He’s served L. A. well
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
COUNCILMAN Tom LaBonge has been a f ixture in Los Angeles’ City Hall for more than 40 years.