Daily News profiles begin

They are more capsules than profiles, if the 839 words spent on Richard Alarcon in Monday's paper are typical. (Compare to the Times and LA Weekly.) The rest are coming alphabetically, with Hahn's tomorrow. Also in the DN, a story by Beth Barrett headlined "Hahn: The Inside Story," is a strange one, at least as packaged on the website. Its 1300 words focus solely on the ethics clouds around the mayor's administration. It contains no news that I recognize, inside or otherwise. It basically adds up the various allegations, resignations and fines and quotes USC's Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and Loyola Law School's Laurie Levenson suggesting that Hahn has contributed to his image problems. The sole voice from any of the rival campaigns is from the Hertzberg camp, from co-chairman and FOTDN (see 'Daily News endorses Hertzberg' two posts below) David Fleming.

And: The Hertzberg campaign claimed to the Daily News Sunday that an internal horserace poll shows their guy tied with Hahn at 20% and Villaraigosa leading at 27%. Hahn's people scoff that, well, it's an internal poll.

In the columns: Rick Orlov reports that 185,000 people watched the KCAL-9 debate last week, which is about how many watch the news at that hour on Channel 9...Patrick McGreevy [link fixed] asks whether Sheriff Lee Baca is using his deputies to run interference for Gov. Schwarzenegger.

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