Elections: Yorty's Chortle

Los Angeles' Democratic Mayor Samuel William Yorty, 55, easily won another four-year term in office last week, and he had found the competition so inept during the campaign that he couldn't resist chortling on election night: "If I had been my own opponent, I could have done a better job at finding fault with my record."

Sam was certainly right. His top rival in the nonpartisan mayoralty race was Democratic Congressman James Roosevelt. But the Roosevelt name evoked no magic whatsoever; Jimmy was loaded with dough but light on ideas. He put up hundreds of billboards, handed out bales of...

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