The 1993 Mayor’s Race in Los Angeles marked the end of an era -– if not not quite the beginning of a new one. It was the first time in 24 years that Tom Bradley’s name wasn’t on the ballot. Bradley had presided over unprecedented growth, as well as simmering racial tension that culminated in the 1992 post-Rodney King verdict riots.; Over 20 candidates would compete to be Bradley’s replacement. They were a bizarre assortment of people: a billionaire, a technocrat, a firebrand, an ex-boxer, a Greek engineer, a Rhodes scholar, a punk rocker, a gadfly, a street corner lunatic, and a homeless man.; This thesis is an oral history of the mayoral election. It is made up entirely of interviews with people involved, conducted by the author, as well as quotes from newspaper and magazine stories of the day. The intention is to tell narrative that is both entertaining and enlightening about politics in a city where no one cares about politics.