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  • No Divorce

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Valley will rise again, even if we have to sue: that was the vow of secessionists as the measure to breakup the City of Los Angeles went down in defeat, winning by a narrow margin in the San Fernando Valley but losing in the citywide vote.

    But supporters of the breakaway effort...

  • Valley Races That Also Matter

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    With the spotlight on secession for the past few months, it is almost easy to forget that there are major political races involving Jewish candidates in the San Fernando Valley.

    The most significant battle is the one being waged in the 27th U.S. House District. Rep. Brad Sherman...

  • Loss for Jews if Secession Wins

    By Jack Weiss

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The question has been posed to me frequently over the past several months: Is Valley secession "good for the Jews?"

    Truthfully, it's a difficult question to answer. Other current matters are easier to address. Is President Bush good for the Jews? Prime Minister Ariel Sharon certainly...

  • The Final Push

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In the final days before the Nov. 5 election, secession supporters are facing a tough battle. The latest public opinion poll shows Valley voters backing Measure F, which would create a separate city, by a narrow margin.

    A Los Angeles Times Poll earlier this month found only 42...

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  • Valley Jew/City Jew

    By Rob Eshman

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Why is it that the majority of Jews in Los Angeles and in the San Fernando Valley oppose secession?

    The most recent poll that counted Jewish voters, conducted last July by the Los Angeles Times, found that 57 percent of Jewish voters opposed secession and 34 percent said they were...

  • Can Bob Hertzberg Save L.A.?

    By Joel Kotkin

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On a drizzly morning, with the city just opening its eyes, Bob Hertzberg is sitting at Solley's Delicatessen in Sherman Oaks. Even before having his coffee, he seems animated, even agitated, by his great new project: how to save Los Angeles.

    To Hertzberg, speaker emeritus of the...

  • Unwanted: City Breakup

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    If the election were held today, secession would fail -- at least among Jewish voters, according to a recent Los Angeles Times Poll.

    Jewish voters are strongly against secession, more so than any other religious group, according to the July 2 poll. Out of 1,291 total voters surveyed...

  • Valley Secession: An Inside Look

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Zev Yaroslavsky has served on the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) since its inception in 1998. This experience, plus eight years as a Los Angeles County supervisor representing both sides of the Santa Monica Mountains, and a councilman before that, has made him one of the...

  • Low Profile, High Impact

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It is tough to estimate current public opinion regarding Valley secession. In the two years since the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) began its investigation into the possibility of secession, the world and the people of Los Angeles have radically changed their priorities....

  • Valley Secession: Better for Jews?

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For the Jewish community, like the rest of Los Angeles, the issue of Valley secession boils down to one key question: Will we be better off after secession than we are now?

    Some officials predict that secession would actually make very little difference to the Jewish community. In...

  • Secession Won’t Work

    By Mike Feuer

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Last month, the ground lurched beneath the crowd trying to split the San Fernando Valley from the rest of Los Angeles. The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) determining whether and how breakup proposals reach the ballot, turned the rallying cry of Valley secessionists on its...

  • Morality of Secession

    By Julie G Fax

    July 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Mark Diamond sits with Lutherans, Catholics and Baptists to weigh the social and moral ramifications of Valley secession, he keeps in mind an idea from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: "I am against the word politician. I have great respect for the word statesman.......

  • Uniting Community

    By Rabbi Stewart L. Vogel

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As the Jewish community gathers for the Valley Jewish Festival, we must ask ourselves whether there is, in fact, a Los Angeles Jewish community to speak of. If we define community as "a group of people defined by a geographical area," then we can refer to the Jewish community of Los...

  • Too Close to Call

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Fangs bared and chests thrust out, the competitors stepped into the ring and proceeded to demolish each other in ways both fair and unfair.

    Was it the World Wrestling Federation? No, just another debate on Valley secession.

    Last week, the Anti-Defamation League invited representatives...

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