Why Proposition 32 is bad for the Jewish Community (and Everybody Else)

General election season seems to bring out at least one or two initiatives that are meant to only benefit the select few who can afford the millions to hire the signature gatherers put it on the ballot.   They usually have names that cover up what they are really about and are designed to disturb the balance between those interest and the public, usually in favor of the funding interests.  This year’s example is Proposition 32, known as the “Special Exemptions Act.” Read more

Looking to Make a Difference before Nov. 6th? Here’s How

As we enter the final stretch, there are no shortage of opportunities to get involved and make a difference for Barack Obama, mobilizing for Yes on 30, No on 32, or for a local candidate:

1.  Buy a ticket for the October 7th Obama “30 Days to Victory Event.

2.   Volunteer at a local field office (here’s a list of the local offices in Los Angeles).  These are the best places to help your local candidates and make a stand for/against important state initiatives such as Yes on 30 (temporary revenue increase to fund specific state programs in education, services and public safety), No on 32 (Allows companies to give more money in politics while silencing unions and public interest groups), as well as important propositions to end the death penalty in California (Prop 34), punish Sex Traffickers (Prop 35) and label genetically modified foods (Prop 37).

3.   Find a local event for Barack Obama or a local Obama Field Office.  If are from the Jewish community and want to get involved, go to Nevada or Colorado.   Email me if you are interested.

4.  Want to turn a “Red’ seat to a “Blue” one in California?  The California Democratic Party has put together “Battleground California” training for targeted races.    There are Four Assembly races (AD 8 Ken Cooley, AD 32 Rudy Salas, AD 61 Jose Medina, AD 66 Al Muratsuchi and I throw in my friend Russ Warner ), four State Senate Seats (the two most important are defending Fran Pavley‘s seat and the pickup with Marty Block in San Diego), and Eight Congressional seats (CA-7 Ami Bera, CA-11 Jose Hernandez, CA-26 Julia Brownley, CA-41 Mark Takano, CA-47 Alan Lowenthal, CA-52 Scott Peters, plus emerging candidates Jay Chen and Dr. Raul Ruiz).

There are only 45 days left to make a difference in so many very close races.  Giving your time and resources will give the candidates and causes you believe in an edge in this race.

Event: President Obama “30 Days to Victory” Concert October 7th. Last LA Event

What:  Obama Victory Fund 2012 – 30 Days to Victory Concert with President Obama, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, John Bon Jovi, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire

Where: Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles, CA

When: Sunday, October 7, 2012 (Doors open at 2:30 PM, Doors close at 5:15 PM) Read more

White House: No Israeli Meeting Was Requested, Phone Call with PM

I love Haaretz.  In addition to the American news sources I read,  Haaretz is one of the two Israeli news sources I consult every day.  In this case, however, their sources were in error when they reported that Obama has refused to meet with Netanyahu in New York when the Prime Minister is scheduled to speak at a U.N. Conference.

According to both the White House and the Prime Minister’s office, no such request was made.   While Netanyahu is working on getting his own country behind his approach to the threats from Iran, he and Obama continue to work on the Iran issue behind closed doors, which is probably better than discussing national security issues in public, just like every other past President has.     Here’s the statement from the White House press office on their call this morning. Read more

Blog: The 2012 Democratic Convention: We’re All In This Together

Charlotte was a whirlwind of Democratic party energy and activity.   Having attended six conventions (2 as a volunteer, 2 as a pledged delegate and one each as a DNC-member elect and then as a DNC member), you learn that there is never enough time to meet everyone you need to and not enough shoe leather to enable you to get around.

Everywhere I went, I sensed the enthusiasm and excitement for this ticket and I heard the same theme throughout about what it will take to get out of this crisis: “we are all in this together.” Read more