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Community leader, local icon and proud Chicana, Gloria Molina passes away

The news is almost too much to take in. Gloria Molina has finished her journey on this earth and the outpouring of love and prayers being sent her away is a mere testament to the impacts she had on her people, her community and life in Los Angeles. Her passing Sunday was announced by family members of Molina on her Facebook page. The post began with these words: “It is with heavy hearts that our family announces Gloria’s passing this evening. She passed away at her home in Mt. Washington, surrounded by our family.”

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COMMENTARY: Tributes to Trailblazer Gloria Molina

Molina was the first Latina elected to the California State Assembly and served there from 1983-1987, and then became the first Latina elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 1987, followed by being the first Latina elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 1991. She served on the powerful and influential county board for 23 years, retiring in 2014 due to term limits, capping 32 years in public service in the state’s largest city and the second-most populous in the country.