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March 21, 2002 | EMILY YOUNG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Michael Berman was driving through mid-Wilshire when he came across a 1960s French Provincial sofa abandoned in an alley. To most people, it would have been a castoff destined for the dump. But to Berman--a design alchemist who transmutes old classics into new ones--it was loaded with potential. So despite the big brass casters and mustard-yellow brocade that screamed utter cluelessness, Berman hauled the sofa back to his workroom.
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November 7, 2012 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
After three decades near the top of the political firmament in Los Angeles and Washington, Democratic lion Howard Berman is leaving Congress, a casualty of California's new political landscape. Fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman defeated Berman 60%-39% Tuesday in a highly contentious, multimillion-dollar battle for a San Fernando Valley seat. It marked the only election loss ever for the 71-year-old Berman, who won his first race, for state Assembly, by ousting a longtime Republican incumbent in 1972.
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NEWS
August 14, 2000 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Today, when Michael Berman takes his place on the center stage of Staples Center, parking himself for the duration of the convention in the second to last chair, stage right, a kind of final chapter will commence in the life of a longtime Democratic loyalist. Or so Berman is promising. The 61-year-old attorney, lobbyist and Democratic activist has no official title at this year's Democratic National Convention.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2012 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
It's the latest twist in an increasingly vitriolic campaign for Congress: Rep. Brad Sherman is going after payments made to the brother of his rival, fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman. In a complaint filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission, the Sherman campaign alleges that Berman vastly, and illegally, overpaid Michael Berman or his political consulting firm for campaign services during two decades in which the congressman faced only token reelection challenges and spent relatively little to reach voters.
MAGAZINE
March 29, 1992 | ALAN C. MILLER, Alan C. Miller is a Times staff writer based in Washington
IT'S D-DAY ON THE REAPPORTIONMENT FRONT. A STATE SUPREME Court-appointed panel has released its proposed election districts. Michael Berman, a brilliant, blunt Democratic political consultant, is ensconced in his Beverly Hills office, located on the second floor of a nondescript high-rise. As usual, Berman, cigarette in hand, is disheveled, preoccupied. Fax machines clicketyclack with maps and demographic information. Phones ring nonstop.
NEWS
August 9, 1988 | BILL BOYARSKY, Times City-County Bureau Chief
Two political consultants have told Los Angeles City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky that he will lose to Tom Bradley in the mayoral election next year unless he becomes an uncompromising foe of overdevelopment, learns to smile more and improves his fund raising, especially among his fellow Jews.
MAGAZINE
May 3, 1992
Bereft of their own ideals, Michael and Howard Berman use any politically correct notion to widen their influence among that circle of government types that Ayn Rand referred to as "the aristocracy of pull" ("Mr. Inside & Mr. Outside," by Alan C. Miller, March 29). Michael Berman's advice to mayoral wanna-be Zev Yaroslavsky--"Hug every tree, moon every mountain, stop every building"--reveals the bankruptcy of environmentalism and the motives of its advocates. Rarely do voters have an opportunity to see raw power lust exhibited openly.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 1997
Neil Patrick Harris states that musicals of "mindless fluff [give] the theatrical medium a bad name" ("The Post-Whiz Kid Phase," by Jan Breslauer," Aug. 31). Silly me. I thought one goes to the theater to be entertained, but I guess I don't have the mature understanding he does of the "theatrical medium." I've seen "Rent." First and foremost, I was entertained. I apologize for taking the experience so lightly. MICHAEL BERMAN Hollywood
NEWS
July 14, 1996 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pandro S. Berman, producer of four decades of landmark movies including "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "The Blackboard Jungle" and "Butterfield 8," died Saturday. He was 91. Berman, who began his studio career at 18 and produced his first film at 24, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills, according to his son, Michael Berman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2012 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
It's the latest twist in an increasingly vitriolic campaign for Congress: Rep. Brad Sherman is going after payments made to the brother of his rival, fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman. In a complaint filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission, the Sherman campaign alleges that Berman vastly, and illegally, overpaid Michael Berman or his political consulting firm for campaign services during two decades in which the congressman faced only token reelection challenges and spent relatively little to reach voters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2012 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
After decades of cruising effortlessly to reelection, dignified, statesmanlike and unruffled, Rep. Howard Berman has come out swinging against fellow San Fernando Valley Democrat and congressional colleague Brad Sherman in the fight over which man gets to stay in Congress. First came a website knocking Sherman's record: Just three bills passed in 15 years, two of them to rename post offices, it declared. Then Berman rounded up a seasoned Washington hand to pile on, telling reporters last week that Sherman had indulged in "fantasies" about his role in reforming the nation's troubled financial institutions (nonsense, said Sherman's campaign; his role was well documented)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2012 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Brad Sherman's reelection campaign is asking federal authorities to investigate what it says is improper coordination between his main rival, fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman, and a "super PAC" formed to support Berman in the nationally watched contest. In a complaint planned for delivery to the Federal Election Commission on Monday, Sherman campaign manager Scott Abrams alleges that a Berman operative did not wait the required 120 days between working for the Berman campaign and contracting with the super PAC. Such fundraising groups, which emerged as a controversial factor in the presidential primary contest, can collect unlimited amounts of money to use in support of, or opposition to, specific candidates.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2006 | Faye Fiore, Times Staff Writer
Michael Berman is a Democratic loyalist and lawyer who has helped organize 10 presidential nominating conventions, worked on 11 presidential campaigns and served two presidents. He is also a man known to eat an entire salami, 2 pounds of chocolate or a 40-ounce steak in a single sitting. Once during a starvation diet in a hospital, he hallucinated cheeseburgers. He has weighed as much as 337 pounds. Berman came to Washington 40 years ago with two addictions: politics and food.
NEWS
March 21, 2002 | EMILY YOUNG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Michael Berman was driving through mid-Wilshire when he came across a 1960s French Provincial sofa abandoned in an alley. To most people, it would have been a castoff destined for the dump. But to Berman--a design alchemist who transmutes old classics into new ones--it was loaded with potential. So despite the big brass casters and mustard-yellow brocade that screamed utter cluelessness, Berman hauled the sofa back to his workroom.
NEWS
August 14, 2000 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Today, when Michael Berman takes his place on the center stage of Staples Center, parking himself for the duration of the convention in the second to last chair, stage right, a kind of final chapter will commence in the life of a longtime Democratic loyalist. Or so Berman is promising. The 61-year-old attorney, lobbyist and Democratic activist has no official title at this year's Democratic National Convention.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 1997
Neil Patrick Harris states that musicals of "mindless fluff [give] the theatrical medium a bad name" ("The Post-Whiz Kid Phase," by Jan Breslauer," Aug. 31). Silly me. I thought one goes to the theater to be entertained, but I guess I don't have the mature understanding he does of the "theatrical medium." I've seen "Rent." First and foremost, I was entertained. I apologize for taking the experience so lightly. MICHAEL BERMAN Hollywood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1988 | TED VOLLMER and BILL BOYARSKY, Times Staff Writers
Trying to repair the damage caused by memos that forced him to divorce himself from the two men who had been guiding his political career, Los Angeles City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky Wednesday moved to keep alive his quest for the mayor's office by hiring a full-time campaign adviser. Yaroslavsky also sought to appease an angry Mayor Tom Bradley, whose IQ was derided in the memo, telephoning the mayor in Hawaii.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2012 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
After three decades near the top of the political firmament in Los Angeles and Washington, Democratic lion Howard Berman is leaving Congress, a casualty of California's new political landscape. Fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman defeated Berman 60%-39% Tuesday in a highly contentious, multimillion-dollar battle for a San Fernando Valley seat. It marked the only election loss ever for the 71-year-old Berman, who won his first race, for state Assembly, by ousting a longtime Republican incumbent in 1972.
NEWS
July 14, 1996 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pandro S. Berman, producer of four decades of landmark movies including "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "The Blackboard Jungle" and "Butterfield 8," died Saturday. He was 91. Berman, who began his studio career at 18 and produced his first film at 24, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills, according to his son, Michael Berman.
NEWS
May 22, 1994 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheila James Kuehl, a Westside Democrat running for the state Assembly, recently made a pilgrimage to the Beverly Hills offices of BAD Campaigns. Kuehl, a women's rights attorney who played Zelda Gilroy on the old "Dobie Gillis" television show, was seeking support from the two political consultants for whom BAD is named--Michael Berman and Carl D'Agostino. For good reason. BAD is the operational arm of the Westside political organization headed by Berman's brother, Rep. Howard L.
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