Councilman and ex-police chief Bernard Parks' entry certainly makes the coming mayor's race in Los Angeles more interesting. He doesn't have any money yet (while Jim Hahn has a lot, and both Hertzberg and Alarcon are ahead of Parks), but the race is now "unpredictable," as longtime political consultant Joe Cerrell quips in the Times:
"Anybody who tells you the answer, they're full of baloney...If I bet the money in my pocket, I'd bet on Jim Hahn. But would I bet more than the money in my pocket? No, because you don't know."
* And even more interesting: Bob Hertzberg's campaign just released word (at 11:20 a.m.) that four Hahn commissioners have resigned from his Administration and endorsed Hertzberg. They are attorney Lisa Specht, from the recreation and parks commission; developer and Community Redevelopment Agency commissioner Doug Ring, who is married to councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski; Dennis O’Sullivan of the Homeless Service Authority Commission; and Victor Sampson of the Police Permit Review Panel. Specht was a Hahn campaign co-chair in 2001.