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Leading California Democratic strategist Kam Kuwata dies [Updated]

April 11, 2011 | 12:39 pm

Kuwata Democratic political consultant Kam Kuwata’s body was found Monday inside his Venice condominium, but there was no evidence of foul play, police said.

Police went to his home after friends became concerned about his welfare, said Sgt. Ron Pickering of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Kuwata, 57, served as a key Democratic Party strategist for more than 25 years. He worked on the successful campaigns of former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

He served as then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's program director for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Kuwata was at the heart of the effort in 2002 to defeat the secession of the San Fernando Valley from Los Angeles at the ballot box.

[Updated, 2:06 p.m.: "I am shocked to hear of the passing of Kam Kuwata," L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday in a statement. "Kam gave a lifetime to politics and public service.

"My prayers are with his family and large network of colleagues and friends during this difficult time."]

Read more about Kuwata at the Times' PolitiCal blog.


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Photo: Kam Kuwata in 2005. Credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times