Chunyan Zhu, right, congratulates Patty Lopez, Democratic candidate for the 39th Assembly District, on Nov. 21 at the Los Angeles elections office as Lopez learned that she was ahead of incumbent Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Los Angeles, on her way to an upset victory.
Chunyan Zhu, right, congratulates Patty Lopez, Democratic candidate for the 39th Assembly District, on Nov. 21 at the Los Angeles elections office as Lopez learned that she was ahead of incumbent Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Los Angeles, on her way to an upset victory. Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
Chunyan Zhu, right, congratulates Patty Lopez, Democratic candidate for the 39th Assembly District, on Nov. 21 at the Los Angeles elections office as Lopez learned that she was ahead of incumbent Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Los Angeles, on her way to an upset victory. Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
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Mariel Garza

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Mariel Garza joined The Sacramento Bee in 2014. She graduated from San Francisco State University. Garza spent more than 12 years writing about Southern California politics for the L.A. Daily News and in 2003 joined the editorial pages. In 2008 she became editorial page editor and later oversaw the opinion sections of the Los Angeles News Group daily newspapers. Reach her at mgarza@sacbee.com or 916-321-1185. Twitter: @marielgarzaBee.