CALIFORNIA: Catch a Rising Star

CALIFORNIA: Catch a Rising Star

"This election marks an end to an era of discrimination," declared a jubilant Gloria Molina, who last week became the first woman ever voted to a post on the Los Angeles County board of supervisors -- and its first Hispanic member since 1875. Molina, 42, the outspoken daughter of a Mexican immigrant laborer, defeated state senator Art Torres, 44, with 55% of the vote in a new district created last year by a federal court to rectify discrimination against Hispanics. The five-member board, with an annual budget of more than $10 billion, presides over the nation's most populous county, one-third of...

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