Mayoral Politics in LA, Potholes or 'The Vision Thing?'

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Except for televised attack ads and last-minute mailers, the campaign for Mayor of Los Angeles is finally winding down, but what will voters be thinking when they go to the polls tomorrow? Will they be looking for a Mayor who uses the bully pulpit to expound long-term visions, or somebody who'll fill up the potholes? Will they want long-term visions of how America's second largest city can be a model for the rest of the country, or will they have more basic concerns like preserving the quality of life in their different neighborhoods? We hear competing answers, from economist and political analyst Joel Kotkin, who calls for "more efficiency and less big picture-please," and from Tom Gilmore, whose property development company is involved in urban revitalization in downtown Los Angeles.
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Warren Olney


Frances Anderton