CD 13 Preservation Perspectives | Los Angeles Conservancy
Thursday, September 29, 2022
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Get to know the Council District 13 candidates on the ballot this November: Hugo Soto-Martinez, lead organizer for UNITE HERE Local 11, and Mitch O'Farrell, CD 13 Councilmember.
While the Conservancy cannot endorse political candidates, we do provide information to help voters make an informed decision.  
CD 13 includes Hollywood, Glassell Park, Atwater Village, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Historic Filipinotown, Rampart Village, Silver Lake, Thai Town, and Windsor Square.
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Hugo Soto-Martinez

I'm a lifelong Angeleno who grew up in South Central Los Angeles to immigrant street vendor parents from Mexico. At 16, my father became disabled, so I began working in a non-union hotel, and after I graduated High School I continued to work throughout my 5 years at UC Irvine. When I was 23 years old, and 6 weeks before graduating from college, UNITE HERE Local 11 started an organizing drive at my hotel and I became heavily involved and joined the committee. It was the single most transformative moment of my life. I learned that we have real power when we come together as a collective, and we can use that power to make all of our lives better by winning family healthcare, a pension, respect on the job, and most importantly a permanent vehicle for workplace justice in the union.
I’m now a 16 year rank-and-file leader and lead organizer with UNITE HERE Local 11 and in the past decade and a half I have organized and represented workers all across the city and in different states. I have been part of numerous contract fights and non-union drives. I have also participated in countless elections in Los Angeles, Phoenix to boot out Joe Arpaio, and Atlanta to win for Senate Democrats in 2020, to name a few. Outside of the union I participate in my local neighborhood council, DSA-LA, and often collaborate with other grassroots groups. 
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Mitch O'Farrell

A member of the Wyandotte Nation, and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Mitch is the first Native American Councilmember to serve Los Angeles. As Los Angeles City Councilmember, Mitch has worked tirelessly to be an effective advocate for our community, delivering for all Angelenos. 
 
Raised by working-class parents with his brother and two sisters, Mitch comes from a union household, his father being a Teamster truck driver and his mother being an administrative assistant. While growing up, Mitch’s family experienced housing insecurity which enabled him to realize the importance of health, shelter, and a clean environment in creating a fulfilling life. It’s these experiences that motivate Mitch to ensure Angelenos don’t face the same challenges he did. 
 
In response to COVID-19, Mitch passed L.A.’s eviction moratorium to protect renters and helped secure financial aid to help local small businesses and workers. A leading voice in addressing the homeless and mental health crisis, Mitch worked to bring 2,000 new units of affordable housing to our district and spearheaded housing for homeless people living in Echo Park, because encampments are inhumane and unsafe. As Chair of the City Council’s Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and River Committee, Mitch has prioritized a clean energy and climate action plan to invest in zero-emission vehicles, solar infrastructure and greater conservation of water and power. 
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