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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1990
As a Jew who consistently votes Democrat, I was interested to find a Lerner article on the Op-Ed Page. After all, Lerner professes to speak for a large portion of the liberal Jewish population. However, after reading his sweeping critique of everything from capitalism to dieting, I would find it hard to believe that he speaks for more than just a few people. Lerner attempted an impossible task by trying to spell out his world view in the short space of a newspaper column. He compensated for the lack of space by leaving many of his key terms undefined, and simplistically splitting the world into two groups.
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NATIONAL
March 26, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - The head of the Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday that it would take years to turn over all the documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight and Government Reform committee in its investigation of the IRS' alleged targeting of conservative groups. During a confrontational hearing, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said he needed more time to comply with the committee's request for the email correspondence of Lois Lerner, a former IRS official in charge of the agency's nonprofit division.
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OPINION
October 18, 1992
I was very pleased to read Michael Lerner's "Perspective on Jewish Life" (Commentary, Oct. 5-6). Lerner effectively challenges the myths that the American Jewish community is either apathetic or politically and religiously right wing. Sexism has no part in the Judaism that some of us practice today and we are working so that it will play no part in the Judaism of our daughters and sons. Here in Los Angeles, the third largest Jewish community in the world, the American Jewish Congress has created the Jewish Feminist Center.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The Hollywood Hills West estate of Micheline Muselli Lerner, a former wife of lyricist and playwright Alan Jay Lerner, has sold for $6.5 million. The French-style house, designed by noted architect John Elgin Woolf and built in 1939, sits behind gates and hedges on a 1.4-acre promontory with city and ocean views. Features include a center hall, four fireplaces, an office, maid's quarters, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and 3,776 square feet of living space. Muselli Lerner became an attorney at 20 in France and worked with the Resistance during the German occupation in World War II as a criminal defense lawyer.
OPINION
April 30, 2002
The suggestion by Michael Lerner ("Israel's Jewish Critics Aren't 'Self-Hating,'" Opinion, April 28) that he has been labeled a self-hating Jew is a red herring intended to divert attention from his distortion of the facts. Lerner states that Ehud Barak acted in bad faith during the Camp David negotiations and then reverses himself by writing that at Taba the parties were close to agreement. He neglects to add that after those negotiations Yasser Arafat started hostilities. He writes that Barak did not address the refugee issue; there was an offer of compensation with the resettlement of an agreed number of refugees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1992
In rejoicing over the election victory of Rabin and the Labor Party, Lerner makes a relevant point and misleads with a wild exaggeration about the American Jewish community. The Israeli election certainly is a demonstration of that nation's vital democracy and of its people's determination to move the peace process forward. Lerner's claim, however, that American Jews are led by "fund-raisers and large donors" who have not supported the peace process is rank nonsense. Every poll done on American Jewish leadership over the last years has shown a wide variety of views with a majority supportive of peace negotiations.
BUSINESS
May 10, 1989
Limited Inc.: The women's apparel retailer's first-quarter profit jumped 89% to $45.2 million on a 19% increase in sales to $964.6 million. Limited, based in Columbus, Ohio, said the performance was the result of a strong effort to control costs. Limited owns Lerner and Express fashion stores, Victoria's Secret, Lane Bryant and Abercrombie & Fitch.
BOOKS
January 27, 1991
There are two sets of limitations on any review: those of the work under consideration, and those of the writer reviewing it. Whatever the merits or lack of them of my biography of Lerner and Loewe ("Inventing Champagne"), Stefan Kanfer in his review of it in the Nov. 18 issue displays a remarkably full set of limitations, including arrogance, ignorance, inability to spell, and inability to read. Mr. Kanfer writes that out of the differences of character between Lerner and Loewe "arose a creative tension that produced 'Brigadoon' and the lesser 'Love Life' before the team crested with 'My Fair Lady.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1998
Michael Lerner's April 12 Column Left mischaracterizes both the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy and the position taken by more than 80% of the Senate. The letter 81 senators--including members of the Democratic leadership--sent to President Clinton urged him to "continue our critical role as facilitator" of direct negotiations between the parties and cautioned against public pressure on Israel, because pressure would be "counterproductive" to furthering peace. Nor was the possibility of such pressure invented by the senators or by AIPAC.
NATIONAL
May 24, 2013 | By Joseph Tanfani, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service has replaced the head of the office under fire for improperly targeting conservative groups, a day after she invoked the 5th Amendment and refused to answer questions before a congressional committee. Lois Lerner was suspended Thursday from her job as head of the IRS office of exempt organizations, the unit that polices charities and other nonprofits that get tax-exempt status. In an email to agency employees, acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel said he had chosen Ken Corbin as Lerner's replacement.
NATIONAL
May 22, 2013 | By Joseph Tanfani, Richard Simon and Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In a contentious climax Wednesday to a series of congressional hearings, Lois Lerner, a key IRS manager, invoked her right to not testify about the agency's targeting of conservative groups, igniting howls from Republicans and sparking a threat to bring her back for another round. Deprived of a crucial witness, members of Congress from both parties alternately grilled and scolded former Commissioner Douglas Shulman about the Internal Revenue Service's improper screening of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
NATIONAL
May 21, 2013 | By Joseph Tanfani, Richard Simon and Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - As the Internal Revenue Service's last two directors struggled to provide answers Tuesday about the agency's improper scrutiny of conservative groups, a lawyer for another key IRS official said she would invoke the 5th Amendment rather than answer questions about the screening and why she didn't tell Congress about it. Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, will assert her right against self-incrimination during her...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2013 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Gerda Lerner spent her 18th birthday in a Nazi prison in Vienna and feared that birthday would be her last. Her jailers meant to starve her, but her cellmates - two gentile women imprisoned for their anti-fascist views - shared their rations and kept her strong. "They taught me how to survive," Lerner reflected decades later about the women who fed her until she was freed. "Everything I needed to get through the rest of my life I learned in jail in those six weeks. " Her memories of oppression and the crucial bonds with other women shaped the life she created in America, where she became a leader of a new field of history.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2011 | By Dima Alzayat, Los Angeles Times
On the outskirts of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, a 75-acre former communist-era studio will soon draw a contingent of Hollywood heavies including Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The testosterone-heavy ensemble will gather at Nu Boyana Film Studios on Sept. 19 to begin filming the second installment of "The Expendables," the hit movie about an elite group of mercenaries that garnered $275 million at the box office last year.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2010 | By Claudia Eller, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Producer and financier Avi Lerner has been a fixture on the low-budget independent movie scene for decades and claims involvement in more than 350 films ? many that landed directly on video-store shelves. With his crop of white hair and equally thick Israeli accent, Lerner is known as a producer of testosterone-fueled action pictures who recently has invested in more high-profile titles such as the recent hit "The Expendables," starring and directed by Sylvester Stallone.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
The Mods & Rockers Film Festival returns to the American Cinematheque's Egyptian and Aero theaters for its 12th annual outing, this year celebrating the work of Oscar-winning documentarian Murray Lerner ("From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China"). Opening the four-day retrospective Thursday evening at the Egyptian is a 40th anniversary salute to the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, the largest rock fest of that era and site of the last major performances by Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison.
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