It's a long way from the cliffs of Normandy to the hills of West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Westwood, but Wally Knox managed to bridge the gap in a last-minute mailing to bolster his successful race for the Democratic nomination in the 42nd Assembly District.
"When I vote Tuesday, I will dedicate my ballot to those, living and dead, who fought in that noble cause," he wrote on an oversize postcard featuring a black-and-white photograph of American troops after their landing on the French coast 50 years ago.
Citing his father's war record as a member of a U.S. Army division in France and Germany, Knox urged residents to vote and modestly mentioned his own military qualifications as "U.S. Army 1967-1971."
According to his campaign manager, Evelyn Jerome, the younger Knox served as an enlisted man in Army Intelligence, based in Germany and Vietnam.
JUNK MAIL: One Beverly Hills woman found a way to avoid handling the blizzard of political mail that arrived in the days before the election.
Atop a chair next to her mailbox, the woman placed a trash can, said Jeff Crain, an aide to Mark Slavkin, a candidate for the state assembly. On the trash can was a sign.
It said: "Please deposit political mail here."
MORE MAIL: Complaints about political mailings even became part of a West Hollywood City Council debate over trash hauling.
As city officials discussed trash collection in a meeting Monday, resident Derek Meik rose with a fistful of political mailers.
Of the 17 campaign pieces Meik said he had just received, 10 came from Mayor Abbe Land and Councilman Paul Koretz, both running for a state Assembly seat. Amid the talk of improving the city's recycling efforts, Meik said, none of the campaign mailers came on recycled paper.
FOR A SONG: An eclectic collection of more than 100 household items from Barbra Streisand's three Malibu homes will be up for auction during a giant garage sale of sorts being held this weekend by the A.N. Abell Auction Co.
A French decanter, waffle irons, a toaster, jugs, cups, saucers, rugs, sofas and chairs are among the items to be offered today at the Abell auction house in Commerce.