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How L.A. can become the country's most corrupt region [Ted Rall cartoon]

A University of Illinois study finds that Los Angeles is the second-most-corrupt region in the United States.

In his Sunday column, Steve Lopez names names, pointing to specific public officials and departments that earned L.A. this dubious ranking. Lopez writes:

[I] think a better explanation for our current rot is that if you're a scheming public official in Los Angeles, stealing everything that isn't nailed to the wall is a breeze. Too many people aren't paying attention and can't be bothered to vote, which allows sleazy opportunists to easily build fiefdoms. And journalists can't bag every skunk, no matter how much we'd like to.

Above is cartoonist Ted Rall's take. And below are a few pieces by The Times' editorial board highlighting our city's most recent offenses.


Trutanich: I am a liar

Ripping off Los Angeles

L.A. DWP's gold-plated jobs

Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons

--Alexandra Le Tellier

Cartoon: Ted Rall / For The Times


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