A Guide to the 2022 LA City Council District 13 Elections

City Council’s 13th district was shocked last year when Los Angeles evicted a large homeless camp on Echo Park Lake, which became a flashpoint in the city’s debate over how to respond to the crisis of homeless people in LA.

Now, four people are challenging Mitch O’Farrell, the incumbent who supported the Echo Park Lake cleanup. If no one secures a majority in Tuesday’s primaries — a likely scenario involving such a large field — the top two will face each other in the second round on November 8.

The candidates

The district

District 13 runs from Hollywood through Silver Lake and Echo Park south to MacArthur Park and north to Glassell Park.

fundraising

Here are the latest Los Angeles Ethics Commission fundraising candidates.

The race

Homelessness has emerged as a major problem in the race. O’Farrell described the Echo Park operation as a success, saying it restored public access to the park and removed a camp plagued by crime and heavy drug use. Corado, Pynoos and Soto-Martinez criticized the Echo Park operation, promising the city to repeal the anti-camping bill that O’Farrell supports. There is also the issue of defunding and even abolishing the police. O’Farrell says he is against both ideas and is hitting back at his rivals on that point.

Lectures from other publications

Cash flows in council race
(East Sider L.A.)

A Guide to Council District 13
(LA)

Video: Mobility debate with candidates in District 13
(streets for everyone)

Candidates debate the issues
(Beverly Press)

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