SPAIN: Hizzoner Robin Hood

Times were hard in the little Spanish town of Santisteban del Puerto when young (30) Mayor Agustin Sanchez Lopez-Conesa took office in 1946. For two years straight, a searing drought had scorched the olive groves that were the town's only means of subsistence. More than 700 families were without work or food. "One day," recalls Don Agustin, "I came across the body of a worker, dead from starvation, lying in a ditch by the roadside. That decided it for me. There were too many rich people in my town for the poor to be dying of hunger."

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