More than half of all of Los Angeles County’s 4,000 square miles lies within the political geography of the 5th District of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. For 36 years, the district’s elected supervisor was Mike Antonovich. Next week, that changes, when Kathryn Barger is sworn in to the job. Barger was born in the district, began working for the county as an intern and wound up as Antonovich’s right-hand woman. The district has become more demographically diverse, as has the board itself. The powerful all-male body that was once called the “five little kings” is now one king and four queens. With big changes afoot here and in Washington, D.C., will the new board be playing a winning hand?
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