VILLARAIGOSA TELLS OUTRAGE OVER MAILING.
Byline: Rick Orlov Staff Writer
Mayoral candidates Antonio Villaraigosa Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa (born Antonio (Tony) Ramon Villar, Jr. on January 23, 1953) is the mayor of Los Angeles, California. He is the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since Cristobal Aguilar in 1872. and 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 continued their dispute Thursday over an independent mailing and the tenor of the campaign that ends next Tuesday.
Villaraigosa voiced outrage at disclosures that a close ally of Hahn was responsible for seeking a $100,000 contribution from the Soboba band of Mission Indians Mission Indians, Native Americans of S and central California; so called because they were under the jurisdiction of some 21 Spanish missions that were established between 1769 and 1823. for a mailing against him. The mailing criticized him for voting against tougher sentences for sexual offenders and against notifying the community when a violent felon An individual who commits a crime of a serious nature, such as Burglary or murder. A person who commits a felony.
felon n. a person who has been convicted of a felony, which is a crime punishable by death or a term in state or federal prison. is released.
``These are simply outrageous,'' Villaraigosa said. ``They are, in effect, calling me the most dangerous man in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. . This is beyond the pale of what is appropriate in this campaign.
``I have never vilified Jimmy Hahn personally in any of this campaign. I refuse to do that. I've got kids I've got to face. All I can hope is that the good guys win.''
Hahn denied any knowledge of the mailings or the role of longtime supporter Daniel Weinstein in contacting the tribe and organizing the mailing.
``Daniel Weinstein is a good friend, but neither I nor anyone in my campaign knew anything about this,'' Hahn said after a meeting with supporters in the Asian-American community. ``But that's what happens when people get frustrated and they see the amounts being spent by the other side.
``I would have preferred that these donations go to my campaign so we could get our message out. But, the fact is, Mr. Villaraigosa is being helped by the Democratic Party, which is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and no one knows where that money is coming from.''
Hahn said he had not talked with Weinstein for about two weeks and was unaware of his activities.
Hahn and Villaraigosa have both said they support disclosure of that kind of funding.
Weinstein, who owns Wetherly Capital Group in Beverly Hills Beverly Hills, city (1990 pop. 31,971), Los Angeles co., S Calif., completely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles; inc. 1914. The largely residential city is home to many motion-picture and television personalities. , is out of town until next week, a secretary at the company said. He has not issued a statement on his role in the mailing.
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3. published reports, members of the tribe were meeting with other groups and were urged by Weinstein in a speaker-phone call to contribute to the Hahn campaign for a mailing critical of Villaraigosa's record.
They were not told the specifics of the mailing.
Villaraigosa has had a spotty relationship with the Indian tribes over the years because of his refusal to relax gambling laws at their casinos.
In other campaign developments Thursday, television station KABC KABC Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children (Channel 7) and SurveyUSA released an opinion poll showing Hahn surging to a 54-43 percent lead over Villaraigosa .
Television officials said the survey of 800 registered voters was conducted Wednesday and has a 3.2 percent margin of error. Villaraigosa campaign officials disputed the results.
Also on Thursday, Villaraigosa renewed his pledge to audit the Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. annually - either with the district's consent or by seeking a change in state law.