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L.A. City Council's eye for efficiency can anger some Angelenos
L.A. City Council's eye for efficiency can anger some Angelenos

Outraged chants erupted at the Los Angeles City Council last month after dozens of people who had come to the meeting discovered they wouldn't get a chance to speak. They filled out cards asking to address the council on Item No. 21 — a proposed ban on growing genetically modified organisms in the city. But roughly an hour and a half into the meeting, when the matter finally came up, a clerk announced it was still in committee — and council members briskly moved to the next item. When "we realized we were not able to talk, it got a little radical," said Cafe Gratitude co-owner Ryland Engelhart, a ban supporter. Loud choruses of "No GMOs!" filled the...

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