ELECTIONS: Fear and Loathing in L.A.

If Los Angeles voters believe the campaign oratory that has been swirling around their heads, their next mayor will be, no matter who wins next week's election, an incompetent, a liar, an as sociate of criminals and a betrayer of the public trust. After a series of "debates" between incumbent Mayor Sam Yorty, 63, and black City Councilman and Ex-Cop Thomas Bradley, 55, the Los Angeles Times complained in disgust: "Slashing personal attacks apparently win votes. Well, that is what passes for politics in Los Angeles."

Mayor Sam's biggest clamor was a charge that Bradley had accepted a large campaign...

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