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How To LA: District 6 Special Election Is Here

A seven-photo grid showing headshots of the candidates for Council District 6. From top left to right: Marisa Alcaraz, Rose Grigoryan, Isaac Kim, Imelda Padilla. From bottom left to right: Marco Santana, Antoinette Scully and Douglas Sierra.
The 2023 candidates for Council District 6. From top left to right: Marisa Alcaraz, Rose Grigoryan, Isaac Kim, Imelda Padilla. From bottom left to right: Marco Santana, Antoinette Scully and Douglas Sierra.
(Images courtesy of candidates' respective campaigns)
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Grab your study tools, my L.A. City Council District 6 friends, because tomorrow is the last day to vote in the special election. I have all the things you need to know before you go to the polls.

District 6 special election

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Why is there a special election? 

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First things first. Back in October, former Councilmember and Council President Nury Martinez resigned after facing intense pressure due to a leaked tape that captured her and other city official leaders making racist and derogatory comments. Ever since then, her District 6 has had non-voting caretakers. There are usually elections every two years for councilmembers.

Tomorrow, San Fernando Valley residents will vote for someone to replace her.

The candidates

The next person in the District 6 seat will represent 260,000 residents in the city of L.A. They will be one of 15 councilmembers who will be in charge of introducing and passing laws, approving Mayor Karen Bass’ yearly budget and carrying out orders.

There are seven candidates on the ballot and four who are write-ins. Here’s the lowdown on each candidate.

How to vote 

If you live in District 6, you should have received a mail-in ballot by now. If you do mail it in, make sure it’s postmarked on or by April 4. You can also turn in your ballot at any vote center by 8 p.m. on April 4. Here are other options. Not sure if you live in District 6? Find out here.

As always, stay happy and healthy, folks. There’s more news below — just keep reading.

We’re here to help curious Angelenos connect with others, discover the new, navigate the confusing, and even drive some change along the way.

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  • Now that prominent L.A. politician Mark Ridley-Thomas’ city council seat is vacant due to his conviction of federal corruption charges, the City Council needs to figure out how his seat will be filled. My colleague Frank Stoltze wrote about the City Council’s options moving forward. 
  • Advocates and elected officials are concerned about the sharp increase in suicide deaths by incarcerated people, calling the lack of mental health care troubling. My colleague Robert Garrova has more on this issue that some are calling a “human rights crisis.”
  • The L.A. Unified School District board approved a decision to shorten winter break for the next few years. But the teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles, said they weren’t given a proper heads up about the change. Now, they’re calling for a reversal. 
  • Hey, home gardener. Are you ready to plant your spring crops after all of this cold, rainy weather? Well, get your green thumbs out. My colleague Jacob Margolis has a garden guide just for you. 
  • California lawmakers are frustrated by University of California’s problems with admitting more students from the state. CalMatters Mikhail Zinshteyn has more about what the legislature has given or agreed to give the UC to ensure more Californians are enrolled into the schools. 
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  • I have a free date night suggestion: movies at the Melrose Rooftop Theatre throughout this month. In the mood to listen to good, heartfelt tales? Listen to storytellers share their accounts during The Moth Mainstage at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Or, maybe riding a mountain bike at night is on your bucket list. Try out the adult beginner mountain bike ride at Limestone Canyon on Thursday. Check out all of the events this week here.
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Wait ... One More Thing

The Top Three Tea-Sipping Trends

A brown-skinned Black woman leaps in the air to shoot a basketball into a hoop as other players watch.
LSU's Alexis Morris shoots past Iowa's Caitlin Clark during the second half of the NCAA Women's Final Four championship basketball game Sunday in Dallas.
(Darron Cummings
AP )

THREE — Legacy Blue Checks Still Exist After April 1. 

It feels like one helluva April Fool’s joke after I and several others noticed that many verified, credible Twitter accounts still had their blue checks after Elon Musk’s scheduled date to eliminate them. While the legacy blue checks still appeared next to the names of individual and organizations’ accounts, there were two major differences: Legacy verified accounts have a tab that is indistinguishable from any random person who paid for Twitter Blue, and the New York Times’ main account doesn’t have a check mark anymore.

TWO — The 2023 NCAA Championship Brings A Few Firsts 

Even though it’s no longer March, the madness for college basketball is still in the air.

The San Diego State University Aztecs men’s team defeated the Florida Atlantic Owls during their Final Four tournament game this past weekend by one point, on a buzzer-beater. As stated last week, this is the first time a Mountain West team has been this close to the NCAA Championship trophy. They will face the UConn Huskies today in the national championship game. Could there be an upset awaiting UConn?

OK, enough with the men. Let’s talk about who was REALLY trending on Twitter this weekend: the women. The Louisiana State University Tigers became the national champions over the Iowa Hawkeyes yesterday 102 to 85, making it the first women’s national title in the program’s history. Here’s more info on the electrifying game.

But the win wasn’t the only thing people were talking about. If you were on Twitter at the time of the game, you probably saw trending hashtags such as “NO CLASS”, “You can’t see me” and “taunting.” Some Twitter users shared their harsh remarks towards LSU Tigers forward Angel Reese when she taunted NCAA Women’s basketball Player of the Year, Iowa guard Caitlin Clark. But some people pointed out racial bias because Clark had done a similar move during the tournament as well but did not receive negative remarks the way Reese did. Reese said, “I don’t take disrespect lightly … I was in my bag. I was in the moment.” Here’s more context.

ONE — Friends is Trending, But Let’s Chat About Making Friends In L.A. 

Yes, if you’ve been on Twitter lately, you’d see that Jennifer Aniston went viral after her explanation as to why she believes that a new generation finds Friends “offensive." She received a lot of backlash from Living Single fans who found the critique misplaced. As people pointed out, Living Single came out before Friends. This isn’t the first time that a Friends cast member was placed in hot water due to their thoughts on criticism about the lack of diversity on the New York City-based show. Let’s get back to L.A. I’ve been seeing a lot of folks on social media talk about how hard it is to make friends in such a sprawling, glitzy place like L.A. Well, here at LAist, we have a list of sports groups to check out that are great for making friends. Maybe you enjoy getting brunch with strangers more. Check out this Los Angeles Times’ article about Bestie Brunch.

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