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February 2, 2012 | Jean Merl and Anthony York
The public got an early look this week at the money behind the candidates in this year's pivotal California elections. Contributions are rolling in for contestants in some of the state's hottest races for Congress and the Legislature, according to campaign reports filed with federal and state authorities. In addition, the governor is raising money for a tax measure he hopes to place on the November ballot. In what is expected to be one of the costliest, most watched House races in the country this year, Rep. Howard Berman of Valley Village is vying with fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks for a newly drawn San Fernando Valley district.
November 9, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger and Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
A new "super PAC" emerged this month to back the candidacy of Rep. Howard Berman, the California Democrat who faces a tough reelection battle in part because he must compete with a neighboring San Fernando Valley Democrat, Rep. Brad Sherman, for a newly redrawn congressional seat. The new super PAC, set up through a California law firm, may be yet another sign of the wave of money that will hit not only Berman's race, but others as well. Details of the new super PAC, called the Valley-Israel Alliance, were hard to come by but its very existence, on top of a handful of others, may signal new power for these "super" groups -- that can accept unlimited donations from individuals, corporations and unions.
October 7, 2011
Party: Democratic Age: 70. Born April 15, 1941, in Los Angeles Residence: Valley Village Family: Married to Janis Berman; two grown daughters Education: B.A., UCLA 1962; law degree, UCLA 1965 Public offices held: Member of California Assembly from 1973 to 1982; U.S. Representative from 1983 to present Quote: "Politicians talk all the time about what they want to do. To me, the best test...
October 7, 2011 | By Jean Merl and Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington -- Rep. Howard Berman hasn't had to fight for a job since Richard Nixon defeated George McGovern and M*A*S*H made its television debut. That was 1972, when he won a state Assembly seat in his first race. Now the 70-year-old Democrat and House veteran, one of California's most enduring politicians, is girding for a potentially bruising battle with a congressional colleague. New voting maps, drawn for the first time by a citizens commission instead of behind closed doors by self-interested lawmakers, melded Berman's San Fernando Valley district with that of Rep. Brad Sherman, 56, also a Democrat.
August 4, 2011
ART Dwayne Booth, the political cartoonist also known as Mr. Fish, is a ubiquitous presence in such venerable publications as Harper's, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic and many others, but is most frequently seen at Truthdig. In conjunction with the launch of his new book of cartoons and essays, "Go Fish: How to Win Contempt and Influence People," the Robert Berman Gallery will mount an exhibition of Mr. Fish's original drawings, prints and paintings, which also appear in the book. For the Saturday opening reception, he will be on hand to sign copies and discuss his work with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer.
July 29, 2011 | By Richard Simon and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Angelenos have long complained about the noise of helicopters hovering over Southern California neighborhoods — and one politician is hoping he can finally ensure some peace and quiet. Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village) introduced legislation Thursday targeting noise from low-flying helicopters above Los Angeles County's residential neighborhoods. Berman's Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act would require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish rules on flight paths and minimum altitudes for helicopter operations in those areas within a year of the bill's being signed into law. Exemptions would be allowed for emergency responders and the military.
May 26, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
A top House Democrat sees raw opportunism in Republican outrage over President Obama’s blueprint for a Middle East peace agreement. Rep. Howard Berman of California, the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, singled out Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, though he said Republicans more broadly are using the dust-up to try to make inroads into a Jewish community that typically votes Democratic. “The Republicans, in their never-ending quest to try and persuade Jews to shift their voting, have jumped on this to try to exacerbate that split,’’ Berman said in a Thursday morning interview.
December 31, 2010
Roy Neuberger, a co-founder of money manager Neuberger Berman who traded stocks until he was 101 and was a collector of such American artists as Jackson Pollock, Georgia O'Keeffe and Edward Hopper, has died. He was 107. He died of natural causes Friday at his New York City home, said his son James A. Neuberger. "He got to Wall Street in 1929, a few months before the crash. He was 25," his son said. "He worked every day until he was 99. " Neuberger bought about a thousand works of art over the years.
August 15, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Brooke Berman makes a left off Sunset Boulevard onto Larrabee and begins to recount, warmly, a home she once occupied in West Hollywood. "This was one of the best apartments I've had in L.A.," she says as we approach a place a few blocks from Book Soup, her tone suggesting a period of extended bliss. "I lived here for two months. " She pauses. "But it was a really awesome two months. " That doesn't sound like much time. But it constitutes a veritable long-term lease for Berman, a playwright, screenwriter and sort of urban Bedouin who has spent most of the last two decades hopscotching through neighborhoods in New York and Los Angeles.
August 11, 2010 | By Paul Richter and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
Iran, reacting to the cutoff of U.S. aid to the Lebanese military, told Lebanese officials Tuesday that it would make up the potential $100-million loss. The promise came one day after disclosures that Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.), chairwoman of the Appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations, decided to freeze the money because of concerns that the U.S. aid might be buying arms that could be turned against Israel.
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