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EDITORIAL WHERE ARE THE MONKEYS? MAYOR'S ASIA TRIP ``DELIVERABLES'' ARE AS VAGUE AS THE WORD ITSELF.

WHEN Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was asked to explain why his two-week trip to Asia was anything more than just a junket for himself and an entourage of city officials and notables, he said he would be bringing back ``deliverables.''

Seemed like a bold statement at the time, until one considered the actual definition of the word. According to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, a deliverable is ``something that can be done,'' especially ``something that is a realistic expectation.''

Not quite like actually delivering something tangible or achieving a real goal. It's just setting out the hope for a future achievement.

At the time, it seemed an unintentional and common misuse of the word. But after hearing Villaraigosa's outline on Monday of the things the $500,000 tour accomplished, maybe the term was more accurate than not.

Finalizing deals that were already in the works and having various discussions with foreign officials seem fairly intangible, as the definition suggests.

Angelenos must hope Villaraigosa's ``deliverables'' are more realistic expectations than his predecessors' turned out to be.

Former Mayor James Hahn's main deliverables from his Asia trip four years ago were a pair of golden monkeys.

They still haven't been delivered.
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Date:Oct 25, 2006
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