California: Two's a Crowd

Drawing a deep breath, Los Angeles' Mayor Samuel Yorty intoned: "Smog, transit, taxes, education, dangerous drugs, judicial appointments, bank charges, saving and loan charters, law enforcement and other great areas of state concern must be divorced from shoddy machine politics." Though his mammoth city has headaches enough of its own, the mayor's indictment was aimed at the Democratic administration in Sacramento. Thus, after years of feuding with Governor Pat Brown, Sam Yorty announced last week that he would challenge him for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in June.

Few California political experts give the maverick mayor more than an outside chance of...

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