26 Facts About James Hahn

1.

James Kenneth Hahn was born on July 3,1950 and is an American lawyer and politician.

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James Hahn is the only individual in the city's history to have been elected to all three citywide offices.

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3.

James Hahn led the successful campaign to defeat secession in the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood, and San Pedro, thereby keeping Los Angeles intact.

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4.

James Hahn was born on July 3,1950, in Los Angeles, the son of Ramona and Kenneth James Hahn, and was raised in the Morningside Park district of Inglewood near South Los Angeles.

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5.

James Hahn attended Manchester Avenue Elementary School, Daniel Freeman Elementary School, Horace Mann Junior High School, and Los Angeles Lutheran High School.

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6.

In 1981, James Hahn was elected the fifth City Controller of Los Angeles and served until 1985.

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7.

James Hahn served from 1985 to 2001 as Los Angeles City Attorney, overseeing one of the largest public law offices in the nation with approximately 450 attorneys.

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8.

James Hahn re-established the domestic violence unit and sponsored over 30 pieces of relevant state legislation, helping to shape California's domestic violence laws.

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9.

James Hahn was elected in 2001, defeating Antonio Villaraigosa to serve as the 40th mayor of Los Angeles.

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10.

In 2002, Mayor James Hahn rejected Bernard Parks for a second term as Los Angeles police chief and appointed former NYPD Commissioner William Bratton to the position.

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11.

James Hahn implemented priority based budgeting to include neighborhood councils in the budget process, providing each council with $50,000 for any purpose and an additional $100,000 for street and sidewalk improvements.

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12.

James Hahn led two trade missions as Mayor, the first to Mexico in 2001, and the second to Asia in 2002, where he visited Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan.

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13.

In Mexico, James Hahn met with Mexican President Vicente Fox, Mexican business and airline executives, and received an airport security briefing at Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport.

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14.

In Beijing, James Hahn reached an agreement concerning the upcoming 2008 Olympics, designating Los Angeles as gateway to Beijing and enabling Los Angeles firms to be hired to oversee the renovation and construction of the Beijing airport and other infrastructure projects.

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15.

James Hahn created the Free Cash for College program, to assist more low income high school seniors secure financial aid for college.

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16.

James Hahn began the transition of the city's fleet of vehicles to hybrid vehicles and created the Alternative Maritime Power program at the Port of Los Angeles to enable large cruise and cargo ships to plug into clean power while docked at the port.

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17.

James Hahn'scousin, Dale Hahn, is a Superior Court judge in San Mateo County.

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18.

James Hahn left the company at the beginning of 2008, according to trade publication Real Estate Alert and joined private conflict resolution provider Alternative Resolution Centers, LLC's panel of neutrals.

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19.

On October 19,2005, James Hahn took part in a discussion entitled "The State of Los Angeles", sponsored by a non-profit organization called "Days of Dialogue".

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20.

On December 12,2005, James Hahn delivered a eulogy at the funeral of longtime city councilman Marvin Braude.

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21.

James Hahn said that he is as happy as ever and for the first time in decades, can truly enjoy his city.

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22.

In May 2008, James Hahn said that he had submitted paperwork requisite for the pursuit of a judicial appointment by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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23.

On November 5,2008, Schwarzenegger appointed James Hahn to fill a vacant judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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24.

James Hahn presently presides over Traffic Court cases in Santa Monica.

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25.

In 2013, James Hahn joined Mayor Eric Garcetti and former Mayors Richard Riordan and Antonio Villaraigosa at the opening of the renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, where Garcetti honored them for their efforts to revamp the airport.

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26.

In 2017, James Hahn again joined former Mayors Richard Riordan and Antonio Villaraigosa for a moderated conversation as part of the University of California, Los Angeles's "Why History Matters" series.

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