Hydee Feldstein Soto was born in Puerto Rico to a Puerto-Rican mother and American father. She returned to the U.S. for university education at the age of seventeen. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Swarthmore College. She received her Juris Doctor (J.D), Law from Columbia High School. Soto has previously worked at Paul Hastings as the Los Angeles Corporate Department Chair and at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. She has been recognized for excellence in Banking, Banking, Finance, and Bankruptcy by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She is a community leader .
Soto wants to streamline the building approval process and create a single review process for all projects for affordable housing. She wants to use the city’s share of public health and mental health funding, and grants, and provide resources for the unhoused .
Soto wants to create a Neighborhood Law Corps to work with community-based policing, mobile medical units as required, and social service workers to improve service throughout LA. Soto also wants to promote clean air and water as well as mitigate environmental damage. She wants to create a zero tolerance for hate crimes and a database with statistics on the number and composition of arrests and charges in order to address racial patterns .
Soto hopes to protect whistleblowers and decrease and expose corruption in the office .
Los Angeles County Democratic Party; Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County Action Fund; Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters; Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles Daily News; Daily Breeze; Avance Democratic Club; Chicano Latino Immigrant Democratic Club of Los Angeles; Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley; East Area Progressive Democrats; Heart of LA Democratic Club; North Valley Democratic Club; Pacific Palisades Democratic Club; San Fernando Valley Young Democrats; Stonewall Democratic Club; Democrats for Israel LA; District Council 36 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; District Council 36 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; Latinas Lead California; National Women’s Political Caucus of California; Women’s Political Committee; Los Angeles County Business Federation; Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles; Central City Association of Los Angeles; Comstock Hills Homeowner’s Association; Engineers and Architects Association (EAA); Greater Fairfax Neighborhood Association; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11; International and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 94; International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12; Long Beach Press Telegram; LA Watchdog for CityWatch; National Steel Framing Industry Association; San Gabriel Valley Tribune; SEIU Local 121 RN; Southern District Council of Laborers LiUNA! and Laborers Local 300; Laborers Local 1309; Gloria Molina: Former Los Angeles County Supervisor; Jeff Prang: Los Angeles County Assessor; Ron Galperin: Los Angeles City Controller; Monica Rodriguez: Los Angeles City Councilmember; Robert Garcia: Mayor, City of Long Beach; Jan Perry: Former Los Angeles City Councilmember; John A. Pérez: Speaker Emeritus, California Assembly; Hon. Yvonne Brathwaite Burke: Former Congresswoman/LA County Supervisor; Brad Sherman: U.S. Congressmember; Carlos Alcala: President Chicano Latino Caucus of the California Democratic Party; Norma Alcala: City Councilmember West Sacramento, Vice President Chicano Latino Caucus of California Democratic Party, Former President of SEIU 1000/Local 768; Lester Aponte: Co-Chair, California Democratic Party LGBTQ Caucus; Political Director, Avance L.A. Democratic Club; Howard Berman: Former U.S. Congressman; Juana Bordas: Author and Latina Activist; Bill Brand: Mayor, Redondo Beach; Dr. William A. Burke: Former South Coast Air Quality Management Chair; Phil Brock: Santa Monica City Councilmember; Susan Candell: Mayor, City of Lafayette; Rockard “Rocky” Delgadillo: Former Los Angeles City Attorney; Eric Filseth: Council Member; Carolyn Fowler: Chair, California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus; Mike Gatto: Former CA State Assemblymember; Lesa Heebner: Mayor of Solana Beach and SANDAG Board Member; Katie Hill: Former U.S. Congresswoman; Kevin James: Los Angeles Attorney/former LA City Attorney candidate; Teddy Kapur: Former LA City Attorney candidate; Richard Kim: Deputy City Attorney/former LA City Attorney candidate; Lydia Kou: Palo Alto City Councilmember; Richard Polanco: Former CA Senate Majority Leader and Chairman of the CA Latino Legislative Caucus; Steve Scharf: Former Mayor and City Councilmember of Cupertino; Daniel K. Tabor: Former Mayor, Inglewood; Julie Testa: Pleasanton City Councilmember and Vice Mayor; Marina Torres: Former Assistant US Attorney/former LA City Attorney candidate; Jane Usher: Former President of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, Former Counsel to Mayor Tom Bradley, Former Assistant City Attorney; Aura Vasquez: Former LA Department of Water and Power Commissioner; Linda S. Wah: Pasadena City College Board of Trustees; Sara Wan: Former Chair of the California Coastal Commission; Dennis Zine: Former Los Angeles City Councilmember; Alex Kasdan: Investment Banker; Anastasia Mann: President Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council; Andrea Leon-Grossmann: Environmental Justice Advocate; Ashleigh Danker: Attorney; Barbara Broide: President, Westwood South of Santa Monica Homeowners Association; Barbara Gallen: Vice President, Park La Brea Impacted Residents Group, Former board member, Mid City West Neighborhood Council; Brad Kane: President South Carthay Neighborhood Association (SCNA); Bruce Spector: Retired Attorney and Private Equity Banker; Carl McKenzie; Attorney; Trustee St. John’s Health Center Foundation and Trustee The Riordan Foundation; Casey Maddren: Chair of United Neighborhoods For Los Angeles; Cindy Chvatal: President, Hancock Park Homeowners Association; Connye Thomas: Delegate, union member of the Association of California State Managers and Supervisors; Dana Kraft: Designer; Diane Robertson: President Sutro Avenue Block Club; Dick Platkin: Co-Chair Greater Fairfax Residents Association; Dr. Carmen Estrada Schaye: First Vice President and Vice President of Diversity & Outreach of National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC); Ellen Evans: President of the Doheny Sunset Plaza Neighborhood Association; Emiliana Guereca: Founder of Women’s March Foundation and Women’s March LA; Gail K. Bernstein: Retired Executive Vice President PNC Bank; Gary D Samson: Attorney retired; Geoff Missad: Video Editor; Guy Fuchs: Former Wells Fargo Executive; Howard Welinsky:Chair of Democrats for Israel LA; Irma Muñoz: Founder and Executive Director, Mujeres de la Tierra; Jack Humphreville: Neighborhood Council Budget Advocate; Jacquelynn “Jackie” Hawthorne: Region 4 Vice Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party; Janet Reichmann: Founder and President, Comstock Hills Homeowners Association (CHHOA); Board Member, Westwood Community Council; Jay Ross: West LA; Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin: Cultural Affairs Commissioner, The City of Culver City; Jerilyn Stapleton: President Emirita (Ret) of National Organization for Women (NOW) California Chapter and Los Angeles County Democratic Party Region 2 Vice Chair; Jim Burke: Self Employed; Jimmy Biblarz: Community leader and former candidate for Los Angeles City Council; John Brincko: Management Consultant; John Gibson: Attorney; John M. Genga: Attorney; John W. Heath III: President United Neighbors II and Co-Founder United Neighbors; Julie Stromberg: Civil Rights Attorney; AD-51 Delegate, California Democratic Party; Karen G. Fairbank: Attorney; Kathleen Currey: Attorney; Kathleen March: Attorney; Kim Lamorie: President of the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation, Inc; Laura Velkei: Past Board Member, Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council; Lawrence Ridgway: SVP – Citizens Corporate Banking; Lisa Kaye: Board Member South Carthay Neighborhood Association (SCNA); Lois DeArmond: Retired Motion Picture Industry Professional; Lorraine Bradley: Daughter of Mayor, Tom Bradley; Lynetta McElroy: President Grayburn Avenue Block Club; Maggie Bertisch: Attorney; Marcia Hanscom: Climate and Environmental Activist; Maria Kalban: Chair of United Neighbors; Mary Hruska: Medical Technologist; Michael Lubic: Attorney; Orrin Feldman: Attorney and Former Vice President of Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council; Peter J Gregora: Attorney; Peter Weinberger Past Board Member, Crestview Neighborhood Association; Robert Parker : Forensic Accountant; Ronald N. Jacobi: Attorney; Roozbeh Farahanipour: President of West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; Sandy Brown: President, Holmby-Westwood Property Owners Association (HWPOA); Vice President, Westwood Neighborhood Council (WWNC); Board Member, Westwood Community Council (WCC); Sara Roos: Biostatistician/Education Writer; CA Democratic Party delegate, LACCC; LA County Democratic Party elected member, AD 54; Stacy Shure: Former Co-President, Westside Village Homeowners Association (WVHA); Past Board Member, Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC); Steve Drimmer: President, Mountaingate Open Space Maintenance Association (MOSMA); Founder Board Member, Brentwood Alliance of Canyons and Hillsides (BACH); Member of Board of Trustees, Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation; Steven Sann: Chair, Westwood Community Council; Susan Humphreville: Retired Chief Financial Officer; Susan Shannon: Homeless and Housing Advocate; Terry Tegnazian: Former President Westwood Hills Property Owners Association; Tim Deegan: Former Chair of Mid-City West Community Council; Tim Schantz: Chief Administrative Officer; Walter Dominguez: Board Member South Carthay Neighborhood Association (SCNA), Community Activist; William Paul Weintraub: Retired Lawyer