As Strikes Drag on, Where is Mayor Hahn?

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It-s traditional that the Mayor of Los Angeles is the most conspicuous elected official in Southern California, but the current incumbent appears to be keeping his head down. Supporters credit Jim Hahn for beating secession in the San Fernando Valley and for appointing a new police chief, but critics contend that, when it comes to the MTA and grocery strikes, Hahn-s nowhere to be found. We hear two contrasting views of the Mayor's leadership from LA Weekly columnist Harold Meyerson and Tim McCosker, chief-of-staff for Mayor Jim Hahn.
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United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW)

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