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4 Los Angeles residents to sit with Michelle Obama for president's speech

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Four Southern Californians will be sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama as the president gives his State of the Union address Tuesday.

It's a tradition for presidents to place local heroes and citizens with compelling personal stories  in the First Lady's box in the visitor's gallery.

These four from the Los Angeles area may attract some camera time as the president touches on themes of jobs, the improving economy, technology and public safety.

  • LeDaya Epps of Compton completed a tough training program to get a job building the new Crenshaw/LAX light rail line.
  • Teacher Katrice Mubiru introduced the president at L.A. Trade Tech College in July after writing him about the importance of tech skills.
  • LAPD Captain Phillip Tingirides and Prophet Walker, an ex-con turned construction engineer and political candidate, teamed up in a collaboration of police and residents that aims to build trust between the community and law enforcement in the Watts area.

The White House highlighted 22 guests of the First Lady.

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