Mitch O’ Farrell

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Incumbent

Background

O’Farrell has represented District 13 in the Los Angeles City Council since 2013 [3]. He is one of two LGBTQ councilmemberson Los Angeles. He currently serves as the Chair of the Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Los Angeles River Committee. In 2017, O’Farrell led the city of Los Angeles’s efforts to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day. He is the first person of Native American heritage to serve on the Los Angeles City Council [1].

Key Issues

Gun Policy

O’Farrell supports requiring gun owners in Los Angeles to purchase firearm liability insurance [4].

Energy

O’Farrell supports the declaration of oil being a non-forming land use and introduced ‘LA 100’ to achieve 100% carbon-free energy in Los Angeles by 2035 [5]. In the past, he has developed a plan that advocates for a zero-emission municipal fleet, more solar infrastructure, conservation of water and power, improved urban tree canopy, and revitalization of the LA River [2].

 

Housing

In the past, O’Farrell has led efforts to create 2,000 units of affordable housing, approved over 7,000 permanent housing units, and built interim shelters such as the city’s first “Safe Sleep” site [2]. He also supports a $118 million project to reserve 94 units for low-income households and 91 units for very low-income households [6]. O’Farrell supports protecting renters from evictions [2].

 

Economy

O’Farrell supported and approved the increase of minimum wage to $15.00. He supports assisting small business owners and live theatre venue operators [2].

Public Safety

O’Farrell has launched Los Angeles’ first program for mental health professionals to respond to non-violent 911 calls instead of armed police. He supports higher standards of training and accountability for LAPD personnel and increased funding for organizations that serve at-risk youth, domestic violence victims, and LGBTQ individuals [2].

Endorsements

Los Angeles County Democratic Party; East Area Progressive Democrats; Northeast Democratic Club; Avance Democratic Club; Southern California; Armenian Democrats; Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region; Equality California PAC; LGBTQ Victory Fund; Stonewall Democratic Club; Los Angeles Young Democrats; Democrats for the Protection of Animals; Korean American Democratic Committee; Democrats for Israel-LA; Sierra Club; LA LCV; Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project  Los Angeles County Action Fund (PPAP); BizFed PAC; Central City Association of Los Angeles; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce PAC; LA Jobs PAC; United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770; Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters; Teamsters Local 396 and Teamsters Joint Council 42; Service Employees International Union Local 721; SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West; Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West; Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 300; International Association of Firefighters Local 12; SMART Sheet Metal Local 105; Painters Regional District Council 36; International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees; American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees District Council 36; International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12; Alex Padilla, U.S. Senator; Adam Schiff, Congressman; Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor; Nury Martinez, Los Angeles City Council President; Bob Blumenfield, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Gil Cedillo, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Curren Price, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Ben Allen, State Senator; Richard Bloom, Assemblymember; Wendy Carillo, Assemblymember; Mike Fong, Assemblymember; Laura Friedman, Assemblymember; Adrin Nazarian, Assemblymember; Mike Gipson, Assemblymember; Miguel Santiago, Assemblymember; Jimmie Woods-Gray, President, City of Los Angeles Fire Commission; Adam Sieff, Silver Lake resident and President, Silver Lake Forward; Alba Duarte, Historic Filipinotown resident; Alba Guerrero, East Hollywood resident and small business owner; Allen Anderson, Small Business owner; Anastasia Mann, President, Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council; Anahit Kuyumdzhyan, East Hollywood community leader; Andy Goodman, storytelling expert and Windsor Square community leader; Anne-Marie Johnson, Silver Lake resident and community leader; Ashot Atabekyan, East Hollywood community leader; Bob Soderstrom, Past President and Co-Founder, Silver Lake Forward; Brian Curran, Windsor Square resident and community leader; Brigid LaBonge, Silver Lake resident and community leader; Carlos Medina, DNA Democrats for Neighborhood Action; Carolyn Ramsay, Windsor Square and Non-Profit community leader; Cecilia Ramos, Historic Filipinotown community leader; Charlie Julian Cea, Historic Filipinotown resident; Cheryl Holland, Sunset Square Historic District; Craig Collins, Silver Lake resident and community leader; Cyndi Hubach, Silver Lake resident and community leader; Damian Robledo, Atwater Village resident, business owner and community leader; Daniel Henning, The Blank Theatre*, Silver Lake resident; David Lugo, Historic Filipinotown resident; Delia Martinez, Glassell Park community leader; Dinora Mendez, Glassell Park resident; Donald Wasson, educator; Enriqueta Tapia, Echo Park resident; Eugene Hong, Historic Filipinotown small business owner; Ferris Wehbe, Hollywood resident and community leader; Francis Yang, Environmental advocate – Sierra Club; Garo Keurkjian, East Hollywood community leader; Genelle Le Vin, President, Silver Lake Improvement Association; Gerald Garth, LGBTQ+ activist and community leader; Giovanni Ortega, Historic Filipinotown community leader and Fil-Am Arts Teatro artistic director; Giselle Tongi, FilAm Arts executive director* and CD13 arts and culture advocate; Glen Dake, landscape architect; Griselda Aguirre, Glassell Park resident; Haikuhie Keshishian, East Hollywood small business owner; Heather Duffy Boylston, Larchmont Village stakeholder; Helene Schpak, Glassell Park resident and community leader; Jane Usher, Windsor Square community leader; Jazzmun Nichala Crayton, Hollywood resident, LGBTQ+ activist, and member, Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council; Jeff Giles, Echo Park resident and community leader; Jeff Valenson, Hollywood resident, community leader and LGBTQ+ activist; Jeff Zarrinnam, East Hollywood community leader; Jim Kiehl, Glassell Park resident and community leader; Joe Keeper, Silver Lake business owner; John Gile, Hollywood resident, community leader and LGBTQ+ activist; Julia Wasson, Hollywood neighborhood activist and educator; Justine Gonzalez, East Hollywood resident and LGBTQ+ community leader; Karina Samala, LGBTQ+ community leader; Kerry Morrison, Mental Health system change advocate, former Hollywood BID executive, Windsor Square community leader; Lara Yeretsian, ANCA Hollywood; Larry Guzin, President, Windsor Square Association; Larry Laboe, Hollywood Non-Profit leader and arts advocate; Lesley O’Toole-Roque, Co-Chair, Spaulding Square Neighborhood Association; Lester Aponte, LGBTQ+ community leader; Li Wen, Hollywood resident and architect; Luckie Alexander, LGBTQ+ community leader; Luis Amuesca, environmental advocate – Building Decarb Coalition; Luis Lopez, Atwater Village business owner and community leader; Maggie Darett-Quiroz, Glassell Park resident and community leader; Marge Piane, Glassell Park community worker; Maria Asencio, Glassell Park resident; Maria Caytan, Glassell Park resident; Maria Ruvalcaba, Glassell Park resident; Mark Supper, Youth homelessness advocate and Hollywood community leader; Martha Demson, CD13 arts advocate and theater professional; Martha Welborne, Windsor Square resident; Mary-Austin Klein, Echo Park resident; Miguel Luna, President, Urban Semillas; Monica Embrey, environmental advocate – Sierra Club; Nancy Ochoa, Historic Filipinotown resident; Natalie Freidberg, President, Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce; Neal Avron, Hollywood resident, Grammy-winning music producer and member, Recording Industry Association of America; Netty Carr, Atwater Village resident and community leader; Noel Rogers, Echo Park resident; Olivia Santos, Glassell Park resident; Pablo Duarte, Historic Filipinotown resident; Patricia Carroll, St. Andrews Square community leader; Paul Neuman, Silver Lake resident, activist and Neighborhood Watch leader; Paul Seradarian, ANCA Hollywood; Pilar Quispe, Glassell Park community leader; Renee Nahum, Silver Lake resident, activist and Neighborhood Watch leader; Rich Sarian, Hollywood community leader; Riley Montgomery, Echo Park resident and community leader; Roger Wolfson, Silver Lake resident, community leader, television writer, animal rights advocate; Roman Keshishyan, East Hollywood small business owner; Sandra Duarte, Historic Filipinotown resident; Santiago Perez, Echo Park community leader, former Echo Park Neighborhood Council boardmember; Sarah Zurell, Hollywood resident, entrepreneur and community leader; Scott Fajack, Echo Park resident; Sharon-Franklin Brown, Hollywood community leader and LGBTQ+ advocate; Sheila Irani, President, Hollywood United Neighborhood Council; Snehal Desai, LGBTQ+ community leader and arts professional; Sonia Gonzales, Glassell Park resident; Stephanie Bartron, Atwater Village community leader; Stephen Sachs, East Hollywood theater/arts professional; Steve Appleton, Elysian Valley environmental activist; Steve Kang, President, Korean American Democratic Committee; Suzi Rogers, Echo Park resident; Todd Warner, Larchmont Village small business owner; Tracy Stone, Elysian Valley small business owner and Founding Member, Frogtown Artwalk; Veronica, Echo Park resident; Vic Gerami, LGBTQ+ community leader, activist, journalist and founding board member of Equality Armenia; Wally Knox, Windsor Square resident, LA Community College Boardmember (ret.), California State Assemblymember (ret.); Zeke Rettman, CD13 arts advocate

Sources

1 County District 13 
2 Official Website
3 Ballotpedia 
4 ABC 7 
5 NBC Los Angeles 
6 NBC Los Angeles 
7 County District 13 Mitch