EPISODE 102 – HUGO SOTO-MARTINEZ FOR COUNCIL DISTRICT 13

Hugo Soto-Martinez returns for a second time to chat with us about the upcoming vote for leadership in the neighborhood over the next four years. Hugo performed well during his primary contest against L.A. City Council incumbent Mitch O’Farrell for L.A.’s 13th district, when almost half of the area’s voters chose him as the next Council District Representative; nearly 42,000 voters came out for the contest, of whom Hugo’s campaign captured at least 41% to Mitch O’Farrell’s 32%. Our convo touches on protections for renters and property owners amid gentrification, climate change, Karen Bass’ candidacy for mayor, and more. Vote-by-mail ballots arrive to mailboxes around October 8th, 2022; and Election Day in Los Angeles is Tuesday, November 8th, 2022.

J.T.

EPISODE 85 – JIMMY BIBLARZ FOR COUNCIL DISTRICT 5

In our 85th episode, we connect on a call with Jimmy Biblarz (@jimmybiblarz), a queer life-long resident and sociologist from the Pico-Robertson area, or “Synagogue Row,” who is also running to represent Council District 5 this year. We discuss Jimmy’s struggle with being evicted from his home in his adolescent years, as well as ways that L.A. city government can better engage communities here, including by enfranchising “non-citizen” or “undocumented” residents, or permitting these groups to vote in local elections. We also discuss the Purple Line’s extension to UCLA, and why this should not mean adding more police to Metro to ensure student and commuter safety. Jimmy also notes the inspection of oil drills in Council District 5, repealing counterproductive ordinances for unhoused residents, and more.

J.T.