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Judge Hahn commutes to Monterey Park these days

judge-jim-hahn.jpgWhen he was mayor, Jim Hahn made the daily trip from San Pedro to City Hall — none of that Getty House stuff for him. As a new judge at the Ed Edelman Children's Court, he has 1,500 at-risk kids under his responsibility, reporter Ciaran McEvoy says in today's judicial profile in the Daily Journal.

"You may not be able to save all of [the children] because some of them come from horrible situations," Hahn says in the story. "You don't pick your parents. Some of these kids have some lousy parents. So what you try to do is ask if there is something we can try to do and fix what's broken....

"It's nice to not have to be in the political fray every day of the week," he said, adding, "I like it when everyone says, 'You look so much more relaxed.'"

He declined to evaluate Antonio Villaraigosa, who defeated him in 2005, but quipped of the campaign: "Mr. Villaraigosa was a very exciting candidate. I think people were very excited about him being mayor. He's a very charismatic figure and I'm kind of dull." The story says, by the way, that Hahn remarried in October.

Photo: L.A. Daily Journal


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