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  • Jewish population of L.A., Valley districts

    By Bruce Phillips

    February 22, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    So, how will Los Angeles’ Jews fare under the proposed City Council District boundaries? The City Redistricting Commission Web site includes information about the ethnic composition of the current and proposed City Council districts based on voter registration lists. These maps,...

  • City redistricting plan has potential to affect Asian-Americans

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    February 22, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    I was too young to see Hank Greenberg play. That was my father’s generation. But growing up in New Jersey, I well remember the day when Sandy Koufax, playing for the Dodgers, announced his electrifying decision to sit out a 1965 World Series game on Yom Kippur.  Koufax’s action...

  • ProPublica: Sherman may have tried to sway Calif. redistricting panel

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 25, 2011 | 7:06 am

    The redistricting panel that redrew California’s political boundaries earlier this year was created by ballot initiative in an effort to ensure that voters choose their politicians and not the other way around. But as noted in an earlier entry on this blog, a recent ProPublica...

  • Did Democrats dupe California’s redistricting panel and set up the Berman v. Sherman race?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 23, 2011 | 7:55 am

    UPDATE: The ProPublica reporters behind this story have answered some of my questions as well as those from other readers. Read their full update here.

    As a journalist working at a nonprofit news organization, I have a good deal of appreciation for what the reporters at ProPublica...

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  • Opinion: What redistricting could mean for Jews, Asian-Americans

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 19, 2011 | 5:16 pm

    The redistricting process going on at the state, county and city levels is a major signpost of changing power for Jews and Asian-Americans in the Southland. While nearly twice as many Asian-Americans as Jews live in the City and County of Los Angeles, Asian-Americans have had a much...

  • Big money, a game of chicken, and Wikipedia smears: a month in the Berman v. Sherman race

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 12, 2011 | 6:31 pm

    In the time since this blog first launched, media outlets have continued beating the bushes for news on the developing race between Rep. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks). As a result of this year’s citizen-led redistricting process, the...

  • Introducing the Berman v. Sherman blog

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 15, 2011 | 6:49 pm

    Is the race between Jewish incumbent democratic congressmen Howard Berman and Brad Sherman splitting the Jewish community in two?

    That was the question posed to me by a correspondent from CNN earlier this week. And while the short answer is no (or at least not yet), a longer answer...

  • The Berman v. Sherman race—so far

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 15, 2011 | 5:16 pm

    For those who want to catch up on the Jewish Journal’s coverage of the race between Reps. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) and Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) in California’s newly drawn 30th congressional district, here’s a roundup of the articles and entries we’ve...

  • Berman and Sherman react differently to Obama’s speech

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 8, 2011 | 7:11 pm

    Anyone who thinks that one long-time incumbent Democrat is the same as any other might want to take a look at the reactions of Rep. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) to President Obama’s speech this evening.

    Sherman and Berman have both...

  • Howard Berman Announces Five Endorsements

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 31, 2011 | 9:48 am

    In a release emailed to the Jewish Journal this morning, Rep. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) has announced endorsements from five well-known California Democrats in his bid for reelection in the newly redrawn 30th congressional district in the West San Fernando Valley.

    Gov....

  • Sherman releases poll showing early lead; “Dewey beats Truman,” counters Berman

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 23, 2011 | 6:20 pm

    The 2012 congressional race between Rep. Brad Sherman and Rep. Howard Berman, the two long-standing Jewish Democratic incumbents both laying claim to the heavily Democratic (and mostly white) 30th Congressional district in the West San Fernando Valley, has officially begun.

    On...

  • Md. redistricting hearing changed for Shabbat

    August 11, 2011 | 12:41 pm

    A hearing to discuss political redistricting in the Baltimore area was rescheduled to accommodate Jewish Sabbath observers.

    Twelve public meetings were scheduled throughout the state to allow input from residents into the congressional and legislative redistricting. The two meetings...

  • New coalitions: The politics of redistricting

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 10, 2011 | 10:51 am

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, who govern the most populous county in America, are entering a critical debate over redistricting that pits Latino empowerment against the stability of district lines. The nature of the board’s majority is also at stake.

    Los Angeles...

  • Orthodox leaders appear to sway redistricting panel

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 9, 2011 | 6:35 pm

    The effort by three local Orthodox community leaders to convince California’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission to include a bigger chunk of one of Los Angeles’ most densely packed Orthodox neighborhoods into an Assembly district that includes many other Orthodox...

  • Bill Clinton, state and local officials endorse Sherman in contested West Valley district

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 5, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    The competition between two Jewish Democratic incumbents for the newly redrawn 30th Congressional district in the West San Fernando Valley is heating up.

    On August 5, Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) released a list of more than 100 political and community leaders endorsing his...

  • Letters to the Editor: Norway, Jacob Dayan, Redistricting

    August 2, 2011 | 6:07 pm

    Christian Hate Claims Jewish Roots

    While Rob Eshman makes an important and necessary argument in his editorial, he misses a serious point (“Web of Evil,” July 29). Fundamentalist, right-wing Christian extremists can claim brotherhood with Zionist Jews because their perception...

  • Jewish Journal writer talks Calif. redistricting on KCRW

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 2, 2011 | 11:20 am

    Last night, I spoke with KCRW’s Warren Olney on “Which Way, L.A.?” about California’s citizen-led redistricting process.

    The program included observations from journalists and consultants who have been watching the work of the Golden State’s new commission, which unveiled...

  • Updated: Pico-Robertson and Valley Village Each Face Splitting in California Redistricting

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 20, 2011 | 4:54 pm

    New Congressional and State Assembly district maps released this week by California’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission show that the panel is considering lines that divide two neighborhoods that are home to many of Los Angeles’ Orthodox Jewish residents.

    In a working draft...

  • Berman vs. Sherman?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 19, 2011 | 5:58 pm

    Over the past two months, political observers have been keeping close watch on draft maps being released by California’s new, citizen-led redistricting panel. Though Jewish leaders haven’t been actively lobbying the Citizens Redistricting Commission on behalf of the community...

  • Citizens redistricting commission: (Almost) no Jews involved

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 19, 2011 | 5:57 pm

    Stanley Treitel, 66, is Orthodox, lives in Hancock Park and is one of the few Jewish Californians to have made a direct pitch to the state’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission on behalf of Jewish interests.

    He went to Culver City’s City Hall on June 16 hoping to tell the...

  • Berman and Sherman may face off in newly drawn districts

    By  Tom Tugend

    June 10, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    Two of the most influential Jewish congressmen in local and national politics may face each other in the 2012 elections, based on the initial draft of California’s new political map, released Friday by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

    The report released Friday...

  • California Jewish Voters Guide: Views on state and local issues split on party lines

    By Tom Tugend

    October 30, 2008 | 2:50 am

    The presidential race is garnering most of the headlines, but there's plenty of emotional energy -- and money -- left to lavish on the 12 statewide propositions on the California ballot, plus various city and county initiatives.

    As in the top of the ballot contest between Sens....
  • A Map Is a Mirror

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    No one said redistricting is fun. But this once-a-decade political ritual does provide a mirror to how much leverage a community has, or lacks.

    In the case of the proposed map for the Los Angeles City Council, this time the mirror says what many in our community are still reluctant...

  • Outside the Lines

    By Mike Levy

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The political battles over redistricting caused a brief but nasty showdown between two prominent California Jewish politicians.

    The conflict began earlier this month when a proposed redistricting plan, which has since been changed, moved as much as 60 percent of Rep. Brad Sherman's...

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