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  • Twenty-Five Ideas for Mayor Garcetti

    Twenty-Five Ideas for Mayor Garcetti

    • June 5, 2013

    Eric Garcetti has enormous potential to be one of L.A.’s great mayors. He is young (just 42), full of energy, experienced in politics and government, passionate about L.A., brimming with policy ideas, compassionate toward the disadvantaged and a great communicator and explainer. I saw many of these traits up-close when I co-taught a course with him

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  • L.A. Votes Today! (And That Means You)

    L.A. Votes Today! (And That Means You)

    • May 21, 2013

    When you see a news story about Election Day in Los Angeles there’s a good chance it’s not about any issues or personalities involved during any one campaign, but about the city’s poor voter turnout. Depending on who you read, L.A. is the city that is too lazy for democracy, or too cool, bored or

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  • L.A. Mayor’s Race: The View from Philippe’s

    L.A. Mayor’s Race: The View from Philippe’s

    • April 29, 2013

    (Jack Lavitch and Henry Lee are two West L.A. retirees who are also part-time, second-hand car buyers. They were lunching at Philippe the Original sandwich diner near central Chinatown when asked about the coming mayor’s race.) Jack Lavitch “First and foremost, the next mayor should fix up our city streets. There are potholes everywhere and

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