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Paul Koretz
With L.A. council, ceremonial nonsense gets in the way of real action

This has been such a busy year for members of the Los Angeles City Council, you have to wonder if their coffee is spiked with Red Bull. OK, they may have dropped the ball on a few small things, including broken streets, mansionization and slow emergency response times. But consider all the things they've accomplished. In February, for instance, the council renewed support for sanctions against Iran. Imagine the jolt that delivered to Tehran. In April, they voted to ban elephant trainers in traveling circuses from using bull hooks within city limits. But the ban doesn't take effect until 2017, so if you've got an elephant you're fond of, my advice is that you park it...

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