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THE818NOW
September 10, 2012
Rep. Howard Berman , gripped in a tough reelection battle with fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman for the same San Fernando Valley congressional district seat, is expected to get endorsements Monday from two prominent Republican U.S. senators. Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, plus Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, the former Democrat turned independent, will back Berman, the congressman's campaign confirmed Sunday. Although Democrats outnumber Republicans in the recently redrawn district 48% to 26%, both candidates have been courting GOP voters as well as those without party affiliation, who make up about 21% of registered voters there.
THE818NOW
May 16, 2012
Former Olympic great Rafer Johnson is starring in a new cable TV ad for Rep. Howard Berman as the longtime congressman battles with fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Shermanfor the same San Fernando Valley seat in the House of Representatives.  “Howard is widely considered one of the most effective congressmen in the nation,” Johnson says in the ad, sounding a couple of key Berman campaign themes, “and he always comes through for the Valley.”  Johnson initially had backed Sherman but switched sides recently.
THE818NOW
September 24, 2012
Rep. Brad Sherman had a 13-point lead over fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman, according to a poll taken for KABC Channel 7. Conducted by SurveyUSA, the poll is the first independent sampling of voters released since the June primary, in which Sherman finished 10 percentage points ahead of Berman for the San Fernando Valley congressional district seat. According to the poll, Sherman led Berman 45%-32% among likely voters. But 23% of respondents said they had not yet made up their minds.
THE818NOW
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)
THE818NOW
July 16, 2012
The weekend brought good news and bad for Rep. Howard Berman, who is gripped in a tough race against fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Shermanfor a San Fernando Valley congressional seat. The latest campaign finance reports showed Berman has outpaced Sherman in fundraising since the 2012 election cycle began. Berman added some $500,000 to his coffers during the latest reporting period, bringing the total raised to almost $3.5 million. Sherman has reported collecting more than $2.7 million altogether.
NEWS
November 5, 2003
'Hope' post office bill going to president BURBANK -- Legislation that would name the post office at 135 E. Olive Ave. for legendary entertainer Bob Hope has passed the U.S. Senate and now awaits the president's signature. The bill, introduced in September by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys), was passed by the Senate on Oct. 30. Hope, who lived in Toluca Lake, died July 27 at age 100. Among his many honors, the city of Burbank renamed a portion of Catalina Street near NBC studios after Hope in 1998.
THE818NOW
August 24, 2012
It's the latest twist in an increasingly vitriolic campaign for Congress: Rep. Brad Sherman is going after payments made to the brother of his rival, fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman . In a complaint filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission , the Sherman campaign alleges that Berman vastly, and illegally, overpaid Michael Berman or his political consulting firm for campaign services during two decades in which the congressman...
THE818NOW
October 17, 2012
Ka-ching! That's become a familiar sound in the San Fernando Valley slugfest between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman. Together, the two Democrats have spent more than $9 million through Sept. 30, according to the latest campaign finance reports.  Democrat Adam Schiff and Republican Jim Rogan set a record for a California House race by spending $11.5 million in their 2000 Glendale-area contest won by Schiff. Heading into the crucial final weeks before the Nov. 6 election, Sherman had more cash on hand  than Berman -- $1.8 million to about $394,000, according to the reports.
THE818NOW
October 27, 2012
The fierce battle between Democratic Reps.  Howard Berman  and  Brad Sherman  for a San Fernando Valley congressional seat has surpassed the $13-million mark for spending, making it among the costliest House races in the country, according to new campaign finance reports. The candidates have spent a combined $10.3 million through Oct. 17. Outside groups have poured an additional $3 million into the race between colleagues turned bitter rivals. Federal election data also show New York City Mayor  Michael R. Bloomberg 's newly established "super PAC" spent more than $195,000 in an Inland Empire race this week to support California state Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino over a fellow Democrat, Rep.  Joe Baca  of Rialto.
THE818NOW
August 9, 2012
GOPvoters in a district featuring a fierce election battle between two Democratic congressmen this fall shouldn't count on guidance from the San Fernando Valley Republican Club. The organization decided this week it won't endorse either Howard Berman of Valley Village or Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks as they compete in one of the most watched and costliest House races in the nation this year. A combination of redrawn political maps and a new elections system that sends the top two primary finishers, regardless of party affiliation, to the fall runoff has left Republicans in the strongly Democratic 30th Congressional District without a candidate from their own party.
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THE818NOW
December 11, 2012
To no surprise of San Fernando Valley voters who were inundated with campaign ads, robo calls and political mail, Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman set a record for spending by candidates in a California congressional race - shelling out more than $11.7 million between them, according to new campaign finance reports. When spending by outside groups is added, the total outlay in the bitter contest won by Sherman was $16.3 million, making it one of the most expensive congressional races in the country, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in politics.
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NEWS
December 5, 2012
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Wednesday announced plans to take up legislation to regulate low-flying helicopters above residential neighborhoods in Los Angeles County, saying voluntary controls for the "persistent fly-overs” were clearly insufficient. The announcement comes amid longstanding complaints from residents, particularly in the San Fernando Valley, of low-flying police and news helicopters intruding on their suburban soundtracks. Some news stations voluntarily curtailed the number and hours of helicopter flights during the second Carmageddon event on the 405 Freeway after fielding numerous complaints from residents and calls for restraint from L.A. officials.
THE818NOW
November 8, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, November 8. Rep. Brad Sherman may have won a hard-fought seat in the Valley, but his rival, Rep. Howard Berman, may end up in the White House. Berman is among those mentioned to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton , reports the L.A. Times .  Remember when people tried to make the Valley its own city? The Daily News   looks back 10 years ago when the measure failed to receive enough votes to pass . Will the Valley eventually split away from L.A.?
THE818NOW
October 27, 2012
The fierce battle between Democratic Reps.  Howard Berman  and  Brad Sherman  for a San Fernando Valley congressional seat has surpassed the $13-million mark for spending, making it among the costliest House races in the country, according to new campaign finance reports. The candidates have spent a combined $10.3 million through Oct. 17. Outside groups have poured an additional $3 million into the race between colleagues turned bitter rivals. Federal election data also show New York City Mayor  Michael R. Bloomberg 's newly established "super PAC" spent more than $195,000 in an Inland Empire race this week to support California state Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino over a fellow Democrat, Rep.  Joe Baca  of Rialto.
THE818NOW
October 20, 2012
Good morning, readers! Today is Saturday, October 20. The Los Angeles City Council is looking for ways to deal with a multi-million-dollar deficit. Two proposals to increase taxes might appear on the March ballot , reports the Daily News . A clinic that runs until 5 p.m. today will help young residents fill out 'deferred action' immigration paperwork , according to the L.A. Times . A program recently approved by President Obama allows those under 30 years old to stay and work in the country legally for two years.
THE818NOW
October 17, 2012
Ka-ching! That's become a familiar sound in the San Fernando Valley slugfest between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman. Together, the two Democrats have spent more than $9 million through Sept. 30, according to the latest campaign finance reports.  Democrat Adam Schiff and Republican Jim Rogan set a record for a California House race by spending $11.5 million in their 2000 Glendale-area contest won by Schiff. Heading into the crucial final weeks before the Nov. 6 election, Sherman had more cash on hand  than Berman -- $1.8 million to about $394,000, according to the reports.
THE818NOW
September 24, 2012
Rep. Brad Sherman had a 13-point lead over fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman, according to a poll taken for KABC Channel 7. Conducted by SurveyUSA, the poll is the first independent sampling of voters released since the June primary, in which Sherman finished 10 percentage points ahead of Berman for the San Fernando Valley congressional district seat. According to the poll, Sherman led Berman 45%-32% among likely voters. But 23% of respondents said they had not yet made up their minds.
NEWS
September 13, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, September 13. A murder suspect who led police on a chase through Echo Park and downtown L.A. Tuesday is a North Hollywood resident. Ian Schlesinger, 24, was arrested on a warrant for the slaying of former Marshall High basketball star , according to Patch. He faces additional charges for shooting at a police officer during the chase. What kind of people apply to be on the Studio City Neighborhood Council? An actor, a medical marijuana distributor and TV writer . Election takes place Sept.
THE818NOW
September 10, 2012
Rep. Howard Berman , gripped in a tough reelection battle with fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman for the same San Fernando Valley congressional district seat, is expected to get endorsements Monday from two prominent Republican U.S. senators. Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, plus Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, the former Democrat turned independent, will back Berman, the congressman's campaign confirmed Sunday. Although Democrats outnumber Republicans in the recently redrawn district 48% to 26%, both candidates have been courting GOP voters as well as those without party affiliation, who make up about 21% of registered voters there.
THE818NOW
August 24, 2012
It's the latest twist in an increasingly vitriolic campaign for Congress: Rep. Brad Sherman is going after payments made to the brother of his rival, fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman . In a complaint filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission , the Sherman campaign alleges that Berman vastly, and illegally, overpaid Michael Berman or his political consulting firm for campaign services during two decades in which the congressman...
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