E-Day minus four:
He's baaaack: Carlos Vignali returns to L.A. politics in a new Hahn ad that hits both Villaraigosa and Hertzberg for writing letters on the crack dealer's behalf. Vignali, since given clemency by President Clinton, was the son of a campaign contributor and factored in Hahn's 2001 ads. In response, Hahn's rivals go negative in new TV spots. Villaraigosa's ad blasts Hahn for corruption scandals. In his spot, a giant Hertzberg steps on a TV showing the mayor's commercial and says "that's just plain wrong." Times (info table), Daily News, Daily Breeze
'Mayor Yawn': The Times' Mark Z. Baraback revisits the issue of Jim Hahn's charisma deficit and reports it could matter: "With Tuesday's vote nearing, the question—which would you prefer, Technicolor or technocratic—is both big and small, as trivial as individual tastes and as significant as the face that America's second-biggest city wishes to show the world. 'I wouldn't suggest that when a major manufacturing plant in the Far East is thinking of going to San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland or Vancouver they make a decision to come to L.A. because the mayor is exciting,' said Barry Munitz, the president of the Getty Museum [sic] , who is staying neutral in the mayor's race. Still, he said, 'Somebody has to be out there … saying this is what we got.'"
Guess who pays:The top candidates have received a lot of their campaign cash from players with business before the city, from sources outside L.A. or from out of state, an analysis by the Times' Patrick McGreevy found.
Talk radio candidate: Hertzberg goes on "McIntyre in the Morning" on KABC 790 AM at 8:05. An endorsement is expected by his staff. At 2 p.m. it's Hertzberg's turn to sit with Ketty Felde on KPCC (89.3 FM). It's safe to say there won't be an endorsement there...Hahn will announce some Latino community endorsements at 10 a.m. in Boyle Heights.
Leaving downtown: On election night in 2001, Jim Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa both partied downtown. On Tuesday night, Hahn's supporters will be at on Wilshire's Miracle Mile, Villaraigosa will gather in Hollywood. Richard Alarcon will be in Encino.
In the 11th: Flora Gil Krisiloff, who already raised eyebrows by implying an endorsement she doesn't have from Laura Chick—then BSing Warren Olney about it on the air&mdashgoes negative on Bill Rosendahl. He hits back with a mailer that says Krisiloff is making wild charges—a cartoon shows a woman looking at a piece of mail that says, "Rosendahl kidnaps Elvis!"