Katy Young Yaroslavsky

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Katy Young Yaroslavsky received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles [3, 5]. Yaroslavsky previously worked as a land use and environmental attorney at Lathins and as General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs for the Climate Action Reserve [2, 3]. Since 2015, she has served as the Senior Environment and Arts Policy Advisor for the LA County Supervisor and as a Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee Member for CORO Southern California [3]. 

While working for the LA Board of Supervisors, Yaroslavsky has led the creation of the Clean Power Alliance in Southern California, the creation of the LA County Office of Sustainability, implemented the LA County Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, and worked to incorporate arts education into county juvenile justice and foster systems [1].

Key Issues


Yaroslavsky wants to address climate change and reduce air and water pollution. She wants to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy, combat droughts by investing in local water supplies, and completely phase out oil drilling in Los Angeles [1].


Yaroslavsky wants to address homelessness by focusing on prevention, providing flexible cost-effective housing, and improving collaboration between LA County and City. She is also focused on increasing access to mental health and addiction treatment [1, 2].

Public Safety

Yaroslavsky wants to increase public safety by increasing the use of trained crisis responders for homelessness response and mental health calls, eliminating 911 wait times, and investing in police reform such as accountability, de-escalation training, diversifying police forces, and requiring secondary education. She supports increasing law enforcement funding, hiring more officers, and moving more officers onto the streets [1].

Reproductive Rights

Yaroslavsky supports protecting reproductive rights [6].

Social Programs

Yaroslavsky wants to increase the accessibility and responsiveness of local government and improve constituent services. She wants to focus on proactive community building and creating new programs and partnerships within Council District 5 [1].


 Yaroslavsky wants to invest in mass transit and protected bike lanes, as well as provide incentives for people to switch to electric vehicles [1].


Yaroslavsky wants to increase access to parks, open spaces, and shade. Yaroslavsky wants to increase the amount of affordable housing, improve its proximity to workplaces, and create neighborhood and business districts that are walkable and bikeable [1].


LA Times; Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project LA County Action Fund; Sierra Club; Los Angeles County Federation of Labor; Heart of LA Democratic Club; Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters; Local 721 SEIU; Moms in Office; Southwest Carpenters; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 11; United Healthcare Workers West; New Frontier Democratic Club; Beverly Press Park-Labrea News; Los Angeles African American Women PAC; California Women’s List; Fund Her; Women’s Political Committee Los Angeles; Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters; United Nurses of Association of California; Ben Allen, State Senator; Karen Bass, Congresswoman; Linda J.; Briskman, Beverly Hills Mayor (ret.); Kathleen Brown, California State Treasurer (ret.); Isaac Bryan, Assembly Member; Illece Buckley-Weber, Agoura Hills Mayor; Betsy Butler, Assembly Member (ret.) & Executive Director, CA Women’s Law Center; Laura Chick, LA City Controller and LA Council Member (ret.); Judy Chu, Congresswoman’; Maria Elena Durazo, State Senator; John Edelston, Agoura Hills Mayor (ret.); Laura Friedman, Assembly Member; Terry Friedman, Assembly Member (ret.); Jane Harman, Congresswoman (ret.); Marqueece Harris- Dawson, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Bob Hertzberg, State Senator; Elizabeth Holtzman, Congresswoman (ret.); Genethia Hudley-Hayes, President, LAUSD Board of Education (ret.); Sydney Kamlager, State Senator; Sheila Kuehl, LA County Supervisor, Third District; Abbe Land, West Hollywood Mayor (ret.); Mike Levin, Congressman; Diana Mahmud, Council Member, City of South Pasadena; Nury Martinez, Los Angeles City Council President; Cindy Miscikowski; LA City Council (ret.); Al Muratsuchi, Assembly Member; Fran Pavley, State Senator (ret.); Jan Perry, LA City Council (ret.); Joy Picus, LA City Council (ret.); Anthony Rendon, California Assembly Speaker; Ed Reyes, LA City Council (ret.) & Executive Director, River LA; Vicki Reynolds, Beverly Hills Mayor (ret.); Bob Ronka, LA City Council (ret.); Henry Stern, State Senator; Meghan Sahli Wells, Culver City Mayor (ret.); David Tokofsky, Board Member, LAUSD Board of Education (ret.); Rick Tuttle, LA City Controller (ret.); Jack Weiss, LA City Council (ret.); Roz Wyman, LA City Council, Fifth District (ret.); Zev Yaroslavsky, LA County Supervisor, Third District, & LA City Council Member, Fifth District (ret.); Judy Abdo, Commissioner and Vice-Chair, First 5 LA; Suzie Abdou, President, National Women’s Political Caucus, LA Metro; David Abel, Publisher, The Planning Report & Verdexchange News; Les Abell, Board Member, Exceptional Children’s Foundation; Nancy Abell, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, UCLA Law Women LEAD; Susan Abrams, Policy Director, Children’s Law Center; Katherine Aguilar Perez, Adjunct Professor, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy; Elizabeth Badger, CEO and Founder, Minority Outreach Committee, Inc.; Member, LACDP Assembly District 45; Rupa Balasubramanian, Board Member, Planned Parenthood Action Fund; John Barbieri, CEO, NRCI; Ted Bardacke, Executive Director, Clean Power Alliance; Rabbi Michael Berenbaum, Director, Sigi Ziering Institute at American Jewish University; Katie Braude, Chief Executive Officer, Speak Up; Warren Breslow, Chair Emeritus, Beit T’Shuvah; Ned Brown, Board Member, Westside Jewish Community Center; Omar Brownson, Past President, RiverLA; Gail Buchalter, Chair of the Board, Otis College Board of Trustees; Diana Buckhantz, Co-Chair, Jewish World Watch, Board Member, Youth Emerging Stronger; Leticia Buckley, Board Chair, Arts for Healing and Justice Network; VP & Co-Chair of the Racial and Cultural Equity Committee, Californians for the Arts; Commissioner, LA County Dept. of Arts and Culture; Lisa Cahill, Interim Executive Director, Pathways LA; Patricia Castellanos, Co-Founder, Reclaim Our Schools-L.A.; Gerry Chaleff, First Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing, LAPD; Celene Chan Andrews, President-Elect, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association; Fran Diamond, Board Member (ret.), LA Regional Water Quality Control Board; David Diaz, Executive Director, Active SGV; Walter Dominguez, Board Member, South Carthay Neighborhood Association; Board Member, PICO Neighborhood Association; Zan Dubin-Scott, Co-Founder, National Drive Electric Week; Joe Edmiston, Executive Director, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy; Pepper Edmiston, Founder Happy Trails for Kids; Craig Ehrlich, Chair, UCLA Foundation; Dave Ford, Board Member, Los Angeles City College Foundation; Adine Forman, Executive Director, Hospitality Training Academy – Labor Management Trust; Pat Forrest, President (ret.), Beverly Glen Association; Larry Frank, Labor Leader; Harley Frankel, Founder, College Match Los Angeles; Nancy Freedman, Member, Brentwood Community Council; Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles County; Arnold Gilberg, MD, PhD, Commissioner (ret.), Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission; Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, Author, Lawyer, and Human Rights Advocate; Madelyn Glickfield, Former Chair, LA Regional Water Quality Control Board; Christine Harada, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer for the United States (ret.), Obama Administration; Carol Head, Board Chair, Project Redwood; Christen Hebrard, Exec. Board, CA Democratic Party & Member, Democratic National Committee; Sean Hecht, Co-Executive Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA School of Law; Jon Katz, President, Santa Monica Democratic Club & Vice Chair, Democratic Club HQ; Sandra Klasky, PhD, Past President, Valley Federation; Vice Chair, LA County Women’s Commission; Joanne Kozberg, UC Regent, Emeritus & former CA Secretary of State and Consumer ServicesLindsey Kozberg, ; Board Member, Great Schools Now; Wendy Lazarus, Co-Founder, Kids Impact Initiative; Abby J. Leibman, Co-founder, California Women’s Law Center; David Lehrer, President, Community Advocates, Inc.; Brenda Levin, President, Levin & Associates Architects; Joel Levin, Executive Director, Plug-in America; Jan Levine, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (ret.); Sean McMillan, Chair & CEO, West LA Homeless Organization, Board Member & Homeless Committee Chair, Westside Neighborhood Council; Vaughan Meyer, Co-Chair, Women’s Political Committee & Board Member, Jewish World Watch; Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director, Climate Resolve; Craig Perkins, President &, Executive Director, The Energy Coalition; Steve Regenstreif, Chair, Seniors Council, Democratic National Committee; Tony Regenstreif, Vice-Chair, Westside Jewish Community Center Board of Directors; Dorothy Reik, President, Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains; Bruce Reznick, Executive Director, LA Waterkeeper’ Laura Shell, Commissioner, LA Regional Planning Commission; Abby Sher, Founder, Santa Monica Museum of Art; John Schulman, Executive VP and General Counsel, Warner Bros. Entertainment (ret.); Toni Schulman, Trustee, Karsh Center, Wilshire Blvd. Temple; Board Member, Alliance for Children’s Rights; Elan Shultz, Public Health Deputy; Adam Sieff, Former Board Member, Los Angeles County Young Democrats (LACYD); Nancy Sutley, Former Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality; Paul Vandeventer, Co-Founder, Former President, and CEO, Community Partners; Teresa Villegas, Commissioner, LA Department of Public Works; Bruce Wessel, Board Member, Bet Tzedek Legal Services; Claire West Orr, Founder, Path Ventures; Brooke Wirtschafter, Director of Community Organizing, IKAR; Jimmie Woods Gray, Chair (ret.) and AD 54 Representative, LA County Democratic Party


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