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THE818NOW
January 3, 2012
Michael Dukakis, the former Massachusetts governor who was the 1988  Democratic nominee for president, is lending a hand to Rep. Brad Sherman, who is locked in a fierce battle for the same newly drawn San Fernando Valley congressional district seat as fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman. Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, are scheduled to be the featured guests at a dinner and “evening of political discussion” to raise money for Sherman, his campaign announced this week. The event will take place  Jan. 19 at a home in Studio City.
THE818NOW
April 20, 2012
Rep. Brad Sherman's political consultant thought he smelled a rat when he uncovered what he considered evidence of some possible - and illegal - collusion between  rival Howard Berman's campaign and one of the “super PACs” that have formed to support Berman in the costly clash between the two Democratic congressmen for a single San Fernando Valley district seat. Combing through the most recent campaign finance records filed with the Federal Election Commission, Sherman chief consultant Parke Skelton noticed that the Berman campaign had made payments to the same consultant used by the super PAC Committee to Elect an Effective Valley Congressman, one of at least two such organizations favoring Berman.  Super PACs may collect and spend unlimited amounts to  oppose or help elect candidates so long as their efforts are “independent” and they do not coordinate with the candidate's campaign.
NEWS
November 6, 2012
Brad Sherman holds a significant, but early, lead over fellow Democrat Howard Berman in what has been a bruising internecine battle for the 30th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  With only a few precincts and absentee ballots counted Tuesday evening, Sherman has 21,405 votes to Berman's 15,163, according to the California Secretary of State. The two finished first and second, respectively, in under California's new open primary system, setting up the general election showdown.  The fierce campaign between for the San Fernando Valley congressional seat recently surpassed the $13-million mark for spending, making it among the costliest House races in the country, according to new campaign finance reports.
THE818NOW
November 9, 2011
Results are in for an early test of grass-roots party support in the high-decibel clash between Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, and the advantage goes to Sherman. The Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley voted Monday night to back Sherman, of Sherman Oaks, over his longer-serving colleague, Berman, of Valley Village, in next year's election for the newly drawn 30th Congressional District. Politics watchers are expecting this intraparty fight to become one of the costliest House races in history.
THE818NOW
January 12, 2012
Organized labor is divided when it comes to having to choose between two of its longtime allies, Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman, who are competing for the same newly drawn San Fernando Valley congressional district seat. On Wednesday, Berman scored the endorsement of Service Employees International Union California, which represents some 700,000 janitors, social and healthcare workers, and school, city, county and state employees. Earlier, Berman had announced backing from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States.
THE818NOW
November 15, 2011
Labor groups are continuing to choose sides in some of next year's hot congressional contests: --The  California Assn. for Professional Employees has decided to back Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) over Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) for the newly drawn 30 th District, in what many expect will become one of the costliest, hardest fought House races in history. Continue reading > > -- Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times Photo: Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks)
THE818NOW
February 13, 2012
Rep Howard L. Bermancalled the decision of the 30 th Congressional District caucus not to endorse a candidate at the California Democrats State Convention "just and appropriate" as he and fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks fight for the newly drawn San Fernando Valley district. In a statement issued after the caucus this weekend, Berman said the race would rest on each candidate's merits. “Tonight's outcome was just and appropriate," Berman said.
THE818NOW
April 10, 2012
Brad Sherman and Howard Berman could hardly be accused of ducking debates.  The veteran Democratic congressmen,  vying for the same San Fernando Valley seat in the House of Representatives,  have met to argue their cases at least five times since the first of the year.  Next up is  a candidates debate Thursday in Granada Hills, starting at 7 p.m. at the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences.  After that, there's an April 30 forum at Cal State Northridge. ...
THE818NOW
January 25, 2012
Rep. Howard Berman, locked in a contentious race  with fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Shermanfor the same San Fernando Valley congressional district seat, isn't  on hand for the president's State of Union  speech tonight.   His staff says he's right here in L.A.,  mixing work with a little campaigning. While many members of Congress from both sides of the aisle  attend the annual speech and often comment  on it afterward, that's never been Berman's style, said Gene Smith, who retired from Berman's House staff  and took on a new role as his campaign manager.
NEWS
May 1, 2012
Four of the six candidates in what is widely known as the Berman-Sherman congressional race squared off Monday night, thanks to the Associated Students of Cal State Northridge's Big Politics series. Besides Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman, who are engaged in a nationally watched, high-spending contest for a San Fernando Valley seat, Republicans Susan Shelley and Mark Reed participated in the candidates' forum at the Valley Performing Arts Center.  Forum planners said they invited the "leading" candidates, which meant no spot on stage for Democrat Vince Gilmore or Republican Navraj Singh.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | February 7, 2013
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and the Los Angeles Congressional delegation urged the National Park Service on Wednesday to make sure its proposed plan to place the so-called Rim of the Valley in the national parks system incorporates both urban recreational uses and habitat preservation. A study looking at the proposed Rim of the Valley contains two preliminary options for adding all or some of the mountains encircling the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo valleys to the parks system.
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NEWS
November 6, 2012
Brad Sherman holds a significant, but early, lead over fellow Democrat Howard Berman in what has been a bruising internecine battle for the 30th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  With only a few precincts and absentee ballots counted Tuesday evening, Sherman has 21,405 votes to Berman's 15,163, according to the California Secretary of State. The two finished first and second, respectively, in under California's new open primary system, setting up the general election showdown.  The fierce campaign between for the San Fernando Valley congressional seat recently surpassed the $13-million mark for spending, making it among the costliest House races in the country, according to new campaign finance reports.
NEWS
May 1, 2012
Four of the six candidates in what is widely known as the Berman-Sherman congressional race squared off Monday night, thanks to the Associated Students of Cal State Northridge's Big Politics series. Besides Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman, who are engaged in a nationally watched, high-spending contest for a San Fernando Valley seat, Republicans Susan Shelley and Mark Reed participated in the candidates' forum at the Valley Performing Arts Center.  Forum planners said they invited the "leading" candidates, which meant no spot on stage for Democrat Vince Gilmore or Republican Navraj Singh.
THE818NOW
April 20, 2012
Rep. Brad Sherman's political consultant thought he smelled a rat when he uncovered what he considered evidence of some possible - and illegal - collusion between  rival Howard Berman's campaign and one of the “super PACs” that have formed to support Berman in the costly clash between the two Democratic congressmen for a single San Fernando Valley district seat. Combing through the most recent campaign finance records filed with the Federal Election Commission, Sherman chief consultant Parke Skelton noticed that the Berman campaign had made payments to the same consultant used by the super PAC Committee to Elect an Effective Valley Congressman, one of at least two such organizations favoring Berman.  Super PACs may collect and spend unlimited amounts to  oppose or help elect candidates so long as their efforts are “independent” and they do not coordinate with the candidate's campaign.
THE818NOW
April 18, 2012
Saying voters are entitled to know whether their elected officials are “paying our fair share,” Rep. Brad Sherman(D-Sherman Oaks) on Tuesday released copies of his 2011  federal income tax returns - and challenged his main rival to do the same. “I believe it is extremely important to demonstrate my commitment to transparency during a time of rising cynicism about whether  our nation's political leaders are paying their fair share in taxes,” Sherman said. Sherman is engaged in a tough reelection battle with Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village)
THE818NOW
April 17, 2012
Two veteran congressmen fighting for their political lives have amassed millions as they battle for a single San Fernando Valley seat, dwarfing the war chests in most other hot House races in Southern California this year. Rep. Howard Berman has out-raised fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman recently, but Sherman had more cash left to spend - about $4 million to Berman's nearly $2.5 million - new campaign filings show. A "super PAC" that supports Berman's candidacy reported large contributions from two Los Angeles-area business titans, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission . Sherman started the race for the newly drawn, strongly Democratic district well ahead of Berman, having stockpiled cash from earlier campaigns.
THE818NOW
April 13, 2012
Susan Shelley, one of three Republicans in an election battle dominated by Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman, scored a big-name endorsement recently -- that of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. “We believe you will be an excellent representative for taxpayers,”  Jarvis leader Kris Vosburgh wrote in a letter informing Shelley  of backing by the group's political action committee. The association is  named after the late leader of the “taxpayers revolt” that resulted in voters' approving the property levy-slashing Proposition 13 in 1978, and its endorsement is often coveted by candidates describing themselves as fiscally conservative.
THE818NOW
April 10, 2012
Brad Sherman and Howard Berman could hardly be accused of ducking debates.  The veteran Democratic congressmen,  vying for the same San Fernando Valley seat in the House of Representatives,  have met to argue their cases at least five times since the first of the year.  Next up is  a candidates debate Thursday in Granada Hills, starting at 7 p.m. at the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences.  After that, there's an April 30 forum at Cal State Northridge. ...
THE818NOW
April 3, 2012
Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman aren't the only ones throwing brickbats at each other in the  contentious race for a newly drawn San Fernando Valley congressional district seat - the two lesser-known Republicansin the contest are slugging it out too. Things heated up when Susan Shelley, a writer who calls herself a social moderate, released Los Angeles Superior Court documents about conservative businessman/rancher/actor Mark Reed's...
NEWS
March 12, 2012
Don't look now, but the national pastime has just become fodder for one of the hottest political contests in town - the race between Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman for a San Fernando Valley congressional seat. Both candidates made appearances at separate Little League opening day ceremonies Saturday morning. First up was Sherman, who rose early to help the Sunrise Little League celebrate the start of its season  in Woodland Hills. A couple of hours later, Berman joined former Dodger great Ron Cey  in Sherman Oaks, where the Sherman Oaks Little League was kicking off its season and celebrating its 60 th year.
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