Former U.S. Rep. Jane Harman to receive inaugural parks foundation award

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Former Democratic Rep. Jane Harman of Venice, whose decision to quit Congress in February touched off a 16-candidate special election, is scheduled to receive the Los Angeles Parks Foundation’s first annual Rose Award on Thursday.

A representative of the foundation, which raises money for city parks, said it established the award to ‘honor women who have distinguished themselves through their work improving the quality of life for city residents.’


Harman, who for nine terms represented the largely coastal 36th Congressional District, was cited for ‘protecting the California coast and serving as a forceful advocate for the region’s vital economic interests.’

She resigned, less than four months after her re-election last fall, to head the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. A special primary will be held May 17 and, if no one wins a majority then, the top two finishers will compete in a July 12 runoff.

Harman will receive her award at a luncheon in the Exposition Park Rose Garden. Featured guests will include Roz Wyman, who in 1953 became he first woman elected to the Los Angeles City Council.

-- Jean Merl