Former mayor dies



Two decades after the Harry Raymond bombing, former Mayor Frank Shaw dies. He denied allegations of corruption, explaining: "They said my administration was filled with graft. Nobody stole any money. There wasn’t any money to steal," according to his Times obituary.

Interestingly enough, Shaw was born in Canada and brought to the U.S. by his parents when he was a child of 5. According to his obituaries, Shaw was elected to the City Council in 1925, the Board of Supervisors in 1928 and became mayor of Los Angeles in 1933 although he wasn’t legally a U.S. citizen.  Shaw didn’t become a naturalized U.S. citizen until after his reelection in 1937 to quiet his political opponents, The Times says.

Isn’t it fun to think how we might react today if Shaw were mayor of Los Angeles and his family had brought him from Mexico instead of Canada and never became U.S. citizens? I suppose he would have been deported. What an amusing idea.

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