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Hertzberg on a High

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LAist has to admit, it’s been a banner weekend for mayoral candidate Bob Hertzberg. Running as the #3 in a 3-man race, in the last several days Hertzberg has received some major endorsements that could help boost him into a runoff. The combined effects of the three endorsements help him in his base constituencies: Republicans and Valley voters.

Schwarzenegger Endorses LAUSD Breakup

LAist has noted with amusement that every time the Times mentions Hertzberg’s LAUSD breakup plan, they also say “the mayor has no authority over the school district.” Whether that’s because the Times editorial board doesn’t agree with the policy, because they think Hertzberg’s plan is “a cynical ploy to get votes,” as his opponents have said, or because they simply don’t like Hertzberg (though we doubt that), the plan got a major boost this week when the Governor supported it. Why? While the Mayor doesn’t have authority over the school district, the state does. The Governator and Bobzilla are close friends, and when you put those two factors together, what do you have? A good chance to put the seemingly impossible policy into action. All of a sudden, the relentless attacks by Hertzberg’s opponents about the Mayor’s authority are stopped in their tracks, and this allows Hertzberg to advertise the breakup plan with the Governator’s seal of approval.