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Kevin de León becomes state Senate leader in $50,000 event
Kevin de León becomes state Senate leader in $50,000 event

In an elaborate event at Walt Disney Concert Hall featuring mariachis, a Korean drum circle and a student color guard, Democrat Kevin de León was sworn in Wednesday as leader of the state Senate — the first Latino to hold the post since 1883. The $50,000 celebration was labeled an inauguration and paid for with foundation money from corporate interests with regular business before lawmakers. It fit the historic nature of the occasion, planners said. Others suggested it was an inappropriate extravagance at a time when the state Senate is struggling to shake off the taint of corruption scandals and regain public trust. De León, a member of the Legislature for eight...

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