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Excelsior, &c.

My name is so-and-so, and I indeed approve of this message.

I don't think I make more than a few mistakes in any given hour myself, and I probably miss more things than I catch in aggregate too. But this kind of level-headed statement and the attendant possibility of political reconciliations between otherwise diametrically opposed political people is the whole reason I invested a lot of personal political capital in the idea of MayorSam six years ago, even at a time when many other in media would not, and why I retain hope for it today too.

The City of Los Angeles needed a tabloid in 2005 and it needs one even more today. Mainstream media do not even provide us with nearly enough water-cooler fodder, let alone real political discourse, to make politics a vital enough component of our Angenelo daily life. We need an outlet that plays a bit more fast and loose than other outlets, and it's worth much to have one, even when things get messy.

There remains much good to be said about the people at MayorSam--indeed, maybe we have had our disputes, but throughout the go-arounds I have also learned how vibrantly and how deeply the blog extends into our everyday civic discourse. Readers, political consultants, politico desperados, lobbyists, and everyone else involved in civic life should keep it going--and keep going strong, Michael, Joe and Scott.