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Being a problem-solver has stood Lawndale's mayor in good stead over 11 terms

May 13, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Harold Hofmann, who grew up in the city he now presides over, calls himself a Reagan Democrat. He has friends at the federal, state and county levels that he can call on for favors, and he does.

When Harold Hofmann settles into something, he stays. He's lived at the same address nearly all of his 77 years. He's been married to the same woman going on 58 years. And last month he was elected to his 11th term as mayor of the South Bay city of Lawndale.