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LOCAL : 7th District Candidate Drops Out

From Times staff and wire service reports

A social worker pulled out of the race against Councilman Ernani Bernardi today and endorsed the councilman’s leading challenger, firefighter and community activist Lyle Hall.

Richard Yanez, 28, a county psychiatric social worker who lives in Sylmar, said he dropped his challenge to Bernardi because it became obvious “that Lyle Hall is going to be the next councilman of the 7th District.”

Yanez said he endorsed Hall because he was more responsive to community needs. Bernardi has neglected some neighborhoods and has not helped residents campaign against development, Yanez told a City Hall news conference. Bernardi was attending a City Council meeting and was not immediately available for comment.

Yanez said he believed that Hall can beat Bernardi.

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“I thought I had a chance, but I think his chance is better,” Yanez said of Hall.


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