era of Big Data to the creaking bureaucracy. His plan is to use computers to analyze huge amounts of information as is now done by police departments, baseball teams, other businesses and, infamously, the...

  • Eric Garcetti: L.A.‘s first (elected) Jewish mayor

    By Rob Eshman

    July 1, 2013 | 12:12 pm

    On May 22, 2013, the day after Los Angeles voters elected him mayor of Los Angeles, something astonishing happened to Eric Garcetti: He became Jewish. 

    No, he didn’t suddenly convert. Garcetti never hid the fact that he contained multitudes. His father, Gil Garcetti, is...

  • 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...

  • Eretz Garcetti

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 29, 2013 | 4:01 pm

  • History matters: 
Garcetti and the history of Jewish politics

    May 29, 2013 | 3:38 pm

    With Eric Garcetti’s election on May 21, the mayors of the three largest cities in the United States — Michael Bloomberg in New York, Rahm Emanuel in Chicago and Garcetti in Los Angeles — are all Jews. This is a remarkable phenomenon, perhaps most of all because of how unremarked...

  • Eric Garcetti: Keep an eye out for seniors

    By Bill Boyarsky

    May 29, 2013 | 11:21 am

    The small turnout at the Los Angeles polls for the mayoral election on May 21 is cited as evidence that most Angelenos don’t care whether City Hall is open, closed or simply blown away. But two days after the election, I visited a Jewish Family Service (JFS) senior center on...

  • 2013 L.A. city elections mean new milestone in history of city Jewish voices

    May 23, 2013 | 5:06 pm

    In 2009, the Paul Koretz and Eric Garcetti were the sole Jewish voices in Los Angeles City Politics. As of 2013, there will not only will there be three Jewish Councilmembers in Paul Koretz, Bob Blumenfield and Mitch Englander, but the entire executive leadership of Los Angeles...

  • Garcetti, Feuer, Galperin: A new era of Jewish leadership in L.A.?

    By Tom Tugend

    May 22, 2013 | 3:04 pm

    Los Angeles chose Eric Garcetti as its first elected Jewish mayor, one of a number of political contests on Tuesday that reflected the city’s diversity, as well as its numerous variations of Jewishness. (In a historical footnote, one Bernard Cohn served as the appointed mayor of...

  • Envisioning a new Los Angeles at Valley Beth Shalom [VIDEO]

    May 20, 2013 | 1:00 pm

    This is an excerpt from a program given at Valley Beth Shalom on Tues., May 14th titled "City of Angels-Envisioning a New Los Angeles" with special guests, mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti.

     

  • Character references: Eric Garcetti

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 15, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    In a few weeks, Eric Garcetti might become Los Angeles’ youngest mayor in more than a century. When Eric was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University from 1993 to 1996, we were close friends and he was a regular at my L’Chaim Society.

    In this age of extreme political partisanship,...

  • A voter's-eye view of the city election

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    May 14, 2013 | 11:48 am

    This year, for the first time, the nonpartisan Pat Brown Institute at CSU Los Angeles went into the polling field.  As poll director, I wanted our poll to illuminate broader trends in the local electorate, and to conduct it we retained Susan Pinkus, who for many years ran the Los...

  • Politics at Canter’s Deli

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 1, 2013 | 11:35 am

    At 9:45 on a recent Sunday morning, Gil Garcetti stepped into an alcove in the secondary dining room at Canter’s Deli.

    “I would’ve gotten here earlier,” the former Los Angeles County District Attorney told a gathering there, “if I hadn’t gone to Nate ’n Al’s first.”

    His mistake...

  • 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...

  • Greuel, Garcetti spar in L.A. mayoral debate at AJU

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 11, 2013 | 9:26 pm

    In the first debate between the two remaining candidates running to be the next mayor of Los Angeles, City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti attempted to convince voters that there were significant differences between them even as the two veteran politicians...

  • Next mayor’s earth agenda

    March 28, 2013 | 10:05 am

    Delivering his inaugural address on the City Hall lawn in 2005, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa challenged Angelenos to turn Los Angeles into “… the greenest big city in America.”

    Eight years later, it is only fitting that we ask ourselves how close Mayor Villaraigosa has come to...

  • Five candidates for L.A. mayor vie for your vote

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 13, 2013 | 5:48 am

    Los Angeles’ next mayor will oversee a city with thousands of miles of streets in need of repair. The mayor will inherit a budget with a $216 million shortfall and similar-sized gaps expected on into the future. The next mayor will almost certainly have to renegotiate public...

  • Emanuel Pleitez: From East L.A. to City Hall?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 8, 2013 | 3:49 pm

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

    Before delivering an extended policy speech on Feb. 5 at Los Angeles Trade Tech College, Emanuel Pleitez walked around a...

  • Eric Garcetti: A new Jewish face for L.A.?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 7, 2013 | 2:52 pm

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

    During a recent candidates’ forum at Sinai Temple, Los Angeles City Councilman and mayoral hopeful Eric Garcetti began his...

  • L.A. mayoral candidates keep things friendly at Sinai Temple

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 29, 2013 | 11:18 pm

    If the candidates alone got to select the next mayor of Los Angeles, City Councilwoman Jan Perry would win the city’s top job in a landslide.

    Asked by Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, who moderated a forum with the five leading candidates at his synagogue in Westwood on Jan....

  • Candidates for L.A Mayor face off in debate at Beth Jacob

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 3, 2013 | 11:24 pm

    At a debate held on Thursday evening at Congregation Beth Jacob in Beverly Hills, five candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles may have been addressing a Jewish audience in an Orthodox synagogue, but the subjects they covered were anything but sacred.

    Questions about economic...

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