La Nueva Frontera: Don't Stop Thinking About Manana

As more Mexicans have moved north, their politics have gained a feisty independence

It wasn't the only mayoral debate held in Los Angeles last month, but it was the most unusual. The five candidates cleared their schedules so they could take part, even though most of the 125 people who came to listen couldn't vote. For 2 1/2 hours the rivals argued nonstop about a variety of topics including what to do with the city's poorly managed garbage dump. And it was kind of interesting that two candidates showed up in western shirts, cowboy boots and hats.

But all that made sense, since the job up for grabs in this debate was that of...