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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2010 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Mario Obledo, who grew up on welfare and later ran the California agency that administered it when he became the state's highest-ranking Mexican American official, died Wednesday in Sacramento. He was 78. The cause was a heart attack, said his wife, Keda Alcala-Obledo. Obledo was appointed secretary of health and welfare in 1975 by Gov. Jerry Brown and served until 1982, when he made an unsuccessful run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. He helped found a number of civil rights organizations, including the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2010 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Mario Obledo, who grew up on welfare and later ran the California agency that administered it when he became the state's highest-ranking Mexican American official, died Wednesday in Sacramento. He was 78. The cause was a heart attack, said his wife, Keda Alcala-Obledo. Obledo was appointed secretary of health and welfare in 1975 by Gov. Jerry Brown and served until 1982, when he made an unsuccessful run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. He helped found a number of civil rights organizations, including the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1998 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For weeks, Mario Obledo waited for someone to step forward and do something about the sign that declared California the "Illegal Immigration State." But no one did. The question before Obledo was a tough one: Should an aging civil rights warhorse like himself jump into the fray or should he leave it to the new generation of Latino leaders and civil rights activists? His dilemma was answered when no one did anything about it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1998 | DAVID REYES
Mario Obledo, president of the California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, and the state director of the League of United Latin-American Citizens (LULAC) on Monday launched a boycott against Taco Bell for using a Chihuahua in its commercials. Obledo and others picketed the firm's corporate headquarters in Irvine. "This is Day One," said Gil Flores, state president for LULAC, one of the largest Latino civil-rights groups in the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1998 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A controversial billboard that calls California the "Illegal Immigrant State" may bring several Latino organizations together to battle the Orange County-based group that installed the sign near Blythe. Mario Obledo, former state Health, Education and Welfare secretary and president of the California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, said this week that he plans to "deface or burn" the billboard and that he has asked Latino leaders in California to support him later this month.
NEWS
August 2, 1998 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For weeks, Mario Obledo waited for someone to do something about the sign declaring California the "Illegal Immigration State." But no one did. The question before Obledo was a tough one: Should an aging civil rights warhorse like him jump into the fray or leave it to the new breed of Latino leaders and civil rights activists? When no one stepped forward, he decided to again do battle. "Somebody had to do it," Obledo said. "I vowed to burn or deface the sign."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1985 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
A San Antonio businessman fought off an attempt Sunday by an El Toro woman to become the first woman president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, the nation's oldest and largest Latino organization. Oscar Moran, 40, a San Antonio insurance regulations analyst, turned back the bid by Anita Del Rio, 44, who conceded after it became apparent that Moran had won a majority of the 600 Latino delegates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1998 | DAVID REYES
Mario Obledo, president of the California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, and the state director of the League of United Latin-American Citizens (LULAC) on Monday launched a boycott against Taco Bell for using a Chihuahua in its commercials. Obledo and others picketed the firm's corporate headquarters in Irvine. "This is Day One," said Gil Flores, state president for LULAC, one of the largest Latino civil-rights groups in the United States.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1998 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The leader of a coalition of 50 Latino groups on Monday called for a boycott against Taco Bell and Jack in the Box for what he sees as ethnically offensive television commercials that use a Chihuahua that speaks Spanish. "To equate a dog with an entire ethnic population is outrageous, despicable, demeaning and degrading," said Mario Obledo, president of the Sacramento-based California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations and former state secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.
NEWS
June 24, 1998 | DAVID REYES and ROBERT OURLIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A controversial billboard near the Arizona border that declared California the "Illegal Immigration State" was taken down Tuesday after threats to destroy the sign by Latino activists who consider it racist.
OPINION
August 9, 1998
Re "Seasoned Activist's Passions Burn Bright Again," Aug. 2: Mario Obledo is an old-line racist disguised as an "activist," typical of those who pit one group against another to gain power. Even the most liberal voter cannot vote for a person with a Latino surname when people like Obledo are telling us that Latinos will form a "power bloc" when they become the majority, and that only Latino issues will be acted upon (always in favor of the Latino). There is a law in physics that goes like this: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1998 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For weeks, Mario Obledo waited for someone to step forward and do something about the sign that declared California the "Illegal Immigration State." But no one did. The question before Obledo was a tough one: Should an aging civil rights warhorse like himself jump into the fray or should he leave it to the new generation of Latino leaders and civil rights activists? His dilemma was answered when no one did anything about it.
NEWS
August 2, 1998 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For weeks, Mario Obledo waited for someone to do something about the sign declaring California the "Illegal Immigration State." But no one did. The question before Obledo was a tough one: Should an aging civil rights warhorse like him jump into the fray or leave it to the new breed of Latino leaders and civil rights activists? When no one stepped forward, he decided to again do battle. "Somebody had to do it," Obledo said. "I vowed to burn or deface the sign."
BUSINESS
July 14, 1998 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The leader of a coalition of 50 Latino groups on Monday called for a boycott against Taco Bell and Jack in the Box for what he sees as ethnically offensive television commercials that use a Chihuahua that speaks Spanish. "To equate a dog with an entire ethnic population is outrageous, despicable, demeaning and degrading," said Mario Obledo, president of the Sacramento-based California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations and former state secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.
NEWS
June 24, 1998 | DAVID REYES and ROBERT OURLIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A controversial billboard near the Arizona border that declared California the "Illegal Immigration State" was taken down Tuesday after threats to destroy the sign by Latino activists who consider it racist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1998 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A controversial billboard that calls California the "Illegal Immigrant State" may bring several Latino organizations together to battle the Orange County-based group that installed the sign near Blythe. Mario Obledo, former state Health, Education and Welfare secretary and president of the California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, said this week that he plans to "deface or burn" the billboard and that he has asked Latino leaders in California to support him later this month.
OPINION
August 9, 1998
Re "Seasoned Activist's Passions Burn Bright Again," Aug. 2: Mario Obledo is an old-line racist disguised as an "activist," typical of those who pit one group against another to gain power. Even the most liberal voter cannot vote for a person with a Latino surname when people like Obledo are telling us that Latinos will form a "power bloc" when they become the majority, and that only Latino issues will be acted upon (always in favor of the Latino). There is a law in physics that goes like this: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
MAGAZINE
November 30, 1997
Police reveal that an as-yet-uncaptured killer dubbed "the Hillside Strangler" is responsible for at least 10 of the 13 recent strangulation-murders of young women and girls in and around L.A. * James Canterbury pays a $51 filing fee to petition the Los Angeles Superior Court to appoint a guardian for Mayor Bradley on the grounds of incompetence. Bradley declines to respond. * Quote of the day: "I think . . . our efforts at [controlling] drug abuse have really been a failure."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1985 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
A San Antonio businessman fought off an attempt Sunday by an El Toro woman to become the first woman president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, the nation's oldest and largest Latino organization. Oscar Moran, 40, a San Antonio insurance regulations analyst, turned back the bid by Anita Del Rio, 44, who conceded after it became apparent that Moran had won a majority of the 600 Latino delegates.
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