Los Angeles City Council Results: All Four Races Are Now Decided
Winners have emerged in all four Los Angeles City Council seats on the November ballot — Katy Young Yaroslavsky (District 5), Traci Park (District 11), Hugo Soto-Martinez (District 13) and Tim McOsker (District 15).
The District 11 race to fill outgoing Councilmember Mike Bonin's seat was decided when civil rights attorney Erin Darling conceded to municipal law attorney Traci Park after Thursday afternoon's release of the latest ballot tally, which showed Park with nearly 53% of the vote. It was the remaining undecided seat on the 15-member city council.
"While the margin's been tightening, as we've been monitoring the votes, my team and I no longer see a path to victory," Darling said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Those who follow city government closely say L.A.'s City Council is the most powerful city council in the United States. Each of the councilmembers represents about 260,000 residents.
Technically, eight seats were up for election this year, but incumbent council members Bob Blumenfield (District 3), Monica Rodriguez (District 7) and Curren Price Jr. (District 9) all won reelection in the primary. In District 1, Eunisses Hernandez, a community organizer, defeated longtime Council member Gil Cedillo outright in the June primary, with 54% of the vote to Cedillo’s 46%.
This year's elections will usher in a total of five newly elected councilmembers — a significant shift in power that follows a major upheaval on the council after a racist audio tape was leaked in October. The tape led to the resignation of former council president Nury Martinez.
A special election to fill Martinez' District 6 seat is expected in April. Council member Heather Hutt is another council newcomer — she joined the council as an interim voting member this fall to represent District 10 following councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas' suspension. He faces trial on federal corruption charges.
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The vote count as of Nov. 18:
- 2,441,323 ballots have been processed and counted
- 80% of those were mail-in ballots
- 20% voted in person
Still to be counted:
- Vote by Mail ballots: 22,200
- Conditional Voter Registration ballots: 3,000
- Provisional ballots: 50
District 5 Results
On Tuesday, Sam Yebri conceded the race to Katy Yaroslavsky.
"While I am disappointed by the vote count," Yebri said in a statement. "I know we gave it our all, for the right reasons. I am also confident that, long after our lawn signs have been taken down, it will be said that our campaign did some good for our city."
Yebri said he had just called Yaroslavsky to congratulate her.
"While we sparred during the campaign, Katy and I agree on far more than we disagree," he said.
This was an open seat because the council member, Paul Koretz, was termed out. He ran for L.A. City Controller and lost to Kenneth Mejia.
District 5 includes some or all of the following neighborhoods: Bel Air-Beverly Crest, Greater Wilshire, Mid City West, Palms, Pico, South Robertson, Westside, and Westwood.
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Yebri co-founded a nonprofit that promotes civic participation and leadershipamong the Iranian-American Jewish community and has also served on the L.A. Civil Service Commission, the City Attorney’s Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and on L.A. County Assessor Jeff Prang’s Transition Team. Yebri says his priorities include phasing out oil drilling in Los Angeles, re-designing transit corridors, creating more short-term shelter and housing options and increasing the number of Los Angeles Police Department officers.
Read more in our guide about Sam Yebri.
Katy Young Yaroslavsky
Yaroslavsky was L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s senior policy director for the environment and the arts for six years and helped developa parcel tax approved by voters in 2018 that helps fund the collection and treatment of rainwater. She says she wants to create more green spaces, improve transportation infrastructure, hire more police officers, and prioritize rental assistance.
Read more in our guide about Katy Young Yaroslavsky.
District 11 Results
On Thursday, Erin Darling conceded the race to Traci Park.
"I'd like to congratulate Traci Park — she ran record-setting campaigns in both the primary and this general election," Darling said in a statement posted on Twitter. "In the wake of the rancor and divisiveness of the last two years and the shocking, damaging attitudes on the leaked tapes, the Westside, and LA in general, are in deep need of healing and unity that transcends race and economic status. I wish Councilmember-elect Park the very best in that crucial work."
District 11 was open because current Councilmember Mike Bonin said that after a years-long struggle with depression, he decided in January not to run for reelection so he could "focus on health and wellness." The district encompasses all or part of the following Westside neighborhoods: Venice, Mar Vista, Westchester, Playa del Rey, Brentwood, Del Rey, Playa Vista, Ladera, Sawtelle, and the Pacific Palisades.
Darling is a civil rights attorney who opened his own practice in 2017 and worked previously as a federal public defender and for nonprofit organizations including the Eviction Defense Network and Public Counsel. He’s also a commissioner for the L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors. His campaign priorities include expediting the creation of permanent supportive housing, increasing renter protections, and shutting down gas extraction and storage on the Westside.
Read more in our guideabout Erin Darling.
Park is a municipal law attorney and partner at the firm Burke, Williams & Sorensen. She has criticized the “housing first” strategy of combating homelessness, and has said Venice is “too dense” for additional affordable housing or housing for unhoused communities. Park said she wants the city to increase investment in recovery housing focused on treatment and sobriety. Park also supports more funding for law enforcement.
Read more in our guide about Traci Park.
District 13 Results
Incumbent City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell on Tuesday conceded the race for the 13th District in a statement shared on social media by the L.A. Times.
"Though these results were not what we hoped for, I am proud of the campaign we ran, and I am proud of my team," O'Farrell said. "We will serve the constituents of the 13th District until my last day in office and ensure a smooth transition to the new Councilmember so residents can continue to receive constituent services without interruption."
His opponent, Hugo Soto-Martínez, meanwhile claimed victory.
"We did it! We ran this campaign to build community power for workers, immigrants, the unhoused, people of color, young people, renters, and all of us who have been neglected by our city officials," he said in a post on social media.
WE DID IT!— Hugo Soto-Martínez (@HugoForCD13) November 16, 2022
We ran this campaign to build community power for workers, immigrants, the unhoused, people of color, young people, renters, and all of us who have been neglected by our city officials.
Now, we’re bringing this movement into City Hall.
¡Sí se pudo! pic.twitter.com/iVj22DGP98
District 13 includes all or some of the following communities: Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood, Larchmont Village, Little Armenia, Melrose Hill, Rampart Village, Ridgewood-Wilton, Silver Lake, Spaulding Square, St. Andrews Square, Sunset Square, Thai Town, Verdugo Village, Virgil Village, Western-Wilton, Westlake, Wilshire Center and Windsor Square.
The incumbent councilmember was seeking a third, and final, term to represent District 13. O’Farrell has worked on housing initiatives and points to the creation of 2,000 affordable housing units, which he says was the second most of any council district. He is the chair of the city’s Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Los Angeles River Committee and advocates for a zero-emission city auto fleet, solar infrastructure, more water and power conservation. O’Farrell, who is a member of the Wyandotte Nation, is the first Native American councilmember to hold office in L.A.
Read more in our guide about Mitch O'Farrell.
Soto-Martinez is a union organizer with UNITE HERE Local 11. His platform includes ending unhoused sweeps, creating more affordable housing, cleaning up urban oil wells and creating climate union jobs. He has several public safety proposals including replacing armed officers on non-violent calls with mental health crisis teams, creating an unarmed traffic enforcement division, and investing in social programs.
Read more in our guide about Hugo Soto-Martinez.
Tim McOsker, who was chief of staff to former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn in the early 2000s, declared victory over Danielle Sandoval on Tuesday. In a post on Twitter, he promised constituents that he'll be "accessible, transparent, and responsive."
As of today, with our campaign in first place with more than 65% of the vote, we are proud to declare victory! Most importantly, I want to express my gratitude and a profound thank you to voters across the 15th Council District. pic.twitter.com/7EgTd9PtSs— Tim McOsker (@McOsker4LA) November 15, 2022
District 15 encompasses all or part of the following neighborhoods: Watts, San Pedro, Harbor Gateway, Harbor City, Wilmington. Current Councilmember Joe Buscaino decided not to run for a third and final term in order to run for L.A. mayor, leaving the seat open. Buscaino has pushed for anti-camping measures to address homelessness in the district, but housing remains a key issue in the race.
The Port of Los Angeles is in the district and its environmental effects are also one of the district’s key issues. The candidates have all expressed concerns over the port’s effect on pollution and water quality.
McOsker is the CEO of AltaSea, a non-profit focused on ocean sustainability. He has also served as chief of staff for former L.A. Mayor James K. Hahn. On housing, McOsker said the city needs to focus on creating immediate shelter. The former LAPD union lobbyist says the city needs to focus on illegal guns and regulating gun shows.
Read more in our guide about Tim McOsker.
Sandoval is the former president of the Harbor City Neighborhood Council. She’s been active in union work, previously serving as treasurer and president for the ILWU Federated Auxiliary 8. Her campaign proposals include investing in clean vehicle technology, creating a program to help renters pay for security deposits and other housing costs and de-escalation training for law enforcement.
Sandoval is also an entrepreneur. The L.A. Times rescinded its endorsement of Sandoval on Oct. 11, 2022, based on reporting that four of her former employees had filed wage theft claims against her.
Read more in our guide about Danielle Sandoval.
A Note On The Results
Keep in mind that in tight races particularly, the winner may not be determined for days or weeks after Election Day. In L.A. County, the first batch of results released includes vote by mail ballots received before Election Day, followed by early votes cast at vote centers before Election Day, then votes cast in-person on Election Day. This process is expected to wrap up in the early hours of Nov. 9. Then, additional results will be released following a schedule you can see on the county's site. In California, ballots postmarked on or before Nov. 8 are counted toward the results as long as they arrive within seven days of the election. Results must be certified by county election officials by Dec. 8.
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