Hahn's Eat-and-Get-Fat Diet
Please join City Planning Commission Chair Mitch Minzer and
me for an intimate luncheon with Mayor James Hahn.
â€" City Hall lobbyist Steven Afriat to
business owners who gave $1,000 to L.A. Mayor James K.
Hahn's reelection campaign.
P.S. RSVP to my secretary.
"Sorry to disturb you, Mr. Afriat, but it's that developer.
Yes, he's still coming, he just wants to know whether there
will be a screen for his Power Point presentation. I know,
I know, what a bumpkin. I told him it's not kosher
to ask outright for city help at these things. But I guess
I was just too subtle. Right. I'll try again."
"Mr. Afriat? The City Council Budget Committee wants to
meet with the mayor, but they don't have $1,000 for lunch.
I guess things are tight. Can they come if they just
have coffee? No?"
"It's the developer again. He says he'll do architectural
sketches only, no high-tech show-and-tell, and up the
donation to $2,000. That's twice the legal limit? Oh, well,
what if he brings a friend?"
"It's the budget committee again, sir. How much for a
meeting by the water cooler?"
"Some woman from a neighborhood council wants to 'share her
viewpoint' with the mayor. Something about equal time. No,
she doesn't have $1,000. Shall I tell her a stamp's just 37
"Sir, I've got a fellow on the line criticizing Mayor Hahn
for attending more than a dozen of these top-donor lunches
so far this year.
"No, wait, it's not what you think. He says that with just
18 months until the March 2005 election, we should at the
very least be doing seven lunches a week. We could
do twice that many if we double-shifted. We could do
breakfast, coffee, cocktail hour, dessert, even midnight
milk and cookies. He's offering to help. Interested? OK,
just a minute â€"
"Go ahead, Mr. Davis."
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