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  • Q&A with Howard Blume: What’s next for LAUSD with Brewer gone?

    By Julie G Fax

    December 18, 2008 | 2:01 am

    Last week the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted to spend more than $500,000 to buy out the two remaining years on the contract of Superintendent David L. Brewer III, a retired Navy vice admiral who took over the struggling district two years ago. Brewer's supporters...
  • Our First Cover: Bobbi Fiedler

    By Howard Blume

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bobbi Fiedler, who rode an anti-school busing platform to political prominence, stood out as the potential vanguard for Jewish conservatives when The Jewish Journal profiled her as its first cover story in February 1986. Fiedler had served on the Los Angeles school board (1977-1981)...

  • Battling Board Backs Bond

    By Howard Blume

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    What a difference a day makes.

    In 24 little hours, the L.A. school board journeyed last week from chaos to harmony; from nothing to a November ballot measure; from no new taxes to a bond measure that will ask voters to raise their property taxes for schools "one last time."

    If...

  • Q and A With Floyd Abrams

    By Howard Blume

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    New York Times reporter Judith Miller went to jail this week for refusing to reveal confidential sources. The attorney for Miller and the Times is Floyd Abrams, who spoke with The Journal about the case, about his career, and also about his new book, "Speaking Freely: Trials of the...

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  • Wrongful-Death Claim in Burbank Shooting

    By Howard Blume

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The family of an Israeli immigrant killed by Burbank police is pursuing a $51 million wrongful-death claim against the cities of Burbank and Los Angeles. Assaf Deri, 25, died a year ago when Burbank undercover police officers shot him in an alley in North Hollywood.

    Attorneys for the...

  • Twice Upon a Time

    By Howard Blume

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    The adoring crowd, a beaming Antonio Villaraigosa, a message of inclusiveness and leadership -- the image could have been from four years ago, when Villaraigosa's campaign for mayor energized much of Los Angeles.

    But this time, Villaraigosa also got the more votes than the...

  • Conflicting Schools of Thought

    By Howard Blume

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    You don't have to go far to hear complaints about the L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD), the city's beleaguered public school system, nor very far to catch grumbling about Mayor James K. Hahn. But linking the two is a stretch for many, because Los Angeles' mayor has no...