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In 7th District, Sanchez Is Endorsed by Yaroslavsky

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky endorsed Corinne Sanchez on Tuesday for the Los Angeles City Council, crediting her with helping to fill the void when health clinics faced cutbacks four years ago.

Yaroslavsky’s backing carries weight because his supervisorial district includes most of the city’s 7th District, making him better known to district voters than many others who have endorsed candidates in the race.

“If they want somebody who can deliver, if they want somebody who will be independent, and somebody who knows this district, then Corinne Sanchez is their person,” Yaroslavsky said at a news conference in front of the Sun Valley One-Stop Workforce Center.

Sanchez is president of the nonprofit El Proyecto Del Barrio, which operates health clinics in the Valley and provides job training and placement through the county- and city-funded one-stop center.

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Yaroslavsky said that when the budget crisis forced the closure of some health clinics in 1995, Sanchez’s agency stepped in to provide replacement clinics.

“Corinne has the track record of having done a lot for health care and jobs,” Yaroslavsky said.

Sanchez said Yaroslavsky’s endorsement is one of the most important in the Valley, but she also announced that she has won the endorsement of Don Knabe, the Republican chairman of the county Board of Supervisors.

With Supervisor Gloria Molina backing her, and Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke endorsing both her and Barbara Perkins, Sanchez has support from four of the five supervisors.

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