Afterward, Hahn said the decision will be up to the voters but that judging by Saturday's enthusiastic crowd, he expects to be reelected. "The response I'm getting in the Valley shows I'm going to continue to be mayor," he said.
Earlier in the day, Villaraigosa addressed a conference in his district on public safety and Hahn made a brief address at the start of a street festival put on by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in South Los Angeles.
Hahn ran strongly in the area four years ago, but alienated many residents there when he sacked former Police Chief Bernard C. Parks.
Jim Franklin, the group's local president, acknowledged that the nonprofit, tax-exempt organization could not endorse a candidate. He made it very clear, however, how he felt when he introduced Hahn: "I think he's the best person for our community."
In a veiled reference to Parks, Franklin said a number of people seem to have made a decision on the mayor's race based on "a single issue. I say it's time to get over it. It's time to move on."
Hahn didn't mention Parks either. But Hahn touted his record as a mayor who has presided over the city during a period when violent crime rates have dropped sharply. "We need to make our community safe," he said. "I'm glad we have community policing again."
Hahn's record as mayor was lauded at the event by state Sen. Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), who once was a close friend of Villaraigosa's.
Cedillo praised the mayor for having the courage to force Parks out and to fight the San Fernando Valley's move to split from the city.
"He did the things that are right for the city, not for his political career," Cedillo said.