Lunch with Jim Hahn

Times columnist Steve Lopez met the former mayor at Yang Chow in Chinatown yesterday, and they talked about Hahn's new improved life out of the public eye: a steady lady friend, an office in Brentwood and time to get to the Hollywood Bowl.

Hahn is a new man altogether, even if he still has no better judgment than to dine with me. He's tanned, he's relaxed.

He's even funny.

While the two of us worked on the slippery shrimp at Yang Chow, he told me about his new life setting up real estate investments for the pension funds of building trade unions. Another diner came up and shook his hand, telling Hahn he looked great.

"Everybody says that," Hahn responded. "I must really have looked terrible."

One of the great things about being an ex-mayor, he said, is that everyone you meet claims to have been a fan.

"Everyone voted for me," he said. "I think I should demand a recount."

Hahn agreed, though, that he's better off for having lost on Election Day a year ago: "I just didn't know it at the time." Comments on the job being done by his successor? Wouldn't bite.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Standing up to Harvey Weinstein
The Media
LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions
LA Observed Notes: Harvey Weinstein stripped bare
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
Recent Politics stories on LA Observed:
David Ryu and candidate Mike Fong
Tronc buys (NY) Daily News, La Tuna fire aftermath and more
Helping in Houston, new lion cubs, Garcetti's back
Garcetti has weekend date in the Hamptons
Garcetti hitting the road to New Hampshire
LA Confederate monument coming down
LA Observed Notes: Back from vacation and into the fray
Rendon fights for neglected Southeast


LA Observed on Twitter