EPISODE 103 – FATIMA FOR ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 65 IS CLOSING IN

Fatima Iqbal-Zubair returns to the show on a very special day, her birthday! We discuss the roots of her two-year campaign for Assembly District 65 (formerly Assembly District 64) in Watts’ schools, including her seven years with the Robotics team there, as well as the final push for donations to her grassroots campaign leading up to Election Day; Assembly District 65 is on the south side of Los Angeles and includes communities in Watts, Willowbrook, Compton, and more. You can learn more about her campaign at fatimaforassembly.com and follow her on Instagram at @fatimaforassembly.

J.T.

EPISODE 86 – BRYANT ODEGA FOR COUNCIL DISTRICT 15

In our 86th episode, we connect with Bryant Odega (@BryantOdegaLA), a born and raised resident of the Harbor Gateway neighborhood of L.A.’s south side who is now running for council district 15, which includes the neighborhoods of San Pedro, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Wilmington, and Watts. Bryant and I discuss his upbringing as the child of a single-parent household, his study of the labor movement at UCLA, and his transformative experience as a part of the Sunrise Movement. Bryant also discusses disparities in quality of life rates for the areas of Watts and Wilmington and particular, including food apartheid in the former, and more than 2,700 oil and gas wells in the latter. Finally, Bryant shouts out legacy organizations such as the Watts Initiative, which continue to uplift the neighborhood despite ongoing disinvestment by the city of Los Angeles.

J.T.

EPISODE 77 – KENNETH MEJIA FOR CITY CONTROLLER

For our 77th episode, we sit down for a chat with Kenneth Mejia, the millennial Filipino-American who is trailblazing in his race for the L.A. City Controller’s office. Kenneth and I discuss his upbringing in Los Angeles as the youngest of a single-parent household in the San Fernando Valley, as well as how he came to develop a passion for budgets over a decade, leading to his and his community’s special attention to the L.A. City budget today. We also discuss the actual meaning of “defunding the police” as it relates to public safety, as well as how folks out there interested in supporting his campaign can get involved. A can’t miss-session for voters everywhere in Los Angeles, but especially those in SFV, K-town, and then some.

J.T.