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Al Martinez on the Mayor of 2nd Street

January 4, 2010 | 11:54 am


Fans and loyal readers of former Times columnist Al Martinez, who for decades chronicled the lives of Angelenos who were all special in their own way, will want to read his 1981 profile of Milt Wagenheim, also called the Mayor of 2nd Street.

Wagenheim, who died Dec. 29 at 91, was a friendly jokester who operated a downtown dry-cleaning business on 2nd Street between Broadway and Hill Street, adjacent to the popular Redwood Saloon (a more recent incarnation of the Redwood has a spot on 2nd Street, but that's another story).

Click here to read Al Martinez's story on Wagenheim.

-- Claire Noland

Photo: Milt Wagenheim at Civic Cleaners in 1981. Photo credit: Los Angeles Times