When last seen at Canter's deli, Bob Hertzberg was chasing after Mayor Jim Hahn with a kitchen sink. On Monday, they sat down at Art's—at Hahn's request—to talk about a possible endorsement of the mayor. Hertzberg didn't say he would and didn't say he wouldn't, which is eye-opening given all the bad stuff he laid on Hahn in the primary. But that was then, and this is now: the endorsement season, when civilians discover that politicians don't usually believe all those tough things they say about their opponents, even if their supporters think they do. So Hahn has phoned up Bernard Parks (!) to set up a meeting, Richard Alarcon met Hahn and Villaraigosa separately last week at Jerry's Deli, and Hertzberg says he'll meet soon with Villaraigosa (Parks already did.) Last time, you might remember, then-Mayor Richard Riordan dragged it out before finally endorsing Villaraigosa late in the campaign. Times, Daily News
Meanwhile, Hahn has called a press gathering at Galpin Motors at 11 a.m. to announce an endorsement from a "prominent San Fernando Valley leader" (no fair if it's Galpin boss Bert Boeckmann or Bobbi Fiedler, who both already back the mayor.) And tonight at 7 p.m., the county Democratic committee votes on an endorsement. The Angelino analyzes the tactics.