Is Hahn Going to Pull a Villaraigosa?
Here's the setting. Hahn proposes tax increase to pay for cops. Councilman Smith proposes a way to get more cops without raising taxes. Villaraigosa takes credit in the last debate for the now "Villaraigosa-Smith" proposal. Hahn's proposal fails in Council.
So what do you do now if you are Hahn and you fail again today? Pull a Villaraigosa. Endorse the now "Villaraigosa-Smith" proposal and try to get it renamed the "Hahn-Villaraigosa-Smith" proposal...
If you think I'm out in left field on this one, read deeper into the Daily News story today:
Hahn tries to boost support for cop tax
Rick Orlov, Daily News
One of those contacted was Councilman Greig Smith, a leading opponent of the measure.
"The mayor was very polite and acknowledged what the councilman had done," Smith spokesman Mitch Englander said. "The mayor didn't ask him to change his vote and the councilman wouldn't have anyway. The mayor said he was confident they could work together."
Smith, who has endorsed Hahn's re-election, has proposed the city hire more officers by borrowing against money it expects to get from the state through the vehicle license fee.
Anyone else want to pile on board?
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