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Steve Lopez to readers: The mayor? Is that the worst you've got?

February 4, 2010 | 10:16 am

Lopez OK, so here we are in Greater L.A., with its long, dark history of land and water grabs, legendary air pollution, assassins, serial killers and gang kingpins, and according to last week's Talk Back to Lopez poll, the worst Angeleno of all time is:

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa?

Does anyone out there know any history?

Sure, we got a lot of thoughtful nominations, but Villaraigosa had twice as many votes as the second-place finisher, who was another bizarre choice:

Congressman Henry Waxman.

Yes, I'm aware of his connection to our traffic nightmare. But give me a break.

As for Villaraigosa, I've pounded him pretty good over the years. But he wouldn't have made my top 50, and neither would Waxman.

Cardinal Roger Mahony third? I have no problem there, and I like O.J. Simpson at No. 4.

As for the six-way tie at No. 10 -- Ronald Reagan, Tom Bradley, former LAPD chief William Parker, Richard "Night Stalker" Ramirez, Clippers owner Donald Sterling and Steve Lopez -- wait a minute, moi? I'd like to say that I would have made a much better owner of the Clippers.

-- Steve Lopez

Image: Word cloud of blog reader votes for L.A.'s worst. Credit: Wordle.net