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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 23, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown will headline a cast of top state Democrats at a Sacramento fundraiser Monday for embattled incumbent Rep. Howard Berman. Berman (D-Valley Village) is facing an expensive and increasingly nasty race against fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman. The two were placed in the same congressional district under new maps drawn by an independent citizen's panel last year. In addition to Brown, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Council President Herb Wesson, Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles)
THE818NOW
February 1, 2012
Rep. Howard L. Berman, battling fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Shermanfor a newly drawn San Fernando Valley congressional district, raised more than $1 million in a three-month period, campaign finance records filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commissionshowed. But Sherman, also no slouch in the fundraising department, had more left to spend--nearly $3.7 million--than Berman, who reported  having  $2.9 million on hand at the Dec. 31 end of the latest reporting period.  That's because Sherman, who reported raising about $125,000 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, had stockpiled a considerable chunk of funds from previous campaigns.
THE818NOW
February 6, 2012
If the battle between Democratic Reps. Howard Bermanof Valley Village and Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks for a newly drawn San Fernando Valley congressional district is a clash of two Goliaths, as some have suggested, then the contest just got another would-be David. Vincent Gilmore, a 31-year-old gardener who lives in Van Nuys, recently announced that he is making his first bid for elected office by joining what is expected to be one of the costliest, most watched House races in history.
THE818NOW
February 9, 2012
A Republican candidate excluded from a Jewish Journal forum has filed a complaint with the IRS alleging that the nonprofit publication is improperly engaging in political advocacy. An attorney for  writer Susan Shelley, one of two Republicans in the widely watched clash between Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman for a San Fernando Valley congressional district seat, alleged that the newspaper was opposing Shelley. As a  tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, the newspaper is not allowed to take positions for or against political candidates.
THE818NOW
January 6, 2012
In their first  public confrontation since deciding to run for the same new San Fernando Valley congressional district, Democratic Reps. Howard L. Berman and Brad Sherman traded barbs at a candidates forum in Woodland Hills on Thursday night. Sherman went on the attack in his opening remarks, saying "Howard's been very effective on the wrong side" of several issues. He pressed Berman throughout the evening to sign a pledge aimed at blunting the effects of "super PACs. " He wanted Berman to give to the  U.S. Treasury an amount equalling any money these independent committees spend on his behalf.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | March 18, 2011
Burbank and Glendale residents have a gloomier outlook on life as stress and other factors take their toll, according to an annual report that ranks congressional districts based on the welfare of their populations. In the annual report issued jointly by Gallup and Healthways, California congressional districts 27 and 29, which include most of Burbank and Glendale, rank 128 and 129, respectively, out of 436 districts in the nation for overall well-being. At least 1,000 adults are interviewed each day to provide real-time data on the health of Americans, with participants answering questions about physical and emotional health, behavior, work environment and basic access to things like fresh produce.
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | June 10, 2011
The potential for sweeping change among the region's political districts was brought into sharp focus Friday with the release of preliminary redistricting maps by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Among the changes proposed in the first draft of redistricting: Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) no longer would represent part of Burbank, while Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) might have to compete with Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas) in a realigned San Gabriel foothills district under the proposed new maps.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | July 29, 2011
State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) might have to move if he wants to make a run for U.S. Congress, according to final drafts of voter redistricting maps released Thursday. Portantino, who will be termed out in the state Assembly, has formed an exploratory committee to look at a Congressional bid. He currently lives in Rep. David Dreier's (R-San Dimas) district, but that would change with the new maps, which expands Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-Burbank)
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | April 29, 2011
The landscape for the 2012 election is uncertain for local members of Congress, but Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) has the biggest war chest for whatever battle he has to wage. Sherman has nearly $3.1 million in his campaign account, far more than his legislative neighbor, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), or the next legislative neighbor over, Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas), whose district includes La Cañada Flintridge. With the election 18 months away, it is too early to know who will challenge the incumbents.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | March 8, 2013
The across-the-board automatic spending cuts that took effect last week are a national story, but Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) want their constituents to know that the cuts will be felt locally. At the Mothers' Club Family Learning Center in northwest Pasadena on Friday, Schiff and Chu railed against the cuts - known as sequestration - that will translate to a $9-million cut in federal funding for Chu's district in 2013 alone, according to her office.
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THE818NOW
April 23, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown will headline a cast of top state Democrats at a Sacramento fundraiser Monday for embattled incumbent Rep. Howard Berman. Berman (D-Valley Village) is facing an expensive and increasingly nasty race against fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman. The two were placed in the same congressional district under new maps drawn by an independent citizen's panel last year. In addition to Brown, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Council President Herb Wesson, Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles)
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
February 9, 2012
A Republican candidate excluded from a Jewish Journal forum has filed a complaint with the IRS alleging that the nonprofit publication is improperly engaging in political advocacy. An attorney for  writer Susan Shelley, one of two Republicans in the widely watched clash between Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman for a San Fernando Valley congressional district seat, alleged that the newspaper was opposing Shelley. As a  tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, the newspaper is not allowed to take positions for or against political candidates.
THE818NOW
February 6, 2012
If the battle between Democratic Reps. Howard Bermanof Valley Village and Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks for a newly drawn San Fernando Valley congressional district is a clash of two Goliaths, as some have suggested, then the contest just got another would-be David. Vincent Gilmore, a 31-year-old gardener who lives in Van Nuys, recently announced that he is making his first bid for elected office by joining what is expected to be one of the costliest, most watched House races in history.
THE818NOW
February 1, 2012
Rep. Howard L. Berman, battling fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Shermanfor a newly drawn San Fernando Valley congressional district, raised more than $1 million in a three-month period, campaign finance records filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commissionshowed. But Sherman, also no slouch in the fundraising department, had more left to spend--nearly $3.7 million--than Berman, who reported  having  $2.9 million on hand at the Dec. 31 end of the latest reporting period.  That's because Sherman, who reported raising about $125,000 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, had stockpiled a considerable chunk of funds from previous campaigns.
THE818NOW
January 6, 2012
In their first  public confrontation since deciding to run for the same new San Fernando Valley congressional district, Democratic Reps. Howard L. Berman and Brad Sherman traded barbs at a candidates forum in Woodland Hills on Thursday night. Sherman went on the attack in his opening remarks, saying "Howard's been very effective on the wrong side" of several issues. He pressed Berman throughout the evening to sign a pledge aimed at blunting the effects of "super PACs. " He wanted Berman to give to the  U.S. Treasury an amount equalling any money these independent committees spend on his behalf.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | July 29, 2011
State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) might have to move if he wants to make a run for U.S. Congress, according to final drafts of voter redistricting maps released Thursday. Portantino, who will be termed out in the state Assembly, has formed an exploratory committee to look at a Congressional bid. He currently lives in Rep. David Dreier's (R-San Dimas) district, but that would change with the new maps, which expands Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-Burbank)
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | June 10, 2011
The potential for sweeping change among the region's political districts was brought into sharp focus Friday with the release of preliminary redistricting maps by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Among the changes proposed in the first draft of redistricting: Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) no longer would represent part of Burbank, while Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) might have to compete with Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas) in a realigned San Gabriel foothills district under the proposed new maps.
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | April 29, 2011
The landscape for the 2012 election is uncertain for local members of Congress, but Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) has the biggest war chest for whatever battle he has to wage. Sherman has nearly $3.1 million in his campaign account, far more than his legislative neighbor, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), or the next legislative neighbor over, Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas), whose district includes La Cañada Flintridge. With the election 18 months away, it is too early to know who will challenge the incumbents.
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