Rocky Talks for Adelphia, L.A.


Adelphia Communications Corp.'s legal woes have triggered a spat between Los
Angeles' publicity-seeking city attorney and another agency charged with
negotiating a refranchise with the bankrupt operator.

The Board of Information Technology Commissioners has sent a letter to the
attorney, Rocky Delgadillo, demanding that he recuse himself from negotiations
with the operator. The board -- a panel of citizens appointed to make
recommendations to the City Council on cable issues -- is angry that Delgadillo
has held press conferences and divulged information that is the subject of
private negotiations.

Mayor James Hahn, who also signed the letter, backs the board. They
apparently believe the attorney is weakening the city's negotiating position
with the operator by speaking out in public rather than working within the city

The Information Technology Agency has an outside legal firm -- Washington,
D.C.-based Miller & Van Eaton PLLC -- assisting it on legal matters, and it
wants to expand that firm's authority rather than continuing to deal with the
chatty Delgadillo.