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Puff the Magic Bratton: Gossip from Last Night's Roast
At last night's 10th Annual Los Angeles Political Roast, a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association, there was more than just poking fun at the no-nonsense East Coast talking LAPD Chief - William Bratton.
The LA Times did not get into it (LAObserved did), but there was a little tiff between Mayor Villaraigosa and District Attorney, Steve Cooley. The DA took a swing at the Mayor's supposed marriage situation and later while Mayor V was roasting Bratton, Cooley would frequently interrupt. Soon thereafter, the Mayor blew back telling Cooley he was not allowed to talk because he was not a funny man.
City Council President and Master of Ceremonies, Eric Garcetti calmed the situation down jokingly comparing their pissy fits to the upcoming Olympics. He also sang a song called "Puff the Magic Bratton."
Of course, there was lots of fun to be had at the expense of ex-Police Chief, Bernard Parks, now a City Councilman. When Chief Bratton was hired under the Jim Hahn administration, there were lots of problems with parks and it wasn't MacArthur Park.
All in all, the in-fighting and good laughs raised almost $600,000 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. $25,000 was spent on the Krispy Kreme donuts that served as table centerpieces. Okay, not really, but the donut centerpiece cop-joke was apparently confusing to many guests ("I paid how much money to be served donuts?!?").
Photo by LAist Zach. Bullet holes courtesy of the bank robbers in the NoHo shootout.