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Mayor names L.A.'s first Latino fire chief
Mayor names L.A.'s first Latino fire chief

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has named the first Latino to lead the city's Fire Department as it struggles with an onslaught of criticism over staff reductions, lagging response times, slow progress in hiring women and minorities and outdated technology. The choice of Assistant Chief Ralph M. Terrazas, a Los Angeles native who was raised in Wilmington and lives in San Pedro, was announced Tuesday by Garcetti after a nationwide search for a replacement for former Chief Brian Cummings, who resigned under pressure last fall as the agency's troubles multiplied. "I want to fight, with the mayor, to reform the Fire Department," Terrazas said after being introduced at a...

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