Los Angeles: Showdown for a Showboater

Eight volatile years as mayor of Los Angeles have taught Sam Yorty that power is not one of the perquisites of his office. The ramshackle 1925 charter of the nation's third largest city so splits authority between mayor and council that neither enjoys effective command. All the same, Yorty, now 59, has en joyed himself hugely as mayor. He has served as the city's master of ceremonies and junketeer-extraordinary. At the drop of an airline ticket, Sam has been able to discover municipal business requiring his presence in 15 countries.


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