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Apr. 30, 2024

Commissioner Steff Padilla's journey from grief to empathy is evident in Downey court

Superior Court Commissioner Los Angeles County

DOWNEY -- Superior Court Commissioner Steff R. Padilla moved from dependency to traffic court following the death of her husband, Commissioner Alan H. Friedenthal, in 2020.

"I tell people all the time it's like carrying two heavy grocery bags," she said of dealing with the declining health of her loved one while deciding whether family members should be reunited.

After her loss, "I had an unbalanced b... (continued)

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