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.
September 23, 2011
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is suing her former treasurer and her campaign's bank for fraud and breach of contract, alleging that the bank was complicit in a massive fraud case that has rocked the political world. The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday against First California Bank, Feinstein's former treasurer Kinde Durkee and her company, Durkee & Associates. Durkee was arrested Sept. 2 on a federal fraud charge after allegedly embezzling possibly millions of dollars from her clients, who include Feinstein and many other prominent California Democrats.
September 3, 2010
Sunder Ramani failed to properly file fundraising reports earlier this year during his campaign for the 43rd Assembly District, but the state Fair Political Practices Commission did not issue a fine after concluding his campaign manager was unaware of the rules. In a letter to Ramani and campaign manager Pamela Corradi, the commission's enforcement division chief, Gary Winuk, wrote that they did not file 33 electronic reports of contributions of $1,000 or more electronically within the required 24 hours.
February 1, 2008
When Rostom Sarkissian landed in Glendale last week after an 11-day stint in Las Vegas, he was sick and exhausted. On Wednesday, he lost his job. The 18-hour days he spent in Sin City allowed for little beauty rest. But unlike the scores of gamblers and rabble-rousers who flock to the city looking for the elusive, easy buck, Sarkissian saw little casino time. Instead he spent most of his waking hours camped out in an office on the telephone, trying to persuade hundreds of strangers on the other end of the line to vote for presidential hopeful John Edwards.
September 7, 2005
With the special primary in the 48th Congressional District just four weeks away, wrangling a location and date for a candidates' forum and rounding up the 17 candidates running for the seat is no small feat. But at least five organizations have set up forums. Starting next week, candidates will be invited to explain their positions to voters on topics such as imported prescription drugs and the federal tax code. "I think it helps to get a sense of what the community is actually concerned and talking about," said James Vaughn, campaign manager for former Assemblywoman Marilyn Brewer.
March 16, 2005
Jackson Bell A Glendale City Council hopeful is back on the campaign trail after shattering a bone in his arm in a car crash and undergoing surgery last week. Vrej Agajanian, one of 18 candidates vying for a spot on the council dais, was back to campaigning and hosting his Armenian-language television show after spending four days in and out of local hospitals. "I just missed a few days, and hopefully I can make up for it," Agajanian, 53, said.
June 15, 2001
Jason C. Roe With Jim Rogan now out of elective office, spending time with his wife and twin daughters 3,000 miles away and about to join President Bush's administration, Will Rogers must be going through depression. I once naively thought his ranting hatred for Jim Rogan was due to political differences. Now I see it for what it is -- envy. Here was Rogan by age 40: L.A. County gang murder prosecutor; named one of the most effective DA's in California; youngest state court judge in California; elected presiding judge of the court; member of the state legislature; named No. 1 in integrity and effectiveness as Glendale's assemblyman; elected majority leader of the Assembly in his freshman term; member of Congress; prosecuted the first impeachment of a president in 130 years.
November 10, 2000
Will Rogers It had nothing to do with impeachment. I believe Rep. Jim Rogan knows that, as do his pollsters, his campaign staff and his congressional staff. If they don't, there's no better example of self delusion. Rogan claiming his role in impeachment explains his defeat is yet another symptom of why he lost, not the diagnosis. Impeachment generated outside interest in our local race, and most local voters opposed it. But one poll after another also found voters wouldn't premise their votes on impeachment, even back when the wound was fresher.
October 26, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta LA CRESCENTA -- It's a question candidates for the 44th Assembly District seat were calling into question on Wednesday. Republican Susan Carpenter McMillan denounced the polling tactics of her Democratic opponent, Carol Liu, accusing her of asking voters if they would support a candidate whose campaign manager was a convicted felon. "They wanted to find out what kind of negative things they could say about me in case we did a last-minute attack," Carpenter McMillan said.