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A rogues' gallery of L.A. mayors

The mayors of Los Angeles have never had the political muscle of their Big Apple and Big Shoulders counterparts. Well into the 20th century, L.A.'s mayors had less power and a smaller salary than the zanjero, the man in charge of the all-important city water system. But by hook and by crook, they brought roads and lands and light and water and waterfronts -- and an acid zing of scandal -- to civic life. OP-ED: "L.A.'s mayors: A cast of characters" by Patt Morrison
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