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Term limits law about to make its mark on L.A. County Board of Supervisors

February 15, 2010 |  8:50 pm

A term-limits law for Los Angeles County supervisors is about to make its mark on the board that has been known as a political fiefdom.

Thanks to a term-limits law passed in 2002, two long-serving members of the Board of Supervisors will soon be forced to step aside. This year, Supervisors Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavksy will be seeking their final four-year terms on the board.

Yaroslavsky was reflective after filing papers last week to run for his final term as county supervisor. Yaroslavsky, 61, has occupied his office on the eighth floor of the county Hall of Administration since 1994 after a long tenure as a Los Angeles city councilman.

Over the years, he has won landmark victories such as the passage of voter-approved taxes to fund trauma centers and transportation. He has also presided over the federally mandated closure of Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center and social services that are often cited as substandard.

"My focus over the next four years will be -- above all -- transportation," said Yaroslavsky, whose district includes the traffic-clogged Westside.

Despite his long tenure, he said he had no shortage of new ideas.

"In terms of my record, I think it is characterized by not letting any moss grow under my feet. I've been involved in game changers ... the kinds of things I devote my time to are projects with long-term impact."

-- Garrett Therolf