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Local jeweler Leo Hamel is promoting a $100-a-plate dinner/fundraiser for mayoral hopeful Carl DeMaio.

“I tend not to get involved publicly in politics,” says an email drafted by Hamel and distributed by DeMaio’s campaign. “But with the direction the city is headed and the path we are on I can no longer sit back and not be involved.”

Hamel says he became acquainted with DeMaio during the latter’s drive against the proposed sales tax increase in 2010, about which Hamel says DeMaio “called it for what it truly was — a way to continue to fund outrageous pensions for city employees.”

In justifying the request for $100 donations by attendees to a party DeMaio will throw at the Butcher Shop restaurant to celebrate his official status as a mayoral candidate, Hamel says “the labor unions are going to spend MILLIONS to keep [DeMaio] from winning. They fear that if a strong fiscal reformer wins the mayoral race in America’s eighth-largest city, that victory could be seen as a signal to the other major cities in the country — almost all of which are in deep financial distress because they are currently controlled by the labor unions.”

Hamel continues to state that DeMaio is “the ONLY candidate” not to receive support or endorsement from labor unions. His letter concludes with a plea for donations from anyone unable to attend the March 1 event.

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mridolf Feb. 24, 2012 @ 12:18 p.m.

I seriously doubt unions are going to spend MILLIONS to keep DeMaio from winning. That's national office level spending. Thousands maybe.

As for direction, I'd direct people to the LA jewelry district, 7th and Hill St, in downtown LA, for jewelry. I'll bet you'd pay half there of what you would at Hamel's for the same jewelry.

Does Carl have a credit line with Hamel's, like Newt's at Tiffanys?


dwbat Feb. 24, 2012 @ 12:42 p.m.

I would never do business with Hamel anyway, after watching his buy-your-gold TV commercial where his two daughters screech at the end: "Come see us." It's enough to make ME scream. That commercial should be banned for eternity.


Twister Feb. 24, 2012 @ 1:55 p.m.

An insult to the intelligence and a credibility-buster. What WAS he thinking? Is that how he thinks?


SurfPuppy619 Feb. 24, 2012 @ 12:49 p.m.

I bought two watches from Leo back in the 1980's, good deals. His first location was on El Cajon Bl right next tot he 805, then he moved down El Cajon close to Park, I have no idea where he is today.

Both my watches were both stolen in a home burglary a 4 yeas ago. I liked him, just need to knwo how to negotiate with him and his sister (who was super hawt!).


Twister Feb. 24, 2012 @ 1:53 p.m.

Does anyone know anything about the appraiser who works with Hammel? Or a good, thorough, responsible appraiser?


Twister Feb. 24, 2012 @ 1:56 p.m.

DeMaio seems bright and energetic--too much so. A real horn-tooter.


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