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Foes and fans of L.A. economic-justice group agree it gets things done
Foes and fans of L.A. economic-justice group agree it gets things done

Under the glitzy chandeliers of the Beverly Hills Hilton, hundreds of civic leaders and union members sipped wine, mugged for photos with television stars and chanted "Sí, se puede!" with a beaming row of hotel workers. It was another triumphant night for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy — known to many as LAANE — a political powerhouse with a vanilla name, an unglamorous Westlake office and a City Hall scorecard to envy. Among the guests at its annual awards dinner: Newly seated County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis, L.A. City Council members Nury Martinez, Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield, and L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer. There were...

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