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 81 – EUNISSES HERNANDEZ FOR COUNCIL DISTRICT 1

In our 81st episode, we sit down for the second time with Eunisses Hernandez (@EunissesH) to hear about her new campaign door-knocking through North East Los Angeles. We discuss the inspiration behind Eunisses’ decision to run for political office, including the Great Recession, as well as the conditions that make it next to impossible for too many elderly workers in her community to retire. We also talk about gentrification in “NELA,” including by mural erasure, which tramples over historic efforts by communities there to grow and sustain Latinx political power. If and when elected, Eunisses will be only the second woman to represent Council District One in its nearly 100 years as an office at L.A. City Council. Learn more about Eunisses at eunissesforthepeople.org.

J.T.

EPISODE 80 – BEVERLY & VERMONT COMMUNITY LAND TRUST

In our 80th episode, we sit down with Kasey Ventura, the director of Land and Tenant Justice at the Vermont & Beverly Community Land Trust, a non-profit housing organization serving communities in Koreatown, Little Bangladesh, East Hollywood, and more. Kasey and I discuss the definition of a community land trust, as well as how its very structure, including its board membership, is actually a “democratic engine” seeking to create more participatory and inclusive communities by involving local residents in the creation of affordable housing. We also discuss the connections between today’s movements in housing with the Civil Rights era, and more. A can’t-miss session for listeners, especially housing buffs in Los Angeles.

J.T.