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Will he or won't he? City Hall watchers are breathlessly waiting for Councilmember Antonio Villaraigosa to electrify the race for Mayor by entering the ring for a rematch with Mayor Hahn. The Times reports he's getting close. Local media aficionado Kevin Roderick chimes in at L.A. Observed, noting Antonio's hints that his decision would come soon (in between flashes of his trademark smile).Over at Change L.A., Bob Hertzberg continues to enjoy financial success as his Palm Tree-o-Meter inches toward its initial goal of $1 million in online fundraising. Don't count this guy out. Can't Bernard Parks find a techie or two to set up a similar money-grabbing mechanism? (The current one isn't going to cut it, Chief.)

And speaking of anemic web presences, Mayor Hahn's official site continues to refer to him as Los Angeles' "Mayor-Elect," leaving him open to all sorts of cracks about the extent of his accomplishments since his 2001 victory. Sadly, LAist won't stoop to that kind of snark. Instead, we'll take this opportunity to thank him for stopping the idiotic concept of Valley secession dead in its tracks.