It all started with my parents, in the mid fifties, my father Luis B. Molina arrived from Mexico to Los Angeles with only a suitcase, a few dollars in his pocket and a dream. He came to Los Angeles, admitted as a lawful permanent resident, to work and make an honest living. My dad's first job started as a bus boy at the Brown Derby. Through hard work, long hours, and a drive to better himself, he learned English, and would sneak into the kitchen to learn how to cook. With determination and long hours of interning at a French restaurant he became a cook. My father within a few years returned to Mexico, and met his future bride, my mother Estela Molina. Between my parents, they raised a total of five kids. To ensure we had everything we needed, my father often worked two jobs, sometimes three. I never heard him complain. While my dad worked, my mother Estela ran a tight ship. My father taught us the core values of family unity, honesty, integrity, trust, hard work, determination, respect, perseverance, equality and civic responsibility. My dad and mother showed us that nothing is ever given; it's earned. These very simple principles have been the foundation that have paved my entire belief system, and have given shape to the values I uphold.
Values of a Judge
As I have declared my candidacy for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, I intend to take a progressive and an active role as a judge. The current judicial models have proven that they do not function correctly. My strategy is to present a new paradigm that can operate with the laws, and set the framework to build a better platform that will improve the outcome of the cases that are adjudicated before my court. My role is to apply the law fairly, yet firmly with compassion. My approach is to ensure that I provide equal access and justice to all that come before me.