CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2012 |
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 |
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.
March 31, 2006 |
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.
HOME & GARDEN
March 9, 2006 |
"IS your midcentury heart all aquiver?" one guest asked L.A. designer Michael Berman at the opening of the Ralph Pucci showroom last week. Whose heart wouldn't be? Pucci, above, brings the work of two great living modernists -- Denmark's Jens Risom and Manhattanite Vladimir Kagan -- and 11 others to a 9,000-square-foot space in the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.
February 9, 2003 |
Elizabeth Paige Smith "My work often takes its inspirations from nature, which I then create in a synthetic material. I'm trying to combine the organic and man-made in a harmonious balance." the look: Modern Organic inspirations: "The shape of a bird's beak, E-type Jaguars, the back of a woman's knee." favorite materials: Molded fiberglass, resin, acrylic, fishnets and resin powder pigments.
March 21, 2002 |
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.