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Shock Over Passing Of Longtime Santa Barbara County Leader

There's shock in Santa Barbara County over the death of a longtime Santa Barbara County leader.

Joni Gray was appointed to the County Board of Supervisors by governor Pete Wilson in 1998.  She went on to be re-elected to three more terms as the county's Fourth District Supervisor. 

She was known for her hard work in trying to represent those in her district, and the county as a whole, and was not afraid to ask tough questions.  Supervisors who served with her like Janet Wolf and Steve Lavagnino noted that she had deep roots in the county, and was involved in numerous community activities.

She collapsed, and was taken to a hospital  where she died on Wednesday.   Gray was 75 years old.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.