Pink’s names hot dog for late city councilman

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Wave Wire Service

LOS ANGELES — Pink’s Hot Dogs has introduced a “Mr. Los Angeles” hot dog named for Tom LaBonge, the former Los Angeles city councilman who died on Jan. 7.

The hot dog debuted at noon March 12 at the 82-year-old Hollywood landmark located at 709 N. La Brea Ave.

According to Pink’s, 100% of the proceeds from sales of the hot dog over the weekend were donated to the Tom LaBonge Griffith Park Memorial Fund. People who want to make a donation directly to the fund can visit www.laparksfoundation.org/donations/donate/.

If there were a L.A. Hall of Fame, Tom would surely be inducted,” Pink’s Hot Dogs wrote in a Twitter post.

LaBonge was known for his outsized personality, reflected in his deep knowledge of high school football teams, penchant for big hugs and love of classic Los Angeles institutions, including Pink’s Hot Dogs, along with his hands-on approach to serving constituents. He was frequently spotted hiking through Griffith Park.