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Tavis Smiley, former L.A. City Council candidate?

July 30, 2008 | 10:40 am

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There's a big profile of Tavis Smiley in this week's New Yorker. (That's Smiley back in 2002, with a hot dog from Earle's Grill.) Among the many tidbits is this:

By 1987, he was back in Los Angeles, where he worked as an aide to [Mayor Tom] Bradley, then made an unsuccessful run for the city council.

The full text of the story in the New Yorker is here.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times

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