Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Election Night News

I am sad to say that the results of this election have not gone my way.

I offer my congratulations to Judge-Elect Danielle Gibbons, and my deep thanks to all those who supported me.

I am proud of the campaign that I ran, and remain resolved to continue my life of public service.

David Berger
Candidate for Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 71

Monday, June 4, 2018

LA Times Renews Endorsement for David Berger for Judge

Sunday's LA Times, which has it's largest circulation, renewed it's endorsement for David Berger for Judge, Office No.71. Coming just 2 days before the June 5, Primary Election, this endorsement is a tremendous boost for my campaign.

 "An impressive criminal prosecutor, Berger has the experience and demeanor required of a good judge." The Times said.

To see all the Times' Endorsements CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

El Segundo Police Officers Association Endorses David Berger for Judge

I am very proud and deeply honored to announce that the brave women and men of the El Segundo Police Officers Association have endorsed me for Judge of the Superior Court.


There are just 5 days to go before Election Day, and the momentum keeps building. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

1 Week To Election Day - Your Voter Guide

The polls open in just one week from today, at 7am on June 5, 2018. Although many voters have registered to vote by mail, many of those voters have yet to make a final decision on who to vote for, and that's especially true with judicial elections.

Many people ask me who to vote for in the judicial elections, and while I know many of the candidates, I prefer to refer voters to independent sources, such as the LA Times or the Metropolitan News-Enterprise. I have now drawn together the recommendations of various organizations and individuals who are experienced with judicial elections. The Judicial Voter Guide is a document you can download, print and use to help you and other voters make a decision on who is most closely aligned to your viewpoint.

Download the Judicial Voter Guide
by CLICKING HERE

I hope you find the Judicial Voter Guide useful, and above all else, remember to vote for David Berger for Judge on June 5, 2018. CLICK HERE to download the Judicial Voter Guide.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Hawthorne Police Officers Association Endorses David Berger for Judge

I am deeply honored and very proud to announce that the Hawthorne Police Officers Association had endorsed my candidacy for Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 71.


The Hawthorne POA represents the interests of the women and men serving in the line of duty in the City of Hawthorne, a thriving community served by the Airport Courthouse where I work.

Councilwoman Angie Reyes English Endorses David Berger for Judge

I am very proud and delighted to announce that Hawthorne City Councilwoman Angie Reyes English has endorsed my candidacy for Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 71. Thank you Angie, for your enthusiasm, support, and encouragement.


The City of Hawthorne is one of several cities within the jurisdiction of the Airport Courthouse where I work.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Metropolitan News-Enterprise Endorses David Berger for Judge

Today I was delighted to learn that I had received the endorsement of the Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise - one of the leading legal daily newspapers, widely read in the legal community. I had hoped for their endorsement as they had endorsed me in 2016, but I did not take it as a given.


What I did not expect were these incredibly humbling words "The credentials of Deputy District Attorney David Berger overshadow [his opponent]. Berger’s qualities are such that he has the potential of becoming one of the court’s stellar members. He is even-tempered, highly articulate, and dignified. He grasps arguments quickly and knows the law, enabling him to decide matters without pondering."

Thank you Mr. Grace for your faith and trust. If I am fortunate enough to be elected Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 71, I will do my best to live up to your expectations.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

LA Times Endorses David Berger for Judge

I am very proud and honored to be endorsed by the Los Angeles Times in my race for Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 71. Supporters will recall that in 2016 I was also endorsed by the LA Times, and I am certain that the Times endorsement contributed greatly to my garnering 1.3M votes and brought me just 3% short of victory. 2018 is a different election with a different opponent, but the Times' faith in my candidacy remains a constant, and I believe will tip the balance in my favor in the June 5, 2018 election.


"This is the second time Deputy Dist. Atty. Berger has run for judge, and the second time he wins The Times' endorsement for his impressive record as a trial lawyer. Outside the courtroom, he has a reputation for sharp-witted candor and a sometimes supercilious attitude, which he displayed as a candidate for Los Angeles city attorney and later on a website that critiqued various candidates and commented on news events. None of that gives us pause. In the courtroom, he has demonstrated himself to be a professional if somewhat tough criminal prosecutor …  we recommend Berger."

My thanks to the LA Times Editorial Board for their thorough research and balanced reasoning in once again saying "Berger is the Best Choice."


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Police Chiefs' Association Endorses David Berger for Judge

With just 5 weeks to go before Election Day, I am delighted to announce that I have received the prestigious endorsement of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association.


The Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association is a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation consisting of the Police Chief Executives of the 45 independent cities in Los Angeles County. The Association focuses on advancing the science and art of police administration and crime prevention in Los Angeles County; coordinating the implementation of law enforcement efforts by local law enforcement leaders; and developing, teaching, and disseminating professional law enforcement practices.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Los Angeles Police Protective League Endorses David Berger for Judge

I am truly honored and deeply appreciative of receiving the exclusive endorsement of the Los Angeles Police Protective League in support of my campaign for Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 71.


The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) was formed in 1923 and today represents more than 9,900 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ALADS Endorses David Berger for Judge

I am very proud and honored to announce that the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs has endorsed me for Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 71.


ALADS, the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, represents more than 7,900 sworn law enforcement officers, making it the largest association of deputy sheriffs and district attorney investigators in the United States.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Yard Signs are Coming!

Yard signs. Love 'em or loathe 'em, no campaign is complete without them, and thanks to the generosity of my supporters, my campaign will have them in 2018 - just as we did in 2016.


Nobody really knows how effective yards are in campaigns. Some say they do nothing at all. Others opine that they simply reassure existing supporters that they're backing a winner, while others suggest they increase name recognition. Who knows who is right?

We have retained a trusted company to responsibly distribute our signs, and more importantly, remove them after the election so they don't create a trash problem. Love 'em or loathe 'em, the yard signs are back!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

John J.Duran, Esq., Mayor of West Hollywood, Endorses David Berger for Judge

I am delighted to announce that John J. Duran, Esq., Mayor pro tempore of the City of West Hollywood, has endorsed my candidacy for Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 71.


I offer my deep thanks and sincere appreciation for Mayor Duran's endorsement.

The Hon. Judge Stephanie Sautner Endorses David Berger for Judge

Good things happen when you least expect it. By sheer chance I met Judge Stephanie Sautner (ret) while she was sitting on assignment  at the Airport Courthouse. We struck up a conversation and I was delighted to hear that not only was she aware of my candidacy, but she wholeheartedly endorsed it.

Judge Sautner is something of a legend and trailblazer at the Airport Courthouse where she was the Presiding Judge before her retirement in 2013. Judge Saunter was a NYPD Detective before ‘going west’ and studying law at Whittier College of Law. She passed the bar and her first job was working as a researcher for “People’s Court” a popular tv show where she worked with Harvey Levin, a Professor at Whittier. Yes, the Harvey Levin of TMZ fame. In 1984, she was hired as a Deputy City Attorney and headed the Slum Housing Taskforce where she attracted national media attention by requiring a Beverly Hills doctor to live in one of his slums. In 1992, she ran for election as judge, motivated in part by the fact that one of her opponents had opposed enforcement of slumlord probation conditions, and in part by then Governor Pete Wilson’s veto of anti-sexual orienation discrimination  legislation. Judge Sautner’s election victory made her the county’s first openly lesbian judge.

I value Judge Sautner’s endorsement highly and am immensely proud to have received it. To read more about Judge Sautner’s career, please CLICK HERE to read the article published by the Metropolitan News-Enterprise on her retirement.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Latino Prosecutors Association Endorses David Berger for Judge

I am very proud and deeply honored to announce that the Latino Prosecutors Association endorsed David Berger for Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 71 at their April 12, 2018 meeting.


Many thanks to LPA President Richard Ceballos and all LPA members for their vote of support. Si Se Puede!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Met News Profiles the Candidates for Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 71


The Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise published its profiles on the candidates for Office No. 71, one of 10 open seats on the ballot in the June 5, 2018 Primary Election.

Read my full profile and that of my opponent here:
Judicial Elections: Los Angeles Superior Court, Office No.71 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

ADDA Endorses David Berger for Judge

I am very proud and honored to announce that the Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA) has endorsed my candidacy for Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 71. 


The ADDA is the professional association for the deputy district attorneys (DDAs) of Los Angeles County. The ADDA strives to advance a work environment that allows it’s nearly 1,000 members to focus on their role as the primary guardians of justice in the courts. Los Angeles County is home to over 10 million residents, many of whom become victims of crime — while out on the street, or in a car, or at home.  Working with law enforcement, ADDA members handle thousands of cases for filing consideration and prosecution in court, and represent the People of the State of California. The goal of ADDA members is to seek justice. Justice for victims. Justice for the innocent. Justice for the guilty. Justice for all.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Joint Fundraiser for David Berger and Wendy Segall in Beverly Hills

Attorneys Lou Shapiro and Allison Margolin have kindly agreed to co-host a fundraiser for me and my fellow Deputy District Attorney Wendy Segall (candidate for Office No. 20) on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm at La Gondola Restaurant, 9025 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.


I have known Wendy Segall ever since I became a Deputy District Attorney, and I am honored and proud to share this event with her.

Please RSVP to louisjshapiro@gmail.com 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fundraiser for David Berger for Judge in Beverly Hills

My deepest thanks and gratitude to Amanda Gamer for hosting a fundraiser for my campaign on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at private residence in Beverly Hills where cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

If you wish to attend to support my campaign, please RSVP to amandagamer@gmail.com


Fundraiser for David Berger for Judge - Drago Ristorante at the Petersen Museum

Celestino Drago has kindly offered to co-host a fundraiser for my campaign at Drago Ristorante at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 6-8pm, together with co-hosts former Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, and Ricky Miller, CEO of Carbonadi Vodka.

We hope you can join us to enjoy some excellent food, vodka, and company in the beautiful surroundings of the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Please RSVP to Berger4JudgeRSVP@gmail.com


L.A. County Professional Peace Officers Association Endorses David Berger for Judge

I am very proud and deeply honored to announce that the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association has endorsed my candidacy for Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 71.


The PPOA represents more than 8,700 law enforcement professional in the County of Los Angeles and are dedicated to providing the best in public safety to the communities they serve.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Proud to Announce Endorsement from Steve Cooley, District Attorney for Los Angeles County (2000-2012)

I am very proud and deeply honored to announce that the Hon. Steve Cooley, District Attorney for Los Angeles County (2000-2012), has endorsed my 2018 candidacy for Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 71, with these words: “Berger is very smart, principled, and sees the dynamics of complex situations. He is also courageous.


It was a privilege for me to serve as a Deputy District Attorney during Mr. Cooley's historic 3-terms as LA's District Attorney. I will never forget sitting in the assembly hall at the Hall of Administration where the Board of Supervisors usually sits. It was where our Saturday seminars were held. On a Saturday morning following Mr. Cooley's swearing in, he took a few moments to introduce himself to address us; the rank and file line deputies.

He started by introducing us to the members of his new administration, and spoke about some of his goals such as establishing the Public Integrity Division to investigate and prosecute corruption by elected officials, and the Justice System Division to similarly root out corruption in the legal profession. He spoke also of a policy to change the way that Third Strikes cases were to be treated so as to avoid unduly harsh sentences. These were exciting times.

But the one thing that stood out in my mind above all else, was what Mr. Cooley told us he expected of us; "Do the right thing." Those simple four words became my mantra as my career as a prosecutor progressed. It is a mantra I will take with me if I am fortunate enough to be elected Judge of the Superior Court.

So my thanks are not just to Mr. Cooley for his endorsement, but also to Mr. Cooley for being a great leader and inspiration.


Sunday, February 25, 2018

David Berger for Judge 2018 - Office No 71


This year the Judicial Elections are markedly different from 2016 when there were only 4 open seats (also known as 'Offices'). When the deadline for filing closed this year, there were 10 open seats.

An 'open seat' means a seat where a judge has decided to retire and vacate his or her seat to allow voters to decide on a successor. I had initially chosen Office 126, however, that soon filled up with 3 other candidates. Based on my 2016 experience, I decided to file my candidacy in Office 71 where I will face only one opponent.

This choice means that my campaign will be over on June 5, 2018, as where there are only 2 candidates, the candidate with more than 50% of the vote wins the election. In seats with more than 2 candidates (such as Office 126), the top 2 vote-getters continue campaigning until the November election.

My experience in 2016 tells me that my best chance of winning the election is in Office 71, and that with a little luck, and some hard campaigning, the voters will chose David Berger for Judge on June 5, 2018. I hope you agree and will spread the word to your friends and family: Vote David Berger for Judge, Office No. 71.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

David Berger for Judge of the Superior Court Office No. 126

Yesterday I took the first step in the long road to the June 5, 2018 Primary Election for Judge of the Superior Court by filing my Declaration of Intent to run for Office No. 126. 
I will use everything I learned from my 2016 campaign to turn that experience into a roadmap for success and a seat on the Los Angeles Superior Court. 
I am so very grateful for the supportive comments many of you sent to me in response to my announcement a couple of days ago, and I am hopeful that you will help me maintain that momentum by sharing this news with your friends and family, adding whatever words you feel appropriate to convince them to support my candidacy in the election.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Berger for Judge 2018

After much thought and I am pleased to say, much encouragement, I have decided to run again for Judge of the Superior Court. 

My 2016 campaign seems like a distant memory now, but it is worth remembering that I won the endorsement of the Los Angeles Times and the Metropolitan News-Enterprise, as well as many Judges, Lawyers, and Law Enforcement associations. When the final votes were counted, 1.3M voters chose me, and I lost by the smallest of margins - a mere 4%. 

With that in mind I believe 2018 is my year to fulfill my dream and continue my career in public service in the best way possible; as Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court.

I hope you will all again support me, and please share this news with your friends and family. 


The Primary Election will be on June 5, 2018, and I will be posting news here and on my Campaign Facebook Page in the weeks to come.