Carol Liu

With Hahn and Barger elected as L.A. County supervisors, board will see its first female majority

With Hahn and Barger elected as L.A. County supervisors, board will see its first female majority

Even in a state known for its diversity and progressive culture, women remain seriously underrepresented in California’s state and local government.

The 15-member Los Angeles City Council has only one woman on it, and a report released two years ago found that women occupied fewer than 30% of elective city, county and state posts.

But with Tuesday’s election, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has become a major exception. Voters elected Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger to the panel that oversees the nation’s largest local government agency. They join current supervisors Sheila Kuehl, Hilda Solis and Mark Ridley-Thomas to form a rare...

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