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  • Los Angeles City Hall supports Israel

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    During a press conference at Los Angeles City Hall on Aug. 5, the city’s top leadership expressed solidarity with the State of Israel.

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; City Controller Ron Galperin; City Attorney Mike Feuer; City Council President Herb Wesson and President Pre...

  • Swastika painter gets three years in jail

    By Tom Tugend

    July 14, 2014 | 12:34 pm

    A 49-year old man has been sentenced to three years in jail for painting a swastika and anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish-owned plumbing supply store in Van Nuys. 

    Amos Hason, who reportedly claimed to be Jewish in an earlier lawsuit, was found guilty on July 11 on three counts...

  • Anti-Semitic vandal arrested on hate-crime charges

    May 7, 2014 | 4:30 pm

    A 49-year-old man who previously claimed to be Jewish has been charged with multiple hate crimes for allegedly vandalizing a San Fernando Valley business with anti-Semitic graffiti.

    According to a May 5 press release from the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Amos Hason is...

  • Anti-semitic vandalism leads to hate crime charges in L.A.

    May 6, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Los Angeles prosecutors have filed hate crimes charges against a local man for scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti outside a Jewish-owned plumbing business.

    Amos Hason, a 49-year old man who has previously claimed to be Jewish, has been charged with six misdemeanor counts of...

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  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    April 30, 2014 | 11:34 am

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti emphasized during an April 23 lecture at the University of Southern California (USC) that he hopes the Jewish community will continue to play a role in bettering this city.

    “What is our destiny, and what is our purpose? I think, as Jews, it is to...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Hertzberg to run for valley district senate seat

    By Tom Tugend

    June 6, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    Like a veteran warhorse galloping back into the fray, Robert M. (Bob) Hertzberg has announced he is running for a State Senate seat in a district encompassing most of the San Fernando Valley.

    One of the more colorful California politicians and a skilled coalition builder,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Priorities, personalities shape city attorney race

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 16, 2013 | 12:53 pm

    In his three-and-a-half years as Los Angeles’ City Attorney, Carmen Trutanich has made headlines — and more than a few enemies — by directing some of his office’s 450 lawyers to prosecute ticket scalpers and Occupy L.A. protesters, as well as by drafting controversial city...

  • Brown signs law targeting insurance industry ties with Iran

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 3, 2012 | 4:23 pm

    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill aimed at dissuading California-based insurance companies from making indirect investments in Iran. 

    The state’s insurance companies already are prohibited from making large direct investments in Iran; the new law aims to put further...

  • 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...

  • Calif. Assembly bill targeting insurance industry ties with Iran advances

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 9, 2012 | 11:14 am

    A bill in the California State Assembly that would dissuade insurance companies based in the state from making indirect investments in Iran has been approved by committee, a key step on the way to becoming law.

    The bill, jointly authored by Assembly members Bob Blumenfield (D-San...

  • Webcast: Assemblymember Mike Feuer discusses new Iran divestment legislation

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 4, 2010 | 11:13 am

    With the 42nd California Assembly district having the largest contingency of Iranian Jews in the state and in the country, the district’s Jewish member of assembly, Mike Feuer, has outreached to and found support among many in the local Iranian Jewish community. Feuer, who is running...

  • AUDIO: Iranian American Jews—30 Years After the Iranian Revolution

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 5, 2008 | 10:25 pm

    Iranian Jewish members of the “30 Years After” organization talk about becoming more active in Los Angeles, state and national politics; featuring Assemblyman Mike Feuer and L.A. DWP General Manager H. David Nahai.

    http://www.jewishjournal.com/audio/karmelmelamedpodcast.mp3

    From Karmel Melamed’s Iranian American Jews blog.

     

  • These Dems Could Help Unlock Gridlock

    By Jill Stewart

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    With the Democratic primary victories of Debra Bowen for secretary of state, and Mike Feuer and Alex Padilla for State Legislature, Los Angeles -- of all places -- is playing a role in whether Sacramento becomes a less incendiary and gridlocked place.

    Bowen, who has been a member of...

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