Here's an odd story out of Los Angeles City Hall by David Zahniser in the Breeze. Seems that Alex Padilla, the president of the City Council, and the chief of staff to councilman Greig Smith were spotted last weekend shooting video inside the closed -- and locked -- suite of Mayor Jim Hahn. They didn't have permission to be there, says Hahn's office, but had talked City Hall guards into unlocking doors for them.
Padilla and Mitch Englander explain the after-hours entry as innocent, "part of their effort to shoot a satiric video for an upcoming American Diabetes Association fund-raiser in which Padilla will be a featured guest. Padilla had the mistaken impression that he was allowed to go into Hahn's office and has already apologized to the mayor, Padilla spokesman David Gershwin said. 'There was no harm intended.'"
The mayor's sister, councilwoman Janice Hahn, calls it a "childish prank" that showed lack of respect on Padilla's part. Englander retorts that "some people have a sense of humor, some people don't...it ruffled some feathers, but that's what spoofs usually do."
Count Hahn's communications deputy Julie Wong among the un-amused. The guards who let Padilla in are being investigated. "It's a matter of security, and we want to make sure that concerns about getting into the mayor's office are addressed," Wong said. "If they had asked, we would have met them here and let them in."
Also in the Daily Breeze: Hahn's 11-year-old son Jackson was in a film that showed at Sundance this year.