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Bold Janice Hahn action saves L.A., Reggie the alligator

Known airhead and Los Angeles City Councilperson Janice Hahn has saved the city, sources say:

A 6 1/2-foot alligator believed to be the elusive "Reggie," who lurked in a city lake for two years, was wrestled into captivity Thursday and rushed to a zoo with TV news helicopters providing live coverage of its freeway journey at rush hour.

The wily beast became a celebrity as it eluded would-be gator wranglers and managed to disappear for 18 months until it recently resurfaced.

Bad timing may have ruined Reggie's free rein at Harbor Regional Park's Lake Machado.

The alligator was spotted on land about 3:30 p.m., as officials and wildlife experts met nearby to find a way to snag the gator.

"We were about to talk about strategies for catching him when somebody called and said 'He's out of the lake,'" said City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, whose district includes the park. "So we said, 'Let's go now, let's get him.'"

Strong, decisive action!