We have no knowledge otherwise," Neiswanger said. Displaying the right date to mark the origins of a homegrown sport is important both for city pride and for practical reasons like marketing as Holyoke seeks to distinguish itself, said James M. Leahy, a member of the board of directors and past president of the Volleyball Hall of Fame Inc. here. "Having correct dates is extremely important to any piece of history, not just to show the cause and effect relationship of events -- in our case volleyball being started as an alternative to basketball -- but for factual reasons as well," said Leahy, who also is a member of the City Council. As with collectors of other things, degrees of interest define those who collect police patches, said Jay Harris of Patch Me Thru Inc. of Boynton Beach, Florida. He has a dual master's in information security and information technologies, he said. The erroneous 1899 Holyoke police patch might prompt only a shrug from a casual collector, he said in an email. "They usually just want one patch from any department they can get and they are content with that," Harris said. Most who collect police department and law enforcement agency patches work in such fields or have ties to them.
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A recent Loyola Marymount University poll found Garcetti backed by 50.1 percent of registered voters, compared with 7.9 percent for his closest rival, Mitchell Schwartz, a political operative of former President Barack Obama during his first White House campaign. But the telephone-and-online survey of 950 people, conducted in January and early February, showed 38.5 percent were still undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus just over three percentage points. Schwartz, 55, has seized on the city's rising crime rate and soaring housing costs, while warning of a looming pension fund crisis, in his bid to unseat Garcetti. The mayor has touted his successful support for a measure to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles and pointed to the city's employment gains in the aftermath of a nationwide recession. Garcetti enjoys a significant funding advantage, reporting his campaign has amassed more than $3.8 million as of March 1, while Schwartz, the only other candidate to have raised substantial cash, is expected to have spent $790,000, a spokesman said. Schwartz was previously best known as the California state director of Obama's presidential campaign in 2007 and 2008. Before that he served as director of communications at the State Department during President Bill Clinton's first term in office. Garcetti, who defeated then-city Controller Wendy Greuel in a run-off four years ago, is the son of former prosecutor Gil Garcetti, whose office tried O.J. Simpson for murder, and lost, while serving as Los Angeles County district attorney.
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