Election night notebook *

• In the 11th council district, they couldn't settle it. Runoff between Bill Rosendahl and Flora Gil Krisiloff.

• Controller Laura Chick waited to see which good friend got in the runoff, Villaraigosa or Hertzberg. Now that she knows, will she come out and endorse? She stayed away from the parties despite her own reelection with 81% of the vote.

• Councilman Jack Weiss was prominent at the Villaraigosa gathering. He's the only member of the council to support his seatmate on the alphabetically-determined city council horseshoe. [* Forgot about Martin Ludlow, who dual-endorsed Villaraigosa and Parks.] Meanwhile, ex-mayor Richard Riordan made the rounds all day again with Hertzberg. Wrong horse this time, apparently. In 2001, he switched from Soboroff to Villaraigosa in the runoff.

• Driving between parties, I heard KFI's John Ziegler constantly flacking the Hahn clash with John Kobylt that I mentioned yesterday. His take was that the mayor hung up crying. I didn't hear that, and nobody I talked to last night did either. (I heard extreme anger. Listen yourself here.) But many did wonder if the staffer who advised Hahn to call the "John and Ken Show" on Election Day is still employed. Everyone knew that Kobylt, who's in Hertzberg's camp, would go ballistic on the mayor, who hasn't paid his dues to the KFI screamers. As Kobylt hollered during the shoutfest (I'm paraphrasing), "Hertzberg has called in to the show three times!" Meanwhile, we know what to expect from Ziegler. When the KFI field reporter called in from the Villaraigosa party, Ziegler asked her: "Does anybody there speak English?"

• Having parties out in the city instead of hidden in downtown hotel ballrooms was refreshing. Villaraigosa's name was up in lights on the marquee outside the Henry Fonda Theater, and the crowd overflowed onto a roof patio with gorgeous views of the Hollywood skyline. Hahn also got some marquee action at the packed Conga Room on Wilshire. Hertzberg not so much at the Airtel at Van Nuys Airport, but he drew a good crowd.

• The L.A. Business Journal thought election night would be the perfect occasion to go live with updates on the new improved website. But apparently the site crashed and was down for a couple of hours. They were still posting at 2:14 a.m. though.

• Los Angeles magazine picked election night to unveil the April fashion issue at Two Rodeo in Beverly Hills. Big crowd, but not very tuned in to the L.A. election.

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