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.

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EPISODE 92 – DR. ANANYA ROY ON ECHO PARK DISPLACEMENT

For our 92nd episode, J.T. the L.A. Storyteller Podcast is honored to feature Ananya Roy (@ananyaUCLA), Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography at UCLA and the inaugural Director of the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy. Roy is also co-author of (Dis)Placement: The Fight for Housing and Community after Echo Park Lake, which is a major new study of state-backed displacement and gentrification in L.A. released just this March 2022. Our conversation touches on Roy’s arrival to Los Angeles from Kolkata, India–the seventh most populous city there–as well as what makes our Southern California region a critical battleground for civil and human rights in the U.S. today; we also discuss a special anecdote from Roy’s time in Kolkata–which you can hear more about here–and finally, revanchism, a term used to describe the state and authorities’ retaliatory and property-based valuation of people and their rights, or lack thereof.

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