Back in early October, just before the Dodgers and Phillies got down to the National League Championship Series, L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge and Philly Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. made a friendly bet. (Jones was feeling a bit giddy, as he had won a case of Usinger's sausage from a Milwaukee alderman after the Phils beat the Brewers in the division series.)
The L.A.-Philly stakes were a case of Dodger dogs, books about L.A. history and pumpkin bread baked by a cloistered order of nuns at the Monastery of the Angels just beneath the "Hollywood" sign against a six-foot cheesesteak, books about Philly and a case of Tastykake.
LaBonge went one better as the loser. He wore a Phillies shirt to a council meeting.
The food and books are on their way, LaBonge's office said last night. Jones told me he'll give the food to a homeless shelter near City Hall. The books will go to a library in each councilmanic district.
That is, assuming they're still libraries in each district after city budget cuts.