Daily Breeze Editorial: Hahn is best choice for Supervisor in LA County’s 4th District: Endorsement

"If you’re running for political office in Los Angeles, it doesn’t hurt if your last name is Hahn. The Hahn family is the closest thing to a political dynasty that Los Angeles has.

"Kenneth Hahn, the family patriarch, was a Los Angeles County supervisor for an astounding 40 years, obviously before term limits. Kenneth’s brother Gordon was a member of the California Assembly and the L.A. City Council. Kenneth’s son James was Los Angeles mayor from 2001 to 2005, and daughter Janice was an L.A. city councilwoman before her election to Congress representing California’s 44th District.

"And now Janice Hahn is running for election to the five-member L.A. County Board of Supervisors, the body her father served for so many years.

"If she is voted into one of the two open supervisorial seats up for election on June 7, her office would be in the building named after her dad.

"The Southern California News Group Editorial Board, which includes the Press-Telegram and Daily Breeze, is endorsing her for election to supervisor in the county’s 4th District.

"But the editorial board is not endorsing Hahn because of her last name. It is her experience on the City Council and in Congress and her ability to get things done that gives her the edge over her opponents.

"There are two other candidates running for the seat being vacated by the popular Don Knabe because of term limits: Steve Napolitano, Knabe’s senior deputy, and Ralph Pacheco, a minister and Whittier Union High School District school board member.

"The 4th Supervisorial District sprawls across 458 square miles in a crescent-shaped district running from Marina del Rey to Diamond Bar.

"The district includes two million people living in a diverse area anchored by Long Beach, the state’s seventh largest city, and Torrance in the South Bay.

"Hahn’s strengths, as a former councilwoman who created the Watts Gang Task Force after debilitating violence in her district, play to a key priority of the supervisor board: public safety.

"As a representative of the port area for more than a decade, she also understands the transportation needs of the community. And she has been tested on other issues that she will face at the board, including the needs of the sick, the poor and the homeless. She’s an unabashed progressive...

"...Hahn is the best choice in the 4th District."