Buying off the councils

Mayor Hahn's shift of $100,000 to each neighborhood council for street repairs that we told you about yesterday earned stories in this morning's papers. (Times, Daily News, Breeze) Hahn's move came just ahead of a debate in front of council members, a fact not lost on the mayor's pursuers. Ace Smith, the campaign manager for Villaraigosa, gets off the best zinger:

"If there was a crime on the books for offensive pandering, the guy would be cited."

Also Monday: Hahn's campaign handed out four signed statements from participants in last week's Pacific Dining Car fundraiser, saying that Valley attorney Fred Gaines got it wrong about the host of the event. (Times, Daily News) Hahn also complained that if prosecutors file any more charges in the corruption probes before the election, "it will obviously be political....There's no question about it. If they wait for a year and a half (to investigate the case) and then suddenly file it -- if that isn't political, I don't know what would be."

And: Councilwoman Wendy Greuel and aide Leslie Pollner nab a hit-and-run suspect in North Hollywood.

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