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Questions Raised About Why Top Jewish Groups Backed Two-Latino Seat Plan for County

EDITOR’S NOTE: David Lehrer of Community Advocates Inc., who writes the Wide Angle column for the Jewish Journal’s website, has posted this article sharply criticizing key Jewish groups for supporting efforts to redraw Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors districts to create two Latino seats. He notes that the Latino population increased only 3.2 percent in the last decade and disputes the contention that “ethnic representation should prevail and trump all other concerns.


By David A. Lehrer

That Zev Yaroslavsky is the most important local elected
Jewish official is beyond dispute. For over three decades he has been a voice
of reason and courage for, to and in the Jewish community.

That three significant Jewish agencies would lend support to an effort to
undermine Supervisor Yaroslavsky and his constituents is beyond comprehension.

Yet last week, in the middle of the fight over redrawing the county’s
supervisorial districts for the next decade, three major Jewish organizations
(American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, and Jewish Federation of
Greater Los Angeles) unquestioningly bought the MALDEF/Gloria Molina/ACLU line
of argument that the Latino community was insufficiently represented in
electoral politics, business and media. The three organizations and their
Latino colleagues issued a joint statement that they had came to a
“consensus” that the logic of ethnic representation should prevail
and trump all other concerns that normally effect the decisions on where to
draw district lines (e.g. population balance, contiguity of cities, varying
communities of interest, etc.).

Yesterday’s vote of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors fortunately
rejected the push by Supervisor Molina and her allies to create a second
majority Latino district ostensibly to comply with the Federal Voting Rights
Act. The rationale for the Molina plan was that the failure to endorse it would
“limit the rights of Latino voters.” The days’ long debate was held
with the threat of a lawsuit hanging over the Board if it didn’t acquiesce to
the proposed gerrymander and with occasional assertions of racism hurled at
those who dissented from the Molina position.

It has been a contentious debate with the contiguity and strength of the Third
Supervisorial district (presently represented by Zev Yaroslavsky) in some
jeopardy. The Molina plan would have stretched the new Third from Sylmar to
Huntington Park (presently the Third is most of north central LA) with much of
the Jewish community divided between three districts. Additionally, it would
have added to the isolation of the Asian-Pacific Islander community (a seldom
discussed side effect).

An often ignored fact is that the Latino percentage of the county’s population
has only increased by 3.2% over the past decade and the plan that was adopted
on Tuesday was essentially what MALDEF had requested and the court had ordered
in 1990.

Apparently, at the conclusion of a day-long retreat last week, Latino and
Jewish “leaders” issued a five point statement–four of the
statements are the kind of milquetoast that is the usual fare at gatherings of
this type (oppose anti-Semitism and anti-Latino sentiment, stand together to
face and prevent vitriolic rhetoric, etc.)–only the one on “fair
representation” of Latinos has ramifications in the real world.

It is a measure of the paucity of Jewish institutional leadership in LA that
these three major organizations would, either unwittingly or purposefully, sign
on to a statement that undercuts the single most prominent local political
leader in the Jewish community at a time when he was in a nasty confrontation
to preserve the demographic and geographic integrity of the district in which a
plurality, if not the vast majority, of LA’s Jewish population resides. 
Their sin is compounded by their endorsing a worldview that is anathema to the
Jewish community’s interests–that proportional ethnic and racial
representation is the measure of fairness.



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10 Responses to Questions Raised About Why Top Jewish Groups Backed Two-Latino Seat Plan for County

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ron, for quite a few so-called Jewish leaders, interests of Jewish constituency is not important. They are first and foremost are liberals and statists and supporting Latinos who are perceived as victims fits this agenda. Forget about latinos demonstrating on the side of Hamas (I remember all those signs “Latinos for Palestine” during anti-Israel demonstrations). And many Latinos are illegal which is even better – creates a whole class of permanent victims. Karen bender who is a local rabbi in the valley (temple judea) even compared asking people in Arizona to show their ID to rounding Jews off to concentration camps.
    The fact that illegals tramp US sovereignty is of no concern to these evil individuals.

  2. Wayne from Encino says:

    Want to hear a Black Man with a brain? Savage Nation, today at 10:35 KPFK (should be online, as the entire L.A. radio market has shut out this man’s show.) Herman Cain’s got one and has a sense of what America is all about! He’ll get my vote on any ballot I have in front of me. American Jews are like the Vulcans on Star Trek: THE INTELLECTUAL PUPPETS OF THE LEFT! Is it a coincidence a Jew played Spock? Then we see the dummies over in Palastine playing games with radically controlled terrorist states such as Iran and Syria. It’s a world where the White Male is in danger of extinction. He has priced himself out of having a family and kids! He has regulated himself into financial oblivion. He has created a political system of Liberalism where he is persecuted IF he asserts his rights to financial and social sovereignty. And yes, tonight on the Savage Nation, it took a BLACK MAN to give a small summary of how to fix some of the problems facing the White Man without ever saying “White Man!” But, let’s watch the poverty, corruption, and backstabbing of the Left rip apart California’s economy. Maybe a few hundred Herman Cains exist out there to lead the effort back from ruin.

  3. Confused says:

    When it comes to actual numbers, who is the minority? Is this minority based soley on race or is income and religion factored in? Is there anyway to ensure equal representation for all-rich, poor and all color spectrums?

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Story Of A Wall
    September 29, 2011 — by David C. McCasland
    Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn
    Read: Ephesians 2:11-22
    He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation. —Ephesians 2:14
    While visiting the ruins of Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England, I reflected on the fact that this may be the most remembered achievement of the Roman emperor who came to power in ad 117. As many as 18,000 Roman soldiers manned this 80-mile-long barrier, built to keep the northern barbarians from invading the south.
    Hadrian is remembered for building a physical wall to keep people out. In contrast, Jesus Christ is remembered for tearing down a spiritual wall to let people in.
    When the early church experienced tension between believers of Jewish and non-Jewish birth, Paul told them that, through Christ, they stood equally in the family of God. “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation . . . so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace . . . . For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father” (Eph. 2:14-15,18).
    One of the most beautiful aspects of the Christian faith is the unity among those who follow Jesus. Through His death on the cross, Christ has removed the barriers that so often separate people and has drawn us together in true friendship and love.
    God’s people have so much to do
    In serving Christ today
    That they should use their precious time
    To share, to love, to pray. —Branon

  5. Anonymous says:

    The last thing we need in Los Angeless is a race war. I remember the one near the airport several years ago and it demonstrated how futile
    such a happening is. We are all God’s children.
    Let us get along.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I agree, Wayne, Herman Cain all the way! Spread the word!

  7. Wayne from Encino says:

    On this holy week let us pray:
    Oh Holy and Powerful One AEG:
    Let us find the courage to open the mail in the next 10 days in L.A! Let us be able to still breathe when we look at the property tax bill or for the Jews, better known as the property tax bill$$$$. Please Lord AEG, let us be able to make the first installment of 1/2 by the deadline of December 10, 2011. Please let us also be able to pay by check and not have to use our credit cards and get billed AN EXTRA CONVENIENCE FEE of $150 bucks for a $5,000 payment! Let us, Lord AEG, also be able to understand why the FUCK we pay 1.33% of the assessed value in Encino despite the rest of L.A. paying 1.11 to 1.02% in other parts of L.A. County!
    Let us also pray, Oh LORD LEIWEIKE, that our down assessment appeal is successful as we have all lost hundreds of thousands of dollars of value, yet the County decided we GAINED 14% LAST YEAR! Let us pray also that we have any money leftover for the holidays so we, Oh Lord Leiweike, don’t have another STAY-CATION like the last 4 years while you take your family and ski in Geneve with your ill gotten gains. Finally, Oh AEG Holiness, let us pray YOU DON’T GET YOUR FOOTBALL STADIUM AND TAKE FRANK MCCOURT WITH YOU BACK TO COLORADO IN THE NEAR FUTURE! Let us also pray enough dead-headed VOTERS start voting for non-PAYED OFF ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT YOU DON’T OWN who will speak the word of the Gospel: CUT TAXES, CUT RED TAPE, GET JOBS BACK IN L.A! (Now you blow into the Shofar or most Angelinos just make a fart sound that mimics a horn.)

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  9. Anonymous says:

    LA is in decline and trust fund baby, pretend Latino, and mayor wannabe Garcetti has been leading the decline.
    Thanks to Garcetti, LaBonge, Wesson, Perry and a city council that votes together more than 99.3% of the time, the city’s CRA siphoned off over $1.5 Billion in property tax revenues, leaving the city de facto broke with the worst roads, diminishing fire protection, and a woefully under-educated population. LAUSD is last in the state along with Oakland in a sate that is 48th in the nation and the country is about last among industrialized nations in educational achievement.
    Business does not come to LA because educated people are exiting LA due to the atrocious corruption that infects every part of Council President Mayor wannabe Garcetti’s LA. While corrupt developers flock to city hall for handouts from Garcetti, other businesses see the statistics and they know that the super density of the CRA and the deteriorating infra-structure in the industrialized world’s most incompetent school systems is NOT where to locate a business.
    Vile corruption and gross incompetence will kill any city, and with this present city hall, LA is committing suicide.

  10. The Great Unknown says:

    I don’t get it. It’s called social justice if its rigging a district for “minority” elected officials, but if its racism if its whites doing this.
    I am getting sicker by the day around here. When will these Molina-type hypocrites stop? What is their ultimate agenda really? This was SO BLATANT.

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