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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EPISODE 83 – SCOTT EPSTEIN FOR COUNCIL DISTRICT 5

In our 83rd episode, we sit down for a chat with Scott Epstein (@scottforla), a former chair of the Mid-City West Neighborhood Council and current candidate for Council District 5, which is home to–among other L.A. landmarks–the L.A. County Museum of Arts, UCLA, the Pico-Robertson area, and more of what makes up the “west-side” of Los Angeles. Scott and I discuss the growing number of unhoused residents in CD-5, including unhoused UCLA students, as well as his take on Mitch O’Farrell’s militaristic response to the unhoused crisis in Echo Park. Scott and I also consider the major discretionary powers of L.A. City Council members, and how Los Angeles is–with a few key exceptions–more of a City Council “town” and not that of a mayor’s. To learn more about Scott, find his campaign page at scottforla.com.

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EPISODE 72 – MAEBE A. GIRL FOR CONGRESS DISTRICT 28 FROM SILVER LAKE

In our 72nd episode, we chat with Silver Lake resident and Neighborhood Council Representative, Maebe A. Girl (pronouns: she/they). Maebe and I discuss her candidacy for the 28th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, challenging incumbent Adam Schiff, who has held the office since 2001. We also discuss Maebe’s status as the first drag queen elected to public office, as well as how Schiff’s office has failed to address the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles over the course of two decades. A galvanizing conversation for residents throughout Hollywood, Echo Park, Glendale, and more. To learn more about Maebe’s campaign or get involved, visit maebeagirlforcongress.com.

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