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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

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Times election endorsements, November 2, 1958


A Methodist church in Little Rock offers a facility rent-free for segregated classes after Gov. Orval Faubus refuses to open the city's integrated high schools. And an African American boycott of segregated buses in Birmingham, Ala., gets a slow start.

The Times publishes its endorsements on the cover of Part 2 and you have to wonder whether it was the kiss of death. In the governor's race, we backed Sen. William F. Knowland instead of Pat Brown, who won in a crushing defeat.

We also backed losing candidates for lieutenant governor (Glenn Anderson defeated Harold Powers), secretary of state (Henry Lopez defeated Frank Jordan) and controller (Alan Cranston defeated Robert Kirkwood). We also endorsed Gov. Goodwin Knight, who lost the U.S. Senate race to Clair Engle, and Patrick Hillings, who lost the attorney general's race to a fellow named Stanley Mosk.

But Times-backed supervisor candidate Ernest Debs narrowly defeated Edward R. Roybal in a campaign marked by charges that Latino voters were intimidated at the polls.
 Mort Sahl: "I just go out and say whatever comes into my head."
 Trojans 'click' and Bruins 'swoon.' You don't see heads like that these days.

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