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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Austin Beutner during an event. Beutner dropped out of the 2013 mayoral race on Tuesday.
Austin Beutner may have dropped out the race to become mayor of Los Angeles, but he hasn't dropped out of the race to keep talking about what L.A. needs to do to fix its problems. I'd been following his campaign fairly closely for almost a year, mainly because I was intrigued by his work as first deputy mayor under Antonio Villaraigosa; and because it was interesting to see a former investment banker with no real public sector background try to turn himself into a West Coast version of New York's Michael Bloomberg (Beutner calls Bloomberg the "archetype of a modern big-city mayor").
Why did he drop out? "When you get to this stage, it's 24/7," he said when I spoke to him earlier today. "It's like you're in a off-off-off Broadway show, with four performances a day and no understudy." He just wasn't able to be the kind of parent he wanted to be. Now he's back on "carpool" duty, he quipped.