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  • Swiss Jewish leader denies leaking pro-Gaza mayor’s nude selfies

    2 weeks ago

    The president of a Swiss Jewish community denied accusations that he helped leak nude photos of a pro-Palestinian mayor who had sent them to a younger woman.

    Josef Bollag, who heads the Baden-Baden Jewish community, issued the denial last week in an Op-Ed that he wrote amid the...

  • 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...

  • Gay candidate blazes new trail in Israel mayoral race

    October 15, 2013 | 12:49 pm

    As a candidate to become the Middle East's first openly gay mayor, Nitzan Horowitz is hoping his bid to run Israel's famously liberal city of Tel Aviv will help homosexuals across a region where they are widely frowned upon.

    The left-wing legislator is not predicted to defeat the...

  • Cory Booker & Lynsie Lee – A Non Story

    By Ilana Angel

    September 26, 2013 | 6:19 pm

    I totally have a crush on Cory Booker. He is smart, funny, aware, charming, and handsome. As the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, he is admired and respected by many, and has a promising career in American politics.  People are trying to make...

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  • We are Carlos Danger

    By Rob Eshman

    August 7, 2013 | 11:00 am

    By last Wednesday, thanks to the magic of the Internet, I had seen as much of Anthony Weiner’s private parts as if I had spent the afternoon with him in the shvitz.

    The former congressman and New York mayoral hopeful had sexted the pictures to his 23-year-old crush, Sydney...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Anthony Weiner announces bid for mayor

    May 22, 2013 | 10:26 am

    To announce his official bid for mayor of New York City, Anthony Weiner created a video in which he portrays himself as middle class, down to earth, repentant, and ready to fight for the middle class in NYC.

  • 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,...

  • Character reference: Wendy Greuel

    May 15, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    I have known Wendy Greuel for almost 30 years, since she was a young UCLA graduate working for Mayor Tom Bradley. Wendy didn’t just get the tough assignments in the mayor’s office; she sought them out — especially if she could help those less fortunate or those without a voice in...

  • 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...

  • Has Villaraigosa succeeded as L.A.’s mayor?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 24, 2013 | 11:58 am

    Years ago, I was complaining about one of our governors to a colleague, Jack Germond, an experienced and highly respected national political reporter. Germond, who had reported from many states, regarded my analysis with skepticism. He said he seldom met a statehouse reporter like...

  • 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...

  • L.A. mayoral race: Turning back the clock

    April 10, 2013 | 4:44 pm

    The Los Angeles mayoralty race seems to have devolved into a contest to see which of the candidates can rack up more endorsements.

    Specifically, endorsements aimed at relevant constituencies that might be swayed by the endorser’s identity, reputation, or cache. From Magic Johnson...

  • Disgraced ex-congressman Weiner considering N.Y. mayoral run

    April 10, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    Ex-New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was forced out of office by a scandal, is considering a run for New York City mayor.

    Weiner, 48, and his wife, Huma Abedin, submitted to an extensive profile in this weekend's New York Times Magazine in part because Weiner is testing the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • March 5: Election Day

    By Rob Eshman

    February 27, 2013 | 3:13 pm

    I belong to a small, elite club that I would like to invite you to join.

    It’s called, People Who Give a S--- About Los Angeles.

    If you detect a note of anger and impatience in that name, you got it.

    Los Angeles, John D. MacDonald wrote in “A Deadly Shade of Gold,” is “the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Jan Perry, “tough” mayoral candidate, faces challenging route

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 6, 2013 | 9:22 am

    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.

    Following a recent televised debate featuring the five top candidates running for mayor of Los Angeles, some campaign watchers...

  • Kevin James: The still-evolving outsider runs for mayor

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 6, 2013 | 9:04 am

    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.

    As the race for Los Angeles mayor heats up, many descriptors have been applied to Kevin James, one of the least-known of the...

  • Obama mourns Koch’s passing

    February 1, 2013 | 1:44 pm

    President Obama mourned the passing of New York Mayor Ed Koch, noting among Koch's passions his love for Israel.

    "In public office and beyond, his energy, force of personality, and commitment to causes ranging from civic issues to the security of the state of Israel always...

  • Remembering Ed Koch: A pugnacious New Yorker and passionate Jew till his dying day

    February 1, 2013 | 11:19 am

    One of the proudest moments of Ed Koch’s life came during a trip to Israel in 1990, in the midst of the first Palestinian intifada.

    Koch had recently left City Hall after 12 years as mayor of New York City and was touring Jerusalem when a Palestinian threw a rock at his group,...

  • Ed Koch, former NYC mayor, dies at 88

    February 1, 2013 | 7:55 am

    Ed Koch, the pugnacious former New York City mayor whose political imprimatur was eagerly sought by Republicans and Democrats alike, has died.

    Koch, 88, died early Friday morning of congestive heart failure, his spokesman told The New York Times. He had been hospitalized twice in...

  • L.A. mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel’s coalition building

    By Bill Boyarsky

    January 23, 2013 | 11:51 am

    Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel, born and raised Christian, is married to a Jew. The couple’s 10-year-old son studies Hebrew and is being raised in the Jewish tradition. The family attends synagogue.

    “So with all this Jewishness around you, why haven’t you taken the next step and...

  • Mayoral debate at Beth Jacob

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 9, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    On Jan. 3, in the first mayoral debate of 2013, Congregation Beth Jacob hosted five candidates seeking to become the next mayor of Los Angeles. 

    Speaking to a crowd of about 350, the candidates answered questions about how they would manage the city’s public safety services,...

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