Finding of the James K. Hahn Papers 0005

Finding aid prepared by Morgan Honeycutt (2008) and Katie Richardson (2013)
Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA, 90263-4786
(310) 506-4434
specialcollections@pepperdine.edu
2013


Title: James K. Hahn Papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0005
Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 80.0 linear feet (72 boxes, 9 oversize boxes, 4 oversize pictures)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1990-2006
Date (inclusive): 1905-2006
Abstract: James Kenneth Hahn has served in numerous public office positions including Deputy City Attorney (1975–1979), City Controller (1981–1985), City Attorney (1985–2001), and Mayor of Los Angeles (2001-2005). The collection includes press clippings, press releases, Hahn's mayoral files, budget books, business plans, audio and video recordings, awards and plaques, as well as personal memorabilia. The bulk of the materials date from 1990 to 2006.
Location note: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Creator: Hahn, James K., 1950-

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Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], James K. Hahn Papers, Collection no. 0005, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

Biographical note

James Kenneth Hahn was born on July 3, 1950, in Los Angeles, California. Hahn comes from a family of public servants. His father, Kenneth Hahn, served as the Los Anegeles City Councilman and as Los Angeles County Supervisor for 40 years. His uncle, Gordon Hahn, was a state assemblyman and a Los Angeles City Councilman. His cousin, Dale Hahn, serves as Superior Court judge in San Mateo County and his sister, Janice Hahn, is the Congressional Representative for California's 36th District.
Hahn grew up in the Morningside Park district of Inglewood near South Los Angeles. He attended Pepperdine University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in English and a minor in Journalism in 1972. He continued his education at Pepperdine School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1975.
After law school, Hahn worked in the Office of the City Attorney as a Prosecutor and Deputy City Attorney until 1979. At this point, he turned to private practice with a colleague, Robert Horner, until 1981. In 1981, Hahn was elected City Controller of Los Angeles and held the post until 1985. Hahn went on to serve as the Los Angeles City Attorney until 2001. He used his time in office to create the Tobacco Enforcement Project, Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program, and Kid Watch LA. He focused on gang activity, domestic violence laws, and the tobacco and gun industries.
On June 5, 2001, Hahn narrowly defeated former California Speaker of the Assembly Antonio Villaraigosa in a run-off election to succeed Mayor Richard Riordan. Hahn assumed office on July 2, 2001, as 40th Mayor of the City of Los Angeles. During his time as Mayor, he focused on homeland security, public safety, housing and economic development, education, youth and families, energy and the environment, transportation, and city services. He remained in office until 2005, when he lost to Villaraigosa.
After leaving office, Hahn accepted the position of a managing director and partner at the firm Chadwick Saylor & Company. On November 5, 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Hahn to fill a vacant judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Presently, he presides over Small Claims cases in Santa Monica.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains materials that span Hahn’s sixteen years as the Los Angeles City Attorney to his four years as Los Angeles Mayor. Included are press clippings, Hahn's mayoral files, press releases, budget books, business plans, audio and video recordings, awards and plaques, and personal memorabilia.

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in the following series: 1. Press Clippings 2. City Attorney Press Clippings 3. City Attorney Items 4. Mayor's Chronological Files 5. Media Advisories and Misc. Folder 6. Press Releases 7. Miscellaneous Papers for Jim Hahn 8. Budget Books 9. Final Reports with Media Presentations 10. VHS Tapes 11. Audio Tapes 12. CD Digital Photos 13. Awards and Plaques 14. Miscellaneous City Attorney Office/ Mayor Office Files 15. Oversize Items.

Processing note

The collection was processed by Special Collections and University Archives Intern, Morgan Honeycutt, in 2008. In 2013, Katie Richardson updated some of the information and encoded the finding aid.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Hahn, James K., 1950- -- Archives
Los Angeles (Calif.). City Attorney’s Office.
Los Angeles (Calif.). Office of Controller.
Los Angeles (Calif.). Office of the Mayor.
Audiocassettes
City planning--California--Los Angeles--History--20th century
Clippings
Correspondence
Elections--California--Los Angeles
Financial records
Legislation--California
Los Angeles (Calif.)--History
Los Angeles (Calif.)--Politics and government--20th century
Memorandums
Plaques
Political campaigns--California--History--20th century
Press releases
Publications
Reports
Speeches, addresses, etc., American--20th century
Urban policy--California--Los Angeles--History--20th century
Videocassettes

Box 1-10

Series 1: Press Clipppings 2003-2005

Scope and Contents note

Includes newspaper clippings and web print outs.
Box 11-12

Series 2: City Attorney Press Clipping/Press Releases 1995-2001

Box 11

Press Releases 1997-2000

Box 11

Task Force Disposition Sheets 1997-2000

Box 11

Non-Task Force Disposition Sheets 1998-2000

Box 11

Task Force Statistics 1997-2000

Box 11

Non-Task Force Cases 1997-2001

Box 11

Organization Chart, Office of the City Attorney 2000

Box 11

Proposed Budgets 1995-1996

Box 11-12

Allen Press Clippings 1996-1998

Box 11

News Coverage of Gun Litigation 1999

Box 11

L.A. Focus Volume 5, Issue 4 2000

Box 13

Series 3: City Attorney Items 1990-2001

Box 13

Response to Valley Secession Proposal 2001 June 8

Box 14a-19

Series 4: Mayor's Chronological Files 2001-2005

Scope and Contents note

Includes personal papers, files, memos, etc.
Box 20

Series 5: Media Advisories and Misc. Folder 2001-2004

Box 20

Advisories 2004

Box 20

Immediate Release Memos 2003

Box 20

Allesandro Elementary School - Red Car Art Project 2001 October 22

Box 20

Media Advisories 2001-2003

Box 21

Series 6: Press Releases 2001-2004

Scope and Contents note

Includes statements from Mayor James Hahn.
Box 22

Series 7: Miscellaneous Papers For James Hahn 1999-2005

Box 23-24

Series 8: Budget Books 2002-2006

 

Supplemental Schedules - Supplement to the 2002-2003 Proposed Budget

 

Explanation of Recommended Changes in Personnel - Supplement to the 2002-2003 Proposed Budget

 

Detail of Positions and Salaries - Supplement to the 2002-2003 Proposed Budget

 

City of Los Angeles - Budget Summary 2002-2003

 

Budget for the Fiscal Year 2002- 2003

 

Detail of Department Programs with Financial Summaries - Supplement to the 2002-2003 Proposed Budget

 

Detail of Department Programs with Financial Summaries - Supplement to the 2003-2004 Proposed Budget

 

Supplemental Schedules - Supplement to the 2003-2004 Proposed Budget

 

Revenue Outlook - Supplement to the 2003-2004 Proposed Budget

 

Detail of Positions and Salaries and Explanation of Recommended Changes in Personnel - Supplement to the 2003-2004 Proposed Budget

 

Detail of Department Programs - Supplement to the 2003-2904 Proposed Budget

 

2003-2004 Proposed Budget - Supporting Information for the Budget and Finance Committee

 

City of Los Angeles Budget Summary 2003-2004

 

Budget for the Fiscal Year 2002 -2003

 

Supplemental Schedules - Supplement to the 2004-2005 Proposed Budget

 

Detail of Department Programs - Supplement to the 2004-2005 Proposed Budget

 

Neighborhood Council Budget Summary - Supplement to the 2004-2005 Proposed Budget

 

Detail of Department Programs with Financial Summaries - Supplement to the 2004-2005 Proposed Budget

 

Revenue Outlook - Supplement to the 2004-2005 Proposed Budget

 

Budget for the Fiscal Year 2004-2005

 

Detail of Positions and Salaries and Explanation of Recommended Changes in Personnel - Supplement to the 2004-2005 Proposed Budget

 

City of Los Angeles Budget Summary 2005-2006

 

Neighborhood Council Budget Summary - Supplement to the 2005-2006 Proposed Budget

 

2005-2006 Proposed Budget - Supporting Information for the Budget and Finance Committee

 

Detail of Department Programs - Supplement to the 2005-2006 Proposed Budget

 

Revenue Outlook - Supplement to the 2005-2006 Proposed Budget

 

Supplemental Schedules - Supplement to the 2005-2006 Proposed Budget

 

Detail of Positions and Salaries and Explanation of Recommended Changes in Personnel - Supplement to the 2005-2006 Proposed Budget

 

Budget for the Fiscal Year 2005-2006

Box 25

Series 9: Final Reports with Media Presentations Bulk, 2001-2005 1905-2005

Box 26-44

Series 10: VHS Tapes 1999-2004

Physical Description: (616 videos)

Arrangement

The VHS tapes are organized by date.
Box 45-48, 50

Audiocassettes Series 11: 2002-2005

Physical Description: (488 audiocassettes)
Box 48-49

Series 12: CD Digital Photos 2001-2004

Scope and Content

Photographs of James Hahn and Hahn with other prominent politicians.
Box 50-68, 73-80

Series 13: Awards and Plaques

Box 69-72, 81

Series 14: Miscellaneous- City Attorney's Office / Mayor's Office

 

Oversize Items Series 15:

Scope and Content

Includes two pictures, a plaque from the fire chief, and a congratulations poster.