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  • Prop. 87 fuels high octane fight on oil production tax

    By Idan Ivri

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In August 2006, the average price of gasoline in California was $3.20 per gallon. Today, with the summer demand faded, it still hovers at $2.60. Politicians and interest groups know that Californians want answers and solutions, and they also know that the election season is upon...
  • Community Briefs

    By Idan Ivri

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Travel Penalty Ends

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that seeks to bar life insurance companies from penalizing travelers who visit Israel and other countries commonly perceived as dangerous.

    The states of Washington, New York and Illinois have similar legislation...

  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel School Teaches Peace Lesson

    Racially motivated brawls at Jefferson High School this spring made the school appear, at times, like a miniwar zone. Which makes it especially interesting that L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) officials are learning lessons from Israeli and...

  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Expatriates' Vote

    It's long been more socially acceptable for Jews to immigrate to Israel than to emigrate out of it. Some Israelis feel that they're abandoning the project of the Jewish state, not doing their part, not facing the same risks as those they leave behind.

    So it's...

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  • Bibi May Mount Sharon Challenge

    By Idan Ivri

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    At the moment, Benjamin Netanyahu is working under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as finance minister, but at a stop in Beverly Hills last week, Netanyahu sounded like he'd rather have Sharon's job.

    "Bibi," who served as prime minister from 1996 to 1999, has denied rumors that he will...

  • Q & A With Jerry Zucker

    By Idan Ivri

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Last November, California voters easily passed Proposition 71, which provides $3 billion in state grants for embryonic stem cell research. Jews supported Proposition 71 in much higher numbers than most voters.

    Two of the initiative's primary backers, Robert Klein and film producer...

  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Hey, Big Spender
    The imminent mayoral election must have incumbent Jim Hahn feeling generous. In a sharp break from last year, Hahn's 2005-2006 proposed budget increases city spending by $566 million.
    This year's proposed budget weighs in at more than $5.95 billion....

  • Briefs

    By Idan Ivri

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Council Adds Some Fire to Mayoral Race

    The Los Angeles City Council is doing a great job of overcompensating for the general public's lukewarm interest in the upcoming mayoral election. With accusations of electoral politics flying from both sides, six council members left Mayor...

  • Mayoral Candidates Battle for Jewish Vote

    By Idan Ivri

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    "He's a soul mate in terms of environmental sensitivity and good government," said Dave Freeman, about mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa. Freeman, former head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), paused for just a moment, then continued in his Southern...

  • LAX Security Study Fails to Fly

    By Idan Ivri

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    While the Los Angeles mayoral candidates battle over the proposed $11 billion expansion of Los Angeles International Airport, a study completed by the RAND Corp. think- tank on the airport's security has gone under the proverbial radar.

    Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which...

  • Has the State Got a Proposition for You!

    By Idan Ivri

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The wind grows colder, the days shorter and a 165-page, gray book of propositions arrives in everybody's mailbox. Welcome to the election season -- for Californians.

    In national politics, California has been mostly ignored by both presidential candidates as a foregone conclusion....

  • Jewish Aid Sought on Gang Problem

    By Idan Ivri

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I'd love to tell you I'm some brilliant mastermind that chartered this treaty, but the reality is that week by week, we're still working the streets," William "Blinky" Rodriguez said about the gang treaty he helped broker to bring rival groups together to talk. "We'd be out until 2,...

  • Valley AIPAC Shows Support for Lobby

    By Idan Ivri

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Hundreds of people -- politicians and rabbis, Democrats and Republicans, Americans and Israelis, young and old -- squeezed past dozens of tables to find their assigned seats for dinner.

    Just two weeks after CBS News broke the story that the FBI has been investigating an American...

  • Making the Grade

    By Idan Ivri

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish parents have good reason to be interested in public school test scores released by the California Department of Education on Aug. 31, although they may need help deciphering them.

    In 1997, the last time a study was done, The Jewish Federation found that 64 percent of Jewish...

  • Alliance Backs Hotel Workers’ Pay Fight

    By Idan Ivri

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I've been working at the Century Plaza for three years. I've had only a 44-cent raise, and I have two children. It's hard to support a family with this salary," hotel worker Sonya Lopez told a crowd in Roxbury Park at the Progressive Jewish Alliance's (PJA) Aug. 8 event, "Justice in...

  • Hate Crime Stats Not Always Precise

    By Idan Ivri

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) new report titled, "Unpatriotic Acts," warns that acts of hate against Muslims in the United States skyrocketed in 2003. At face value, the numbers are grim: CAIR notes a 70 percent increase in "reports of harassment, violence and...

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