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Critics target outgoing city councilman Tom LaBonge as a 'pothole politican'
Critics target outgoing city councilman Tom LaBonge as a 'pothole politican'

L.A.'s Tom LaBonge is a big-city councilman with a small-town style. His office bought its own city truck to pick up abandoned sofas and trash across the 4th District. During a downpour, the Los Angeles Downtown News reported that he personally scooped debris out of downtown gutters. He's a civic cheerleader who talks up his Griffith Park hikes, prides himself on creating bicycle and walking paths, and once pushed to make sure Angelenos calling City Hall heard L.A.-themed songs while on hold — not the sort of stuff that tends to polarize voters. But as a crowded field of candidates vie to replace the termed-out councilman, his record has become a recurring target....

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