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Goodbye to Marvin Braude
KPCC reports that former city councilman Marvin Braude has died. Braude was first elected to his post repping the 11th district in 1965, then won the next 7 elections, serving for 32 years. He worked to preserve the Santa Monica Mountains, siding with environmentalists over developers. We once heard (but can't prove right now -- bad google!) that he was such an avid bicyclist that he regularly rode his bike to work at the Council. Later he was an advisor to USC's Neighborhood Participation Project, and as recently as last month was giving his frank opinion about a political appointee: "he's a kvetch and a nuisance." We didn't even know him and we'll miss him.
Addenda: Services will be Monday, and statements have been released by Zev Yaroslavsky and Laura Chick, who did know him (via LA Observed)