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How Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky changed L.A. County
How Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky changed L.A. County

Gloria Molina came to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 1991 after a federal court threw out the previous year's election and ordered a new one for a new district, drawn with boundaries that gave Latinos something closer to a proportionate share of representation. It was a landmark shift in L.A.'s history and political culture, and it broke up an all-white, all-male board long dominated by a conservative Republican majority. Molina had arrived in her previous post, on the Los Angeles City Council, in a similar fashion, being elected to a new district shaped in response to Voting Rights Act suits challenging the disenfranchisement of the region's growing Latino...

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