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After three terms on the City Council, Jan Perry is running for Mayor. One of her former campaign consultants says she's "a one-person coalition," "an African American, Jewish, pro-business Democrat who's had her ups and downs with labor."
You can find our interviews with candidates for mayor at KCRW.com/RaceforMayor.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to influence public education here in Los Angeles. He's donated a million dollars to the Coalition for School Reform, led by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, which is trying to maintain a reformist majority on the elected school board.
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