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City Council's political trump card raises abuse of power accusations
City Council's political trump card raises abuse of power accusations

When Los Angeles rewrote its City Charter in the '90s, the City Council was dealt a political trump card intended to keep decisions by a wide array of citizen commissions in check. Using authority granted them to review and overturn decisions made by panels overseeing city agencies, lawmakers have second-guessed spending at the airport, blocked increased rates at the Department of Water and Power and reexamined when police should be able to speed through traffic with sirens blaring. But a string of recent decisions have renewed debate over that power. Some architects and neighborhood groups argue that council members are abusing their veto authority and serving the narrow...

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