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Gutierrez Carlota.JPGCarlota Gutierrez, a former reporter and legislative staff member, died last week at age 54.

Gutierrez, who worked under three Assembly speakers, had in recent years battled ALS -- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), which is sometimes referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease -- a degenerative disease that affects the nervous system.

A paid obituary published in today's Bee recounts her career:

Ms. Gutierrez served as Miss Sacramento, 1978, work as a sports reporter for Univision National Network, San Francisco in 1984 later producer and host for KOVR-TV, Channel 13, Sacramento. She subsequently worked as a media consultant for the California State Legislature with State Assembly Speaker Willie Brown in 1990, then State Assembly Speakers Cruz Bustamante, Antonio Villaraigosa, public liaison for State Treasurer Philip Angelides. After briefly working Western Integrated Network, went back to the State Legislature in 2002 managing media for Senator Liz Figueroa, Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Senate Democratic Caucus. Carlota was very active in the Latino and Asian community and will be sorely missed.

Memorial services have been scheduled for the weekend. For more information, click here to read the full obituary.


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