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Byline: Harrison Sheppard Staff Writer

As Mayor James Hahn For the Iowa politician, see .

James Kenneth "Jim" Hahn (born July 3, 1950) is an American politician from the Democratic Party. He was the Deputy City Attorney (1975-1979), City Controller (1981-1985), City Attorney (1985-2001) and Mayor of Los Angeles, California
 launched his television campaign Tuesday to defeat secession secession, in art
secession, in art, any of several associations of progressive artists, especially those in Munich, Berlin, and Vienna, who withdrew from the established academic societies or exhibitions.
, campaign finance reports released by pro-secessionists showed just how deep the money divide is between the two sides.

The reports showed a San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills.
 Independence Committee that is vastly outgunned, raising only $547,000 to Hahn's $4.8 million.

But it was the size of the individual contributions that showed the greatest difference.

Hahn's committee received donations of $100,000 or more from a dozen people or companies, totaling $1.9 million. In fact, Hahn could have relied on those dozen entities alone and outraised not only the Valley committee but likely all 121 Valley candidates for city council and mayor.

By contrast, the top dozen contributions to support Valley secession totaled only $321,000, with only a single contributor, longtime long·time  
adj.
Having existed or persisted for a long time: a longtime friend; a longtime resident of Detroit.


longtime
Adjective
 secession backer David W. Fleming, giving at the six-figure mark with a $100,000 donation.

In addition to Hahn's funds, separate committees headed by elected city officials and others raised more than $430,000 to fight secession.

But the independent committees formed to support the secession cause have raised only about $11,000 - although the individual candidates for Valley offices have raised more than $500,000 for their own campaigns.

The additional campaign finance information was released as Hahn took the offensive over the airwaves airwaves
Noun, pl

Informal radio waves used in radio and television broadcasting
 Tuesday, launching ads on broadcast and cable television. Hahn has already committed $1 million to a television advertising blitz blitz  
n.
1.
a. A blitzkrieg.

b. A heavy aerial bombardment.

2. An intense campaign: a media blitz focused on young voters.

3.
 and has an additional $3.3 million in cash on hand that he is expected to use on more TV and radio ads, mailings and other outreach.

The first TV ad, a 15-second spot, uses gambling images to depict de·pict  
tr.v. de·pict·ed, de·pict·ing, de·picts
1. To represent in a picture or sculpture.

2. To represent in words; describe. See Synonyms at represent.
 the risk that opponents claim secession represents. The ad shows disembodied hands playing roulette roulette (rlĕt`), game of chance popular in gambling casinos, and in a simplified form elsewhere. In gambling houses the roulette wheel is set in an oblong table.  and craps craps: see dice.
craps

Gambling game in which each player in turn throws two dice, attempting to roll a winning combination. The term derives from a Louisiana French word, crabs, which means “losing throw.
, while a male voiceover states: ``Secession - it's a risk that's not worth taking. Secession is a roll of the dice that can mean disaster relief won't be there when you need it. Secession - don't take a chance. Vote no on F and H. It's too big a gamble.''

Hahn consultant Kam Kuwata declined to say how many stations the ad aired on, citing strategic reasons, but said it was on broadcast and cable. He said he is continuing to take the other side seriously despite the enormous gap in fund raising.

``Until they cry uncle and throw in the towel, don't you have to take them seriously?'' Kuwata said. ``They keep talking about how they're going to turn this around, and I have to take an opponent seriously until Election Day.''

The pro-secession side began airing television ads earlier this week - but on a much more limited basis on cable television in the Valley - and has very few funds left to run a substantial campaign. Of the $547,000 raised so far this year, $426,000 has already been spent.

Richard Katz, chairman of the Valley Independence Committee, said he hopes the secession campaign will still be competitive, despite the funding shortfall, by relying on volunteers and the candidates. Secessionists had once predicted they would raise at least $4 million, but now it is clear they will not approach that mark.

``We're expecting to raise several hundred thousand dollars more between now and the end of the campaign,'' Katz said. ``We've said all along we will be able to run a campaign we believe will be competitive from our perspective. We will heavily rely on volunteers and the other candidates out there also. The combination of all those factors we believe will be productive for us.''

Hollywood secessionists, despite representing a much smaller area, have pulled ahead of the Valley in fund raising because of contributions from Hollywood Independence Committee head and council candidate Gene LaPietra. He has contributed more than $500,000 to the Hollywood effort and has committed to spending at least $700,000 more, according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 campaign manager Geoffrey Garfield.

That makes LaPietra the single biggest contributor in the race on either side. But after LaPietra, the big spenders Noun 1. big spender - one who spends lavishly and ostentatiously on entertainment; "the last of the big spenders"
high roller

scattergood, spend-all, spendthrift, spender - someone who spends money prodigally
 are all on Hahn's side.

Including the money raised by Hollywood secessionists, as well as Valley and Hollywood candidates, secessionists have a combined $1.8 million.

Additionally, the secession effort has just opened a citywide front. Valley attorney Bob Scott

For other people named Robert Scott, see Robert Scott (disambiguation).
Bob Scott (born Robert Wiliam Henry Scott 6 February 1921 in Wellington, New Zealand) was a New Zealand rugby union player who played for the All Blacks.
 has formed a group called The Alliance for a New L.A., which raised $10,000 from a single contribution by Valley developer Sanford Paris.

Scott said the Alliance, which has rented an office in Westchester, includes secession supporters from San Pedro, Westchester and Hollywood, as well as Valley activists such as the Rev. Zedar Broadous, head of the Valley branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), organization composed mainly of American blacks, but with many white members, whose goal is the end of racial discrimination and segregation. , and former Economic Alliance Chairman Bill Allen.

``We're basically going to be delivering a citywide message, providing resources and information to people around the city about the implications of cityhood and reorganization,'' Scott said. `

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