AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Johnson led the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA championships in the late 1970s and 1980s and is now a successful businessman with interests in movie theaters, restaurants and shopping malls. He also is active in Democratic politics, having played a key role in generating support in Los Angeles’ black community for Antonio Villaraigosa’s successful bid for mayor last spring. SACRAMENTO – Basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson endorsed state Treasurer Phil Angelides for governor Tuesday, saying California needs a change in leadership. “Phil Angelides has the business experience, the proven leadership skills and the vision to be a great governor,” Johnson said during a news conference at a theater complex he owns in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles. “As governor, Angelides will renew opportunity for Californians so we can have the best schools, the best colleges and the best chances for our children.” Angelides is one of two Democrats to announce their candidacy for governor next year, seeking the right to challenge Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has been endorsed by several prominent party leaders, including U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez of Los Angeles. State Controller Steve Westly is the other announced Democrat. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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