City Hall Free-For-all

LOS ANGELES VOTERS HAD HOPED THE CURRENT mayoral race would feature a searching debate about the city's direction in the post-Tom Bradley era. What they got was the political equivalent of a freeway pileup. Even though 28 candidates have pulled out of the race, the names of 24 more still clutter the ballot for the April 20 election. "There are too many choices, too many options," says voter Stephanie Mancillas, a grammar-school instructional aide, echoing the widespread perplexity. "It's like when you take a child to the candy store and tell him there are hundreds of pieces to choose from. He...

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