The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo got a nice plug Friday when he and Attorney General Bill Lockyer announced a joint-agency $1.5 million settlement requiring PepsiCo Inc. to stop using leaded labels on bottled soft drinks imported from Mexico. Too bad the rest of the news last week wasn’t so pleasant for the Democratic candidate for attorney general.

A Field Poll released Thursday put Delgadillo 41 points behind opponent Jerry Brown, a stunning deficit given Delgadillo’s strong fund-raising and constant attacks on Brown’s record as Oakland mayor. Two out of three voters had no opinion of Delgadillo, a bad sign with the June primary less than seven weeks away.

A statement issued by Delgadillo’s campaign said the candidate will continue to campaign “no matter what the odds.” In the coming days, Delgadillo will speak at seven Democratic club events in Southern California, where he does better in the polls against Brown. But he’ll have to return to Sacramento next weekend for the state Democratic Party convention, where he’ll likely be asked to unplug his campaign so Brown can focus on the probable Republican nominee, state Sen. Chuck Poochigian of Fresno.

— Cheryl Miller

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