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California - 28th District

Incumbent -- Howard L. Berman (D) ; Running for re-election

Safe Democratic
Race Ratings Key
 

CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.

 

District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

The 28th is centered in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, where it takes in the small city of San Fernando and includes parts of the Los Angeles communities of Pacoima, Arleta, Panorama City, Van Nuys and North Hollywood. The southern border follows in part iconic Mulholland Drive, taking in Encino, Sherman Oaks and Studio City, as well as the famed Hollywood Bowl, in the Hollywood Hills north of Beverly Hills.

Economic downturns have struck the 28th's commercial district. Centered on financial services along famed Ventura Boulevard, just south of Route 101, bank branches in office towers compete with miles of strip malls, fast-food outlets, restaurants and residential developments. Traffic congestion is a major concern, and Interstate 405, one of the nation's most congested routes, runs through the district's southwestern arm.

The technology and entertainment industries fueled the district's economy for the last decade. NBC Universal has plans for a $3 billion overhaul of the studio's property, including construction of filming studios, office space and a hotel. The CBS Studio Center in Studio City is off Ventura Boulevard just south of the Los Angeles River. Local officials and environmentalists have targeted the river for conservation and urban revitalization.

The manufacturing sector here declined in the 1990s after a General Motors plant closed, but the Pepsi Bottling Group still has a plant in San Fernando. Among the district's biomedical and medical equipment firms, Kaiser Permanente opened a large hospital in Panorama City in 2008.

New immigrants are driving service industry growth here. Once mainly middle-class and white, suburban city communities have attracted many Hispanics, who make up more than half of the 28th's population. This influx keeps the 28th in the Democratic column, and the district gave Jerry Brown 69 percent of its gubernatorial vote in 2010.

Major Industry

Service, entertainment, health care, manufacturing

Cities

Los Angeles (pt.), 636,549; San Fernando, 23,645

Notable

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which presents the annual Emmy Awards, is based in North Hollywood.

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