Campaign Updates

Breakwater must be repaired quickly to safeguard ports: Janice Hahn and Alan Lowenthal

Since it was built in the 1940s, the three-section federal breakwater stretching from San Pedro to Long Beach Harbor has protected the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, as well as the Long Beach coastline, from storms and the destructive waves they can generate.

Several weeks ago, a storm surge caused by Hurricane Marie inflicted a great deal of damage along the Southern California coast. The middle section of the breakwater, which sits directly in front of the Port of Long Beach, was hit especially hard. The powerful waves caused damage to numerous locations along the middle breakwater, including punching at least three large holes completely through. The holes led to further damage within the port from wave action and forced the closure of several cargo terminals during the storm surge.

The Army Corps of Engineers, who have responsibility over the breakwater, have been very proactive in assessing, categorizing and prioritizing the damaged areas.

The next step is repairing the damage.

While the holes in the breakwater remain unrepaired, further storm surges could cause not only further damage to the breakwater, but significant property damage to the port and economic damage to the region and nation by halting or slowing cargo operations.

The two ports combined make up the busiest container port complex in the Western Hemisphere, moving roughly $850 million worth of trade across their piers and wharves every day. Over 40 percent of the nation’s total import traffic and 27 percent of its total exports come through the San Pedro Bay ports.

Each day that the ports are closed, even partially, puts tremendous economic strain on thousands of Southern Californians, and hundreds of thousands of Americans across the nation, who depend directly on the ports for their livelihood.

This is why we sent a letter to Army Corps leadership on Sept. 10 that praised the Corps’ quick action in assessing the damage and emphasized the need for repairs to be made as quickly as possible. We will soon be meeting with Army Corps leadership to ensure there is a continued focus on this critical need.

By Janice Hahn and Alan Lowenthal

 

JANICE HAHN LOCKS UP ENDORSEMENT FROM L.A. COUNTY FEDERATION OF LABOR

Powerhouse Labor Group Reaffirms Hahn’s Undisputed Status as a Warrior for Working Families

SAN PEDRO, CA– Rep. Janice Hahn has once again cemented her status as the best choice for working families, with the announcement today that the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor has endorsed her re-election campaign.

The endorsement from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor underscores Hahn’s close ties to the working class, and marks her enduring commitment to improving workplace standards, wages, and benefits for hard working men and women.

Long considered the ‘seal of approval’ from labor, today’s endorsement is a significant boon to Janice Hahn’s re-election campaign.

“I want to personally thank the L.A. County labor community for their unwavering support of my re-election campaign,” said Rep. Hahn. “This endorsement validates the career I have made championing many issues and progressive policies on behalf of those in need. The Fed’s endorsement is particularly meaningful to me because it signals that I am advancing the right priorities for working families.”

Rep. Hahn added, “Whether it’s pushing to increase the national minimum wage, reducing our nation’s growing income inequality, shrinking the growing gap between the rich and the poor, protecting Medicare and Social Security, taking care of our returning veterans, or investing more in our schools, I plan to continue working closely with my brothers and sisters in labor to address the many difficult challenges our nation faces in the years ahead.”

This endorsement will now go to the California Labor Federation for their final endorsement.

Founded in 1885, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is the chartered Central Labor Council (CLC) of the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles County and is the second largest in the country, representing over 300 unions and hundreds of thousands of workers.

For additional information about Rep. Hahn’s re-election campaign, please visit: www.JaniceHahn.com

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HAHN ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION BID; RECEIVES FLOOD OF KEY ENDORSEMENTS

Hahn Kick-Starts Re-Election Campaign with Trove of Crucial Endorsements from Working People, Grassroots Activists, & Elected Leaders

SAN PEDRO, CA— In announcing her re-election campaign to continue representing California’s 44th Congressional district, today Rep. Janice Hahn secured numerous influential endorsements from several labor groups, Democratic grassroots activists, as well as scores of elected officials.

“I’m really excited to begin my re-election campaign,” said Rep. Hahn. “It’s been a tremendous honor serving the residents of the 44th district in the U.S. House of Representatives and fighting for the countless issues and causes that matter most to my constituents.”

“I look forward to working hard and again earning the support of voters in every neighborhood throughout this district. Whether I have an opponent or not, I plan on running like I’m behind—because I strongly believe that voters deserve an aggressive and robust campaign that connects with and touches them on a personal level.”

“This campaign will mirror my previous campaigns for Congress, which have been at their core, grassroots, community-based and neighborhood-focused. I also plan on continuing to talk about the issues that matter most to residents in the district, ranging from fighting to create more good jobs, protecting our seniors, taking care of our veterans when they come home, increasing trade at our Ports while connecting small businesses to international trade networks, and investing more in education so that we can improve our schools.”

Serving as an indication of her deep roots and far-reaching support in every corner of the district, Rep. Hahn released the following list of early endorsements, and stated:

“Having the support of working men and women, Democratic grassroots activists, and these elected leaders means a great deal to me. Their endorsements signify the early strength, momentum, and energy behind my candidacy. I’m really thrilled to have them on Team Hahn!”

Those endorsing Rep. Hahn today include:

 

  • National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 24
  • Teamsters Joint Council 42
  • United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770
  • Operating Engineers Local 12
  • United Association (UA) Plumbers Local 78
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277
  • International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13
  • UNITE HERE Local 11
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  • International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 416
  • Sailors’ Union of the Pacific
  • San Pedro Democratic Club
  • YES WE CAN Democratic Club
  • John Vigna, President California Young Democrats*
  • Floyd Glen-Lambert, Immediate Past President of Democrats for Israel- Los Angeles*
  • National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC)
  • California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • Rep. Diane Watson (ret.)
  • State Assembly member Isadore Hall
  • Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg (ret.)
  • Los Angeles City Council member Gil Cedillo
  • Los Angeles City Council member Jose Huizar
  • Los Angeles City Council member Joe Buscaino
  • LAUSD Board member Bennett Keyser
  • Compton Mayor Aja Brown
  • Compton Unified School District Vice President Satra Zurita
  • Compton City Council member Yvonne Arcenaux
  • Compton City Council member Issac Galvan
  • Compton Unified School District Board member Satra Zurita
  • Carson Mayor Jim Dear
  • Carson Mayor Pro Tempore Elito M. Santarina
  • Carson City Council member Lula Davis-Holmes
  • Carson City Council member Albert Robles
  • Carson City Treasurer Karen Avilla
  • Long Beach City Council member Al Austin
  • Long Beach City Council member Steve Neal
  • Lynwood Mayor Aide Castro
  • Lynwood Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Rodriguez (ret.)
  • Lynwood City Council member Sal Alatorre
  • Lynwood City Council member Maria Teresa Santillan-Beas
  • Lynwood City Council member Jose Solache
  • South Gate Mayor Gil Hurtado
  • South Gate Vice Mayor Henry Gonzalez
  • South Gate City Council member Maria Davila
  • South Gate City Council member Bill DeWitt
  • South Gate City Council member Jorge Morales
  • South Gate City Clerk Carmen Avalos

 

In her most recent re-election campaign for Congress in 2012, Rep. Hahn received nearly 100,000 votes and won the race with a decisive 60.2% of the vote. To view the results, click here.

For additional information about Rep. Hahn’s re-election campaign, please visit: www.JaniceHahn.com

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HAHN WINS ENDORSEMENT OF CARSON COUNCILMEMBER MIKE GIPSON

Hahn Garners Coveted Endorsement from Prominent African American Elected Leader in Carson

SAN PEDRO, CA— With less than one week left before the November 6th General Election, today Congresswoman Janice Hahn picked up a coveted endorsement from Carson City Councilmember Mike Gipson, in her re-election bid.

In addition to today’s endorsement, Congresswoman Hahn has already secured endorsements from the majority of Carson’s elected leaders.

“I could no longer sit on the sidelines and not take a stand in this election,” said Carson Councilmember Gipson. “That’s why today I am proud to announce my strong support of Congresswoman Janice Hahn. She is the best candidate to represent this new district in Congress and be the voice for Carson as well as communities throughout this district in Washington. I plan on doing everything I can to help Congresswoman Hahn ensure victory on November 6th.”

“Carson Councilmember Mike Gipson’s endorsement carries substantial weight in Carson,” said Congresswoman Hahn. “I’m looking forward to his help in making sure we win Carson onNovember 6th.”

A former Maywood peace officer, Gipson left the police force and entered public service following the death of his partner in 1992. Gipson currently works as District Director for Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome Horton.

For additional information please visit www.JaniceHahn.com.

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Congresswoman Hahn is the incumbent member of Congress in the new 44th Congressional District.  She has been a resident of San Pedro for two decades, and raised her three children in the community.  The Congresswoman has represented the Harbor-Area and Watts communities for more than a dozen years, as a member of the Los Angeles City Council and an elected member of the Los Angeles Charter Commission. *

California’s new 44th Congressional District includes the communities of Watts, San Pedro, Wilmington, Carson, South Gate, Compton, Lynwood, parts of Long Beach, and Walnut Park. *

 

HAHN SCORES ENDORSEMENT FROM NATIONAL STONEWALL DEMOCRATS

Nationwide LGBT Group Gives Hahn Formidable Endorsement

SAN PEDRO, CA— With just five weeks left before the November 6th General Election, Congresswoman Hahn has continued to pick up steam, and today she garnered a valuable endorsement from the National Stonewall Democrats.

“We are proud to add our name to the growing list of supporters joining Congresswoman Janice Hahn’s re-election campaign for California’s new 44th district,” said Jerame Davis, Executive Director of the National Stonewall Democrats. “Janice Hahn has always been a firm believer in equality for all Americans. Moreover, she has a strong record of being on the frontlines and fighting with our community on the issues we care deeply about. She has our full support.”

“This endorsement demonstrates my steadfast commitment to advancing the issue of equality for all Americans,” said Congresswoman Hahn. “I believe that marriage equality is one of the major civil rights issues of the 21st century, and in Congress, I will not rest until all Americans enjoy equality on all issues.”

The National Stonewall Democrats is a grassroots network connecting LGBT Democratic activists across the United States. With more than 90 chapters across the country, Stonewall is a grassroots force for social change within the LGBT movement and within the Democratic Party. Their members do the hard work of calling voters, putting together campaign mailings, and going door-to-door for their candidates. Stonewall is America’s only grassroots Democratic LGBT organization.

To view Congresswoman Hahn’s full list of endorsements, click here: http://janicehahn.com/about/endorsements-2/

To view the June 5, 2012 Primary Election results, click here: http://rrccmain.co.la.ca.us/0602_FederalContest_Frame.htm

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Congresswoman Hahn is the incumbent member of Congress in the new 44th Congressional District.  She has been a resident of San Pedro for two decades, and raised her three children in the community.  The Congresswoman has represented the Harbor-Area and Watts communities for more than a dozen years, as a member of the Los Angeles City Council and an elected member of the Los Angeles Charter Commission. *

California’s new 44th Congressional District includes the communities of Watts, San Pedro, Wilmington, Carson, South Gate, Compton, Lynwood, parts of Long Beach, and Walnut Park. *