EPISODE 89 – DANIELLE SANDOVAL FOR COUNCIL DISTRICT 15

In our 89th episode, we’re joined by longtime community leader Danielle Sandoval (@sandoval_for), a third-generation Angelena and mother of three children who is also currently running to represent Council District 15. We discuss the history of CD-15, especially Watts and the 1965 rebellion, and how L.A. Mayor Yorty’s refusal to create job programs in the community with federal dollars available at the time only fueled tensions leading up to, parallel to what’s happened to available COVID-19 relief money for communities over the last two years. We also note L.A. Ethics Commission data showing that Tim McOsker, another candidate for CD-15, has received more than $500,000 in campaign contributions from special interest groups; McOsker has also been endorsed by the outgoing incumbent for the office, Joe Buscaino, who’s occupied the seat for CD-15 since 2012. Learn more about Daniel at sandoval4la.com.

J.T.

EPISODE 54 – WENDY GOMEZ, PRINCETON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

In our 54th episode, we welcome Wendy Gomez, originally of the Silver Lake and East Hollywood area, to the pod! Wendy completed her undergrad studies at Dickinson College through the Posse Foundation, and is now studying domestic policy at none other than Princeton university. We talk about Wendy’s coming up through Los Angeles via schools in the Pacific Palisades, her work in Washington D.C. during the Obama years, her thoughts on the recent violent evictions of unhoused residents in Echo Park, and more. A can’t miss session, especially for those born and raised in the Los.

J.T.

EPISODE 33 – GRASS ROOTS EAST HOLLYWOOD

In our thirty-third episode, listeners meet Aditya Bhairi, a local program manager for a software company originally from Hyderabad, India, as well as the founder of Grass Roots East Hollywood (GREHO). We discuss Adi’s journey to life in the United States, beginning in Utah and culminating in none other than East Hollywood, Los Angeles, as well as the use of data such as statistics and analytics to engage with local communities. We also discuss Adi’s experience with the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, and goals for GREHO. A very fun session for any and all L.A. aficionados, dreamers, and more.

J.T.