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Gloria Molina has no plans to leave L.A.

December 4, 2008 | 12:22 pm

If Xavier Becerra vacates his congressional seat to become Barack Obama's U.S. trade representative, count Gloria Molina out of the behind-the-scenes scramble to replace him.

As rumors spread in recent days that Becerra is close to clinching the new job, Molina was mentioned alongside state Sen. Gil Cedillo and Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti as a potential replacement. Each represents at least a portion of Becerra's current district.

But Molina's spokeswoman, Roxane Marquez, flatly ruled out any interest in the job during an interview with The Times on Thursday. "Supervisor Molina is not going to Congress," Marquez said. "She still has a lot to do at the county."

Molina, 60, has previously said that she will run for one more four-year term in 2010 and plans to subsequently retire.

--Garrett Therolf

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