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Two contenders turning tables in San Pedro


Assemblyman Mike Gatto stumps for Joe Buscaino while stumps of Ionic columns look on.



"Los Angeles is made up of more women than men. It’s shocking that women could soon have no voice on the 15 person City Council," says Rebecca Chambliss in an extensive interview for CityWatch.

Meanwhile, Joe Buscaino headlines a fundraising dinner with his paesano vecchio Tommy LaSorda, who helps Buscaino draw 250 supporters to a big dinner on Buscaino's behalf.

The unlikely tandem, Chambliss and Buscaino, along with former City Councilman Rudy Svorinich, have added a sideshow dimension to the race to fill Janice Hahn's old City Council seat in Council District 15. As in all other districts, the seat represents nearly 260,000 people--or a district the size of Newark, NJ.

While both firefighter's union candidate Pat McOsker and Villaraigosa crone Warren Furutani have secured the big dollars (and the big name political consultants) in the race, the Chambliss camp and the Buscaino camp are also receiving ace representation on the QT--and it's giving the big guns fits.

"I just haven't seen any numbers in this race in two months," one insider told me recently. "You know what that means? That means whoever is polling isn't talking even to their best friends about their results."

Which indicates that the race is still wide open with a month to go, and despite the money available to the top two contenders--neither of whom San Pedro seems very enthused about. Despite the lack of enthusiasm for the top two moneybags, this is the first stand-alone City Council race that could crack 20 percent turnout in nearly a decade.