National Geographic : 1962 Oct
or start a new business, and they frequently say, 'Who do we see here?' "You don't 'see' anybody. There is no rec ognized center of power. That leads to wrang ling, but it's better than having a few power ful figures in control." Los Angeles has a decentralized municipal 472 government. Its department heads are not in dividuals; the mayor appoints commissions for each branch or department: a harbor com mission, a police commission, a traffic com mission, and so on. Mayor Samuel W. Yorty, who hails from Nebraska, explained it to me as he sat behind his broad desk in City Hall.