Mayor Dad *


Jim Hahn opens up about being a working almost-single father in an interview with Mary McNamara in today's Times.

That life now includes two households; Monica lives elsewhere in San Pedro, while Hahn and the children remain in the family home. Last year, when the announcement was made that the two were separating after 20 years of marriage, there was little media fanfare. The couple is not divorced, and Hahn remains circumspect regarding his marriage and the separation; speaking of his wife, he is respectful but not forthcoming. Every working parent struggles with the balancing act of job and family, and the Hahns are no different. There is no nanny, no personal assistant assigned to the children. Monica still takes the children to and from school and fixes dinner, while the mayor tries to get home in time to oversee homework and bedtime...

"My priority is to be Dad, not the mayor," he said, adding, "I think some people who are full on with political ambition aren't necessarily going to be making the best decisions on behalf of all the people they're supposed to represent because they have no clue what people are going through in their ordinary lives, because they're not living ordinary lives."

Also out of Camp Hahn, the mayor on Tuesday unveiled a plan to ease traffic at 25 intersections and endorsed the idea of a land conservancy to prevent development of the city's 500 square miles of acreage in the Owens Valley.

* Added 1:40 p.m.: Mack Reed at LAVoice.org thinks the mayoral candidate websites mean something, and is keeping watch. For some reason, he lumps Hahn's 2001 campaign site in with the current ones.

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