Why do big cities want to host presidential nominating conventions? They're good for business and a lot of great parties. Beyond that, LA wanted to showcase diversity and economic recovery, while reminding both politicians and pundits that this is America's 21st-Century gateway to the rest of the world. Mayor Riordan even promised it was going to be free. But now, just a few weeks before D-for-Democrats day, the city is gripped by what LA Times columnist Shawn Hubler calls a "strange hysteria." Guaranteed political speech is portrayed as a guaranteed riot. Instead of opening to new customers, savvy businesses are being told to put plywood over the windows. And--it's not going to be free after all. Today, we'll ask elected officials, cops, protesters and business people if the city that said it could is really the city that can't.
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