Dolores Gunn gets parking ticket
June 9, 1943: Los Angeles mayor candidate Dolores Gunn waits as police officer writes up a parking ticket.
Gunn, protesting treatment by Los Angeles City officials, showed up outside City Hall in her placarded automobile, but, according to police, violated the parking time restrictions and was ticketed.
A story in the June 10, 1943 Los Angeles Times explained:
Dolores Gunn, who has not been very happy since the police closed up her escort bureau, is about to lose “60 years of her life.”
In fact, she said in her written statement yesterday that she had already lost 30 years while serving a recent jail sentence for illegal operation of an escort bureau service.
The additional 30 years seemed probable yesterday when police issued a formal invitation for her to serve another jail term.
It all came out when Dolores went to the Spring St. entrance of the City Hall in a heavily placarded automobile to distribute printed denunciations of Mayor Bowron and Police Commissioner Van Griffith, demanding a recall of the former and a general improvement in the resiliency of jail cots on the part of the latter.
But the police say Dolores violated the parking time restrictions, so they issued her another ticket good for four or five days more in jail.
Gunn, who had numerous run-ins with the LAPD vice squad, tried in 1941 to obtain a permit to operate an escort service. She was denied.
In the 1945 mayoral election, Fletcher Bowron won re-election with 53% of the vote. Gunn came in eighth with 1,273 votes, a percentage of 0.47.
The photo above by staff photographer John Malmin was published in the June 10, 1943 Los Angeles Times.
In 1950, Gunn again was busted by the vice squad. She arrived for trial sporting a big black hat, photo below, and was convicted. A June 20, 1951 Los Angeles Times story reported the conviction was overturned. This was also the last mention of Ms. Gunn in the Los Angeles Times.
Sep. 28, 1950: Dolores Gunn, 50, wearing a big black hat to court, denies morals charge against her and says her arrest and trial is all a political frame-up. This photo was published in the Sep. 29, 1950, Los Angeles Times. Credit: Clay Willcockson/Los Angeles Times
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