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Editor slams City electoral process; scribes take on power structure

With a month to go before we hold an election that's as quiet to most citizens as a Hancock Park neighborhood watch meeting, exec ed Jon Regardie of the Downtown News slams the City's electoral process.

In what could turn out to be the worst election in the history of Los Angeles, eight prominent local officeholders are ready to steamroll their way to another term. From the mayor's "race" on down, and with only a couple of exceptions, Los Angeles' next exercise in democracy is set to rubber stamp the words "four more years" across the office doors of many of the folks who already run the city.

Meanwhile, at the former fishwrap of record, Zahniser and Reston offer a news analysis that measures the likelihood of further consolidation of the Villaraigosa machine's power in the City.

If all three win March 3, the Villaraigosa-Weiss-Greuel troika would usher in a major change in mood from the current environment at City Hall, where the three citywide-elected politicians have eyed one another warily.
Put the two together and you have the likelihood of diminishing enfranchisement for citizens and the consolidation of civic power among a veritable oligarchy in City Hall.