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Four thousand Jewish community leaders from the US and Canada are meeting this week at the LA Convention Center. Yesterday, they heard from Israeli's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Tomorrow, it'll be Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, fresh from today's meeting at the Bush White House.
Steven Windmueller, Dean of LA's Hebrew Union College
LAUSD's Roy Romer will pass the baton tomorrow to former Admiral David Brewer, whose contract as LA's Superintendent of Schools took effect today. Also today, Brewer held public events with Mayor Villaraigosa and School Board member David Tokofsky. That was an exercise in political diplomacy that could become more intense between now and the March election.
California voters passed $43 billion worth of new bonds to relieve overcrowded highways and schools, repair levees and provide affordable housing. That's almost half the state's annual budget. Now, 58 counties and hundreds of cities all want their piece of the action. The Business, Transportation and Housing Agency will play a big role in who gets how much. Is there a formula based on need? What about politics?