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The Perfect City Could Be the First Los Angeles Mayor

The Perfect City Could Be the First Los Angeles Mayor

Column: No matter who wins the L.A. mayor’s race, here’s the perfect job for the loser

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What if I told you that there is not a city in the world with a better opportunity for a loser than Los Angeles? Would you believe me?

My new book, titled All In: Los Angeles and the Pursuit of the Perfect City, is a history of what I see as a great city, a city that has produced an amazing array of famous men and women. Who, in fact, was the greatest Los Angelonian?

Let’s look at it this way: The guy who would win the L.A. mayoral race would be perfect for the job.

He or she, in fact, could become the first mayor in the history of the city to not be elected. Los Angeles is a progressive city. Our local elected offices are nonpartisan, like the mayor and the county assessor, and the only way a candidate could beat anyone from either office is if voters were in a single-party district.

But that’s not going to happen. Los Angeles voters are a diverse, multiracial, well-educated bunch. The mayor could be a Muslim, a woman, a black man or a gay man. And, if elected, he, or she, could be the first openly gay or openly black person to be elected to the top job.

But the fact that the only thing standing in the way of this perfect candidate is himself or herself could be a bit of a curse.

“Los Angeles and Los Angelesians are as open, as tolerant, as welcoming and as hospitable as any community in America,” he wrote in a speech after his election.

This, too, could be a curse. If the candidate wasn’t open to diversity and tolerance, could he possibly be perfect?

Would he or she have to be?

The answer might come from an old Chinese proverb: “Better a fool with a single leaf in his hand than a wise man with

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