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Kevin James, once a political outsider, now defends City Hall turf
Kevin James, once a political outsider, now defends City Hall turf

Stumping for votes as a mayoral candidate last year, Kevin James forged a reputation as a City Hall outsider sharply critical of what he saw as L.A.'s bumbling bureaucracy. But now, as the head of its powerful Board of Public Works, the former conservative talk-radio host is filling a new and unexpected role: defender of one of its most criticized agencies, the Bureau of Street Services. After a bruising audit of the bureau by City Controller Ron Galperin, James has argued that the way Galperin unveiled the audit last week gave Angelenos an "unfair" impression of what the bureau is doing. "They think that the bureau is mismanaging money," James said....

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