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Janice Hahn offers her take on the plight of the Dodgers, a team her dad helped bring to L.A.

Hahn Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's decision to seize control of the embattled Los Angeles Dodgers stirred a lot of emotions in Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn, she told a civic gathering on Thursday.

After all, her father, the late Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, along with then-Councilwoman Roz Wyman, led the effort to lure the team from Brooklyn in the 1950s. Her Uncle Gordon Hahn, then a  councilman, voted to put the deal on the city ballot, she told a luncheon meeting of the Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum.

And years before her brother, James K. Hahn, grew up to be city attorney, then mayor and then Superior Court judge, he was the L.A. Dodgers' first honorary bat boy.

"Yesterday broke my heart, broke my heart," said Janice Hahn, who is running in a hot special election to replace former Rep. Jane Harman, a Venice Democrat, "because I have such a history with the Dodgers."

Still ,the councilwoman, who is battling Secretary of State Debra Bowen and 14 other candidates in the largely coastal 36th Congressional District's special primary on May 17, saw a possible silver lining.

"But maybe now," Hahn said, "we're on the path to better management, a better team and money for some relief pitchers instead of divorce proceedings."


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-- Jean Merl

Photo: Janice Hahn in 2006. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Comments () | Archives (2)

My advice for all the Los Angeles politicians is to shut up and stay that way until the residents of LA tell you to speak. Every time you guys comment on the Dodgers it only shows how out of touch you are with the residents and fans of the Dodgers. Yesterday's takeover was the best thing that happened to the Dodgers since the World Series in 1988.

Oh Please Janice Hahn has been the biggest embarrassement to the Hahn dynasty. Blood isn't thicker then water to her. As soon as the Failure of a Mayor Antonio became Mayor she forgot all the bad mouthing she did about his lack of leadership, his unethical behavior and forgot how horribly Antonio slammed her brother James Hahn with lies. She's the sister people hope not to have in their family. She's done nothing but honor gangsters in Watts and took money from the Eastside $50,000 to build the Cheryl Green Youth ?Center. She should not be elected to higher office. She's as incompetent as the rest of them in City Hall


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