Date: 24th November 2000
Superstars BRAD PITT and BEN AFFLECK have been asked to fight it out to become the first mayor of Hollywood.
The two actors are being touted for the post after 45,000 residents of the star-studded area signed a petition demanding independence form the rest of Los Angeles.
The campaigners want a high-profile celebrity along the lines of CLINT EASTWOOD, who was mayor of his home town of Carmel, California. FARES WEHBE, president of the Hollywood City Vote group, says, "They both live in the area and have the worldwide appeal and charisma that we are looking for to promote Hollywood city in the new millennium." Make-up artist and Hollywood resident KEN HORN says, "Los Angeles has treated us like a poor relation for far too long. Promoting Hollywood City with a star as mayor would be a brilliant public relations coup."
But the area's current honorary mayor JOHNNY GRANT says, "It's a cute idea - but we need someone with real political experience. It's definitely a hands-on job." (NFA/WNTEX/PDD)