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The Los Angeles Mayoral portrait gallery prepares for Villaraigosa

by Patt Morrison | Off-Ramp

Portrait of former LA Mayor Sam Yorty, the first Mayor from the San Fernando Valley. He served from 1961-1973. Dept. of Cultural Affairs

Twenty six stories up in City Hall, you’ll find the mayors of Los Angeles. Not a surprise to find mayors in City Hall, but you’ll find not one of them, but almost all of them -- more than 150 years of Hizzoners, all painted in oils and hanging in the mayors’ portrait gallery.

Soon, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s portrait will join the rest – minus three mayors whose faces no one evidently bothered to record. 

Patt Morrison visits City Hall to find out how the paintings came to be here and why.

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