CD 13 Preservation Perspectives
Thursday, September 29, 2022
This is a free and virtual event.
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.
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.