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Checks and balances

February 06, 2009

Re "Consolidating a power base," Feb. 1

The statement from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's spokesman, Matt Szabo, that having three citywide politicians work in tandem would be "unequivocally positive" belies Councilwoman Wendy Greuel's attempt to present herself as independent of the mayor and is, furthermore, exactly the kind of statement used to justify dictatorships from all sides of the political spectrum. And Councilman Jack Weiss' dependence on the mayor is undeniable -- Villaraigosa is chair of Weiss' election campaign.

Los Angeles needs and deserves the checks and balances that only officeholders who are not beholden to each other can provide.

Eduardo Subelman

Los Angeles

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The adage "be careful what you wish for" couldn't be more apt when electing powerful political friends who seek the most influential seats in City Hall.

City attorney candidate Jack Weiss argues that Los Angeles deserves a city attorney and a mayor who keep a "confidential, respectful relationship," and promises that if he is elected, "there will be no competition between the mayor's office and the city attorney's office."

But Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales showed us the dangers of a relationship that is governed more by personal loyalty and friendship than by the principles that are the foundation of public office.

Los Angeles may be protected better by a team of rivals rather than by a circle of friends.

Lucie Bava

Los Angeles

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