Seems that City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo's resume, and his image, have been a tad inflated all this time. Patrick McGreevy in Saturday's LAT:
In various speeches, campaign ads and written biographies in past years, Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo has said he made it out of his Eastside neighborhood by winning a football scholarship to Harvard University, where he was an Academic All-American before going on to become a professional football player.
But now, as he runs for attorney general, the time as a pro football player is listed in bio material and speeches as "a brief stint," his standing at Harvard is listed as honorable mention for an All-American award, and he has dropped all claims of getting a football scholarship.
Last week, Delgadillo acknowledged through a spokesman that he never played in a pro football game and that his Harvard financial aid was not an athletic scholarship, because Ivy League schools do not provide them.
Various spokespeople for Delgadillo insist these were inadvertent and recent misreads or omissions, but McGreevy finds it's been going on a long time. The best bits:
"The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which lists attorneys and their accomplishments, credits Delgadillo with being an "NCAA Academic All-American" in several years' editions..."
"In a 2001 campaign mailer, Delgadillo is described as 'an Academic All-American at Harvard University'..."
"in a written copy of a speech he delivered last year to the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, Delgadillo said, 'I was an All-American football player.'..."
"The football scholarship was news to Robert Mitchell, a spokesman for the college. 'Harvard would not have given an athletic scholarship back then,' Mitchell said of the late 1970s. 'The Ivy League does not permit them.'"
Delgadillo's bio material has also made mention of a pro football career, but the LAT says that now appears to mean going to camp with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and being cut without playing in a game.
More City Hall in the news: The Times does a mini-profile of Karen Sisson, who shelved her plans to become a Lutheran minister in order to become budget guru for Mayor Villaraigosa...Legislative deputy Jenny Chavez is the third key aide to leave Councilwoman Janice Hahn's staff recently, while Gordon Teuber and Frank Hong have joined the staff.