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Hon. James K. Hahn
Former Mayor, City of Los Angeles

James K. Hahn served as the 40th mayor of the nation’s second largest city from 2001-2005 and prior to that was elected to four terms as Los Angeles City Attorney. Mr. Hahn’s leadership ability and keen negotiation skills served him well as mayor and resulted in a number of successful initiatives and ballot propositions. A nationally-recognized figure, Mr. Hahn brings to ARC a global perspective and expertise in dealing with every conceivable public and private entity.


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Employment, Transportation, Aviation, Personal Injury


Mr. Hahn has a wide range of experience dealing with the
business and financial communities on a local, national
and international basis. As mayor, Mr. Hahn led the effort
to defeat secession in the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood
and San Pedro, effectively keeping the city of Los Angeles
together. As co-chair of the California League of Cities, he
led mayors statewide in negotiating with Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger and passing measure 1A protecting local
government revenues. Mr. Hahn is also credited with
reducing crime by more than 30 percent in Los Angeles,
reinstating the community policing program, and markedly
improving morale in the police department.

Mr. Hahn was elected as the youngest City Controller
in 1981. He modernized the city’s accounting system,
and guided the city’s first issuance of tax and revenue
anticipation notes to smooth out cash flow. He went on
to serve a record number of years (1985-2001) as Los
Angeles City Attorney, where he pioneered the use of civil
injunctions against street gangs and drug dealers and
created the citywide nuisance abatement program.

After he left office in 2005, Hahn became managing director
and partner at Chadwick Saylor & Company, a real estate
investment banking and capital management firm with
offices in Los Angeles and Atlanta.




As a Board Member of the Los Angeles County
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, collaborated
with local leaders to secure funding for completion
and expansion of public transit lines.

Reached agreement on the Consensus Plan for the
LAX master plan, the first comprehensive modernization of the airport in 20 years.

Chaired the Aviation Security Task Force of the U.S.
Conference of Mayors, lobbying successfully for airport
security improvements and creation of the TSA.

Established a $100 million affordable housing trust
fund which helped to double annual housing production
in the city.

Led trade trips to Mexico and Asia to increase tourism and established agreements to share technology and resources between the Port of LA and the ports of Beijing and Shanghai.


B.A., Pepperdine University

J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law.

Mr. Hahn is available throughout California.

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