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Statement on the Passing of Bobbie Jean Anderson

For immediate release:

The Los Angeles community lost an iconic community member, and I lost a friend and mentor over the New Year’s weekend. Today, I wish to honor and celebrate the life of a remarkable woman, community leader, political activist, and social justice change maker, Ms. Bobbie Jean Anderson.

Her unfortunate passing on December 30, 2023, was shocking to all who knew her and a major loss to the Los Angeles community. Bobbie Jean, however, left behind a legacy of important work that will remain in place for decades and will continue to improve the standard of living for generations of working-class Californians.

Her accomplishments include:

  • Fighting to ensure fair market values and relocation costs were provided to homeowners and tenants after Caltrans used eminent domain for a freeway expansion.
  • As a labor activist with SEIU 660 and Local 721, Ms. Anderson fought for worker’s rights including fair wages.
  • A 40-year career with the County of Los Angeles and 25 years with the Public Defender’s Office where she established a job-training and internship program for high school students interested in careers with the department.
  • A 1995 appointment by President Bill Clinton to the national Criminal Justice Taskforce.
  • Chair of the Black Women’s Forum Criminal Justice Task Force, where she works on programs that support prisoner re-entry and focus women serving time in prisons.
  • Appointment to the Los Angeles Police Commission Permit Review Panel.
  • Lauded as the Los Angeles County Democrat of the Year.
  • As an appointee to the Los Angeles County Redistricting Commission, Bobbie Jean fought to preserve assets and resources in South Los Angeles.
  • Vice Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
  • 10 terms of service on the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) including service on the DSCC Executive Board.
  • Awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by SEIU Local 721.
  • A 1992 delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
  • A member of the State’s Legislative/Affirmative Action Standing Committee.
  • Appointee to the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission.
  • Member of the Board and State Commissioner of Barbering and Cosmetology
  • Receiving the “Image of Excellence Award” by Mu Lambda Omega Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Board member with the Jenesse Center Domestic Violence and Intervention Program where she had volunteered for over 20 years.
  • Recipient of the Jenesse Center “Silver Rose Award” for her work with domestic violence victims.

Above all else, Bobbie Jean Anderson was a humanitarian who cared deeply about people and their struggles. She was a graduate of Fremont High School and earned a certificate as a certified shorthand court reporter from the Downey Court Reporting School.

Ms. Anderson leaves behind a son, two grandchildren, Anthony and Desiree, and one great granddaughter, Jailyn.