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The unlikely power couple that remade L.A. politics
The unlikely power couple that remade L.A. politics

In 1988, anyone who suggested that L.A.'s preeminent power couple of the next quarter-century would be Miguel Contreras and Maria Elena Durazo — he, a regional official of the hotel workers union; she, a dissident activist in that union's L.A. local — would have been advised, gently or otherwise, to seek counseling. Both Contreras and Durazo were children of immigrant farmworkers; both found their calling in a seemingly moribund labor movement; both plied their trade in a city where unions had never loomed large and were looming steadily smaller. No list of budding power couples would have placed them in the top 10,000. Last week, Durazo announced she would soon...

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