Jewish Journal

  • Some feared Obama’s talk to kids was going to be political.  Instead, it was complete milk-toast

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    September 9, 2009 | 6:34 pm

    I was unable to see the President’s recent speech to the nation’s school children as it took place, but I did manage to watch portions of it on the evening’s news coverage.  As expected, the President delivered a message which urged school kids to take their work seriously, not... read on

  • A City in Need of Leaders

    By  David A. Lehrer

    September 9, 2009 | 3:13 pm

    I was on vacation for several weeks in August and have spent the past few days catching up on the local news that the International Herald Tribune didn’t cover.  It was in that process that I discovered the sad news that the Autry National Center, one of this city’s jewels, has... read on

  • Is California Governable—A Lively Debate

    By  David A. Lehrer

    September 3, 2009 | 6:39 pm

    In case you missed our recent broadcast program on the question of “Is California Governable?” you can listen to the both the KPCC broadcast and the subsequent Q&A session.

    Community Advocates hosted the discussion together with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy... read on

  • So-called “reverse racism” is after all … just plain old racism

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    August 31, 2009 | 7:24 pm

    Imagine, if you can, that white political elites in a major American city, with a majority white population, were openly attempting to unite voters behind keeping political power and control in the hands of whites, in the form of a white mayor.  “After all,” they’d say,... read on

  • California’s Future Is At Stake

    By  David A. Lehrer

    August 7, 2009 | 4:24 pm

    In this era of “spin” and media manipulation, it is rare to have the opportunity to transcend the fog of dissembling and get a glimpse of what really goes on in the world of politics and government.

    Next week, Community Advocates is co-hosting with the National Center for the... read on

  • Teachers Unions and Change—Again

    By  David A. Lehrer

    July 31, 2009 | 3:46 pm

    It must be in the air.

    Our blog of earlier this week about teachers unions and the forces—from Washington to Sacramento—that are pushing for serious reform is being echoed from some serious sources.

    We wrote,

    The weeks ahead will give us a clue as to where the priorities of local... read on

  • A Time for Introspection

    By  David A. Lehrer

    July 30, 2009 | 2:41 pm

    The story that blared across the nation’s newspapers and news networks about the arrest of Orthodox Jews on money laundering charges has struck a note of understandable concern in much of the Jewish world.

    Some of the concern has been focused on how the media reporting of the... read on

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