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Sheila Kuehl launches committee to run for LA County Board of Supervisors

Sheila Kuehl

Sheila Kuehl

Former member of the state Legislature Sheila Kuehl confirmed Thursday she will run for the Board of Supervisors' Third District when Zev Yaroslavsky is termed out in 2014.

Sheila Kuehl, a former member of the state Assembly and Senate, confirmed to KPCC Thursday that she will run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2014.

Kuehl will run for the Third District, which is currently represented by Zev Yaroslavsky, who will be termed out of office next year.

“It’s really the only place I can imagine using all the things that I learned in the Legislature in 14 years,” Kuehl told KPCC.

“My priorities [are] environmental, health and human services, and then the third thing really has to do with transportation.”

Members of the Board of Supervisors also serve on the Metro Board, which oversees public transportation for L.A. County. 

“I want to make certain that we continue our adherence to really developing public transit, paying attention to the way people in the county are able to get around, get to work, do what they want to do and maybe not have to use their car so much,” Kuehl said.

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Mark Ridley-Thomas sworn in as chair of Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

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Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was sworn in Friday as the first African-American man to chair the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

Standing on the lawn of Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital in Willowbrook, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was sworn in Friday as the first African-American man to chair the Board of Supervisors. 

In his second term as the representative of the Second District, Ridley-Thomas will oversee the re-opening of MLK Hospital, which was previously known as King/Drew Hospital. It was shut down in 2007 following a Los Angeles Times’ series on patient care abuses.

“Even with all that we have done and all of what we have learned, there is still much to do,” Ridley-Thomas said. “Somehow today I hear the voice of one of America’s most prolific inventors. Thomas Edison [said], ‘Opportunity is often missed by most people because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.'  

“Therefore I pose a question and it’s a simple one: Are you ready to don your overalls and embrace the next four years of opportunity?”

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