The expected challenger to LA City Councilwoman Janice Hahn (sister of Mayor Jim Hahn) fell six signatures short in qualifying for the ballot.
John Fer, a former school principal who's big gun in the upcoming race was expected to be his Vietnam P.O.W. experience (with potential surrogate campaigner John McCain - no really), said he's disappointed.
It is a tough way to lose - before you ever begin. But from my brief encounter with Mr. Fer, I don't think the residents of LA's 15th Council district are missing out. Hahn has done a great job for the area - and though, as readers know, I am rabidly protective of veterans, solely being a veteran doesn't qualify you for local office. At one breakfast, Mr. Fer made a comment about taking care of another attendees property tax rates if elected. Um, no you won't, sir. See, it's called Prop 13 . . . .
So, Merry Christmas to Councilwoman Hahn. She'll get to spend less time campaigning . . . for herself - and all her time campaigning for her brother.