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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

At Least He’s Doing Something

potholesWhen Mayor Hahn isn’t professing shock regarding the public relations firm he channeled millions of dollars to, he’s working to fix one of twelve hundred potholes the recent rains opened up.

He donned a yellow construction vest and steel-toed boots for his news conference to show people he’s doing everything he can to fix the problem of the potholes. Noting his father, Ken Hahn, was the “pothole killer,” the Mayor explained fixing potholes “is one of those ways to let people know what government is doing.” A slick publicity stunt combined with a mention of his well-liked and well-respected father…Can anyone say ‘shameless pandering?’

Publicity stunt aside, the government really isn’t doing everything it can. How do I know? The government told me. The Los Angeles Times quotes the city’s assistant director of street services, Nazario Sauceda, “We’re not going to fix all the potholes in the city; we’re just trying to fix the potholes reported by residents.” Riiiiight. Fixing all of the potholes wouldn’t leave the Mayor with any time to profess his shock at the rampant scandals in his administration.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hahn belongs in a pot hole. . .... ....at least partially covered with blacktop, the way he has treated this City.

January 18, 2005 11:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In my crystal ball I see more of these "re-elect me because..." events. And it tells me they will work.

January 18, 2005 7:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I loved the Times author's point about the secret to political longevity (“You’ve got to own the road”) and how council member Wendy Greuel abides by it like gospel to earn herself the (hugely unflattering) nickname of “pothole queen”.

From the mayor’s point of view, I suppose it may have been hard to resist such an easy publicity stunt. If one is running for re-election in a commuter city, what else do all his constituents have in common but their dependence on city roads? Quick political payoff.

January 19, 2005 4:09 PM  

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