THE RIORDAN AD: The 30-second spot opens with an applauding crowd, and as the camera pans, it finds Riordan surrounded by admirers. "L.A. is coming back," the narrator says, "and Mayor Dick Riordan is leading the way. Two thousand new cops, the largest force in city history. Neighborhood police stations and expanded patrols. A new job-friendly approach at City Hall that's helped create 30,000 new jobs. The Children, Youth, Families Commission to make sure L.A.'s children grow up healthy, safe and strong. And no new taxes. A good start for our great mayor. And he works for us for just a dollar a year. Mayor Dick Riordan, turning L.A. around."
* THE ANALYSIS: Riordan has presided over historic growth in the Los Angeles Police Department, which is larger than it has ever been, though the mayor fell short of his 1993 promise to expand the department by 3,000 officers. As his ad states, the city has expanded patrols and added neighborhood police stations. The exact number of new jobs is disputed; Riordan himself sometimes claims credit for "more than 20,000" and other times says the number is 30,000. The Hayden campaign, meanwhile, cites bankruptcies and other indicators to suggest that the Riordan economic record is shallow and illusory, and contends that the city's economic recovery is part of a national trend, not a tribute to the Riordan administration.