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Clash over developer donations heats up L.A. council race debate

At a debate Wednesday night, two candidates vying to succeed Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge traded sharp jabs over who would best represent the interests of residents, particularly in dealings with development interests.  Carolyn Ramsay, who served as chief of staff to termed-out LaBonge, and David Ryu, a community health director, are competing in a May 19 runoff election to represent the district that extends from Sherman Oaks to the Miracle Mile.  Ramsay has campaigned as an experienced candidate who knows City Hall and the district. Ryu has presented himself as an outsider and independent voice.  During Wednesday's debate, hosted by the...

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