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What's the next job for Tom LaBonge, L.A.'s tireless civic booster?
What's the next job for Tom LaBonge, L.A.'s tireless civic booster?

What should Tom LaBonge do for an encore? Since he was a teen volunteer for Mayor Tom Bradley, LaBonge has been a City Hall habitué, a staffer to two City Council members, an aide to Mayor Richard Riordan, and for the last dozen years, a city councilman himself. Now he is termed out; two finalists, one of them a LaBonge deputy, will duke it out in a May runoff to replace him. As if anyone could truly replace LaBonge. He hates it when people call him a “cheerleader,” but OK, then, there are other descriptions: he is an exuberant fan of his hometown, a booster of what he loves to call this “great city,” a buoyant flesh-presser in the Hubert Humphrey happy...

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