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Lee Baca
Thanks to the election, big opportunities arise for L.A.
Thanks to the election, big opportunities arise for L.A.

In the aftermath of last week's elections, most commentary naturally focused on the changing balance in the U.S. Senate. But the effect of that shift on the lives of most people is likely to be negligible: A body where a minority of Republicans could thwart progress now becomes a body where a minority of Democrats can do the same. By contrast, the results of a few of the lower-profile races on the Nov. 4 ballot could have profound influence on the lives of everyday people here in Southern California. Here are the results I think are most likely to affect Angelenos: Jim McDonnell's decisive victory in the L.A. County sheriff's race. The Sheriff's Department has...

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