Dolores Sanchez, a longtime community leader who was the publisher of a chain of bilingual newspapers that provided a critical voice for residents in the predominantly Latino communities on Los Angeles’ Eastside and neighboring cities, has died. She was 87.
Sanchez had been ill in recent months and died Thursday, daughter Gloria Alvarez said.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa described Sanchez as a towering figure whose contributions extended beyond journalism into political and social activism.
“She was someone who knew the Eastside, cared about the Eastside and advocated for the Eastside,” he said. “She knew she had to give back [to the community.