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Los Angeles City Council Member, District 13

The Thirteenth District, which stretches from Echo Park to Silver Lake to Hollywood, has been represented for the past 12 years by Eric Garcetti. A former deputy of his, Mitch O’Farrell, is in the runoff against former Public Works Commissioner John Choi. The winner will be challenged to continue the momentum in the district, which has seen the revitalization of Hollywood and a reduction in crime. Choi, who could become the first Korean-American and only the second-ever Asian on the council, has endorsements from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and many labor groups. O’Farrell has the backing of L.A. Congressman Xavier Becerra and the Hollywood and Echo Park Chambers of Commerce.Recent coverage: * District Attorney investigates complaint in Hollywood area council race * Finalists for LA City Council's CD13 get backing from former opponents * John Choi and Mitch O'Farrell Throw Off the Gloves in Council District 13 Race * LA City Council Race: Choi accuses O’Farrell of xenophobic attacks
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Biographical Information

What do you perceive to be the biggest problem facing your district? How do you plan to address it?

What prompted you to run for political office?

What experiences qualify you for this position?

Without a doubt the most important issue facing the City of Los Angeles today remains developing a cohesive vision to achieve the dual goals of growing our struggling economy and restoring basic city services while focusing on managing a significant budget deficit.

As your Council Member, I believe that the first step towards addressing these crucial challenges must involve rethinking the way constituents interact with City Hall. For far too long, politicians have held positions that are not in sync with those of the population as a whole. I hope to be an elected leader that not only listens to the people’s voice, but also leads the city forward on a progressive agenda that is inclusive of the myriad experiences and viewpoints of our great city.
I am running because I believe this City is at a crossroads, and we need a new type of leadership - leadership that has proven results and a track record of working with the City’s various stakeholders to get things done. For far too long, politicians have held positions that are not in sync with many positions of the population as a whole. I hope to be an elected leader that not only listens to the people voice, but hopefully lead the city forward on a progressive agenda that include more environmental policies moving forward.
As a Council and Mayoral aide, I focused on the delivery of city services and working with a mix of resident, non-profit, and business organizations to improve local neighborhoods. As a Public Works Commissioner I expanded this work and guided the investment of millions of dollars into the City’s infrastructure and facilities. As Economic Development Director at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, it was my responsibility to partner with the business community to create tens of thousands of good jobs throughout the City, including successfully pushing forward on some of the largest and most widely discussed economic developments in the city’s history. We need leaders that understand what really matters to the business community, while having the relationships and background with the City’s labor, environmental, and political leaders to move these priorities forward. I’m eager to hit the ground running to help plan a vision for the long-term future of Los Angeles and CD13.
Campaign Phone (323) 715-0997
Age 53
City Los Angeles
Neglect from city government,inadequate delivery of core services,lack of effort from the city to engage people where they live & work (who have the best ideas for their neighborhoods), and an under appreciation of what an army of volunteers can accomplish on behalf of the city, if local government would partner with the community on a deeper level. This city-wide issue affects all of us.

Reasons for neglect:

*Our structural budget deficit (a real reason but also an excuse city leaders use, for not doing enough).

*A culture at City Hall that values power and patronage over public service.

*A lack of merging big picture, visionary thinking with budgetary realities, preventing us from putting building blocks in place worthy of a world class city.

I will:

*Be an independent leader on the budget at City Hall, not beholden to special interests, as none are funding my campaign.

*Formalize & grow volunteer relations in my office.

*Be a leader balancing planning & development f
I have been rooted in the 13th City Council District for 31 years since living in Hollywood. 20 years ago I moved to Glassell Park. I began volunteering for my community, shutting down a drug & gang house, starting the Neighborhood Council, and serving as Improvement Association President. In 2002 I began working as a Field Deputy on behalf of current Councilmember, Eric Garcetti. Over a 10-year period I was promoted 3 times; to Deputy Director, District Director, and finally Senior Advisor, as project leader across the 13th District, reporting directly to the Councilmember. I know how to marshall limited resources, build coalitions, and make good things happen in this District. I have a track record that demonstrates that. I will put my knowledge of the 13th District, my 10 years of public service here, my ability to improve the quality in our neighborhoods, and my community based, independent approach to problem solving, to greater use at City Hall, as Councilmember.
*For 8 years I managed businesses and trained others how to operate businesses in the Restaurant industry. I know inventory control, hiring and staffing, cost of sales, & what it takes to keep a business afloat. I will bring this perspective in reforming the broken system at city hall in dealing with our small business community. It is desperately needed, & it will improve the local economy by providing more jobs.

*10 years of creating 100's of jobs and improving quality of life in the 13th, working closely w/the community. $65 million Echo Park Lake & Boathouse restoration. I created the first of its kind public/private project (Glassell Park Community/Senior Center). Created 2.75 mile River pedestrian/biking path in Elysian Valley. Brought the first "Streets for People" park to Sunset Junction, the Silver Lake Plaza. Paved way for $3 million in funding for pedestrian bridge across River in Atwater Village. Led on restoration of Walk of Fame, & Hollywood 101 "Cap" Park creation.