Family announces private funeral service for the Hon at Gwen Moore
A private homegoing celebration for the Hon. Gwen Moore is due to be at the Angelus Funeral Home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 9th, at 10 am, her family has announced.
Immediately after the memorial service, the public internment will take place at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood. Moore, 79, who passed away on August 19, served as California legislature from 1978 to 1994.
"Assembly member Moore was an icon of the legislature," said assembly member Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles). “She was a powerful lawyer, dedicated civil servant, and exceptional leader. To know you was an honor. "
Moore's colleagues commend her for establishing and supporting a number of groundbreaking California laws that have had an impact far beyond state lines. Some of them inspired similar laws across the country. Moore was responsible for writing over 400 bills that were signed as a member of the California legislature.
One of the initiatives she cites, which stands out particularly among blacks and other owners of minority companies, is General Ordinance 156, commonly referred to as "G-O 156". It was enacted in 1988 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). According to this rule, the public utilities have to expand public relations to various companies and offer them contract options.
By creating and enforcing this governmental supplier diversity program, Moore ensured that utilities across the state were tracking how many contracts they were placing with companies owned by black people, women and veterans with disabilities. Black-owned companies were finally able to conclude lucrative state contracts.
Every fall thereafter, the sales outlets had to report their contract information to the CPUC in writing and in person before the full commission.
Carolyn Veal-Hunter, now one of the state's top lobbyists and a government affairs consultant for many Fortune 500 companies, shared her thoughts on working with Moore both professionally and personally.
"I had the opportunity to work with Gwen Moore as principal advisor to the Utilities and Trade Committee during the implementation of GO 156," said Veal-Hunter. “Gwen trained me to be one of the best consultants in the building and trusted me to implement her vision. Ms. Moore is responsible for countless women and minority employees who have advanced within the utility, lobbying and advisory world. "
Moore's intervention resulted in the lifting of financial burdens and opening doors to African Americans in many areas of the state. She focused her efforts on bills related to parental and family leave, adoption, discrimination against private clubs, public utilities, telecommunications, and transportation.
She gained national fame in 1983 when she drafted the Moore Universal Telephone Service Act, also known as the Moore Act. The bill provides for the state utility commission to provide low-income households with access to affordable telephone services.
"Among her many accomplishments, she was a professor, an expert on policy issues, including utilities and telecommunications, and the founder of her own business," said US Congressman Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) about Moore after her death. "Your work has made California a better place and has helped countless people."
During the virtual 2020 Salute to Black Women Empowerment Summit hosted by the Black Business Association on August 26, the group shared a video of Moore offering advice and recalling her experiences in California lawmaking.
“To move your agenda, you had to have some power. And as leadership begins to develop, your expertise will develop and people will respect you for what you know. Knowledge can give you the control you need. This is how you make a difference. Learn your problems. Get known as someone who knows, ”said Moore.
On August 20, Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D – Los Angeles) called Moore a "powerhouse" on Twitter after learning of Moore's death.
“She opened the door to the next generation of black women politicians in California, including myself. This is an immeasurable loss. I'm so grieving, ”tweeted Mitchell, chairman of the Senate Budget and Audit Committee.
Moore's rise to political fame began with humble beginnings in Los Angeles. Born on October 28, 1940, she graduated from California State University in Los Angeles and subsequently received a teaching certificate from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
Moore later served as the Los Angeles County's deputy probation officer, administrator of the federally funded Manpower and Development Training Program, and director of public affairs for the Los Angeles Community Action Agency, according to the California State Archives.
In 1975, Moore began her political career after being elected to the board of directors of the Los Angeles Community College District. In 1978 she successfully ran for the California Congregation in the 49th District (later she became the 47th District after the redistribution) and represented parts of southwest Los Angeles.
"When I heard the news of the Honorable Gwen Moore's death, I was devastated," said Karen Camper, president of the National Association of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL). “She was also a woman who modeled what it means to be a black woman dedicated to public service. Gwen Moore, along with the other phenomenal founders of NOBEL Women, had the foresight and vision to understand the importance of creating space for our leadership. I will always remember their enthusiasm and willingness to serve. "
In the legislature, Moore was a passionate advocate for family and children. She introduced eight major bills that extended unpaid family and parental leave for California workers to up to four months.
In 1994 Moore resigned from the California State Assembly to run for Secretary of State. Although she didn't win that race, Moore began to pursue other opportunities outside of elected office that influenced state politics and affected people's lives.
Moore founded a Los Angeles-based legislative consultancy called the GeM Communications Group. She advised numerous clients on public utilities and telecommunications. In this role, Moore also helped develop and implement public affairs strategies and legislation, as well as public relations programs.
Senator Steven Bradford (D – Gardena) tweeted Moore was a "guiding star" after the Senate was adjourned on Aug. 24. Bradford, who represents the 35th Senate District, was chairman of the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce, a seat once held by Moore as a legislature.
“She was a friend and mentor. I appreciate everything she has shared with me as the elected officer and chairwoman of U&C, ”said the senator, thanking Moore for embarking on a political path for him and others.