Steve Lopez, a sardonic wit who pens a regular column for the Los Angeles Times, thinks Chicago is an ideal role model for the Southland's politicos, particularly when it comes to cycling. As he noted in his column Sunday: "But why does a city that's under ice half the year have a better system of bike lanes, not to mention a bike-riding mayor, while Antonio Villaraigosa (L.A.'s mayor) has a deputy mayor for transportation who dopes around L.A. In his Hummer?" Lopez also made note of the fact that Chicago pols are much smarter than L.A.'s when it comes to corruption. "...it's a strain of graft that gets things done rather than just lining pockets."
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