It was Local Politics at its best at 7th and Montana yesterday as Kathy gave Mr. Mayor some valuable advice. "Why don't we do the same thing in Santa Monica that they do in Manhattan Beach and put cute little Santa Hats over all the parking meters for the holidays?," she asked. Manhattan Beach, for those who don't know, basically waives all the parking meter fees throughout the holiday period to encourage folks to hang around and shop. "That would never work here," said Mr. Mayor, "People would just show up to park for free and never leave." Then, to cheer Kathy up, he gave her a fistful of change and said, "Here ... why don't you use this for the parking meter, instead?" Kathy laughed and gave him back his money, but the whole thing gave me an idea. Five minutes later, I approached Mr. Mayor with the very same question, fully expecting a fistful of change. But the Mayor just looked at me suspiciously and said, "She just asked me the same question." It was clear, there would be no fistful of change in my future. Oh, well, that's what I get for giving the Mayor my two cents worth ...!