California has lost a state treasure, and I have lost a mentor and friend. As mayor of Los Angeles, TOM BRADLEY was a healer of social divisions and a visionary who shepherded the transformation of an unruly town into a great city. The grandson of slaves, the son of Texas sharecroppers, he broke through racial barriers because there was simply no surrender in him. He bore the abuse that was the price of his success with a majestic dignity that even his most vicious detractors could never crack. Although he never courted the press, and was often criticized by it for...

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