Irked And Inspired: Los Angeles Residents Speak On The Issues
Emily Frost found an “old-timer” who’s witnessed the dramatic changes to downtown L.A., some good, some bad.
Ryan Faughnder and Sarah Sotoodeh spoke with tamale-hocking restaurant owners, students and a homeless barfly (and would-be tailor) to get the story of Boyle Heights’ arts district.
Few in District 6 had a clue what the elections were about, but Kristie Hang nevertheless found residents angry about jobs and dirty streets.
Julia Gabrick chatted with locals about the state of libraries and the plight of the homeless.
Alexandria Yeager found people irked by the state of public education in District 2.
And in the San Fernando Valley, Jennifer Whalen discovered a severe disconnect between local politics and real people.
Seven L.A. City Council districts have the chance to vote in new governments on March 8.
In some of these heavily gerrymandered voting districts, incumbents face a real threat of being thrown out.
Bernard Parks of District 8, for instance, faces an all-out, union-backed assault from Forescee Hogan-Rowles, who has the support of Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas.
Tom LaBonge of District 4 faces a serious challenge from L.A. Times-endorsed Tomas O’Grady.
Meanwhile, the mudslinging continues between Jose Huizar and his challenger Rudy Martinez in the race for the 14th District.
Neon Tommy fanned out across L.A. to see what people think about the candidates and the issues.
As it turns out, many couldn’t care less about the candidates. Many don’t know there is a City Council election coming up, let alone who is running and who represents their district.
Yet the would-be constituents have concerns and desires that intersect with local politics.
Whether they vote or not, the small business owners, parents, students and others struggling to get by lay bare the effects of these issues.
And whether they show it at the ballot box or not, they have a lot to say.
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