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California's Most Powerful Non-Elected Officials? L.A. is Home to Many

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Every year Capitol Weekly releases a list of the 100 most powerful people that are not politicians. These include reporters, state employees and business people. The Weekly has released half the list with the other half coming next week. Here are some local notables:George Skelton of the LA Times: "... virtually everybody who watches California politics reads him regularly."

Joe Edmiston: When you hike in the mountains where the brown signs say Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy or Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority, these are the two agencies Edmiston runs. He is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful people in the Los Angeles area, and also can be one of the most controversial if you live in Malibu or the Pacific Palisades.

Rick Caruso: He's built The Grove and The Americana and once thought about running for mayor. And who knows, he may run the next time around.