He’s served L. A. well

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Patt Mor­ri­son Asks: Tom LaBonge,” Opin­ion, June 24

Agree with him or not, out­go­ing Coun­cil­man Tom LaBonge, rightly called “L. A.’ s big­gest fan,” has com­ported him­self with dig­nity dur­ing his long ca­reer serv­ing Los An­ge­les as a top aide to Coun­cil­man John Fer­raro and Mayor Richard Rior­dan, and the coun­cil­man rep­re­sent­ing the 4th Dis­trict.

Sure, he’s been the city’s big­gest cheer­leader. But at times dur­ing his ten­ure, L. A. needed an avun­cu­lar leader to en­thu­si­as­ti­cally mar­ket the city, es­pe­cially to An­ge­lenos. More­over, he has cor­rectly un­der­stood the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ned­er­lan­der and the res­i­dents in the hills whose lives are di­rectly im­pacted by con­certs and which com­pany is best equipped to man­age the Greek Theatre ( in ad­di­tion to be­ing the best fi­nan­cial op­tion for the city of Los An­ge­les).

LaBonge is also the last bridge to all the leg­endary, his­toric fig­ures who sat around the horse­shoe when L. A. be­gan to be rec­og­nized as a first- class city.

Some­where up there, through the thick haze of cigar smoke, Fer­raro is giv­ing his for­mer right- hand man the touch­down sig­nal.

Howard P. Co­hen North Hills

Glenn Koenig

COUN­CIL­MAN Tom LaBonge has been a f ix­ture in Los An­ge­les’ City Hall for more than 40 years.

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