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Los Angeles CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 4

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Janice Hahn

United States Representative
166,298 votes (47.13%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • 1) Raise awareness about the port and connect small businesses to international trade networks to create more good paying middle class jobs.
  • 2) Enhance public safety - without safe neighborhoods, kids can’t go to school, businesses can’t function, and society doesn’t thrive. We need more community-based policing along with adequate staffing levels for law enforcement, firefighters, and ot
  • 3) Address the needs of veterans and the homeless- if the country can’t do it, LA County should.



Profession:United States Representative
United States Representative, CA 44, United States House of Representatives — Elected position (2012–current)
United States Representative, CA 36, United States House of Representatives — Elected position (2011–2012)
Los Angeles City Councilwoman, 15th District, Los Angeles City Council — Elected position (2001–2011)
Representative, Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission — Elected position (1997–1999)


  • U.S. Representative for CA-44 (2012-2016)
  • U. S. Representative for CA-36 (2011 - 2012)
  • L.A. City Council (2001-2011)
  • L.A. Charter Reform Commission (1997-1999)
  • Classroom teacher





Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP)
  • Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County

Elected Officials (3)

  • United States Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County ILO and California Counts, a public media collaboration (5)

Homelessness is a major concern in Los Angeles County.  What role can and should the County government play in resolving homelessness? In your answer please specifically address how the county should pay for homeless services.
Answer from Janice Hahn:

Chronic homelessness is a growing epidemic in Los Angeles County. While increasing basic services through institutions like food kitchens can provide some measure of relief, these only serve as temporary solutions. In order to permanently solve the homelessness epidemic in L.A., we must expand County social services as well as provide job training to help the homeless secure good paying jobs and begin to meaningfully contribute to society once again.

Many in Los Angeles County cannot afford to rent or buy their own home. How do you propose to make it easier to afford housing?
Answer from Janice Hahn:

There are 44,000 homeless people in Los Angeles – a 12% increase since 2013. This is unacceptable. We need to provide affordable housing for hard working men and women, children, veterans, and the mentally ill. It’s time we take steps to increase funding for programs that offer permanent supportive housing, healthcare services and treatment for individuals who suffer from mental illness, as well as workforce development and vocational training for the unemployed. I will specifically work to enroll veterans who have risked their lives to defend our nation in job training and educational programs that will help them succeed in the workforce and rise to the middle class.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a raise of the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 for unincorporated areas in the county. Some business owners say the hike in wages will eliminate jobs. What solutions do you propose to encourage job growth in the county?
Answer from Janice Hahn:

I support a statewide minimum wage of $15 per hour so that workers all across California can lift themselves out of poverty and support their families. A statewide minimum wage increase would help level the playing field with all regional economies and ensure that all counties and businesses are on equal footing.  

Throughout my career I have worked hard to invest in our Ports and generate jobs for our community. In Congress, I co-founded the bi-partisan Congressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security (PORTS) Caucus to raise awareness about the critical importance of our nation’s Ports. I am currently working across party lines to advance the National Freight Network Trust Fund Act. This bill aims to increase investment in the Port and freight network infrastructure without raising taxes and simultaneously ensures that our Ports are operating at maximum efficiency, staying competitive, and creating tens of thousands of good paying jobs for folks all across America.

I believe deeply that small businesses are the economic engine of our region and critical to growing our middle class. That’s why on the Small Business Committee, I am working to cut bureaucratic red tape and provide tax incentives to encourage new small business start-ups. It’s also why I introduced legislation to help small businesses get loans and why I am actively working with small businesses to create new jobs in our community.

 I will continue these efforts on the Board of Supervisors. I strongly believe that an educated workforce is a successful one and we need to increase job-training opportunities to provide our youth with applicable skills to obtain and maintain good middle class jobs. I will also prioritize funding for local neighborhood schools to improve the quality of education and make sure our children gain the knowledge they need to succeed in today’s 21st century economy.

Moreover, I will connect local small businesses to international trade networks at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach so that they can grow, thrive and hire more workers locally. 

Finally, I will expand the use of renewable and clean energy to protect our environment, enhance energy efficiency in County buildings and facilities, invest in water recycling and conservation projects and more - all of which will help generate more green jobs.

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in Los Angeles County. What new strategies should the Board of Supervisors implement to ensure that Los Angeles is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Janice Hahn:

Despite the heavy drought California faces, Los Angeles continues to consume and even waste large quantities of water. Once elected, I will work to implement conservation measures aimed at cutting down on excessive fresh-water use while simultaneously investing in water recycling options. Moreover, I will work to impose common-sense regulations on residential and public water use, ensure that public parks and buildings reduce their water consumption, and enforce restrictions on corporate and industrial water use. We must also examine the potential of implementing new technologies that monitor water use in County facilities. Monitoring parks, for example, can help prevent excessive watering, water pipe leaks, and other potential unintended blows.

What steps, beyond a citizens' commission, should Supervisors take in preventing abuses within the Los Angeles Sheriff's department?
Answer from Janice Hahn:

I’ve personally met with our County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and I agree with their objectives to reform the County’s outdated criminal justice system. First and foremost, I believe it must begin with rooting out past corruption and restoring trust between the Sheriff’s Department and the public. In order to do so, we must provide the LA County Sheriff’s Department with the resources and tools they need to cure these problems and restore the public’s faith in law enforcement.

While I strongly support the creation of a Citizens Oversight Commission, we must also reform how the Sheriff’s Department interacts with local neighborhoods by improving its community relations.  I successfully did this on the Los Angeles City Council, where I spearheaded anti-gang and crime reducing strategies like the Watts Gang Task Force to improve community-police relations. It worked exceptionally well in Watts and I know this model, if applied correctly, will work just as well across the County. Part of this approach includes ensuring that LASD is adequately staffed to make sure they are not spread too thin and can spend the necessary time to focus on community-based policing.  

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