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How to fight government by money in L.A.
How to fight government by money in L.A.

This month Los Angeles voters — at least the sliver of the electorate that managed to vote — approved two ballot measures that moved the date of city elections from the spring of odd-numbered years to the November of even-numbered ones. The rescheduled elections will now coincide with those for president and governor — contests with far greater voter participation. If anything, the move was overdue. The number of Angelenos voting in city elections peaked in 1969, when incumbent Mayor Sam Yorty won reelection by terrifying just enough white voters at the prospect that his challenger, Councilman Tom Bradley, would win and hand the keys of the city to the Black Panthers....